“Not Waving But Drowning” examines Adele, a young woman dying to escape Bartow, FL. Driven by the promise of excitement, she moves to New York City, leaving behind her best friend, Sara. Her excitement, however, is short lived as she becomes quickly overwhelmed by life in The Big Apple. Meanwhile, Sara, stuck at home with her depressed father, becomes strangely liberated by Adele’s absence. As the two girls grow in different directions, the texture and nature of their friendship shifts radically, a reminder of just how much separation can create barriers and longing between old friends.