A Confluence of Dreaming
Fantasy collides with reality when an underappreciated suburban homemaker solicits a face-to-face meeting with her online lover in New York City
A Confluence of Dreaming tells the story of Carol, an underappreciated and seemingly invisible suburban homemaker who 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 seventeen-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.
“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... this is a master class in turning existential despair into comedy.” - Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette