Dreamspyre

Written by:

Sara Graefe

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 8

Genre:

Adaptation
Drama
Historical

Themes:

Education
Gender
Greek Play
Misogyny
Murder
Sexism
Technology

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

1990

Synopsis:

“Dreamspyre is a choral, image-based response to the 1989 massacre at l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. Mary, a passionate young mathematician, struggles with sexism and hostility in a university engineering department. She is haunted both by events in Montreal and by Hypatia, the female philosopher and mathematician who in 415 AD was killed by an angry mob in Alexandria. The play is a dreamscape of the various realities that inform Mary’s decision whether or not to quit school.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Mary: a first-year engineering student

Hypatia: a Greek mathematician based in Egypt in early 400 AD

Steve: Mary’s boyfriend, also a first-year engineering student; Steve plays Orestes, Hypatia’s lover

Mom: Mary’s mother

Tanya: Mary’s classmate, also a first-year engineering student

Chorus: Four Women (A, B, C, D) / Men (Man 1, Man 2, Man 3)

First Produced:

1990, Queen's University

Resources:

Dreamspyre is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

Read about the École Polytechnique massacre on the Canadian Encyclopedia website here.