By Jeanelle Wheeler
For Alexander Diaz, Joseph’s Dream is indeed a dream come true.
It all began two years ago when Alex’s stepfather came from Puerto Rico and started working on a construction project in Alex’s house. Despite a turbulent past, their relationship became stronger with time. They were connected.
Soon after, Alex’s friend Joyce showed him an old, illustrated Bible – a book that he usually never reads or understands. When Alex opened the Bible, he was astonished to find a story about Jesus’ father/”stepfather” Joseph. Joseph, who was thinking of leaving Mary because of her pregnancy, had a “dream” telling him to stay with her.
Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, Alex insists this was a pivotal moment in the history of the world – Joseph had a choice. A dream-inspired choice that has, in turn, inspired Alex to create a story. It was clear that Joseph and Jesus’ relationship reminded Alex of his stepfather who, like Joseph was a carpenter. As Alex believes, “That’s what pushed me to do something with this story. I started dreaming about it. The dream that is now the show.”
And Joseph’s Dream is quite the show. After a successful world-premiere in March 2015 at St. Joseph’s Church in Charlton, Alex and his cast are thrilled to bring their production to the Hanover Theater this February.
Their production is a unique theatrical experience. It is a mixture of theater, dance, costume design, and technology that immerses the audience in a dream-like experience. Alex, along with his partner and show producer Jamie Salisbury, have assembled a talented production team. The team includes production manager Joni Metras, technical director Kyle Sullivan, stage manager Gina Metras, costume designer Joyce Sirard, choreographer Gina Mandella, and lighting and video effects producer S. Jeremy Peters of SJP Productions.
For Alex, the journey to complete Joseph’s Dream has been a long one. He experienced some rough times while growing up in Puerto Rico. Then, he moved to the United States in 2002, in search of “a better life and a better future.”
He went to the Institute of Art in Boston and became an interior designer. Alex says, “I thank my family all the time because I have a wonderful partner [show producer Jamie Salisbury], an
adopted son that I love very much, and two dogs. I have the best foundation that changed my life forever and makes me who I am today. We are very, very blessed.”
Alex and Jamie have become well-known in the area, not only because they own three local UPS stores, but also because they initiated a drive to collect over 100,000 shoes for the shoe charity “Soles4Souls.” Alex explains they have been collecting shoes “because we are always looking for a way to make a difference. No matter what we do. It’s very important to us. I did the shoe thing. Now this is a totally different way to make a difference.”
All the money from the production will be donated to the Worcester County Food Bank, Partners in Charity, and Centro Inc., a Latino community non-profit. Alex states, “I’m here to share the vision and creativity that I have and put it out there so that people can enjoy and support local artists and actors.”
If you want to be part of the exciting new production of Joseph’s Dream come to auditions at St. Joseph’s Hall in Charlton on Sunday, September 13th from 1-3:00PM. To learn more about the project, visit josephsdream.net.
And above all, Alex invites the entire community to come and support him on this journey. Mark your calendars and come see Joseph’s Dream at Hanover Theater on February 17th and 18th. Be prepared to immerse yourself in Alex’s vision of a man who made a choice that changed the future. Immerse yourself in this dream . . . Joseph’s Dream.