ISLAND THEATRE PRESENTS DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA and a Ten-Minute Play Festival Workshop the weekend of March 25th/26th

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea art - Island Theatre March 203Join Island Theatre at the Bainbridge Public Library for a dramatic staged reading of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley on Saturday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 p.m.

Admission is by donation with a suggested $5 minimum donation per person.

Danny is a trucker who people call The Beast. Roberta is a troubled young mother with a teenage son whom her parents now raise. Danny and the Deep Blue Sea touches the unspoken parts of our humanity: the violence, insanity, love and hate that can occur in the space between two people. The play tells the story of two strangers who, after a hesitant, defensive initial meeting in a bar, bob and weave in a dramatic and intimate tango. ​Danny and Roberta butt heads and egos before discovering through each other that there is a space for love in their lives. A dangerous and messy love, but love nonetheless.

“A funny, frightening, hypnotically fascinating evening of theatre. . .” – Drama-Logue

Island Theatre - Danny and the Deep Blue Sea - Fred Saas, Alyssa Hersey, Todd BaylorPlaywright John Patrick Shanley is an Academy Award winning writer (Best Screenplay, Moonstruck). He was also the recipient of an Obie Award for Playwriting, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award in 2005 for Doubt: A Parable. Danny and the Deep Blue Sea opened Off Broadway in 1984 and has had numerous revivals since. The Island Theatre production is directed by Fred Saas and features Alyssa Hersey and Todd Baylor. It is recommended for high school age and up.

Island Theatre is excited to now be an official programming partner of the Bainbridge Public Library! Danny and the Deep Blue Sea will be staged in the Library’s community room.


Want to write that perfect Ten-Minute Play, but you’re not sure where to start?

Cariani photo - Ten Minute Play Writing WorkshopIsland Theatre is offering a two-hour workshop in writing a short play led by Tony Award-nominated actor and accomplished playwright, John Cariani. The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 26th from 10:00 am to noon at the Bainbridge Public Library. Admission is by donation at the door. No tickets are required although attendees are encouraged to pre-register at

John Cariani is best known for his play Almost, Maine, which premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, opened Off-Broadway in 2006, and has since become one of the most popular plays in the United States and around the world. The play has received over 5,000 productions to date and has been translated into over a dozen languages. It’s also the most frequently produced play in North American high schools, outpacing classics like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, and Our Town. His debut novel, Almost, Maine—A Novel, was recently published by Fiewel and Friends, an imprint of MacMillan.

As an actor, John is best known for his role on NBC’s long-running drama, Law & Order, on which he played Forensics Tech Beck for five seasons. He also had recurring roles on CBS’ Numbers and on IFC’s The Onion News Network, and has appeared in multiple Broadway shows, including Fiddler on the Roof, for which he won an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination; Something Rotten! for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination; and The Band’s Visit, winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical.

About Island Theatre

Island Theatre logoThe idea for Island Theatre came about in 1994 by Louise Mills and friend Michele McCrackin. Their first production, The Play’s the Thing by P.G. Wodehouse (adapted from a play by Ferenc Molnár) was performed in the Bainbridge High School auditorium. It was a huge success, and at a dinner for the cast and crew, held at the end of the successful show run, they decided to start a theatre company.

Island Theatre was born and named at a meeting later that year. The first board members were Mary Braden, Steve Buechler, Kate Carruthers, Michele McCrackin, Louise Mills, Steve Nicolet, and Cynthia Sears, with Steve Stolee serving as its first president. In 1995, Island Theatre became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and produced its first official play.

With some exceptions, Island Theatre productions are free to the community, with donations gratefully accepted. Since its inception, Island Theatre has presented close to 200 plays at the Bainbridge Public Library or on another stage, such as Bainbridge Performing Arts.

The Island Theatre provides high-quality theater in intimate settings for adults who like to think. Regular schedules include bi-monthly staged play readings at the Bainbridge Public Library; potluck play-readings in private homes at which guests are welcome to read a part, and the annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival.

Run entirely by volunteers, Island Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by donations, the Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island Cultural Fund, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. For more information, visit their website at

Island Theatre, 8375 Fletcher Bay Road NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 –

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