About Me

Caridad Svich

As a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, the idea of departure has always been not only an actual or metaphorical basis for writing the work, but also an idea made manifest through the enactment of writing, its performance, and my living of it. Born in the US of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents, I have felt in a strange kind of exile even while growing up as an “American.” This sense of dislocation extends to the fact that as a child and adolescent, I lived in several states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, Utah, New York, and California, not to mention many cross-country road trips in between. The nomadic strain was thus instilled in me and has become an inevitable part of my writing vision. Explorations of wanderlust, dispossession, biculturalism, bilingualism, construction of identity, and the many different emotional terrains that can be inhabited onstage form the basis of my plays and other writing projects. Visions of migration (both physical and spiritual) dominate the plays, which have become, in turn, documents of internal diasporas.As a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, the idea of departure has always been not only an actual or metaphorical basis for writing the work.

~Caridad Svich in “Visions of Migration” Performance Research

Read the July/August 2009 American Theatre  cover story “Cartography Lessons with Caridad Svich

Now Playing

THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS
opens February 5, 2014 (and runs through April 2014)
at Teatro Expressivo in Pinares, Costa Rica under the direction of Jose Zayas and Jody Steiger.
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THE LABYRINTH OF DESIRE 
(adapted/translated from Lope de Vega)
runs April 3-11, 2014
at Fordham University in New York City under Jessi D. Hill's direction. Visit:
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IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES 
(based on Julia Alvarez novel)
runs April 4-May 4th a
t Teatro Nagual in Sacramento under Richard Falcon's direction. Visit:
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ARCHIPELAGO 
receives reading April 6 at 7 PM
with Sankofa Theatre in collaboration with Teatro Vista and NoPassport's 30/30 in Chicago, Ilinois at Angel Island Theater
under the direction of Kristen Johnson. Visit:
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Caridad Svich's translation of
Federico Garcia Lorca's 
BLOOD WEDDING 
runs April 9-13, 2014
at Nortre Dame University in Indiama under Anton Juan's direction. 
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THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS 
(based on the Isabel Allende novel)
continues through April 13, 2014
at Teatro Expressivo in Pinares, Costa Rica
under the direction of Jose Zayas and Jody Steiger.
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JARMAN (all this maddening beauty),
 inspired by life and work of queer icon Derek Jarman, 
runs April 17-28, 2014 at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C.
under John Moletress' direction as a force/collision production.
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Note: There will be livestream performance on April 20th at 4 PM EST on Howlround.

NOBODY's CHILDREN 
receives memberfest reading on April 24 at 3 PM
at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City under Jose Zayas' direction.
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I'm also an associate artist
with LoNyLa.