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What Stays

Dorothy has two days to finish packing up the family home and move to a new condo, so she’s called in her adult children to help with the task. When several unexpected visitors show up as well, the job becomes even more complicated. What they don’t know is that in the course of their visit, she plans to reveal to them something that she’s kept hidden for decades. What she doesn’t know is that nearly everyone in the house has secrets of their own. Ultimately, the family will discover the cost of hiding the truth and the cost of telling it. Together they’ll decide what stays with them and what will be left behind.


This heartwarming comedy, written by two members of Dreamcatcher’s ensemble, was inspired by stories from the company’s own lives and created with the members in mind. Over the last several years, the Dreamcatcher ensemble has workshopped the play and prepared it for this world premiere production.

February 8 - 25, 2018
Shipwrecked by Donald Margulies
by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta
World Premiere



Thursday, February 8: 8pm

Friday, February 9: 8pm

Saturday, February 10: 8pm

Sunday, February 11: 2pm


Friday, February 16: 8pm

Saturday, February 17: 8pm

Sunday, February 18: 2pm


Friday, February 23: 8pm

Saturday, February 24: 8pm

Sunday, February 25: 2pm



February 8

Preview performance, all seats $20

February 9

Opening night, post-show reception

February 11

Senior Sunday, all senior tickets $20

Free post-show talkback


February 18

Free post-show talkback




DRT patrons can show a receipt from What Stays to receive 10% off 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 & Creative Team


Nicole Callender*†

Harry Patrick Christian*†

Laura Ekstrand*†

Noreen Farley*

Brianna Kalisch

Scott McGowan*†

Harriett Trangucci*†

Christopher John Young †

Director: Betsy True

Stage Manager: Amy Hadam*

Assistant Stage Manager: TBA

Scenic Designer: William Ward

Lighting designer: Zach Pizza

Sound designer: Jeff Knapp

Playwrights:  Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta


* member of the Dreamcatcher ensemble

member of the Actors' Equity

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