The Village Bike

by  Penelope Skinner

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 3f

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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The Village Bike

by  Penelope Skinner

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

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

Reviews

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

     

Videos

  • A Look Inside MCC Theater's THE VILLAGE BIKE
  • THE VILLAGE BIKE: A First Look
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The play takes places in three cottages in a village somewhere in middle England, at the height of summer.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 3f
BECKY - early 30s
JOHN - early 30s
JENNY - early 40s
OLIVER - mid 40s
ALICE - early 40s
MIKE - early 50s
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Penelope Skinner

Penelope Skinner's plays include The Village Bike (Royal Court Upstairs; 2011); The Sound of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough/Crucible Theatre Sheffield); Greenland (co-writer, National; 2011); The Literary Ball (co-writer, International Rough Cut, Royal Court; 2010); Eigengrau (Bush Theatre; 2010); Midnight at the Hotel Beau ...

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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. 

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