DREAM HOU$E: The 29-Hour Workshop

In December of 2018, Checkmark culminated a 2.5 month long development process with a 29-Hour workshop of Eliana Pipes’s newest play, DREAM HOU$E, at INTAR Theatre.

About DREAM HOU$E:

Two Latinx sisters on an HGTV-style show are selling their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in the “changing neighborhood.”  In the process they discover details of the family’s past and the potential for their future, forcing them to grapple with what’s lost and gained in the quest for upward mobility. 

 
 
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Rehearsal at wp theater

For the first three days of rehearsal, we worked through the play at WP Theater’s studio, talked through beats, and began looking at the piece on its feet while Eliana brought in new scenes and used what she learned in the room to develop the play even further.

Pictures by Rechelle Abalos

 

Performing at intAR theatre

On the last day of our workshop, we were able to rehearse at INTAR Theatre—a home for Latinx stories told in English since 1966—and focus on putting the rest of the play on its feet. That night, we performed to a packed house at INTAR, and were able to learn so much from the audience’s response to the piece. Next, we’re taking DREAM HOU$E to Ars Nova’s ANT Fest!

Pictures by Charlie Summers

 

the team

Patricia played by Cindy De La Cruz

Patricia played by Cindy De La Cruz

Julia played by Amanda Borges

Julia played by Amanda Borges

Tessa played by Serena Berman

Tessa played by Serena Berman

Playwright: Eliana Pipes

Playwright: Eliana Pipes

Director: Cristina Angeles

Director: Cristina Angeles