FINAL PERFORMANCE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND AT 8:00PM
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Red Bike, by Caridad Svich
Directed by Sam Tower
Starring Freddy Amill, Emily R. Johnson, Torez Mosley
With music by Jordan McCree and Andrew Nittoli of ILL Doots
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
“YOU WANT IT. YOU DREAMT ABOUT IT. YOU HAVE IT.
The red bike.
So, it’s like this: you’re eleven years old, you live in a small town and the times are dark, as they say. But you have a bike, a bike you love, a bike that makes you dream about a world bigger than the one you live in. One day you take a ride through the outer edges of your town and something goes awry. Let’s call it an accident. Let’s say it causes you to see the world anew. Or maybe it just causes you to see the world for what it truly is.”
“RED BIKE is like a painting that catches your eye in a museum and makes you stop—because it is simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar, simple yet complex, accessible yet layered with meaning. This play by Caridad Svich is full of imagery and modernist poetry; it evokes the kind of American imagery of Norman Rockwell, William Carlos Williams, and Muriel Rukeyser. We learn what America is through the eyes of an eleven year old with a red bike, who could forget all their observations the moment they turn twelve.”
— Heather Helinsky (dramaturg)