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.
"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
- Gun Shots
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- 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
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).
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Nice Fish premiered at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN in April 2013 under the direction of Mark Rylance and Claire von Kampen.