Written by Codolfo Carlos Vera
Directed by Louie Pascasio
Dreamweavers is a story about love, friendship and perseverance. It is a story of mothers and daughters taking control of their lives. It is a symbolic dramatization of how the dignity of womanhood and motherhood stand against all despair and tyranny that life has to offer. The women of the play, Libay, Bon and Evelyn come from a poor peasant community in the sugar plantations of the Visayas. They are poor, yes, but they are rich in dreams and hopes that one day the curse of being born poor will be broken. What they lack for material resources they make up for creating bigger dreams. And yes, they are women. And the inner strength that inhabits their being is one that no masculine power can equal. When they were younger, the three women made a pact that no matter what happens to them, they will continue to share their dreams to each other. And this they would do by weaving these dreams in their ‘life cloths’, a symbol not only of their friendship but of their inner lives as well. The three friends are separated from each other, each one taking a life path dictated by pressures of third world poverty. Each of these paths would determine the faith of their daughters from whose voices their stories are further told.
Libay takes a stab at being entrepreneurial by forming a cooperative of women weavers. Bon, the hopeless romantic, finds a husband who leaves her for another woman forcing her to struggle a life of squalor as a factory worker. Evelyn crosses the seas to find herself a Dutch husband. Libay dies of cancer leaving her family a treasured tapestry of her life which inadvertently is sold to Iris, a passing Dutch tourist. By some force of divine coincidence, Evelyn meets Iris who needed help interpreting what’s embroidered in the tapestry she just bought. A sudden rush of emotion jolts in Evelyn’s veins upon seeing the cloth. She knew where the cloth came from. And as her heart starts to pound heavy as if besieged by an unexplainable terror as she closely looks at the cloth, Iris tells her that she bought it during the wake of the very woman who embroidered it. A woman named Libay. Enthused by an undying loyalty to her friend, Evelyn buys back the tapestry from the Dutch tourist. She travels to the Philippines bringing with her the cloth which she lays down to Libay’s grave, standing side by side with Bon. The three friends are reunited after years and years of separation bringing with them an emotional tapestry that has made their lives richer in texture. A life tapestry that tells what their dreams have become and how their lives made them stronger and wiser.
- WIDC Theater, Preston Bradley Center, Chicago
Oct 31 – Nov 24, 2002