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Pool (No Water)

Pool (No Water)
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Mark Ravenhill
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 88
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 0573704511
ISBN-13: 9780573704512
Cast Size: 2 women, 2 men

About the Play:

pool (no water) is a full-length drama by Mark Ravenhill. Takes a house party to a new level when the host suffers a horrific accident. A darkly comic, brutally honest investigation of what it means to be an artist and to survive in the art world.

pool (no water) centers on a group of artists, who are former classmates, longtime friends, and ongoing rivals. A famous artist invites her old friends out to her luxurious new home and, for one night only, the group is back together. However, celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers an horrific accident. As the victim lies in a coma, an almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be their next work of art? The group is ecstatic in its new found project until things slip out of their control and, to the surprise of all, the patient awakes... pool (no water) is a visceral and shocking play about the vulnerability of friendship, the power of resentment inspired by success, and a deep-seated yearning to create something truly memorable.

pool (no water) premiered in 2006 at the Theatre Royal's Drum Theatre in Plymouth, England. The play has been performed in regional repertory, fringe, and college theatre productions.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Mr. Ravenhill's writing has a hypnotic beauty itself, as the locked chambers of each of the character's minds are slowly exposed... The play is full of perceptive commentary on the tension between affection and antipathy among friends – and the interior tensions in the individual soul between self-love and self-hate." — The New York Times

"Utterly engrossing." — TheaterMania

"Ravenhill's text has a hypnotic fluidity." — British Theatre Guide

About the Playwright:

Mark Ravenhill is an English playwright, actor, director, and journalist. He studied English and Drama at Bristol University from 1984–1987, and held down jobs as a freelance director, workshop leader and drama teacher. After staging a short piece, Fist, as part of the I'll Show You Mine season of shorts at London's Finborough pub theatre venue, he was prompted to write a larger scale work that burst on to the theatre scene in 1996 as the huge hit Shopping and F***ing. One of the most distinctive contemporary UK playwrights, he was appointed Associate Director of London's Little Opera House at The King's Head Theatre in September 2010. He played an active role in the venue's relaunch as London's third Opera House. In 2012, he became Writer in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). He often writes for the arts section of The Guardian.

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