Helen won’t paint the house.
Erica is still angry.
Nate buries himself in books.
No one swims in the lake.
With Robert Cavanah, Mark Field, Madeleine Potter, Kate Sissons, Cressida Trew.
Deep in the Massachusetts woods a lakeside mansion slides slowly into disrepair, all change halted after a terrible tragedy many years before. Rich and successful, Richard returns to reclaim it, model girlfriend in tow. But his family still live there, and as he tries to insinuate himself back into their lives, the reason for his departure emerges and seething bitterness and anger boil into shocking action.
Caustic, funny, poignant and thought-provoking, The Water’s Edge, echoing Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, flings itself from American naturalism to the heart of Greek Tragedy, where revenge and murder lurk unseen.
The Water’s Edge marks the arrival of New York phenomenon, Theresa Rebeck, onto the UK stage.
“I confess I am still perplexed by the workings of the male mind. You age well, it’s true, but maybe that’s because you don’t seem to learn anything”
Helen, The Water’s Edge
FREE POST SHOW DISCUSSION: Monday 16th February
Written by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Fiona Morrell
Designed by Charlie Damigos
The Water’s Edge is the second in the Arcola series ‘Re-imagining the Classics’ inspired by Greek theatre, following In Blood: The Bacchae in January 2009.
“COMPELLING, BRILLIANT AND AFFECTING! IT MUST BE SEEN! There is no question that Theresa Rebeck is one of the strongest playwrights of her generation”
Backstage Magazine, NY
By THERESA REBECK
Directed by FIONA MORRELL
Presented by Arcola Theatre