A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick

by  Kia Corthron

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f, 1boy(s)

"Half family drama and half sociopolitical exposé, Cool Dip makes the socialand ecological issues surrounding water both compelling and fascinating, shedding new light on this most basic of necessities." – Show Business

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A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick

by  Kia Corthron

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A Cool Dip offers glimpses into the lives of Abebe, a young Ethopian man with a passion for the unlikely combination of Christianity and ecology, and the family that houses him during his college studies in Maryland. Through their interactions, the play uncompromisingly tackles the issues of drought and social injustice, combining a realistic evocation of human emotion with the fantastical to bring attention to the scarcity of something we so often take for granted: water.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Half family drama and half sociopolitical exposé, Cool Dip makes the socialand ecological issues surrounding water both compelling and fascinating, shedding new light on this most basic of necessities. – Show Business

"Waxing its most lyrical, whether about activism of the environmental or evangelical varieties, it's one of the most refreshing of the season to date." – TalkinBroadway.com

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The U.S. and Ethiopia, 2006 then seven years later, and then a year after that.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f, 1boy(s)
ABEBE - an Ethiopian man, 20, 27, 28
PICKLE - a black American woman, 42, 50 
H.J. - Pickle’s daughter, 17, 25
TAY - a white American boy, 9
SEYOUM - an Ethiopian man, 34
TICH - a black American man, late 20s to 30
THREE HEADS
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

In the original production the actor Playing TICH doubled with SEYOUM.

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Authors

Kia Corthron

Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2010. Other plays include Moot the Messenger (Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival), Light Raise the Roof (New York Theatre Workshop), Snapshot Silhouette (Minneapolis' Children's Theatre), Slide Glide the Slippe ...

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A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in March 2010 under the direction of Chay Yew.

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