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Shipwrecked! An Entertainment

The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

(as Told by Himself)

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. SHIPWRECKED examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.


"Recreating the pleasures of nineteenth-century platform entertainment with a tart contemporary twist, Donald Margulies' SHIPWRECKED offers a self-promoting fabulist a forum to inform and persuade, and it delights in both respects."



"The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Donald Margulies scampers to the defense of good old-fashioned yarn spinning with SHIPWRECKED. The breathless story of a Victorian gentleman [and] seafaring wanderer springs to life like a theatrical pop-up book. The audience is left to judge whether he is an inspirational figure touched by imaginative genius or a mere con man. We can also consider the possibility that the hero of this true story based on an untrue story is a little of each." —NY Times


"Margulies gives a sympathetic nod to the audacious autobiographer's creative overreach in SHIPWRECKED, a deft literate narrative folded into a vaudevillian romp with radio theater overtones. Colorful [and] compassionate speculations on the real-life deficiencies and pain that may have been at the root of Louis' need for self-aggrandizement."

—LA Times

February 16 - March 5, 2017
Shipwrecked by Donald Margulies
By Donald Margulies



Thursday, February 16: 8pm

Friday, February 17: 8pm

Saturday, February 18: 8pm

Sunday, February 19: 2pm


Friday, February 24: 8pm

Saturday, February 25: 8pm

Sunday, February 26: 2pm


Friday, March 3: 8pm

Saturday, March 4: 8pm

Sunday, March 5: 2pm



February 16

Preview performance, all seats $20

February 17

Opening night, post-show reception

February 19

Senior Sunday,

free post-show talkback


February 26

Dreamcatcher Book Club gathering and talkback - open to all!


If you're participating in the Book Club discussion, the script can be purchased at:


426 Springfield Avenue

Summit, NJ 07901





DRT patrons can show a receipt from Shipwrecked to receive 10% on a meal. Receipt must be presented at beginning of meal. 10% off the bearer's food and beverage check, one 10% off coupon per table.   


Hat Tavern is located at 570 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 908.273.7656 

Cast of Shipwrecked!
Cast & Creative Team


Nicole Callender*†
Harry Patrick Christian*†
Scott McGowan*†


Director: Jack Tamburri

Stage manager: Amy Hadam†

Assistant Stage Manager: TBA

Scenic designer: Lily Guerin

Lighting designer: Nathan Avakian

Sound designer: Jeff Knapp

Costume designer: Laura Ekstrand

Playwright:  Donald Margulies


* member of the Dreamcatcher ensemble

member of the Actors' Equity

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