Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - You’ll need some stationary bikes. Or you could also use half-bikes with the backs cut off and do bike puppetry. It’d be nice to have a big map upstage with the route marked on it and city markers that light up as they progress down the route. It’d also be nice to have video projections of the road. Ahhhh… it’d be nice…
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Kendeda, From Off-Broadway
WINNER - 2012-2013 Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award
Award-winning playwright, Mike Lew's Bike America is a wildly theatrical picaresque journey that crams the entire continent onto one stage.
The play peddles the audience along a cross-country bike trip from Boston to California, with stops in big cities and small towns along the way. Our feckless heroine Penny is looking to bring more meaning into her life, to find a lifestyle that suits her and a town that feels like a home... so she drops her clingy boyfriend in Beantown and takes off for Santa Barbara! Along the way she befriends a colorful crew of bikers: Ryan, the health nut biking instructor; Tim Billy, the innocent wanderer; Annabel and Rorie, the badass activists seeking to get gay-married in every state they hit on the trip; and the mysterious Man with the Van who carries their stuff. Featuring a flexible and diverse cast, Bike America is a multi-state, multi-generational odyssey to discover our obsession with happiness.
“Bike America is a trip full of verve... It’s easily one of the better new plays by a young American writer I’ve seen in a long time” - Village Voice, Read More
“Lew adroitly captures the cross-country genre in his own uniquely cartoonish way, elevating the United States to a mythical land full of magic and monsters.” - Theater Mania, Read More
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Bike America was originally produced on February 6, 2013, by Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, Susan V. Booth, Artistic Director.
Bike America received its New York premiere on October 1, 2013, by Ma-Yi Theater Company, Ralph B. Peña, Artistic Director, Jorge Z. Ortoll, Executive Director.