Body of Work

Caridad Svich is a playwright-lyricist-translator and editor of Cuban-Spanish-Argentine-Croatian descent. She was profiled in the July/August 2009 issue of American Theatre magazine. She’s received, among others, the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, 2011 ATCA Primus Prize, and the National Latino Playwriting Award twice in her career, the 2009 Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, a Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Bunting fellowship, TCG/Pew National Theatre Artist Grant at INTAR Theatre, NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency at Mark Taper Forum, has been short-listed four times for the PEN USA-West Award in Drama and is featured in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino Literature.

Plays Produced (professional) in career:

12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs)

A Little Betrayal Among Friends (freely adapted/translated from Maria Zayas de Sotomayor)

Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues

Antigone Arkhe (short play)

Any Place But Here

The Booth Variations

but there are fires (one act)

Carthage/Cartagena scheduled for 2015

Fugitive Pieces (a play with songs)*



The House of the Spirits/La Casa de los Espiritus (based on the novel by Isabel Allende)*(Spanish and English versions by Svich)

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable)

In the Time of the Butterflies/En el Tiempo de las Mariposas (based on the novel by Julia Alvarez), *(Spanish and English versions by Svich)

Instructions for Breathing

Jarman (all this maddening beauty) scheduled for 2014-15

The Labyrinth of Desire (freely adapted/translated from Lope de Vega)

Love in the Time of Cholera (based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez) * (Spanish and English versions by Svich)

Magnificent Waste

Prodigal Kiss

Return to the Upright Position (collaborative text),

Self-Made (short play)

Scar (short play)

Thrush (a play with slaughter songs)

The Tropic of X

The Way of Water (workshop production at Frank Theatre)

Turn the Dark Up, Bow Down, This is a Hymn



Translations/Adaptations produced:

Federico Garcia Lorca’s

As Five Years Pass,

Blood Wedding,


Dona Rosita,

Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden,

And The House of Bernarda Alba,

Alberto Estorino’s Santa Cecilia (Havana Under the Sea),

Alberto Pedro’s Our Wide Wide Sea (Faith, Hope and Charity),

Uglesja Sajtinac’s Huddersfield,

Bea Carmina’s The Tip of the Iceberg,

Full-length Plays developed or in development:


12 Short Prayers for Life When Dying,

A Little Story

Away Down Dreaming

Brazo Gitano (produced at university level)

Calculating Genesis

Forty Ounces of Sand

Genuine Bonafide Article  

Grace (In the Upper Room)

Hide Sky

The Hour of All Things

In Your Arms

Kill to Eat (a patriot song) (workshop production at Hangar Theatre Lab)

Lucinda Caval

Lulu Ascending

Luna Park (commissioned and produced at high school level)

The Monster in the Garden (freely adapted and translated from Calderon de la Barca, produced at the university level)


Perdita Gracia (commissioned and produced at university level)

Proper Positions (produced at university level)

Rift (commissioned and produced at university level)

The Archaeology of Dreams (produced at university level)


Slow Fast Walking on the Red Eye

Something Simple, Plain-Spoken


Steal Back Light from the Virtual

The Spell of Eden

Tilt Heaven

Transmission 0500/To the Blue Peninsula

Winter in July (produced at the university level)


Translations developed:

Federico Garcia Lorca’s

The Public (produced at university level)

The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife


Buster Keaton Takes a Walk

The Maiden, The Sailor and the Student

and A Dream of Life/Play without a Title;

Julio Cortazar’s The Kings

Antonio Buero Vallejo’s The Story of a Staircase

Silvia Pelaez’ Fever 107 Degrees

Hugo Alfredo Hinojosa’s Deserts

Veronica Musalem’s Adela and Juana

Victor Rascon Banda’s Absence

Alberto Castillo’s Severed Moon

Short Plays in development (selected listing):

Astral Yearning,


Elyisum at 3 AM,

Relish My Tears

Degree/Affiliations: She holds an MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from UCSD. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, contributing editor of TheatreForum, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge/UK), affiliate artist of New Georges, and founder of NoPassport international theatre alliance & press, and member of PEN American Center, The Dramatists Guild and League of Professional Theatre Women.

Archives: University of Miami Cuban/Latino Theatre Collection/FL, and the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State University. Website: