While the Marin Theatre Company is in the midst of a lauded production of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, it’s already getting set for its next act: Rachel Bonds’ Rella Lossy Award-winning Swimmers, which opens March 3. MTC says Swimmers is a beautiful “slice of life” ensemble play (that) explores the relationships we take most for granted – those with whom we work every day.

Set in a contemporary office, Bonds’ play explores the relationship paradigms of the work space environment through a set of diverse co-workers and their personal lives and habits. This ‘slice of life’ play reveals how each of the characters intermingle with their day-to-day routines and the quirky social dynamics among one another. While each tries to cope with their own realities of the pressures, politics, and company culture inside, a strange tide seems to be rising outside. Sink or swim, each one of them tries to navigate their course against the current, while the world outside their cubicles looms with ominous signs of impending doom.   

Swimmers was honored with the 2015 Rella Lossy Award for excellence in a world premiere script. The Rella Lossy Award honors the memory of the late Rella Lossy, a lifelong lover and champion of the American theatre and playwriting. She published several plays, served as the theatre editor of Bay Arts Review, and was a founding member of Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Ms. Lossy was also an actress, poet and supporter of the arts in the Bay Area. This award is funded annually from an endowment created by Dr. Frank Lossy, Rella’s devoted husband, and administered by The San Francisco Foundation.

The 411: Swimmers opens March 3 at the Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., and runs through March 27. Info, showtimes and tickets: marintheatre.org | (415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org.

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