I lie down. I pull the sleep mask over my eyes and place the headphones over my ears. Then I drift, once again, into Sweet Dreams.

Shine On Collective presented the second part of their Sweet Dreams series, Sweet Dreams: Just a Dream, at this year’s Midsummer Scream. The show acted both as an entry point into the series for newcomers, while building on themes established in The Prologue: choice, love, and expectations.

Rose, still trapped in dreams, explains her situation to those who have fallen asleep. She highlights the treatment of women in the fairy tales we tell; why is it that women are always the ones who have been cursed? That question adds to the others Rose considered and left us with in The Prologue; they are sure to factor into just how Part Three unfolds.


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Proving their mastery of small spaces once again, Shine On paired physical elements with audio to complete draw you into the experience. Where The Prologue took place entirely in a moving truck, Just a Dream made use of a small tent on a convention floor. Those who heard Rose’s dream may have felt a weight on their chest when she mentioned feeling trapped, something warm on their throat as she spoke of a dragon’s breath, a prick on their finger to wake them from sleep. While the moments that emulate what happens in the dream world in the real world are small, they helped add a weight to the show – a way to keep from forgetting Rose’s dream once I had awoken. That’s not all I was left with though: a phone number given out at the end of the show left me questioning just whose dream Rose is trapped in.

Sweet Dreams: Part Three will run periodically in October and November in the Los Angeles area. Click here if you’d like to read about Part 1 of Sweet Dreams: The Prologue.

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