Dream Hou$e – Play – Washington Ensemble Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Dream Hou$e play by Eliana Pipes at 12th Ave Arts w/ Washington Ensemble Theatre starring Antonieta Carpio & Adriana Hillas. Commentary on gentrification, identity, & heritage in the frame of a reality TV game show. Loved Holly Vander Hyde’s TV host character! #Spanish #Latino #Hispanic

Synopsis from the Theatre: Set in a rapidly changing neighborhood, two sisters sign up for a reality tv show to sell their childhood home after the passing of the family matriarch. As Julia and Patricia perform for the camera, they confront their own desires, aspirations, and the sacrifices they are willing to make to achieve them. What is the cultural cost of progress in America? Is cashing in always selling out?

Attended Performance Date: 9/8/23 (Opening Night)

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Just a house

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: You should be familiar with reality TV and TV game shows

Defined Plot/Storyline: Mostly yes but there’s only so much that can occur in a house

Equity Actors: 0

Total Number of Actors: 6

Perceived Pace of the Show: Slow to medium

Length (Including Any Intermission): 1.75 hours

Intermission Included: No

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: I’m not sure … *maybe* if it was produced by an Equity theatre

Recommendation: See it especially if you enjoy reality TV or TV game shows

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • TV Host: Holly Vander Hyde’s TV host Tessa character was a delight to watch. There’s something alluring about a squeaky-clean personality on the outside despite what’s on the inside. When I heard/saw her TV anchor laugh at the beginning of the play, I knew I’d like this character.
  • Powerful Scenes:
    • One of the last scenes when Tessa asked Patricia (played by Adriana Hillas) to sell various belongings
    • One of the middle scenes when Patricia showed Julia (played by Antonieta Carpio) their mother’s feeding tube
  • Favorite Quotes:
    • Something like “I want to be so rich that I can send my steak back to the chef”
    • Something like “White people are the only people who say ‘latinX'”

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Scenic Design: The set was more austere than what I’m used to seeing with Washington Ensemble Theatre.
  • Weird Factor: This play felt more mainstream than the typical edgy weirdness I associate with Washington Ensemble Theatre shows like Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, Arlington, or Tin Cat Shoes. Don’t get me wrong though … I actually prefer mainstream!
  • Sentimentality vs Pragmatism: I definitely identified more with Patricia’s pragmatism. I was a little annoyed with Julia’s sentimentality. Gurl, sell out and take the money!
  • Crew: I felt bad for the camera crew actors since they didn’t have any speaking parts.

Theatre Company: Washington Ensemble Theatre

Venue: 12th Avenue Arts

Venue Physical Address: 1620 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Price: Cheap

Dates: September 8 to 25, 2023

Seating: General Admission

Parking: Paid lot or paid street parking. Street parking is extremely limited since it’s Capitol Hill. Your best luck would be East of Cal Anderson Park on 11th or 12th Ave. Cheapest paid lots are on 11th Ave next to the park. I highly suggest parking far away or taking the bus since the lots are expensive in Capitol Hill.

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@showsiveseen "Dream Hou$e" #play by Eliana Pipes at 12th Ave Arts w/ @Washington Ensemble Theatre starring Antonieta Carpio & Adriana Hillas. Directed by Suz Pontillo. Commentary on #gentrification, identity, & #heritage in the frame of a #realityTV #gameShow. Loved @Holly Vander Hyde's #TV host character! Review: showsiveseen.com/6602 #Spanish #Latino #Hispanic #theatre #showsiveseen ♬ Let's Play House – Beachcrimes & Tia Tia
Julia Antonieta Carpio
Patricia Adriana Hillas
TessaHolly Vander Hyde
CrewAyla Wallace
Crew Cassidy Mitchell
Crew William Johnson
Tessa Understudy Emily Huntingford
Julia Understudy Ariana Polanco
Patricia UnderstudyYolanda Suarez
Director Suz Pontillo
Assistant Director Rylie Latham
Playwright Eliana Pipes
Stage Manager Emily Doorenbos
Scenic Designer Bella Rivera
Lighting & Projections Designer Hannah Gibbs
Props Designer Elana Lessing
Sound Designer Andi Villegas
Costume Designer Fantasia Rose
ChoreographerZara Martina Lopez
Intimacy Coach Jasmine Lomax
Stage Management SubBella Marziello
Run Crew Mischa Gregory
Production ManagerEllie Hughes
Technical Director Ryan Dunn
Shop SupervisorJustin Duffiance
Resident Scenic Charge Annie Duffiance
Master Electrician Robert Mitchell
Mental Health Coach Zoe Tsiotis Shields

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