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One small decision shakes up a tight-knit town in this poignant new play.
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About Swing State

Evenings on the prairie are relatively quiet for Peg, a recently widowed woman in rural Wisconsin who still cooks for two. Which doesn’t go to waste whenever Ryan, a dear friend with a troubled past, pays her a visit. However, after noticing her husband’s toolbox is missing, she places a call to the local authorities—unwittingly setting off a series of events that will forever reverberate through the small community. In a divided country where the lines separating family, friend, and foe have been further blurred in the wake of a global pandemic, Tony Award® winner Robert Falls and Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman masterfully unweave a complex, humanistic yarn the Chicago Sun-Times calls "an engrossing work of intense melancholy, filled with sympathy for its characters, and for the country."

Please be advised that this production includes loud gunshots.

Run time

1 hr 45 mins

Start date

September 8th, 2023

End date

October 28th, 2023




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337 Reviews

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

614 Reviews | 286 Followers
Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Well-written&beautifully perf esp by the2leads.Each charact shows some despair but the play ends w a hopeful msg & a strong ref 2nature and

Don’t see it if suicide: "X all living things it's best2let life run its natural course."Uwish x a different ending btw the 2leads. Guess Gilman wants2keep*



314 Reviews | 188 Followers
That female lead.. oh my!!, My heart was bombed 💣, Amazing 4ppl ensemble, Superb writing, Directed by tony winner

See it if Emotional roller coaster ride. I hate the playwright for being so manipulative!! Care about the 2 leads so much & wish a different ending.

Don’t see it if Almost 2hrs no intermission. Warning of alcohol abuse/gun violence/suicidal attempts. Not your lighthearted entrainment. Can we be redeemed?



770 Reviews | 424 Followers
Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if A powerful & moving drama with authentic acting, creative set & intelligent script. The director wove a wonderful experience. Bravo!

Don’t see it if No negative comments. This is a Must See Play.

Patrick M 4

Patrick M 4

1212 Reviews | 345 Followers
Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy great drama with small town characters that could be your neighbors, struggling and trying to help each other. Great sound/lights.

Don’t see it if you do not like to be shocked. A bit slow in parts with heavy dialogue.

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18 Minetta Lane (between Bleecker and West 3rd Street), New York, NY, USA, 10012

More information about Swing State

Swing by the Minetta Lane Theatre for the New York premiere of Swing State, Rebecca Gilman's critically acclaimed play directed by Robert Falls. Get Swing State tickets on TodayTix.

The Swing State play takes place in rural Wisconsin, and the action kicks off when the widowed Peg gets a visit from her friend and neighbor Ryan, a kind man who happens to have a history of crime and addiction. Separately, a theft occurs at her house — and the play becomes an exploration of how a community turns on perceived outsiders to preserve their lifestyle and their views.

Swing State premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in fall 2022, also with Falls directing. The New York production marks Gilman's first Off-Broadway premiere since 2015's Desire. Her other Off-Broadway plays, in a career spanning more than 25 years, include The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Blue Surge, and The Glory of Living. She is notable for being the first American playwright to win the Evening Standard Award for British theatre.

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What to Watch For

  • The entire four-person cast of the Goodman production will also star in Swing State off Broadway, including Mary Beth Fisher, who has starred in multiple previous Gilman plays including Boy Gets Girl and Spinning Into Butter.
  • The play's title can be interpreted with a double meaning. It can refer to the political definition of a swing state — one that doesn't reliably vote Democrat or Republican in elections, but switches — or a state of emotional flux or "swing."
  • Audible Theater produces Swing State, so the play will be recorded and released as an audio drama after the staged run.


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