by Caridad Svich

Two boys emerge from the sea and become engulfed in a world of savage longing. In this landscape of blurred roles, a mother may be a lover, a boy may be a girl, and power and sex are one. Riffing freely on the story of Medea, Wreckage weaves together moments of disconcerting beauty and pain as the boys search for a home amidst a culture of brutality.

Cast: 1 female (30s-40s)), 2 male (30s-40s), 2 male (teens-20s).
Setting: A gleaming house of mirrors, a pristine beach, a boardwalk, and the world of dreams.
Tech requirements: pre-recorded video and live feed.

Original Premiere by Crowded Fire Theater Company @ the Boxcar Playhouse in San Francisco, CA
Artistic Director, Marissa Wolf.
Original Premiere Run: May 9-June 6, 2009
Directed by Erin Gilley
Cast: Laura Jane Coles (Woman), Detroit Dunwood (Second Son), Eric Kerr (First Son), Paul Lancour (Broadcast VO), Lawrence Radecker (Nurse), David Sinaiko (Man)
Songs by Caridad Svich
Set Design: Evren Odcikin
Lighting Design: Tim Szostek
Costume Design: Bree Hylkema
Sound Design: Marc Blinder
Video Design: Wesley Cabral
Dramaturg: Sonia Fernandez

Script History:
Originally was written while in residence at the Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas, and developed at New Dramatists in New York City in a reading under the direction of Annie Dorsen, and in a PlayTime Studio Retreat workshop directed by Stefan Novinski; subsequently developed at the Hartt School New Play Festival in Connecticut and at Highwire Theatre Testing the Line Reading Series in New York City.

This play is inspired in part by Jeff Buckley’s cover version of Hank Williams’ “Lost Highway.”


Wreckage Trailer from Crowded Fire.