Night Catching Up

Institute History

  • 1996 Playwrights Lab


Curious things happen to Ray Sawyer and he’s not sure why—until he remembers he’s taking part in a lucid dreaming experiment. Sawyer tries to: establish the reality of his situation (realize he’s dreaming); stabilize and control the dream; jump it through a hoop or two; wake up and report to Dr. Green, the young woman who heads the research project. Things proceed swimmingly enough; then the experiment goes awry. Sawyer’s experience turns nightmarish, violent, perversely sexual. Cast adrift in an illusory world, he struggles to find his way back.


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