Dream Girl

by Elmer Rice

St. Mary’s Church, Hamilton Village 3916 Locust Walk
February 5 – 24, 2018
Directed by Tina Brock


New York City, 1945
8:00 am – 3:30 am
One Day in the Life of Georgina Allerton


Running time is approximately 93 minutes, with no intermission.

Brittany Holdahl
Georgina Allerton
Tina Brock
Lucy Allerton/Nurse
Paul McElwee
George Allerton/Obstetrician/Woman/ Judge/French Waiter/Bert/Mariachi Band/Cop/Luigi/Antonio/ Theater Manager/Jazz Waiter/Justice of the Peace Billings
Dexter Anderson
Radio Announcer/Jim Lucas/ Doctor/Mariachi Band Leader/Usher/Salarino/Chauffeur
Brian McManus
Dr. J. Gilmore Percival/ Policeman/District Attorney/George Hand
Anna Pysher
Miriam Allerton Lucas/ Claire Blakely/Arabella/Miss Delehanty
Kyle Fennie
Clark Redfield/Mariachi Band

Costume Designer

Erica Hoelscher

Lighting Design

Joshua L. Schulman

Sound Design

Tina Brock

Stage Manager / Board Operator

Madison Caudullo

Properties Master

Mark Williams

Stage Interiors and Settings

Tina Brock & Mark Williams

Ways and Means Coordinator

Bob Schmidt

Assistant Costume Designer

Mary Ann Swords-Greene

Photoshop Magic

Bill Brock


Johanna Austin / AustinArt.org


Special thanks to the following artists:


George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, The Five O’Clock Whistle
Dizzy Gillespie, Bebop
Art Blakey, A Night at Birdland
The Lounge Lizards, The Voice of Chunk
Henry Purcel, 10 Sonatas in Four Parts
John Coltrane, My Favorite Things
Leroy Anderson, The Typewriter
John Zorn: Filmworks XXIII, Besos De Sangre
Three Leg Torso, Animals and Cannibals
Jazz Passengers Featuring Deborah Harry/Elvis Costello,
Individually Twisted
Bill Frisell, Good Dog, Happy Man
The Mexican Mariachi Band from Adelaide (with Trumpet)
John Zorn, John Zorn@60


Dream Girl (2019)

“...IRC forever deserves commendation for their commitment to a canon most companies wouldn’t go near...”
--Cameron Kelsall, The Broad Street Review
Dream Girl (2019)

“...if his dreams led to such wonderful writing, shouldn’t we all be daydreaming more often... the sprawling space is deftly exploited...”
--Margaret Darby, DelcoCultureVultures.org
Dream Girls (2019)

“...the copy from my town library was last checked out in 1963....”
--Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dream Girl (2019)

“...you’ll likely not have another opportunity to see Dream Girl — even the film version, starring a very well cast Betty Hutton, has pretty much vanished... this company is one of Philadelphia’s most ambitious and out-of-the-box...”
--David Fox, Philadelphia Magazine
Dream Girl (2019)

“...direction deserves much praise...fun treatment of a lightweight but amusing play ...lively offering of light entertainment
...an enjoyable evening.”
--Richard Lord, University City Review
Dream Girl (2019)

“...the production is directed stylishly...
the seven-member cast seamlessly takes on 32 roles, each well-defined by Erica Hoelscher’s costume design.”
--Howard Shapiro, Shapiro on Theater, WHYY.org
Dream Girl (2019)

Director's Notes


Recently the question was posed as to how play selection works at the IRC.

I’m guessing like most theaters, I keep a list of must do stories that seem right for the IRC’s aesthetic and sensibility given our mission. About a year out, we consider which plays work for the season, the current mood of the country and availability of the proper setting within which to tell the story. Since 2010, the IRC had performed out of the Walnut Street Studio’s Studio 5 space, a 53-seat black box that allowed us to grow our audience and our aesthetic over the years. The dedication last year of the space as a teaching-only facility found us scouting a new home for this show. It was suggested that the St. Mary’s Sanctuary might be a fit, and we know and love the space already as we rehearse in the Bearded Ladies Cabaret in the basement of the church. The beauty of the Neo-Gothic architecture suggests the vastness and scope of Manhattan; the questions raised in the play about a life well-considered seem to fit snugly in the walls surrounding us now.

Producing in found spaces presents many opportunities and challenges that you will see and experience during the show. As we worked through the placement of the differing locations in the play among the nooks and crannies of this magnificent structure, it was hard not to be awed by the creation of this space, the many communities it serves, and the many gatherings over the years it has hosted.

Circling back to the reason for the play’s selection and the idea of what we consider our sanctuaries in difficult times; conversations over the last couple years have inevitably lead to the particular ways people are coping with life, the methods they are using to refuel, hideaway, and find the space to think and breathe in what seems like an abnormally surreal, difficult to navigate day to day existence.

Remembering the directive to “stop daydreaming and get moving” when I was a child, I wondered then how and if daydreaming gives us the space and the courage to give our dreams a practice run, if they in fact aren’t the first step in the process of bringing those dreams to life. Instead of considering daydreaming as only a diversion, what if it becomes a necessary diversion to moving one’s life forward one fantasy at a time -- a practice that perhaps has been frowned upon in recent years when productivity and efficiency are valued measurements for validity like an abnormally surreal, difficult to navigate day to day existence.

These reasons, plus a love of anything New York City in the 1940’s, a love of two gals fighting to save the thing they care about most, and a soft spot for getting lost in the stacks of book stores for hours, brought me to this combination of story and space.

Thank you for joining us tonight, we hope you will share the IRC story with 10 friends and join our mailing list to see how this detective story of small company searching for home base continues. We are thankful to each and every audience member for their generosity over the years which has brought us to our first three -show season in the company’s history. We are Dreaming Big for the years to come and look forward to seeing you in the audience as we forge our way to save this bookstore together. A hearty thanks to the staff at St. Mary’s for their flexibility in this first ever full run theater collaboration, and to this cast for their adventurous spirit in bringing this quirky little story to the stage. It’s been an illuminating experience for me and one I will always remember.

Brittany Holdahl
The Reverend Mariclair Partee Carlsen, Scott Wilds
and the Congregation of St. Mary’s
Mark Williams
Victor Keen and Jeanne Ruddy
Delaware Theatre Company
Lehigh University Department of Theater
Bill Brock
Robin Rodriguez
Marcia Ferguson
Cyndi Jansen Rose
Ben Doranz
Avista Custom Theatrical Services
Gerald Kolpan - The Philo Project

Program Cover Art
Based on Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s The Thin Man
The IRC is a proud participant in the Barrymore Awards for
Excellence in Theatre, a program of Theatre Philadelphia www.theatrephiladelphia.org
Dream Girl is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Program Cover Art
Based on Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s The Thin Man
The IRC is a proud participant in the Barrymore Awards for
Excellence in Theatre, a program of Theatre Philadelphia
Dream Girl is presented by
special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.