SCR to Present World Premiere of FIVE MILE LAKE, 4/13-5/4
SCR announced that it will produce Five Mile Lake by Rachel Bonds on the Julianne Argyros Stage. The new work is an intimate look at life in a small town and is the final world premiere work for the company's 50th Season. The show runs April 13-May 4 and is an anchor production for the 17th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. It will be directed by Daniella Topol. Tickets are available online: www.scr.org.
Five Mile Lake looks at what happens to people who stay in a small town and those who go away. It's the story of Jamie, who enjoys a quiet life in his Pennsylvania hometown, where he fixes up his grandfather's old lake house and pines after Mary, his troubled coworker. When his brother comes back to town with a new girlfriend, Jamie's peaceful world is turned upside down.
Bonds grew up in the small town of Sewanee, Tenn., an experience that helped her become an observer of life and people. She has said that as a writer, she's drawn to explore communication that goes beyond language-"our often inarticulate methods of interactions," including pauses and silence in dialogue. She also is interested in "theatricality and magic and a character's ability to suddenly speak very elegantly and eloquently."
This is the first work by Bonds that SCR has produced. "She's a rising star in playwriting circles," said Artistic Director Marc Masterson. "We're excited to premiere Five Mile Lake and showcase it in our Pacific Playwrights Festival."
Her works have been developed or produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Underground, Atlantic Theater Company, New Georges, Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Arden Theatre Company and New York Stage and Film, among others. She was the 2013 Writers Room Resident at Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, where her play At the Old Place was produced in July of 2013, directed by Ed Sobel. Her other plays include Anniversary, winner of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival; The Noise; developed at New Georges and Ars Nova; Michael & Edie, named a New York Times Critic's Pick in 2010; Swimmers, featured as part of New York Stage and Film's 2013 Powerhouse Reading Series and Roundabout Underground's Reading Series; and Five Mile Lake, part of Manhattan Theatre Club's 7@7 Series, McCarter's Spring Lab Festival and a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights' Conference in 2013.
Casting, design and other information about this production will be forthcoming.
Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.