You'll Not Feel the Drowning

By Marissa Skudlarek

"You'll Not Feel the Drowning" is a play about coming to terms with the dangerous natural forces that surround us. Inspired by an award-winning New Yorker article about the likelihood of a cataclysmic tsunami striking the Pacific Northwest coast, it tells an intimate story of three people who make their lives in a tsunami zone. Greg (Jason Wong), a post-doctoral researcher in seismology, comes to a small town on the Oregon coast to do scientific research, but encounters unexpected resistance from its citizenry. Susan (Terry Bamberger), the mayor, is a formidable woman who is aware of the tsunami risk but has done nothing to mitigate it. Laura (Maria Giere), Susan's daughter, is caught in the middle between Greg and Susan, between bravery and fear. In determining how to respond to the tsunami threat, all three learn that some of their beliefs are well founded, and some are built on shaky ground.

Written by Marissa Skudlarek, directed by Gabriel A. Ross, with dramaturgy by Allie Moss, "You'll Not Feel The Drowning" is the first play to be workshopped by Custom Made Theatre Company as part of their New Play Development Program, Undiscovered Works, a project in collaboration with the EXIT Theatre with the goal of creating more direct avenues from page to stage.

As part of our new play development program, two performances will include a chance to give feedback to the writer, who will then use this feedback to continue evolving the play on its journey to a full production. Each performance will also give the audience a chance to provide written feedback. Please stick around and help a new work continue to grow!

April 13-22, 8 PM, (Th, F, Sat)
EXIT Studio (156 Eddy Street)
Talk backs with playwright on April 14 and 21


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The Custom Made Theatre Co., in its 18th season of production in San Francisco, is committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience. Custom Made is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), National New Play Network (Associate member, NNPN) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA). Recipient of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for making a lasting contribution to Bay Area theatre.

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