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Village Bike, The - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Village Bike, The

Penelope Skinner

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573704345

Becky is pregnant—and friskier than ever. But she can’t seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the baby’s months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she’d go.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - The play takes places in three cottages in a village somewhere in middle England, at the height of summer.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

NOMINEE - 2015 Lucille Lortel Award
NOMINEE - 2015 Drama Desk Award 
NOMINEE - 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off-Broadway Play

Isn't she gorgeous? Hardly been ridden. She's been in the garage just gathering dust. Becky is pregnant—and friskier than ever. But she can’t seem to get the attention of her husband, who is more interested in the baby manual than her new underwear, so she turns to the porn stash under the bed. As her husband prepares for the baby’s months-away arrival, Becky takes matters into her own hands. As the summer heats up, she sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she’d go. A provocative and darkly comic look at fantasy and desire, The Village Bike sends Becky speeding downhill towards reckless abandon.

REVIEWS

"Ms. Skinner’s play is not a tempestuous love story, on the one hand, or a smirky farce of infidelity, on the other. “The Village Bike” takes its own route, both wayward and straightforward, in pursuing the idea of sex as a raw biological urge that’s been given new outlets in the age of Internet pornography. That it’s a woman’s urge that’s being explored, in unsentimental and noncelebratory terms, makes “The Village Bike” an uncommon and revitalizing entry in mainstream theater." - The New York Times, Read More

"Skinner shines a hard light on lust and domesticity." - Time Out New York, Read More

"...this is a meaty, entertaining and provocative evening, proving Skinner a worthy winner of this year’s George Devine award for most promising playwright." - Variety, Read More

"The play initially grabs with an unvarnished look at libido that turns typically male and female roles topsy-turvy." - NY Daily News, Read More

"Skinner is addressing a difficult theme head on, often with wit and verbal authenticity." - Vulture, Read More

     


The Village Bike received its US premiere in New York City at Manhattan Classic Company (MCC), in the summer of 2014, under the direction of Sam Gold. 

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

BECKY - early 30s
JOHN - early 30s
JENNY - early 40s
OLIVER - mid 40s
ALICE - early 40s
MIKE - early 50s
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  • A Look Inside MCC Theater's THE VILLAGE BIKE

  • THE VILLAGE BIKE: A First Look

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