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‘Swimming Upstream’ premieres at Detroit Rep; opens November 2

Preview November 01, 2017 Encore Staff

DETROIT—The world premiere of Swimming Upstream by Rich Rubin runs at The Detroit Repertory Theatre November 2 through December 23.

Climate change is affecting the world’s salmon, but Jen’s boss won’t let her report her findings. Her new love interest, a superhero aficionado, and her mother, a Ronald Reagan fan, question what they call (and Jen agrees that it is) a salmon obsession. As Jen encounters the zigs and zags of both her professional and 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.

Swimming Upstream is directed by resident company member Harry Wetzel (DEARBORN HEIGHTS). Last season Mr. Wetzel directed The Realization of Emily Linder. He is also a Rep company actor, appearing last season as Karl Marx in Capital, and resident set designer for the theater. His cast features Repertory veteran Sandra Love Aldridge (DETROIT), who portrays the  widowed mother of Jen. Raymond Jordan (DETROIT), portrays James, the boss of the University Biology Research Lab. Audrey Lovy (ROYAL OAK) portrays Jen. Stefanie Sambrano (CLINTON TOWNSHIP) is Val, Jen’s friend and fellow worker. Yianni Papadimos (SYLVANIA, OH) plays Matt, the superhero aficionado.

For tickets, fundraisers and information call or visit the Rep Box office, (313) 868-1347. Tickets can be purchased by phone using Visa or MasterCard or online at detroitreptheatre.com. There is no surcharge.

Photo: Audrey Lovy and Stefanie Sambrano