Nice Fish

by  Mark Rylance, Louis Jenkins

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 1f

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.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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. 

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Reviews

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 New York, Read More 

“Brilliant […] The writing is stunning […] The language is just gorgeous.” - The Observer

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  • Interview with the creative team of Nice Fish
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Keywords

Aging, Death, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A frozen lake somewhere in northern Minnesota. Late Winter. Early Spring.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 1f
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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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance

Louis Jenkins

Louis Jenkins

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

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