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Nice Fish - Full Length Play, Drama

Nice Fish

Mark Rylance, Louis Jenkins

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573705984

On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It's the end of the fishing season, and two old friends are out on the ice, angling for something big; something down there that is pure need. Something that might just swallow them whole.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Experimental

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - A frozen lake somewhere in northern Minnesota. Late Winter. Early Spring.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TAGS

Aging, Death, Memory

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From West End

On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It's the end of the fishing season, and two old friends are out on the ice, angling for something big; something down there that is pure need. Something that might just swallow them whole. In Nice Fish, celebrated actor Mark Rylance draws on his own teenage years in the American Midwest, in a unique collaboration with critically acclaimed Minnesotan contemporary prose poet Louis Jenkins and the whole company. This sublimely playful, profound and very funny play transferred direct from a sell-out run in New York to the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, in 2016, in a production directed by Claire van Kampen and starring Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl.

REVIEWS

"Mr. Jenkins’s seemingly modest writing, attuned to close observation of everyday experience, contains, beneath its homely surfaces, larger meanings that glide softly into your mind and heart, like those elusive fish swimming beneath the ice." - The New York Times, Read More

"Nice Fish is a great catch...its whimsical observational humor is consistently amusing." - The Hollywood Reporter, Read More 

"It's a compact, unpretentious play...But it’s Jenkins’ poetry — that laconic voice, extending provocative thoughts and unexpected insights — that hangs in the air at the end of the show." - Variety, Read More 

"Nice Fish is a whimsical, ultimately resonant portrait of lost souls waiting to hook or be hooked." - Time Out NY, Read More 


Check out these photos from the St. Ann's Warehouse production of Nice Fish in February 2016.


Nice Fish premiered at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN in April 2013 under the direction of Mark Rylance and Claire von Kampen.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

ERIK - Married. Unemployed. An ice-fishing enthusiast. Around 50 in age. Old high school friend of Ron’s. From Minnesota.
RON - Single. Employed. Knows little about ice fishing. Around 50 in age. Old high school friend of Erik’s. From Wisconsin.
FLO (Florence) - An independent woman. Wayne’s Granddaughter.
WAYNE - A devoted spear fisherman. A widower, retired, mid 60 to mid 70 in age. Flo’s Grandfather.
DNR MAN - An Officer from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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