News September-October-November 2014

SPARK receives its world premiere at Theater Alliance, Anacostia Playhouse, September 4-28, 2014 in Washington D.C. under Colin Hovde’s direction. and

GUAPA receives production at Austin Community College-Rio Grande Campus September 25-October 5, 2014 in Austin, TX under Tomas Salas’ direction.

JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) will be seen at Dance Place on October 19, 2014 in Washington D.C. and October 23, 2014 in London, England at King’s College Arts and Humanities Program as a force/collision production.

SPARK receives area premiere at Pygmalion Productions at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center October 30-November 15, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah under Fran Pruyn’s direction.

UPON THE FRAGILE SHORE receives an alumni reading at New Dramatists onOctober 16, 2014 at 7 PM in New York City under Emily Mendelson’s direction followed by a conversation on human rights and art-making with Lucy Alibar, Mona Mansour, Tala Manassah, JT Rogers and Winter Miller. This event is part of the NoPassport for Human Rights International Reading Scheme produced in collaboration with Jody Christopherson and Missing Bolts Productions.

Su Nombre Sera Su Sombra Para Siempre/Your Name Will Follow You Home, by Carlos Murillo, in Spanish translation by Caridad Svich, receives initial performances November 7-12, 2014 at Repertorio Espanol in New York City under Jose Zayas’ direction.

JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) is presented on

THE ORPHAN SEA, new play commissioned by University of Missouri-Columbia, will be produced November 12-16, 2014 at the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Theatre’s Rhynsburger Theatre under Kevin Brown’s direction.

12 OPHELIAS receives production at Middlesex County College November 20-23, 2014 in Edison, NJ under Anna Sycamore DeMers’ direction.

Caridad Svich’s translation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s AS FIVE YEARS PASS runs September 26-28, and October 2-5, 2014 at the University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance’s Experimental Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

May 2014 News

Caridad Svich’s THE WAY OF WATER is read on May 3rd at Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, New York as winner of the 2014 Columbia Greene Playwright Project under Stewart Zully’s direction. Visit:
Caridad Svich’s A YEAR OF LIGHT has roundtable reading on May 8th at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City under Jose Zayas’ direction.
Caridad Svich’s THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS runs through May 25th at Teatro Lopez Tarso in Mexico City under Artus Chavez’ direction. Visit:

April 2014 productions/readings

April 2014: at a theatre near you from Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich’s gender-bending comedy 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:;
Caridad Svich’s IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES (based on Julia Alvarez novel) runs April 4-May 4th at Teatro Nagual in Sacramento under Richard Falcon’s direction. Visit:

Caridad Svich’s 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:

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. Visit: ;

Caridad Svich’s 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. For more information:

Caridad Svich’s 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. For more info visit: and Note: There will be livestream performance on April 20th at 4 PM EST on Howlround.

Caridad Svich’s NOBODY’s CHILDREN receives memberfest reading on April 24 at 3 PM at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City under Jose Zayas’ direction. Visit:

Seagull Books features Instructions for Breathing

Layout 1By turns astonishing, fierce, and tender, these seven plays by Latina American dramatist Caridad Svich highlight more than two decades of boundary-breaking and genre-defying dramatic work. Populated by characters struggling to survive, these plays are joined by thematic threads of loss, remembrance, resurrection, grave wit and heroic survival.

The centrepiece of this collection, Instructions for Breathing, is a lyrical, dreamlike meditation on responsibility and parenthood that asks an audience not only to suffer the unthinkable loss of a child as Svich’s characters do, but also to laugh at the couple’s flaws and at the hilarity of the suburban life they lead. This commingling of emotion happens in each of these dramatic portraits of homeless castaways (Fugitive Pieces), women in war (Thrush) and sex traffickers (Rift). And Svich’s work is not without a nod to the classical: Wreckage reframes the story of Medea and Steal Back Light from the Virtual depicts a labyrinthine society torn apart by a monstrous beast. In sum, Instructions for Breathing and Other Plays serves as an illuminating introduction to the work of a major playwright and an inspiring example of the breadth of possibilities in North American drama.

ISBN : 9780857421111

[HB] Rs 525 / $25.00/ £16.00

Available at the Seagull Books Store and online in India here and World here.

March 2014 News

March 2014 at a theatre/venue near you from Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich’s ARCHIPELAGO is read on March 2nd at Cara Mia Theatre in Dallas, Texas under Stephanie Cleghorn-Jasso and Brad Hennigan direction as part of NoPassport’s 3030 festival. Visit:

Caridad Svich’s THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, based on the Isabel Allende novel, opens March 28, 2014 at Stage Door Teatro in Mexico City under the direction of Artus Chavez Novelo. For more information:

Caridad Svich’s ARCHIPELAGO is read on March 21st by eSe Teatro @ A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle under Rose Cano’s direction. Visit:

Caridad Svich’s translation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING runs March 27-April 5, 2014 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada under Kathleen Weiss’ direction. For more information:;

the 8th annual NoPassport theatre conference will be held March 29, 2014 at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. for more information: ;


New April 2013 from NoPassport Press:THE BREATH OF THEATRE
Conversations & Reflections, 2003-2013.
by Caridad Svich

This volume collects ten years of conversations and critical reflections by OBIE-winning playwright and arts journalist Caridad Svich. Leading artists profiled in this book include Tim Crouch, Ariel Dorfman, Marguerite Feitlowitz, Philip Kan Gotanda, Charles Mee, Jr., Jose Rivera, Andrei Serban,and Heather Woodbury. A vital volume on the art-making process and its power for transformation.

ISBN: 978-1-300-88963-2
Suggested Retail: $25.00
6 X 9 paperback.
435 pages.

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NoPassport Press