Through Hike

In the wake of a friend's suicide, four strangers set off on a thru-hike on the Pacific Coast Trail. In the backcountry, they mourn their friend, adjust to each other, and begin to face themselves in the woods.
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Through Hike

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    25 Jan. 2021
    Beautiful, subtle work. Caruso balances gorgeously observed realism in all the human inelegance of natural speech with some illuminating lyricism and wonderfully theatrical moments. The exploration of mental health, grieving, connection, and alienation feels of the moment, and all of these characters (so aptly defined in the character list by their relationship to hiking boots) are quite nuanced. Side note--as an avid backpacker, I enjoyed the representation of backpacking onstage in all its drudgery and profound majesty. I'd love to see this realize onstage!
  • CL Byrd:
    17 Jan. 2021
    I loved this play. Natural dialogue; likable and distinct characters; good tension from the broken leg and the circumstances of suicide; non linear storytelling that works well; a lot of really funny lines that made me laugh; beautiful poetic moments; thought provoking examinations of tragedy, and heartfelt moments between the four. This play has soul and every aspect feels authentic. Very relatable for almost anyone; young people trying to save money and chase their dreams; older people just trying to survive; anyone dealing with tragedy, grief, and loss.


Thomas Wolfe International Playwriting Prize
Playmakers Repertory Company