Swimming Upstream by Rich Rubin

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Swimming Upstream

by Rich Rubin

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, think’s 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.

Directed by Valerie Adami-Julin

Featuring: Teri Black, Drew Jordan, Yelena Friedman, Valerie Mitchell, Timothy Paul Jobe

About the Playwright

RICH RUBIN’s plays have been staged throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. Full-length plays include PICASSO IN PARIS (winner, Julie Harris Playwright Award); SWIMMING UPSTREAM (winner, Todd McNerney Playwright Award; finalist, Reva Shiner Comedy Award); CAESAR’S BLOOD (finalist, Oregon Book Award, finalist, Ashland New Play Festival); SHAKESPEARE’S SKULL (winner, Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award); LEFT HOOK (finalist, Woodward-Newman Drama Award; semifinalist, O’Neill Conference); ASSISTED LIVING (winner, Neil Simon Festival New Play Award) richrubinplaywright.come