April 12 - Apr 28, 2013

by Julia Jarcho

"To truly appreciate Dreamless Land, you just sit back and let the world overtake you." - City Pages

Figuring out what’s fiction and what’s real is part of the fun of Julia Jarcho’s stunning new play as scenes fluidly morph from one state into the other. We get introduced to Haley as a teenager, whose best friend Morton is about to meet his estranged father in Las Vegas. As Haley imagines Morton’s experience, she creates her own rendition of her friend’s fractured family life through scenes right out of horror movie, a James Bond flick and a romantic comedy. Flash forward 10 years and Haley’s grown up routine begins to dissolve in a similar series of fantastical interruptions.

Join the artists for a post-show opening weekend reception hosted by the Red Eye Board of Directors on Saturday, April 13th.

Join us for a post-show discussion with playwright Julia Jarcho on Saturday, April 20th.

The premiere of DREAMLESS LAND was produced in 2011 by New York City Players, Richard Maxwell, Artistic Director. It was directed by Julia Jarcho. The script was developed through the Resident Playwrights Initiative at the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco.

Reviews & Press

"Red Eye Theater's Dreamless Land: Surprisingly dream-like" - Sheila Regan in City Pages (4.18.13)

"Julia Jarcho on her New Play," -, an interview with Julia Jarcho about DREAMLESS LAND (11.4.2011)


Steve Busa

Design & Production
Heidi Eckwall
Gary Johnson
Liz Josheff
Ross Orenstein

Bruce Abas
Mark Benzel
Miriam Must
Susanna Stahlmann

Julia Jarcho is a playwright and director from New York City. Her plays include Grimly Handsome (Incubator Arts Project, 2013), Dreamless Land (New York City Players, 2011), American Treasure (13P, New York, 2009 and Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2009), The Highwayman (NTUSA performance space, Brooklyn, 2004; published in The Best American Short Plays of 2005-2006, Applause Books), A Small Hole (Performance Lab 115, FringeNYC, 2006), All I Do Is Dream of You (Sophiensaele and English Theatre Berlin, 2006), Take Me Away(Il faut brûler pour briller festival, Paris, 2007), The Whole Tree (Electric) (Playwrights Foundation In The Rough Reading Series 2008), and Nursery (Young Playwrights Festival, Cherry Lane Theater, New York, 2001). As a performer, she has worked with Aaron Landsman, Tory Vazquez, Richard Maxwell, Trish Fox, Tal Yarden, Ami Garmon, and Ásta Bennie Hostetter. She was a writer-in-residence at the 2002 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and won a Berrilla Kerr award the same year. She has been a Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, a board member of Young Playwrights Inc., and a member of the New York-based playwrights' collective 13P.


Publicity photos - Liz Josheff
Rehearsal photos - Miriam Must

Opening night reception is sponsored by Whole Foods.

This production is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation, Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, Red Eye's individual and small business donors, and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.