Dramatic Repertory Company On Stage

Swimming in the Shallows
Performance Times

Thurs. April 18 @7:30pm
Fri. April 19 @7:30pm
Sat. April 20 @7:30pm
Sun. April 21 @2pm

Wed. April 24 @7:30pm SOLD OUT
Thurs. April 25 @7:30pm
Fri. April 26 @7:30pm
Sat. April 27 @7:30pm
Sun. April 28 @7:30pm

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Peter BrownPETER BROWN (Nick) is thrilled to be returning to the DRC stage after appearing as John Calvin/etc. in last spring's Life During Wartime. Peter holds a BA in Drama (Acting & Directing) from Dartmouth College. Peter was formerly Associate Artistic Director of Mad Horse Theatre Company, where he acted in a dozen productions including The Late Henry Moss, The Normal Heart, The Pillowman, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Cloud 9. He has also acted with several other local theaters: Portland Stage Company (Comedy of Errors); The PSC Studio Series (The Food Chain); Fenix Theatre Company (Twelfth Night & Taming of the Shrew); Lorem Ipsum (Blood Wedding); The Stage at Spring Point (Twelfth Night & The Miser); Portland Players (Noises Off!, I Hate Hamlet & Dial M for Murder-all with Michael Rafkin); The Children's Theater of Maine (The Wrestling Season); ROiL (Close to Home); MainePlay Productions (Torch Song Trilogy); and The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor (Twelfth Night, Almost, Maine & Indoor/Outdoor).

Matthew DelamaterMATTHEW DELAMATER (The Shark) is very excited to be working with DRC once again and to be back working on such a creative and fun script. Matt has been seen before at DRC as Tommy in Life During Wartime and Carson and several other roles in Gross Indecency. Other regional roles include Owen Glendower in Henry IV and The Aviator in The Little Prince at Theater at Monmouth; Vladimir in Fenix Theatre's Waiting for Godot, Brandon in Good Theaterís Next Fall; Ray Moss in Mad Horse's The Late Henry Moss, Nephew Fred in The Public Theater's A Christmas Carol, and Biff Loman in Out of the Box Theater's production of Death of a Salesman. Matt would like to thank Dan and Keith for the chance to work with such an incredible cast, and his beautiful wife Emily and amazing parents for always supporting his passion. www.matthewdelamater.com

Janice GardnerJANICE GARDNER (Donna). Janice is happy to be making her first appearance on the DRC stage. As a company member of Mad Horse, her roles include Theresa in Circle Mirror Transformation, Becky Shaw in Becky Shaw, and Dr. Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart. She was most recently seen in Good Theater's Death by Design as Victoria Van Roth. Other performances with Good Theater include Karen Weston in August: Osage County and Francis in Light Up the Sky. Her performances with AIRE include Nellie Nora in Eclipsed and Margaret in The Grand O'Neal.

Christopher HoltCHRISTOPHER HOLT (Bob) is very happy to be working with DRC for the first time, and with Dan, Peter, Bess and Janice again. Chris is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and has lived in Portland since the turn of the century.

Janice O'RourkeJANICE O'ROURKE (Carla Carla). Janice is a Portland Stage Company affiliate artist. Portland Stage Company credits include: Out of Sterno,Iron Kisses, Lend me a Tenor, Comedy of Errors, Blithe Spirit and several appearances in Little Festival of the Unexpected. New York and regional credits include appearances for adobe theatre company, Grove Street Playhouse, Rattlestick Theatre, Engarde Arts, The Ontological Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville and an international tour with Shenandoah Shakespeare. TV: Ivy Perlow on "Law & Order." Janice is the executive producer for TEDxDirigo.

Bess WeldenBESS WELDEN (Barb) has been making theater professionally as an actor, writer, director and educator for over 20 years. Her newest solo play (writer/performer/producer), Big Mouth Thunder Thighs, will premiere in Portland Stage's debut season of Studio Rep in February/March 2013 (www.bigmouththunderthighs.com). After earning an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory, Bess went on to perform at the Denver Center Theater Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Hangar Theater, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, among others. In her adopted home state of Maine she has appeared at Portland Stage, the Opera House at Boothbay, Mad Horse Theatre, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Freeport Shakespeare Festival/Freeport Factory Stage. She has toured extensively with her last solo comedy, The Passion of the Hausfrau, which was developed through the Little Festival of the Unexpected and premiered at Portland Stage in 2009 (www.thehausfrauplay.com). Bess has co-written and performed four other solo plays and recently penned her first children's theater piece, Magic in the Attic. She is the librettist of two musical works, A Little Miracle (Lincoln Center premiere) and Eagle Girl, composed by David Stock. She currently teaches and directs in the Theater Department of Colby College and in Portland Stage's Theater for Kids program. She is a proud member of Portland Stage's Affiliate Artists.

ADAM BOCK (Playwright). Adam Bock's plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players) A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Flowers (About Face Theatre), The Receptionist (MTC, 2008 Outer Critics nomination, Best Plays of 2007-2008), The Evidence Room with Megan Mullally, The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons, 2008 Outer Critics nomination), The Thugs (Soho Rep, 2007 OBIE Award for Playwriting), The Shaker Chair (2005 Humana Festival), Swimming In The Shallows (Shotgun Players, Second Stage Uptown, 2000 BATCC Award, Clauder Prize), Five Flights (Encore Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2002 Glickman Award, ACTA nomination, Osborn nomination), Marcy Comes Home, and The Typographer's Dream (Encore Theatre/Shotgun Players). Adam is the resident playwright at Encore Theatre, and a Shotgun Players Artistic Associate. He is a NEA grantee, a three-time resident at Yaddo, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect, and a TDF Open Doors mentor. Adam's plays are published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts, Inc. He is a 2012 Guggenheim grantee, a NEA grantee, a Guernsey Award-winner, a three-time resident at Yaddo, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect, and a TDF Open Doors mentor. He is a proud member of New Dramatists.

DANIEL BURSON (Director) is tremendously lucky both to be working with DRC for the first time and to be collaborating with this remarkable cast. Dan is the Literary & Education Manager at Portland Stage Company, where he has directed Marie Antoinette the Color of Flesh, Mary's Wedding, The Santaland Diaries, many staged readings, and two independent studio collaborations. Other local directing credits include productions at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, AIRE, and Freeport Players. As a dramaturg, Dan is the Northeast regional vice president of Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas. Thanks to John Cariani for providing the excuse to get these people together, and to Emily, forever.

MICHAELA WIRTH (Lighting Design). Rarely seen in the full light of day, this designer is delighted to be working once again with DRC. When not in the darkness of the theatre, she can often be found in the darkness of the projection booth of the Nicklelodeon... planning the lights for the next DRC show!

Travis M. Grant (Costume Designer in Residence) Previous Shows with DRC: Topdog/Underdog, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Travis is an accomplished costume designer and the recipient of the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I Barbizon National Design Award for Excellence in Costume Design for the Maine premiere of Last Easter (University of Southern Maine). Other design credits include: Gypsy (City Theater, Biddeford); Side Show (Portland Players); The Wedding Singer (University of New England); The Wild Party (University of Southern Maine School of Music), Enchanted April (Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association); Inook and the Sun (USM); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Maine Premiere, USM School of Music); Moonchildren (USM); The Full Monty; Leading Ladies (New England Premiere) (Arundel Barn Playhouse); The Full Monty (Portland Players); The Full Monty; The House of Frankenstein; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Godspell; Play On! (Waldo Theatre, Inc.) and many more. Travis has had the great pleasure of working as a costume technician for such local companies as Maine State Music Theater, Maine State Music Theater Costume Rentals and Portland Players.

CHRIS FITZE (Sound Design) is very pleased to be working with the DRC! Over the past 20 years, Chris has designed shows for several different venues including: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Children's Theater of Maine, St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center, and Portland Stage Company. He is Technical Director at Morse High School in Bath where he oversees a crew of 30 kids. He also designs and builds sets. Chris works days at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine as a member of their Exhibits/ Operations team. He send his love to Jessica, Martin, and Arthur.

APRIL 18 - 28, 2013


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a comedy by Adam Bock
directed by Daniel Burson

Peter Brown     Matt Delamater
Janice Gardner     Christopher Holt
Janice O'Rourke     Bess Welden

Adam Bock's award-winning comedy is unlike anything you have seen before!

Barb discovers that some Buddhist monks in Thailand only own eight things -- and wonders if that is all she wants. She starts giving away her things but her husband Bob keeps buying her new ones. Donna wants Carla Carla to marry her, but Carla Carla doesn't like that Donna smokes - or is it something more? Serial-dating Nick meets a shark at the aquarium -- they go out to the beach and Nick tries not to sleep with the shark too fast.

DRC is extremely proud to present an all-star local ensemble in this hilarious look at gay weddings, heterosexual marriages, American Capitalism and the consequences of a love affair with a top-level ocean predator.

“A screwy little jewel of a play ... It's as unconventional a conventional look at love as you'll find.”
- The New York Times

“A sweetly absurdist view of life ... By staying resolutely in shallow, frolicsome waters, the play manages to achieve something unexpectedly, if quietly, profound.”
- Village Voice

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