Dream Up Festival

You Don't KNow How It Feels title

- World Premiere


Playwright: Kelley Blessing.

Director: Traci Timmons.

Cast George Domenick, Kieran Duffy, Anastasia Gonzalez, Gabriel Morales and Jadalee Vega

This play contains sexual violence, assault and abuse.  It is not suitable for children under the age of sixteen.

“You Don’t Know How It Feels” is an honest and daring look at a student who is sexually assaulted by her teacher. Playwright Kelley Blessing and Director Traci Timmons hope to further the dialogue that will help end the stigma surrounding this crucial issue. Unfortunately, as the recent #metoo campaign illustrates, almost every woman has a story involving sexual harassment or abuse of some kind. Stories from schools and churches around the country continue to come to light, making this topic as relevant today as it ever was. Who can you turn to when trust is betrayed? Dena and her friends love Mr. McCoe, he is the coolest. After Dena’s sister dies, he listens, helps her bring up her grades and prepare to try out for the basketball team. He manipulates the power dynamic so that her family, friends, teachers and school administration are not aware of the dark turn their relationship takes. This is a forthright and caring exploration of a young woman’s story reminding us how important it is to pay attention.


Cabaret Theater

Wednesday - August 29 - 9pm
Sunday - September 2 - 5pm
Saturday- September 8 - 8pm
Sunday - September 9 - 3:30pm Monday - September 10 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 15 - 8pm

Running time: You Don't Know How It Feels is 90 Minutes $18.

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Kelley Blessing (Playwright) is a graduate from Drew University with a BA and MA in Theatre Arts and Theatrical Education. Kelley has staged managed and designed several shows in the NJ/NY area including: Miss Julie (InterAct), The Shadow Box (Strollers), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (The Strollers) and What I Always Wanted to Do—The Musical (Dark Night Productions) and Cole (The Strollers). Kelley is also a playwright and finished workshopping her latest play You Don’t Know How It Feels (Darknight).

Traci Timmons (Director) has been a professional actor, singer, teacher, director, producer and administrator for many years. She is a graduate of the Northwest Actors Studio Conservatory Program where she later taught acting and served as Program Director. She has performed, directed and taught extensively throughout Westchester, New York City and Seattle. Traci is currently on the board of the Runaway Theatre Company, the Talent Relations Director for The Family Repertory Company, and a hall of fame member of Darknight Productions. She is a producer and co-host for Word of Mom Radio and teaches voice and piano for Forbes Music Company. She is also a certified health coach. Directing credits include Last Few Steps, The Crucifixion and You Don’t Know How It Feels, in addition to numerous children’s theatre productions. Traci has dedicated her life to helping people, and eliminating the stigma around abuse and empowering survivors would bring great joy and satisfaction.



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