That Poor Dream


A moving mosaic of what it means to be endowed with Great Expectations,That Poor Dream is set on a train traveling from New York City to Fairfield, CT, uniting worlds divided by geography, privilege, and time. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic novel about coming of age in a profoundly class-conscious society, the work draws on the company’s own complex relationship to class identity and economic disparity in American society. The Assembly's newest creation explores how class defines and divides us, and how our shared humanity might bring us closer together.


2013 Ice Factory

2013 Prelude Festival

HERE 2014

the New Ohio Theater, October 2014 (world premiere)

The Tank's Flint & Tinder series, January 2015

Directed by Jess Chayes

Text by The Ensemble, Stephen Aubrey, Nick Benacerraf, Jess Chayes and Eric John Meyer

Production Design Nick Benacerraf

Dramaturg Stephen Aubrey

Scenic Design Nick Benacerraf

Sound Design Asa Wember & Ben Truppin-Brown

Video Design Ray Sun Ruey-Horng

Lighting Design Derek Wright

Costume Design Kate Fry



Featuring: Edward Bauer (Pip), Ben Beckley (Drummle), T. Ray Campbell (Havisham), Jocelyn Kuritsky (Estella), Emily Perkins-Margolin (Jaggers), Moti Margolin (Joe) , Terrell Wheeler (Magwitch)


Photos by Nick Benacerraf