Women's Show - "99 cent DREAMS" - play by Judy Lee Oliva03/27/04
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 PlaywrightsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Initiative event, her play will be given a world premiere next week in Orlando. Ã¢â‚¬Å“99 cent DreamsÃ¢â‚¬? developed in part from mystical characters who occupied OlivaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thoughts and from her writing of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Woman in a Drum.Ã¢â‚¬? She says Ã¢â‚¬Å“The issue of identity is at stake as six characters of different cultures and ethnicities interact in a world thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s forgotten to dream.Ã¢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 CollegeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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%.