Fantasies sparkle like Christmas lights, but real dreams can wrap themselves around you and lift you up into the heart of a star. Real dreams are almost dangerous, growing wild enough that it’s impossible to truly contain them. They’ll slip right into your heart the moment your back is turned, becoming so much a part of you that killing it would be like killing a part of yourself.
Rosie, the main character in Elaine Jarvik and Kate Jarvik Birch’s “(a man enters),” knows those kind of dreams well. In the show, which will receive its world premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company Nov. 2 through Dec. 4 in Salt Lake Acting Company’s Chapel Theatre, Rosie is desperately trying to create a perfect birthday party for her grandmother that she also hopes will serve as a welcome home party for her father. See, he hasn’t been home for 20 years – his new family has kept him distracted – and the play finds humor and understanding in the way each of the family members use their dreams to fill in the space he no longer filled. (Tickets are available online, but they’re going fast.)
Even the playwrights know a little about those kind of dreams. The play is semi-autobiographical, helping them come to grips with a man who had removed himself from their lives.
“After a while we had to let go of our own longings and eccentricities, and instead write the play that the characters needed.” Elaine said. “Real life was a perfect jumping off point, but once we let go of reality, the play came to life.”