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The Dreamer
Examines his Pillow

by John Patrick Shanley

directed by Christopher Marshall

Production Sponsor: George Hugh
Ticketing Sponsor: Russ Buchan

Presented at USF Theatre Centre, TAR 120
3837 USF Holly Dr., Tampa FL 33620

June 2-19, 2022


John Patrick Shanley, screenwriter of Moonstruck and Doubt, writes a play about dreamers, about lost souls, real people struggling to communicate and discover their reason for existence. They fight, they yell, they laugh, they claw, they drink, they f*$%, they alternatively cover and confront, they spew themselves onto life, right or wrong.

A striking, surreal study of the often bizarre byways that love between men and women can follow. Told in three related scenes, the play uses indirection and richly evocative language to make its unsettling but ultimately illuminating points.

“…pungent, thought-provoking, original, poetic…and leading by stylized, fantasticated ways to genuinely startling illuminations.” —NY Magazine.
“…a philosophic dream-comedy about love, marriage, and maturity.” —Village Voice.
“…Mr. Shanley is a born playwright…” —The New Yorker.

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University of South Florida
USF Theatre Centre
3837 USF Holly Drive, TAR 120
Tampa, FL 33620

Next to the Marshall Student Center

On both Google Maps or Apple Maps,
the easiest way to find us is to search for
or “3837 USF Holly Dr.”

Be sure to use USF Holly Dr”, not just “Holly Dr”, which is a different location in Tampa.

For more info, call the box office: (813) 556-8737

Dates & Times:

June 2-19, 2022
Thu / Fri / Sat evenings – 7:30pm
Sun matinees – 3:00pm

Seating begins 15 minutes prior to showtime.
Approximate running time is 100 minutes.

Health & Safety:

TampaRep will follow local and CDC-suggested COVID safety guidelines at the time of the performances.

UPDATE AS OF 6.2.22: Masks are not required, but are strongly encouraged.


There is plenty of parking at USF. MORE INFORMATION is available here.


What to EXPECT:

Seating will be general admission – first-come, first seated.

Tommy & Donna

USF School of Theatre and Dance

Theatre Centre
Theatre Centre

Review: John Patrick Shanley’s THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW Delivers a Captivating Blow of Reality at TampaRep

“Like capturing lightning in a bottle, this is as intense and cathartic as it gets… and this cast delivers tenfold.” – read more

Video Preview: Edgy and intimate play coming to a Florida stage for the first time

Daytime’s Farron Hipp interview Anna Roman and Ar’Darius Stewart – watch here

Video Preview: Local Theatre: “The Dreamer Examines His Pillow”

Great Day Live’s Java and Janelle interview Ar’Darius Stewart and Jim Sorensen – watch here

Preview: Life and love get messy in Tampa Rep’s new drama

“a dark comedy, in the vein of Shameless” – read more

Dad & Donna
Donna & Tommy
Dad & Donna