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About the Production 

This Is Not A Pipe Dream

By Barry Kornhauser

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Based freely on the work and early life of surrealist artist René Magritte, this is an unorthodox adventure in theatrical form.  It celebrates art and the imagination and the ways in which these help us confront life’s mysteries.  Here is the story of young Rene´ who wants to be an artist, a notion dismissed by his father as “a pipe dream.”  Encouraged by his mother, before her untimely death, the boy begins his quest.  He follows his vision into the delightfully absurd magic-realism of his famous paintings.  The boy and the audience discover the true power of dreams and the triumph of imagination.  

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This Is Not A Pipe Dream is an American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award Winner.  

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“Charming and extraordinary … If the life of a surrealist painter seems like a peculiar subject for young audiences, you should be aware of one of the many achievements of This Is Not A Pipe Dream … Audiences will leave with an appreciation for the power to transform the ordinary into the wonderful.”
--- The New York Times 

“Hats off! … An innovative, risk-taking venture … one of the best productions of this theatrical season for audiences of any age … Hilariously ridiculous … hauntingly magical … The clowning will have you guffawing in spite of yourself, and the images of loneliness and loss are so palpable that they can’t help but provoke goose bumps.” 
--- Chicago Tribune 

“Kornhauser’s exploration of theatre, art and reality is … fed by Magritte’s observations and signature images. [In] this unusual fantasy romp … fittingly, little is quite what it seems. …This sometimes thoughtful, sometimes wacky play deliberately keeps the audience guessing about the nature of reality.”
--- Los Angeles Times 

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Theatre Major, Grayson, KY"MSU is my home away from home.  The Theatre Program has helped me grow as a performer and has given me the confidence that I need to be successful in the real world. I have had the privilege to perform in various Main Stage productions, as well as learning the ins and the outs of the technical side of a production. The MSU Theatre Program has taught me to love the arts and I look forward to building a career as a musical and theatrical performer."

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