Awake in a World That Encourages Sleep, a play by actor Raymond J. Barry, will be performed at the Electric Lodge in Venice, beginning Saturday, Jan. 7 through Feb. 27.

The play stars Barry from TV shows such as “Justified” and numerous films, as well as actors Joseph Culp from “Mad Men” and Tacey Adams.

Awake In a World That Encourages Sleep is a dark comedy set in an atmosphere of doubt and suspicion about the country grasping to hold on to world power.

A surprising romantic triangle unfolds as a couple argue, Paul and Erica, about their son joining the Army at his father’s urging – the same man who was himself a draft dodger.

Another man, Edward, who works for Paul, is now quitting his highly sensitive position and Erica is strongly drawn to Edward. As the two men contend for her favor, the play conveys the eerie feeling that things are way out of control.

Contemporary issues embraced in the play include war, corporate power and greed. The play addresses the exploitation of the weak by the strong and the growing imbalance of wealth between the poor and rich.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors, and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at