The Delling Shore

The Delling Shore

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

February 27 - April 7, 2013

Run Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

by Sam Marks
directed by Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough
For two feuding novelists and their daughters, words become weapons.

From the moment Frank Bay and his daughter Adrianne arrive at Thomas Wright’s secluded lake house, Thomas and his daughter are out to get them. Thomas’ writing has brought him fame and fortune, but fellow novelist Frank still struggles to find a foothold in the literary world for himself and for Adrianne, also an aspiring author. Over the course of one fraught evening, as the men confront their professional jealousies and personal failures, their offspring are drawn inexorably into the fray—and words become weapons.

Sam Marks’ plays include The Old Masters, produced in Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory of New Work and directed by Daniel Aukin, and Brack’s Last Bachelor Party, which received its world premiere from Babel Theatre Project at 59E59 Theaters. Marks received his Off-Broadway debut with The Joke at Studio Dante, directed by Sam Gold. His plays have been workshopped at The Atlantic Theater, The Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Vineyard and many others. Marks was chosen as one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by The Dramatist Magazine. Other New York productions include Nelson, The Bigger Man (Partial Comfort Productions) and Craft (The Bat Theater Company). He holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown University.

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in alphabetical order)

Adrianne Bay- Catherine Combs
Ellen Wright- Meredith Forlenza
Thomas Wright- Jim Frangione
Frank Bay- Bruce McKenzie

The Delling Shore was developed, in part, with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.



WFPL Interview with Sam Marks


What the critics are saying about The Delling Shore


“Marks is a savagely funny playwright who avoids easy distinctions between winners and underdogs as the two writers pick at old wounds and land fresh blows.” – Erin Keane, WFPL

“McDonough works the talky rhythm of the script to its best advantage.” – Erin Keane, WFPL

“McDonough’s commitment to clarity in emotionally complicated scripts was evident in her last production at Actors, Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man,” and she once again keeps the streams of recrimination, guilt, need and want sorted for the audience, though the emotional stories of the characters are anything but neat and tidy.” – Erin Keane, WFPL

Full WFPL Review

“Jim Frangione’s portrayal of Thomas’s complete absorbtion in the idea of being a writer is pristine….I hated Thomas, but I loved hating him.”Rachel White,

By the end of the play, I was left wanting more and not quite ready for the end.”Rachel White,

“Director Meredith McDonough does a great job with the pacing of this piece, keeping the drama tight but allowing the humor to come through.”Rachel White,

“The dialogue is taut and flows along eerily and beautifully.”Rachel White,

Full Arts-Louisville Review






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