I Dream is a new Rhythm & Blues Opera, fusing classical, jazz, Gospel and popular musical styles into a moving theatrical work.
The 2018 premiere coincides with the 50th commemoration of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The focus of I Dream is the thirty-six hours leading up to Dr. King’s assassination, and a sequence of dream, reminiscence, and premonition before the fateful moment on the balcony of Memphis’ Lorraine Motel. More than an historical retrospective, I Dream is an exploration of the humanity of a man, the plight of the poor and those who are persecuted. I Dream envisions a renewing of Dr. King’s message at a time of deep divisions in our culture. It is a piece about yesterday, but is very much for today.
This intimate portrayal – alongside the more celebrated story – is a multi-dimensional profile of the man, with revealing insights into his own personal struggles. The piece also pays tribute to the courage, strength and sacrifice of the many who stood alongside this great character – some of them leaders in their own right, but many being unsung heroes, ordinary men and women of different races, ages, and ideologies. As such, I Dream is much more than just the story of a great Civil Rights leader and global icon. It poetically and imaginatively captures and expresses a number of universal themes that will resonate with people everywhere, at a very personal level.
This unique retelling of an otherwise familiar story triumphs by inspiring audiences – leaving them with a glow of unity, redemption and enduring hope for a better future.