Ushuaia Blue

2019 Finalist Pasadena Playhouse & Caltech MACH 33 Festival of Science-Driven Plays.

Jordan is a marine biologist. Sara works in bio-acoustics and film. They have been traveling to do research in Antarctica for some time now. On a recent trip, Sara connects with Pepa, who is native to Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southernmost tip of the world. This connection begins to affect how she sees the...
2019 Finalist Pasadena Playhouse & Caltech MACH 33 Festival of Science-Driven Plays.

Jordan is a marine biologist. Sara works in bio-acoustics and film. They have been traveling to do research in Antarctica for some time now. On a recent trip, Sara connects with Pepa, who is native to Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southernmost tip of the world. This connection begins to affect how she sees the world and how she begins to hear the music of the ice. As Jordan and Sara's relationship as a couple becomes more fragile, Sara suffers an accident. In the land of spirit dreaming, suffering and awakening, lessons are learned about life and climate change. A love story set against the backdrop of climate science, this play was commissioned by the University of Alabama-Birmingham and based on and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright with scientist James McClintock (author of non-fiction book LOST ANTARCTICA).
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Ushuaia Blue

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  • Annie Harrison Elliott:
    22 Feb. 2019
    This play offers exquisite language and a distinctive voice. The poetic imagery weaved through-out is nothing short of stunning. The story is propelled forward not by a traditional dramatic structure, but by the poetry itself, which I believe speaks to the genius of the piece and its creator. I highly recommend reading and producing this play. It needs to be experienced by a wide audience.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    28 Jan. 2019
    A deeply poetic and beautiful play. The world Svich creates drips with such rich imagery, just reading it off the page dozens of fantastic stage pictures come into my head. I was so enthralled by the characters, and the use of time, memory, and dream. This play offers so much theatricality and spectacle I can just imagine designers leaping at the chance to bring it to life. Incredibly well done, highly recommend reading and producing USHUAIA BLUE.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    30 Oct. 2018
    Beautiful, desperate love story, intimate (mis)connections, makings of heartache. One stunning, architectural success of the piece is the suspension in time that Svich describes as "when someone you love is ill." This is behooved by the suggestions and possibilities Svich's script presents for design and multimedia; think Malick, 'Koyaanisqatsi'. Svich again shows how she is actually creating pure theatre, the chorus sharing with our discomfort and reflection. This is devastating poetry, a kind of Homer for our age, with clear writing, true, heartfelt conflicts. For me, Pepa's relationship with the world, its mysteries, turmoil, feel in real time.

Development History

  • Reading
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    University of Alabama-Birmingham
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    2018

Awards

Finalist
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Mach 33 Festival of New Science-Driven Plays
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Caltech and Pasadena Playhouse
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2019