Rideshares & Rope Swings



By: Matt Hertendy
Director: Matthew Venner
Performed by Matt Hertendy & Zoe Towne

Premiere: 2016 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Studio Leonard Beaulne.

2017 Meadow Festival (Philadelphia, USA) – August 4 – August 6
2017 Halifax Fringe – August 31 – September 10

“What does anyone gain from only seeing two stars in their whole lifetime?”

A rideshare agreement goes awry, forcing two troubled strangers to spend time in the great Eastern Ontario wilderness, getting to know each other, or worse; themselves.

WINNER: 2016 Prix Rideau Awards – Outstanding New Creation

WINNER: 2016 Prix Rideau Awards – Emerging Artist of the Year (Matt Hertendy, Playwright)

WINNER: 2017 Halifax Fringe Festival – Best Director (Matthew Venner)


Wes Babcock, New Ottawa Critics: ought to be the sleeper success of the Fringe this year; it’s refreshingly quiet, and it sure is beautiful.”

Julia Bueneman, Apartment 613: “Heartwarming, heart-wrenching, adorable and charming”

“A spectacular show, this should absolutely be on everyone’s Fringe list.”

“I laughed, I teared up, and I walked away with a lump in my throat: overall, one of my favourite shows.”

Dave Currie
, Apartment 613: “The script for Rideshares and Rope Swings is a brilliant work; well balanced, and sincere. Matt’s honest writing explores what is inbetween intimacy and death. The jokes land, the drama pushes the audience further and further into the theme. The play is simply a delight to watch.”

“An hour of excellence on stage at Ottawa Fringe.”

Ian Huffam, New Ottawa Criticsthe promising Fringe debut from Two Kind Boys, and if their narrative skills and playful stagecraft is any indication, we should expect more pleasing shows like this one to come.”

Joseph HuttOn Stage Ottawa: The chemistry between their two characters, the nervous and quirky Reid (Hertendy) and the cool-headed and worldly Genevieve (Towne), is perfect.”


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Photo by Allison Bloom
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Photo by Allison Bloom
Photo by Allison Bloom