In the Plague of Dreams is inspired by the visceral, abstract imagery of Lindsay Stern’s novella Town of Shadows, which describes a town of artistically oppressed citizens seeking alternative, often fantastical methods of self-expression. Written as a collection of disparate vignettes with unique and specific rules, the book frequently jumps from one storyline to the next to highlight different perspectives within the town’s murky aura.
In the Plague of Dreams focuses on the themes of loss and identity found within the novella’s rich content, specifically following one man’s recent memory of great loss. In the process of remembering his past, he stumbles upon his regrets, his missed opportunities, and his greatest fears. His memory is a montage of stories he tells himself, his own versions of history, and the parts of his past that come up uninvited, which he now must come to terms with.
Choreographed by Brendan Duggan and Mallory Rosenthal in collaboration with the performers, the work features an original live score composed and performed by Hannah Epperson. The musical accompaniment was developed to mirror the experience of our main character on his journey through his mind. As his memories naturally collect filters over time, the sound and music of each scene develops in a similar progression, creating stronger layers of abstraction as he dives further into his own subconscious.
A LoudHoundMovement Production
Lindsey Stern - Dramaturg
Hannah Epperson - Musical Composition
Solomon Weisbard - Lighting Design