Rewrite the Dream
Public Intervention to Share Our American Dream
“Rewrite The Dream” came together as a way to proclaim a new American dream. On a stage in front of the public, groups and individuals stepped up to shout their own ambitions into the world. And while the American dream can no longer take hold in a unified belief of the atomic family, high society opportunity, and the white picket fence, we gathered to show that we can still join in support of each person’s individual dreams.
It started with just a few questions: What are three material things you want in your life? What are three non-material goals you have? And with those answers, a dream came to be in the form of a Mad-Lib. Participants could then take their dream up to the stage and read it aloud for all to hear. Sometimes non-sensical and sometimes very revealing, this comedic approach to co-creating a new dream led to a fun exposure of the things we have in common. There were aspirations, big and little fears, shared hobbies, and common interests. And everyone had a few material values. Everyone except our friend Gina—who had apparently achieved everything she wanted in life! Her Mad-Lib read, “the one thing holding me back from achieving my dreams is (material noun) -nothing-.”
Rewrite the Dream was created in collaboration with: Alexia Cohen, Xu Meng Mou, Kevin Cook, Josh Corn, and Will Lentz
Performed on November 7, 2016 at Tenth Ave. Square and Overlook on the High Line (just off of 17th Street)