Down by the River is a two-act comedy that depicts four eclectic twenty-two-year-old friends as they vacation in New Orleans for Memorial Day weekend. The father of one of the friends also plays a prominent part in the play. The characters face a string of unexpected, somewhat exaggerated, obstacles during their weekend stay in town. Down by the River concentrates on the subjects of friendship and family. The play also challenges socially-constructed associations of masculinity in the US.