A bittersweet love story about marriage and fish.

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A couple stands on the beach late at night to see the running of the grunion.  As they wait, they discover isolation, disillusionment, and the intimacy which comes from accepting everyday life.

2005 – Published and licensed by Dramatic Publishing.


  • Female: 1
  • Male: 1
  • Total roles: 2
30’s-50’s. A fine woman currently full of barely suppressed resentments.
Carla’s husband, 30’s-50’s. A good-natured man, if a bit clueless sometimes.

Setting & Set Requirements

A beach at night, which can be created by a soundscape.


  • 1995 – Drama Logue Critics Award
  • 1989 – Finalist, Actors Theater of Louisville, KY Humana Festival


  • 2005 – Amherst Regional High School, MA
  • 2004 – Heartlande Theater Company, MI
  • 2003 – Nantucket Theatrical Productions, MA
  • 2002 – Triangle Theater, NY
  • 2001 – University of Southern California
  • 1997 – Carthage College, WI
  • 1995 – Road Theater Company, CA
  • 1994 – Bakersfield Community Theater, CA
  • 1992 – Chapel Court Theater, CA
  • 1992 – Hudson Theater, CA
  • 1989 – Manhattan Punchline, NY
  • 1989 – Company of Angels, CA
  • 1988 – Theatre/Theater, CA


Augie: I mean, think about this.  I know you’re not interested, but just think about this for a minute.  Out there someplace, there’s this huge mass of silver fish heading this way.  They don’t know why.  We don’t know why.  It wasn’t a decision, they didn’t take a vote, no one sent them an invitation or a map.   Just some little instinctual time-release firecracker went off in their bodies, and all as one, they turned and formed a line as long as the California coast, and started swimming.  They’re swimming right now, as if that’s the only thing that matters. 

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