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Bike America - Full Length Play, Drama

Bike America

Michael Lew

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573703249

Bike America is a wildly theatrical picaresque journey that crams the entire continent onto one stage. The play takes the audience on 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...

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

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

No intermission

Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Friendship

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.


REVIEWS
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.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Performed by a cast of 7 actors (3F, 4M). 

PENNY - (F, 20s, any ethnicity) - our heroine 
TODD - (M, 20s, any ethnicity) - her clingy long-distance boyfriend 
RYAN - (M, 30s, any ethnicity)- a crunchy granola biking instructor 
TIM BILLY - (M, 20s, Black) - a cross-country bicyclist 
ANNABEL (F, 30s-40s, Asian or Hispanic) - a cross-country bicyclist/Rorie’s wife 
PATTY - a Brooklyn artisanal cheese maker
MOM - Todd’s mom, an Allentown she-bear
RORIE - (F, 30s-40s, Black) - a cross-country bicyclist/Annabel’s wife 
MARILYN - a Connecticut homeowner
LAURALIE – a Kentucky bartender
MAN WITH THE VAN - (M, 40s, any ethnicity) - a grizzled shamanistic porter
GENE - a Brooklyn artisanal cheese maker
STUART - an Ohio YMCA director
CARLO – an Arizona county clerk
Videos
  • Promo - BIKE FOR BIKE AMERICA (Mike Lew

  • Maxamoo Interview: Mike Lew, Bike America

  • Maxamoo Interview with Mike Lew

Author
Michael Lew

Michael Lew

Mike Lew’s plays include Bike America (Alliance, Atlanta; Ma-Yi, NYC; Juilliard and Lark workshops, NYC; Kennedy Center/NNPN workshop, DC; Playwrights Foundation workshop, SF); microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops, NYC); and People’s Park (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Chicago). His shorts include Tenure (24 Hour Plays on ... view full profile

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Roger Tang 4/7/2015 10:14 AM
Brash, irreverent and contemporary....

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