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Dream of Perfect Sleep

Dream of Perfect Sleep

Kevin Kautzman

Oberon Books

Dream of Perfect Sleep is the story of an ageing couple, Mary and Gene, and their adult children—recovering-addict Robert and new-ager Melissa. Mary suffers from severe vertigo and just wants to watch her TV show. Gene is busy organizing a very special holiday dinner, but party planning isn’t exactly his strong suit. When the estranged kids come home for the holidays, Gene reveals some unexpected news that threatens to destroy the family’s already strained bonds…

A funny, heartwarming and powerful story of hope and loss in the face of dementia and terminal illness as an elderly couple plan their last days on earth.

Winner of both the Kernodle New Play and Southwestern Playwriting Awards.

Kevin Kautzman is originally from North Dakota, an alumnus of the University of Minnesota and also holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. His full-length plays include Coyote (Nouveau 47, Dallas), If You Start a Fire [Be Prepared to Burn] (45th Street Theatre, New York), Iris (Red Eye, Minneapolis), Wolf Cry Wolf (The New Theatre Project, Ypsilanti), Life Electric, Then Waves and Vasilisa Most Lovely. His short plays include Clifton Mill (Nouveau 47), The Play is Memory, Rosemary (History Theatre), Strike, Solomon the King, and most recently $<0RP!0. His honours include the Jerome and Michener fellowships, the Tennessee Williams and Kenyon Institute scholarships, the Kernodle New Play, International Student Playscript Competition, Repertory Theatre Iowa’s Alpha Project and Southwest Playwriting awards. He has received commissions from History Theatre and Red Eye, and his work has been performed and developed around the UK and US.

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