Swimmers

by  Rachel Bonds

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  7m, 4f

"Bonds has a terrific feel for the painful absurdities of personal relationships – whether collegial or would-be romantic – and the inanities of the surface camaraderie of the modern open workplace.” - San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Coyotes evading police. Billboards predicting the end of the world. It’s been a strange day at the office, and it’s only nine a.m. Moving floor by floor from the basement up to the roof, scenes between employees in a corporate office explore the angst-ridden relationships between those that people often take most advantage of: their coworkers. 
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Bonds has a terrific feel for the painful absurdities of personal relationships – whether collegial or would-be romantic – and the inanities of the surface camaraderie of the modern open workplace.” - San Francisco Chronicle, Read More 

"Five Stars! [Swimmers] is such a strong outing that it makes one eager to see what else Bonds has up her sleeve [...] the dialogue is often funny in its painful awkwardness. The characters are a charming, fascinating group of people." - Marin Independent Journal, Read More 

"[Bonds] writes with a sensitive touch that, along with the pain, also acknowledges the inescapable humanity of her characters and the humor that accompanies their angst. Mix empathy and laughs with a light splash of existential dread and you have a pretty potent dramatic framework." - Pacific Sun, Read More


Videos

  • Marin Theatre Company trailer for Swimmers
  • Scenes and descriptions from Marin Theatre Company's first rehearsal of Swimmers
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Keywords

Business

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Several floors of an office building.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 4f
WALTER - Facilities Management. African-American. Late 40’s/early 50’s. 
TOM - Sales. Could be any race/ethnicity. Early 40’s.
FARRAH - Product Development. Could be any non-WASPy race/ethnicity. Early 30’s. 
YURI - Product Development. Russian. Moved to US for college. Mid-to-late 30’s. 
BILL - Product Development. African-American. Early 30’s. 
RANDY - Sales. Could be any race/ethnicity. Late 20’s-Early 30’s. 
PRIYA - Sales. First-generation American, born to Indian parents. Late 20’s-Early 30’s. 
CHARLENE - Administration. Latina. Early-to-mid 40’s. 
VIVIAN - Intern. Very beautiful and ethnically ambiguous. Early 20’s – 25. 
DENNIS - R&D. Overweight. White. 40ish. 
GEORGE - COO. White. Mid 50’s.
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black 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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Swimmers premiered at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA in March 2016 under the direction of Mike Donahue.

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