Discovering James Boswell’s lost journals, an ambitious 20th-century woman cannot resist his literary charms whilst reading of his wild and woolly adventures in A Tour of the Scottish Hebrides. Speaking through his diaries, Boswell encourages her to live her own life. Falling in love with the lively narratives, she sees a person, time and landscape wondrously revealed – as well as the possibility for a more authentic life. Heart and mind spar wittily in this delightful new adaptation of her own work by playwright Marie Kohler. ‘One of the best voices in American theatre’ (Milwaukee Magazine).
Premiere Production: Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee, WI – 2005
Readings / Workshops:
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI – 2017
International Centre for Women Playwrights Festival, Chicago, IL – 2007
Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee, WI – 2003 and 2004
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize – Nominee – 2005
Best of Year – Milwaukee Magazine – 2005
Abingdon Award – Finalist – 2005
Wisconsin Wrights – Finalist – 2005
Reviews and Audience Comments
BOSWELL’S DREAMS has a richness of texture and epic sweep befitting its characters. Kohler writes with a comfort and fluidity that suggests she was a fly on the wall during Boswell’s time in London. The play’s voice is not only genuine, it thrives in the period, tossing off little jokes and humor with a natural ease.
www.jsonline.comMilwaukee Journal Sentine
Marie Kohler’s BOSWELL’S DREAMS, performed at the Off-Broadway Theatre, encompasses two generations of James Boswell…wrapped into one enlightening and comedic escapade.
Kohler certainly makes these historical figures come alive. It makes me want to go right out for a copy of Johnson’s dictionary and Boswell’s diaries
Time Out Reviewswww.gmtoday.com
Marie Kohler has done it again…One of the best voices in American theater.