Publish, perish, or sleep? The annual Quad Club Revels will contemplate these and other weighty matters in its revue Sweet Dreams, taking place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.
This year, in this annual, satirical sketch, assistant professor Serena McKnight is beset with problems. She must find a suitable topic to write about if she is to get tenure; her self-centered boyfriend is far more interested in his own happiness than hers, and even her own mother doesn’t seem to care. Worst of all, she can’t sleep! Will she ever find a cure for her insomnia? Will she publish—or perish? Is there any power in the world that can overcome her overwhelming difficulties? And just what role has the teddy bear played in the history of the University of Chicago?
Author Sara Paretsky and Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie join distinguished University of Chicago faculty members David Bevington, Ted Cohen, Philip C. Hoffman and Patsy Ann Young-Beyer in Andy Austin’s antic tale of sleep deprivation and the pressures of modern academia. Set in Hyde Park in the spring, Sweet Dreams features such neighborhood institutions as the Medici Restaurant and the Hyde Park Herald. Local actors, including Sara Stern, Trip Driscoll and Lauren Miller will sing to the music of Julian Harvey, Ted Fishman, Colin DeJong, Carol Fisher Saller and Will White, accompanied by music director and university organist Tom Weisflog.
Tickets are $30 on Friday and Saturday (student tickets are $10 on Friday only). A special dinner-and-show package is available at the Quadrangle Club on Friday for $60 and on Saturday for $70.