"To succeed in life you need three things-
a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone."
By The Water
Written by Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Ron Law
February 28-March 2 and March 7-9 at 8:00pm
Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square
345 N. College St, Charlotte, 28202
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$22 in advance, $28 at the door
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By the Water contains some adult language, recommended for ages 14+
Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong Staten Island home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved community is in danger of disappearing forever. When the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface. With fierce compassion and poignant humor, BY THE WATER reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together.
What People Are Saying
Four stars! BY THE WATER is a solid play about a dissolving world; the Murphys may have built on sand, but Rothstein builds on bedrock. This Superstorm drama is a force of nature.
Time Out (New York)
Rothstein’s affecting play traces the impact of a devastating natural disaster on a middleclass couple who were already trudging uphill. Drawn with acute sympathy and in gritty detail, the play dramatizes the kind of story that filled newspapers in the months after Hurricane Sandy. It’s clear from the pungent dialogue—which is seasoned with salty humor—that Rothstein knows these characters inside out.
New York Times
A first-rate play. Before she reaches her bittersweet ending, Rothstein has examined a strong marriage that’s greatly tested and has probed deeply into fractious parent-child relationships. What she’s wise about demonstrating is the multi-faceted nature of love.
Meet the cast of By The Water
*Three Bone Theatre debut
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About the Playwright
Sharyn Rothstein is a writer for theater and television. Her plays have been commissioned, developed and produced in New York and around the country by institutions including Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, and New Georges. Sharyn holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Urban and Community Health (Hunter College), and a BA in Sociology from Vassar.
An Interview with Sharyn Rothstein
credit: Manhattan Theatre Club
A Visit to Staten Island
credit: Manhattan Theatre Club