FUEL

You live in a place that reeks of gasoline. You run on fuel. You don’t know anything else exceptliving hard and surviving, but one day that fuel is gonna run out. How are you gonna know who you are, then? This is the story of Baby and their people living in a town left for dead. This is also the ballad of Baby and Girl. In this here mad America. This play is the 2nd piece in the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle...
You live in a place that reeks of gasoline. You run on fuel. You don’t know anything else exceptliving hard and surviving, but one day that fuel is gonna run out. How are you gonna know who you are, then? This is the story of Baby and their people living in a town left for dead. This is also the ballad of Baby and Girl. In this here mad America. This play is the 2nd piece in the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle that began with RED BIKE.

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FUEL

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  • Nelson Diaz-Marcano:
    23 Aug. 2018
    A play of raw and deep reflection. Caridad's work here is simple but in your face, a snap shot of an America we all are cautious about.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    20 Aug. 2018
    There is beauty in the language Svich employs through the pieces of the AMERICAN PSALM cycle. It is at once primitive and essential, as though trying to find the root dialect of the United States. Time will tell if Caridad Svich will be remembered as a great playwright or a chronicler-prophet who is reporting, in dramatic form, on the decaying pillars upon which America has prospered and now balances precariously, but those are for our succeeding generations to decide. For now, read FUEL. Experience Svich exposing our deepest flaws and, in exposure, discover our deepest wells of love and humanity.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    11 Mar. 2018
    I love the simple poetic nature of Svich's dialogue. These characters don't always say much but their connections with each other and their current situations are so clear. Also that last moment will drive audience to sobs. Though much more expressionistic than other plays about blue collar communities, this piece deserves to be alongside Dominique Morriseau's Skeleton Crew and Lynn Nottage's Sweat as plays that truly speak to the heart of this nation today.

Development History

Awards

Finalist
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2018 Carnaval of New Latinx Work
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Latino Theatre Commons
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2018
Finalist
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Todd McNerney Playwriting Award
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College of Charleston
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2018
Finalist
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Jane Chambers Playwriting Award
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Association of Theatre in Higher Education
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2018
Selection
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Steppenwolf Theatre The Mix
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Steppenwolf Theatre
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2018