NIGHTMARES: a demonstration of the Sublime

Author: Adam R. Burnett

NIGHTMARES: a demonstration of the Sublime

Description: This play situates itself between terror and comedy (the sublime), beneath the gaze of Henry Fuseli's iconic painting, and in the midst of an enveloping soundscape to plumb the extremities of our contemporary condition and posit the question: are we still capable of being overwhelmed?
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/10/2013
Content Advisory: Strong language, violence, nudity.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
4 Females, 4 Males

NOTE: NIGHTMARES: a demonstration of the Sublime is fully protected by copyright law and is subject to royalty. All inquiries concerning production, publication, reprinting or use of this play in any form should be addressed to burantheatre.adam@gmail.com.

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Keywords: Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Comedy · Large Cast Size · Meta · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Postmodern · Requires/Supports Sophisticated Multimedia/Technical Elements · Satire/Parody · Shakespeare · Surrealism/Absurdism

This play is in the following collections: Buran Theatre Company · Plays and Playwrights 2014

Original Production Information

NIGHTMARES: a demonstration of the Sublime was first presented on January 2, 2013 at the Brick Theater, New York City, with the following cast and credits:

JUD/FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER: Jud Knudsen
SUBLIMIST: Adam Burnett
PARTNER/CAITLIN: Caitlin Bebb
MAIDEN: Lara Thomas Ducey
CLARE CLAREMONT/CATRIN: Catrin Lloyd-Bollard
HUB-BUBBER/JON POLIDORI: Marlowe Holden
MARY SHELLEY/ARLA: Arla Berman
LORDBYRON/CURRY: Curry Whitmire
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY/VAMPYRE/BRADY: Brady Blevins
GERALDO: Geraldo Mercado
LUXEM: CS Luxem

Directed by Theresa Buchheister, Adam R. Burnett, & Jud Knudsen
Technical director & scenic design by Nick Kostner
Music by CS Luxem & Catrin Lloyd-Bollard
Media design by Geraldo Mercado
Lighting design by Ann Sitzman
Costume design by Nikolas Weir
Choreography by Theresa Buchheister & Marlowe Holden

Nightmares was produced by Buran Theatre throughout 2013 in the following additional venues:

- William Inge Theater/University of Kansas; Lawrence, KS (May 24-25)
- Tricklock Performance Lab; Albuquerque, NM (June 7-8)
- Studio/Stage Theater; Los Angeles, CA (July 5-6)
- Marigny Opera House; New Orleans, LA (November 21-24)