Swimming Upstream

Jen is a young marine biologist whose life is currently in turmoil. Climate change is affecting the world's salmon, but Jen's boss won't let her report her findings. Jen's new boyfriend, a super-hero aficionado, thinks the salmon's life-story is eerily similar to Superman's. And did we mention that Jen's mother tries to help by repeatedly quoting Ronald Reagan? As Jen...
Jen is a young marine biologist whose life is currently in turmoil. Climate change is affecting the world's salmon, but Jen's boss won't let her report her findings. Jen's new boyfriend, a super-hero aficionado, thinks the salmon's life-story is eerily similar to Superman's. And did we mention that Jen's mother tries to help by repeatedly quoting Ronald Reagan? As Jen encounters the zigs and zags of both her professional career and her personal relationships, she discovers that going with the flow is sometimes not a viable option and that swimming upstream is the only way to proceed.
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Swimming Upstream

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC)
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Detroit Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2017

Awards

Winner
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2016 Todd McNerney Playwright Award
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Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Finalist
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2017 Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award
Finalist
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2017 IATI New Play Series
Semi-Finalist
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2018 AACT PlayFest
Semi-Finalist
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2016 Stanley Drama Award (top ten)
Finalist
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2017 ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting
Semi-Finalist
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2017 Ashland New Play Festival
Finalist
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2017-2018 Reva Shiner Award
Finalist
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2017 Talk Back Theatre Staged Reading