pool (no water)
by Mark Ravenhill

Directed by: Ianthe Demos
Choreography by: Natalie Lomonte
Conceived by: Estelle Bajou, Christopher Baker, Ianthe Demos, 
Nick Flint, Christina Bennett Lind, Natalie Lomonte, Richard Saudek


OCT 15 - OCT 18: A.R.T.'s Oberon, Boston (tickets)
OCT 21 - NOV 24: Barrow Street Theater, NYC (tickets)

pool (no water) is what happens when you mix creativity, camaraderie, and art
with the kind of envy that rarely sees the light of day... 

But seriously, what’s a little jealousy between friends?

One Year Lease Theater Company is proud to announce the return season of our sold-out, critically-acclaimed 2012 production of
pool (no water) by controversial English playwright Mark Ravenhill to A.R.T.'s Oberon, Boson
and Barrow Street Theater, NYC for a limited run.

pool (no water) is a visceral play about the fragility of friendship
and the jealousy inspired by success.

A famous artist invites old friends to her new home for a long awaited reunion. But the celebration comes to an abrupt end when the host suffers a horrific accident. An almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be the group’s next work of art?
 pool (no water) is an unflinching look at the vulnerability of friendship, the power of resentment, and a deep-seated yearning to create something truly memorable.


"Three cheers for the small but ambitious One Year Lease Theater Company
for bringing this terrific 2006 play to local shores, in a vividly acted production. . ."

- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
 (full review)


"Full of perceptive commentary on the tension between affection and antipathy among friends —
and the interior tensions in the individual soul between self-love and self-hate."

- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times (read full review)

 "In 60 minutes of shadow-cut theatrical witchcraft, Demos and her superb cast
make Ravenhill's vinegary misanthropy dance, literally and figuratively."

- Scott Brown, NY Magazine (read full review)

"This piece made me laugh, cringe, and think a great deal in a mere sixty minutes…
an excellent group character study, go see 
pool (no water).”

-Bess Rowen, The Huffington Post (full review)


"This cutting and frequently disturbing story rivets from start to finish...”

-Andy Propst, Theatermania (full review)


“[OYL] should serve as an inspiration to other theatre groups. 
You can still take a chance on the bold.”

- Leslie Bramm, NYTheater.com
 (full review)



Eric Berryman
Estelle Bajou
Nick Flint
Richard Saudek
Maja Wampusyc

Production Team:

Playwright: Mark Ravenhill
Director: Ianthe Demos
Choreographer: Natalie Lomonte
Original Score: Estelle Bajou
Set Design: James Hunting
Light Design: Mike Riggs
Costume Design: Kenisha Kelly
Multi-Media Design: Scott J. Fetterman
Stage Management: Sofia Montgomery
Photography: Emily Raw
Graphic Design: Tall Paul Design
Press Representative: Richard Kornberg and Associates