Women's Show - "99 cent DREAMS" - play by Judy Lee Oliva
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 Playwrightsâ€™ Initiative event, her play will be given a world premiere next week in Orlando. â€œ99 cent Dreamsâ€? developed in part from mystical characters who occupied Olivaâ€™s thoughts and from her writing of â€œWoman in a Drum.â€? She says â€œThe issue of identity is at stake as six characters of different cultures and ethnicities interact in a world thatâ€™s forgotten to dream.â€?
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 Collegeâ€™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%.