by Rich Rubin
November 2 - December 23, 2017
*Special Black Tie Benefit Performance Saturday, November 18, 2017*
About the production
Resident Scene Designer and Director and actor, Harry Wetzel, is the director of Swimming Upstream. Last season he directed the highly acclaimed comedy, The Realization of Emily Linder and appeared as Karl Marx in Capital.
His cast for Swimming Upstream features Detroit Rep veteran Sandra Love Aldridge, who portrays the feisty, widowed mother of Jen.
She was last seen as the title character in The Realization of Emily Linder, and recently made her professional directorial debut at the Rep with Countdown to the Happy Day, which won her best director of the season as voted by the Subscribers. She has numerous stage and film credits. Look for her on Detroiters in fall of 2017. Welcome back Sandra!
Audrey Lovy is making her DRT debut as Jen, the marine biologist. Ms. Lovy earned her BA in Theatre from Michigan State University. Previous roles include Ntozake Shange in Her Own Things at Monster Box Theatre, and Edna Black Rock in Antebellum at Cleveland Public Theatre. She is also a director and a writer. She has worked for places such as Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and Karamu House Theatre. We are excited as well to have you on our stage, Audrey.
Stefanie Sambrano (Val) – Ms. Sambrano is also new to the Rep stage. She recently received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University, where performed as Bernarda Alba in The House of Bernarda Alba and Dora Strang in Equus. She has also performed at Detroit Actors Theatre Company and Festival 56. Ms. Sambrano also has also designed hair and makeup for productions at O.U. and has a love for a Capella. Welcome to our stage, Stefanie.
Yianni Papadimos is Matt, Jen's love interest and superhero aficionado.Mr. Papadimos is also making his Detroit Rep debut. He earned his BFA in Drama and English from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Performance credits include Robin Hood at the Queens Shakespeare Theatre and Better To Live at the TriBeCa Film Festival 2015. As a writer, he took home the awards for Outstanding Book and Lyrics at the 2015 New York Musical Festival. He and his writing partner Ben Chavez presented their newest musical Elysium at Ohio Northern University last spring. Welcome to the Rep, Yianni!
Raymond Jordan is James, the boss of the University Biology Research Lab. Mr. Jordan recently returned to Detroit after living and working as an actor in New York for 25 years. Acting credits include roles in The Winter’s Tale at American Globe Theatre, Our Town at New York J.E.T. Theatre, Pericles at Mint Theatre New York and Ragtime, the Broadway Tour, including a stop at the Fisher Theatre. He also had walk on roles in One Life To Live, As The World Turns, Cosby and Carlito’s Way. Welcome home Raymond.
Rich Rubin’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and internationally in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. Institutional colleagues in the development and/or staging of his plays have included the American Bard Theater Company, Manhattan TheatreWorks, Castillo Theatre, American Actors UK, UP Theatre Company, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Long Beach Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Portland Center Stage and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Rich’s work has been nominated for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and has been selected as a winner of the Todd McNerney Playwright Award (Piccolo Spoleto Festival), the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, the Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest and the Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival. His plays have also been chosen as a finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award, Playwrights First Award, Ashland New Play Festival, Trustus Playwrights Festival, nuVoices Festival (Actors Theatre of Charlotte), Oregon Book Award, Reva Shiner Award, Heideman Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville), New American Play Project (Utah Shakespeare Festival) and the Burbage Prize. Rich is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, the New Play Exchange, and Portland’s Nameless Playwrights and LineStorm Playwrights.