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Five Mile Lake

by Rachel Bonds

Jan 18, 2020
7:00PM - 9:00PM

Play reading
Directed by Gina Kaufman

Jamie and Mary are suck in a small town with nothing to do. Jaime enjoys his slow life, soaking in the world around him as he fixes up his grandfather’s lake house, and cares for his ailing mother. He rounds out his days by working alongside the restless Mary in the local bakery. When Jaime’s brother and new girlfriend Peta show up unexpectedly to escape the city, the peaceful town is met with new energy; sending each of these young adults searching for something new, as they navigate a rapidly transforming world. This artful and tender play explores those who stay and those who go away, and the nostalgia we all face along the way.

This reading is part of the Winter Play Reading Festival

Cast TBD

General Admission: $25/Adult; $10/Student
Winter Play Reading Festival: See all 5 plays: $75/Adult Pass; $30 Student Pass

About the Playwright

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 York Stage & Film, among others. Her plays include: CURVE OF DEPARTURE (Upcoming South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre); FIVE MILE LAKE (South Coast Rep, McCarter, Weissberger Award); THE WOLFE TWINS (Studio Theatre, Kilroys List 2015); SWIMMERS (Marin Theatre Co., Sky Cooper Prize, Kilroys List 2014); SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON (Ars Nova/WP); ALMA (Atlantic Theatre Company commission); FIRECRACKER (Kilroys List 2016); AT THE OLD PLACE (La Jolla); MICHAEL & EDIE (NY Times Critic's Pick, 2010); WINTER GAMES (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Heideman Award); and ANNIVERSARY (EST, Sam French OOB Festival Winner). She is an Alumna of the EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Writers’ Group. She was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence at Ars Nova. Current commissions include The Geffen and McCarter. Bonds is a graduate of Brown University.

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