Five Mile Lake

by  Rachel Bonds

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

"Five Mile Lakecontains all that passion, betrayal, violence and heartbreak in the pauses between words [...] has a gift for quotidian dialogue with a deep well of subtext. It doesn’t really sound like dialogue. It sounds like the way people talk." - Los Angeles Times

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Five Mile Lake

by  Rachel Bonds

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Stuck in a town near Scranton, Pennsylvania are Jamie and Mary. Mary is working at a bakery while taking care of her veteran brother, and Jamie is taking care of his ill mother. When Jamie’s brother, Rufus, comes to visit from New York with his girlfriend, Peta, to hopefully bolster their waning relationship, desires of lives passing by are brought to the surface. Five Mile Lake is a tender, realistic portrayal of relationships between those who leave to the city, those who stay home, and those who feel trapped in their surroundings.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Five Mile Lake contains all that passion, betrayal, violence and heartbreak in the pauses between words [...] has a gift for quotidian dialogue with a deep well of subtext. It doesn’t really sound like dialogue. It sounds like the way people talk." - Los Angeles Times, Read More 

"An artful if modest examination of country versus city mores in an up-to-date context." - The Hollywood Reporter, Read More 

"[...] understated yet touching [...] Ms. Bonds makes artful use of commonplace language and nonverbal vocal intonations like 'ummm' and 'gaaahhh.'" - The New York Times, Read More


Videos

  • Excerpts from South Coast Rep's production of Five Mile Lake
  • INterview with Rachel Bonds and director Daniella Topol on Five Mile Lake
  • Interview with the McCarter cast of Five Mile Lake
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Keywords

Betrayal, Friendship, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A small, somewhat desolate town near Scranton, PA. By a lake. Winter.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 2f
JAMIE
MARY
RUFUS
PETA
DANNY
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)

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Authors

Rachel Bonds

Rachel Bonds’ plays have been developed or produced by South Coast Rep, Ars Nova, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Atlantic Theater Company, Studio Theatre, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and New Yo ...

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Five Mile Lake premiered at South Cast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA in April 2014 under the direction of Daniella Topol.

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