This production was staged as part of our 2012/13 Season

Bike America

Bike America

February 1 to February 24, 2013 | On the Hertz Stage
World Premiere Kendeda Winner
Part of the Hertz Series

Penny's boyfriend exclaims, "Oh God, you're so emotionally distant. I have to have you!" She is damaged. She doesn't know who she is or her place in the world. So she drops everything to go on a cross-country bike trip from Boston to Santa Barbara. Along the way, Penny meets a colorful crew of bikers, from the lesbian couple (they've decided to get a marriage license in every state they hit) to the mysterious Man with the Van (he transports their stuff). As the bikers travel through iconic towns across the country from the far North to the Deep South, Bike America captures the restlessness of a millennial generation that will go to any lengths to find a place that always seems just out of reach.

Cast & Crew


  • Penny
    Theater credits: Close Up Space (MTC’s Stage 1 — off-Broadway debut, the O’Neill Theatre Center, MTC’s 7@7 reading); The Fox on the Fairway (Flat... read more »
  • Rorie/Marilyn/Lauralie
    The Atlanta native is overjoyed to return to the Alliance stage. Alliance credits: Bike America, The Wizard of Oz, Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Joe Turner’s ... read more »
  • Tim Billy
    Recent theatre credits include Fred/Narrator in A Christmas Carol and Juror 5 in Twelve Angry Men (both Studio Tenn); Franco in Superior Donuts (Tennessee Repertory... read more »
  • Todd
    Matt is thrilled to be making his first appearance at the Alliance Theatre. Matt received his BFA in theater from Southern Methodist University in 2003, and has appeared... read more »
  • Man with the Van/Gene/Stuart/Carlo
    Maurice has appeared at the Alliance in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, How I Learned to Drive, Day of the Kings, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Shear Madness. This season... read more »
  • Annabel/Patty/Mom
    Marilyn hails from Harlem. Her theater credits include Nicky Silva’s Agony of the Agony and Kia Corthron’s Breath Boom at Yale Rep. She’s also honored... read more »
  • Ryan
    Alliance Theatre debut! Off-Broadway: Spring at the Willowbrook Inn (world premiere — Fresh Fruit Festival). Regional: Emma (world premiere), Inherit the Wind,... read more »


  • Set Design
    Andrew is a NY-based scenic and costume designer who works in theatre, opera and film. At the Alliance: Bike America. Recent NYC credits include This Is My Office (Play... read more »
  • Playwright
    Mike is unspeakably grateful to the Alliance/Kendeda for this opportunity. Mike’s plays include Bike America (Juilliard and Lark workshops, NYC; Kennedy Center/... read more »


  • Director
    Moritz von Stuelpnagel's Broadway debut, Hand to God by Robert Askins, is currently running at the Booth Theatre, following a sold-out engagement off-Broadway last... read more »


  • Understudy for Man with the Van/Gene/Stuart/Carlo/Todd
    Patrick was most recently seen as Matt in Company J’s production of The Fantasticks. He has also understudied roles at Actor’s Express in Next Fall and The... read more »
  • Understudy for Penny
    Alexandra is thrilled to be back at the Alliance! Born and raised in Atlanta, she is also a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.A. in musical theatre and... read more »
  • Understudy for Annabel/Patty/Mom/Rorie/Lauralie/Marilyn
    Carrie is excited to be back at the Alliance after understudying two roles in Bike America earlier this year. Past Atlanta stage credits include No Exit (... read more »
  • Understudy for Ryan/Tim Billy
    Joe is excited to make his debut at the Alliance. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and a proud company member of Out of Hand Theater (OOH.) With OOH he... read more »

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