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A Confluence of Dreaming

Tammy Ryan
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Carol, an underappreciated and seemingly invisible suburban homemaker, finds herself wondering what the hell happened to her life. She rediscovers stifled thrill and passion in the secret, sexy world of cyberspace. As her husband obsesses over their local property tax assessment and the cost of their current kitchen renovation, the state of their marriage (along with their roof) is about to collapse under the weight of what they haven’t addressed. Their 17-year-old “activist” daughter, who is about to leave the nest and save the world, is torn between going to college or Tibet. Taking place in Pittsburgh during the summer of 2001, Carol solicits a face-to-face meeting with her online lover in New York City. When fantasy collides with reality in his studio apartment, Carol confronts the choices she’s made against the desires she has suppressed in the quest for self-fulfillment.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Tammy Ryan is so Irish that nothing is too terrible to be funny … CONFLUENCE is what we’d call a 9/11 play … it’s also about marriage, parenting, cybersex and especially dreams … it’s engrossing, perceptive and very very funny … Carol’s rebellion is a hoot, involving some very funny sex scenes, remember this is a master class in turning existential despair into comedy. Leave the young children at home.” —Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“… The most original aspect of the play concerns on-line chat rooms and the contrast between sexual fantasies and attempts to follow them through in real life. Ryan gets good comic mileage out of on-line connected simulated sex and the subsequent connection of real people … a good and touching closing scene, which … contains sweet surprises.” —Gordon Spencer, W R C T

About the Author


  • Tammy Ryan

    TAMMY RYAN's plays have been performed, commissioned and developed at theaters across the United States and internationally such as Alliance Theater, City Theater, Florida Stage, Marin Theater Company, People's Light, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater and Portland Stage Company among others. Honors include the American Theater Critics Association's Francesca Primus Prize for LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS, and the American Alliance of Theater in Education's Distinguished New Play Award for THE MUSIC LESSON. Ryan was named a 2020 Haas fellow for her play TAKE MY HAND AND WAVE GOODBYE. Other works include SEVEN COUSINS FOR A HORSE (Thrown Stone Theater), THE WAKE (Premiere Stages) MOLLY'S HAMMER (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), SOLDIER'S HEART (Pittsburgh Playhouse) and BABY'S BLUES (NCPA/Mumbai). Her work has received support from the National New Play Network, The New Harmony Project, The Sewanee Writers Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. She is an alumna of the Pittsburgh Public Theater's Playwrights Collective and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/31/2012
Pages 70
ISBN 9780881455281

Special Notes

Special Notes

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First production at The Pittsburgh Playhouse

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A Confluence of Dreaming is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC