pool (no water)


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?

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

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)


“Anytime A.R.T. or anyone else wants to bring Ravenhill or One Year Lease Theater Company back, I’m there.”
- Ed Siegel, NPR Boston (full review)
"playfully poisonous theatrical piece... Irresistible..."
- Terry Byrne, Boston Globe (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)


About Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose first full-length play, Shopping and Fucking, opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1996. His plays include Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre, 2001); Product (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2005); The Cut (Donmar Warehouse, London, 2006); Citizenship (National Theatre, 2006); pool (no water) (Lyric Hammersmith, 2006); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Edinburgh Festival, 2007); Over There (Royal Court / Schaubühne, Berlin, 2009); A Life in Three Acts co-written and performed with Bette Bourne (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 2009); Nation adapt. from the Terry Pratchett novel (National Theatre, 2009); Ghost Story(Playhouse: Live, Sky Arts 2010);  Ten Plagues, a song cycle with music by Conor Mitchell (Traverse Theatre 2011); The Coronation of Poppea a new English version (OperaUpClose, Kings Head Theatre, 2011) and new English version of The Life of Galileo (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013).  Mark was Writer in Residence at the RSC, where his play inspired by Voltaire's Candide played in the Swan Theatre in Autumn 2013.  Mark has written a new play for the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre series, as well as a new libretto for the Norwegian National Opera. 

Production History

October 21 – November 24, 2014 
Barrow Street Theatre, NYC
October 15 – 18, 2014
A.R.T.’s Oberon, Boston
May 9th - May 26th, 2012
PS122's 9th Space



Christopher Baker (2012)
Eric Berryman
Estelle Bajou
Nick Flint
Christina Bennett Lind (2012)
Richard Saudek
Maja Wampuszyc

Production Team:

Playwright: Mark Ravenhill
Director: Ianthe Demos
Choreographer: Natalie Lomonte
Associate Producer: Jackie Kristel
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