Terrence McNally’s funny and poignant play Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams is about a drama teacher named Lou Nuncle (Nathan Lane) who runs an amateur theater company in a strip mall in upstate New York with his professional and domestic partner, Jessie (Alison Fraser). The couple becomes fixated on acquiring the town’s old playhouse as a space for a new children’s theater and must persuade its eccentric and wealthy owner Annabelle Willard (Marian Seldes) to let them have it. Terrence’s work is a celebration of theater, making the case for why it still matters.
How I got involved with this is simple – Nathan called me. The cast was in rehearsal and they needed a dance section for one of the scenes. I picked up my phone and I heard Nathan’s unmistakable voice saying, “I need you to come down to choreograph a number for me and Alison.” So I hailed a cab and went to Primary Stages.
I had a lovely time creating a dance for Nathan and Alison to Jerome Kern’s “Make Believe”. And I was thrilled to play a small part in the world of these theater luminaries.
I got to make a fuss over Terrence McNally, bow down to Marian Seldes, and dance with Nathan again.
It was a sweet gig!
Book by Terrence McNally
Direction by Michael Morris
Choreography by Susan Stroman
Set Design by Narelle Sissons
Costume Design by Laura Crow
Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter
Sound Design by Lindsay Jones
Premiere: August 18, 2005
Full Credits: IOBDb