Swim Fan: 1999 Fringe Hit Never Swim Alone Returns to Fest for 2006

News   Swim Fan: 1999 Fringe Hit Never Swim Alone Returns to Fest for 2006 Susan Louise O'Connor, Douglas Dickerman and John Maria — the original cast of the Daniel MacIvor work Never Swim Alone — reteams this summer as part of the 10th anniversary of the New York International Fringe Festival.

One of the 10 alumni shows to be featured in the decade-old festival's summer season, MacIvor assumes directing duties from original director Timothy P. Jones for the run Aug. 21-27 at The Actors' Playhouse.

Swim was first produced in the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival and later moved to late-night performances at St. Mark's Theatre before reaching Off Broadway at Soho Playhouse.

The "comedy in 13 rounds" pits two childhood buddies against each other in a "playful contest to see who really is the better man." The darkly-themed play also features a young woman, from their past, who referees the match.

The work won the Overall Excellence Award in 1999 and served as a launching pad for the Canadian playwright-director. Other works that have seen New York runs now include Marion Bridge, In On It and See Bob Run — often starring Susan Louise O'Connor.

Never Swim Alone plays at The Actors' Playhouse, 100 Seventh Avenue South (between Bleecker & Christopher Streets) are available at (212) 279-4488 or Free at (888)-FringeNYC. For further information, visit their website at www.neverswimalone.com.

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