Dream Machine

One Yellow Rabbit paints a hallucinogenic chronicle of the American Beat movement, including William S. Burroughs and his Canadian mentor Brion Gysin. At the centre of the 1950s Beat circle, Burroughs and Gysin worked tirelessly to build the enigmatic Dream Machine, a device that used flickering light to alter brain waves and plunge the user into a waking dream state, free from the influences of advertising and mass culture. An exploration of their iconoclastic aesthetic and context forms the basis of One Yellow Rabbit's unconventional musical inspired by this group of notoriously wild outsiders, whose spiritual and artistic quest changed popular culture forever.

Blending live and electronic music, haunting visuals and One Yellow Rabbit's trademark physicality, Dream Machine is a radical departure from both the traditional theatre musical and the conventional bio pic.

2006 National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
2005 Theatre Passe Muraille - Toronto, Ontario: Six Stages Festival
2003 Theatre Passe Muraille - Toronto, Ontario: Six Stages Festival
2003 The Big Secret Theatre - Calgary, Alberta
2003 Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, Canada
2003 Six Stages Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, Canada
2002 (Cabaret Version) The Big Secret Theatre - Calgary, Alberta
Written by Blake Brooker and David Rhymer  •  Produced by Stephen Schroeder  •  Directed by Blake Brooker  •  Choreography/Staging by Denise Clarke  •  Lighting Design by Cimmeron Meyer  •  Assistant to the Director David van Belle  •  Composition by David Rhymer, Jonathan Lewis, Richard McDowell and Peter Moller  •  Musical Direction by Richard McDowell  •  Visual Design and Images by Chris Cran  •  Production Manager Cimmeron Meyer
The Maverick Think Tank: Denise Clarke, Andy Curtis, Michael Green, Onalea Gilbertson and Brad Payne  •  The Band: Jonathan Lewis - Violin and Bass, Richard McDowell - Audio Treatments, Peter Moller - Percussion, David Rhymer - Piano and Synthesizer