Women's Show - "99 cent DREAMS" - play by Judy Lee Oliva

03/27/04

Playwright Judy Lee Oliva saw a sign that read 99 cent Dreams, and a shattered dreams idea seemed to come together. Winner of the Women Playwrights’ Initiative event, her play will be given a world premiere next week in Orlando. “99 cent Dreams� developed in part from mystical characters who occupied Oliva’s thoughts and from her writing of “Woman in a Drum.� She says “The issue of identity is at stake as six characters of different cultures and ethnicities interact in a world that’s forgotten to dream.�
Oliva is part Chickasaw and Cherokee. Her MFA from Oklahoma University is in directing. She holds a PhD in theater from Northwestern and taught theater at the university level several years before the tug of writing full-time became foremost. Only 17% of the plays produced in this country are written by women, according to a recent study by the New York State Council on the Arts. Women direct just 16%. Julia Gagne is directing the production. It will be staged in the Black Box Theater at Valencia Community College’s East Campus, March 31-April 4. FMI or tickets, call 407-582-2900. Only 17% of the plays produced in this country are written by women, according to a recent study by the New York State Council on the Arts. Women direct just 16%.

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