Michael J. Bobbitt and members of Adventure Theatre are setting off on an adventure of their own when their Nippon Airways flight departs July 27th, touches down in Japan the next day before landing them in their final destination, Singapore.
On the trip with him will be actors Josh Sticklin, Ayanna Hardy, Alex Vernon, and stage manager Ryan Maxwell.
The company will have a few days to acclimate to the time zone and undoubtedly take in some sight seeing before getting down to business: the opening of Adventure’s Just a Dream: The Green Play at the Singapore Repertory Theatre. “The show opens on the 4th of August and runs in Singapore through Sept. 10. There are one to three performances a day, with Sundays off. ” Bobbitt told us.
After which, the company flies to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia for a couple of days of tech and then performances through September 24th. ”In typical Adventure Theatre fashion” Bobbitt said, the show is selling out and they have asked for an extension.”
Adapted by Sandra Eskin, Just a Dream: The Green Play tells the story of young Walter, a litterbug, who believes sorting trash is a big waste of time. But one night, Walter dreams about a very different future. Walter’s dream is a wake-up call for him about what we need to do to protect and preserve the future of our planet.
This original eco-play uses puppets, magical stage effects, and lush sound-scapes. All production materials (costumes, props and sets) are made of earth-friendly and recycled materials.
Chris Van Allsburg, two time Caldecott Medal Award winner, is author of the book ”Just a Dream”, and has written and illustrated over 15 books including “The Polar Express” and “Jumanji.”
Last Spring, Adventure Theatre toured Just a Dream to over 50 schools and organizations in the DC area; Singapore Repertory was searching for an environmental children’s play, liked what they read about Adventure Theatre’s production, and offered to sponsor the Asian tour.
“It is very exciting for us to be able to present work that has toured the US. Hopefully this will be the first of many such collaborations with Adventure Theatre.” says Gaurav Kripalani, SRT’s Artistic Director.
So, what are our Adventurers looking forward to on this two month Dream tour? Bobbitt said “I’m looking forward to seeing and experiencing this beautiful culture. Additionally, I’m so excited to spread the word of environmental stewardship to children half way accross the world.” And Alex Vernon added “There’s nothing that I’m NOT looking forward to during this tour! Mostly I’m looking forward to exploring a new culture and adapting to a totally different and exciting audience.”
Adventure Theatre will also be hosting a free open rehearsal and kick-off party of this earth-friendly show in Glen Echo on July 25 at 7pm. Seats are still available. To RSVP, call Camilla Morrison at 301-634-2271 or email her by July 22nd.