Swimming in the Shallows

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Somewhere in Rhode Island—the town of Twig on the Atlantic coast—a middle-aged housewife is trying to achieve Buddhist serenity by getting rid of all her possessions, eventually including her husband. A lesbian is in crisis over whether to marry her partner even though she smokes. A young gay man with serious commitment problems is falling in love with a large mako shark at the local aquarium. What’s more, it appears the shark is just as interested in him.


“A screwy little jewel of a play… It’s as unconventional a conventional look at love as you’ll find.” – The New York Times
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“Adam Bock’s delightful new comedy, Swimming in the Shallows, is set in the fictional coastal town of Twig, Rhode Island, and it’s characters have a twiggy charm: The farther they go out on a limb, the more winsomely bent and breakable they get.” – Time Out New York

“It’s a tremendous relief to encounter Adam Bock’s Swimming in the Shallows, a show that hits so many right notes, with so much smarts, winning charm, and goofy humor… that the hardest part of my job here is keeping the hyperbole under control… What sets Bock’s writing apart from other plays that strain to make literal the metaphorical is the natural ease with which he introduces the potentially preposterous situations —and more importantly, the tremendous empathy he has for all his characters. We believe in these people, and root for them.” – Back Stage West

Premiered at Coyote Theater, Boston
Directed by Betsy Carpenter
With Leslie Arnott, Gary Bisantz, Daniel J. Kells, Nick Park, Sophie Parker and Lizza Reilly

West Coast premiere: Shotgun Players, Berkeley/San Francisco
Directed by Kent Nicholson
With Katie Bales, Mary Eaton Fairfield, John Flanagan, Dawn-Elin Fraser, Gene Thompson and Liam Vincent

European premiere: Bright Choice Productions, Edinburgh Festival
Directed by Owen Lewis
With Philip Bosworth, James Frost, Marlo Haas, Eric Meyers, Celia Robertson and Trudy Weiss

NYC premiere: Second Stage Uptown
Directed by Trip Cullman
With Michael Arden, Rosemarie DeWitt, Murphy Guyer, Logan Marshall-Green, Susan Pourfar and Mary Shultz