Town Hall

2020 Premiere: Red Tape Theatre, Chicago (postponed due to COVID-19)
2020 The Kilroys List.
2017 Finalist for National Playwrights Conference.

Eco-Feminism. Citizenship. Democracy. Human Relationships. A play about the times in which we live, a piece of theatre about being an audience, and an epic, intimate work about what we could do to change the world. Town Hall is part play,...
2020 Premiere: Red Tape Theatre, Chicago (postponed due to COVID-19)
2020 The Kilroys List.
2017 Finalist for National Playwrights Conference.

Eco-Feminism. Citizenship. Democracy. Human Relationships. A play about the times in which we live, a piece of theatre about being an audience, and an epic, intimate work about what we could do to change the world. Town Hall is part play, part dream, part meeting, part imagining a future in which new ways of connecting must be found…. a group of barely connected people come together, feeling their way towards… connection? Town Hall explores how are we “us” in a room? In a theatre?
"Caridad Svich's beyond timely piece of searching and intimate political playwriting. TOWN HALL tackles so many urgent questions of human relationship - to our environment, to other humans, to democracy, through its focus on 4 women living in the very near future, in a world at once different from but very similar to ours. A beautiful, fragile and powerful piece." -director Rebecca McCutcheon (Lost Text/Found Space, London UK).



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  • Kerr Lockhart:
    10 Jul. 2021
    Imagine there is a playwright with the rhythm, the cadence, the music of Samuel Beckett
    Who is the anti-Beckett
    Where Beckett is loneliness, despair, plunging into the abyss,
    Caridad Svich in TOWN HALL is about connection, memory, hope.
    As a play it is a proposal for a ceremony or interactive liturgy.
    Yes, the audience is involved, but not forced to perform
    Or to react in any particular way,
    But only to be present.
    Given the playwright's creativity in the digital medium, it would be interesting to see it reconceived for that format.
    A profound act of healing.
  • T. Reid Kirtley:
    19 Feb. 2020
    Invoking Sarah Kane's Craved meets Model UN, drenched in play and possibility, Caridad Svich has written a piece that feels like a deep breath in and out. Slightly anonymous, open and politically minded, but always self aware of its scope and purposes: this play holds space for us to gather and think. Svich has challenged the structures of the page just as much as the audience is challenged by the play's open ended questions and memories. I feel thankful to have read Town Hall.
  • Jessie Salsbury:
    10 Aug. 2019
    I desperately want be in the audience for a performance of this work. Absolutely different and challenging, this work places the audience as a central force, rather than passive spectator. Caridad Svich has created something that feels breathing and alive in the moment, but also timeless in its themes. Brilliant.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Cornell University
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    Royal Holloway-University of London at Tate Modern
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    Camden People's Theatre
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Charles Allis Museum
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theatre Institute
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Sheen Center
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Doane University
    ,
    2024
  • University
    ,
    Salisbury University
    ,
    2024
  • University
    ,
    University of Utah
    ,
    2023
  • University
    ,
    University of California-San Diego
    ,
    2021
  • University
    ,
    Sam Houston State University
    ,
    2021
  • University
    ,
    Barnard College
    ,
    2020
  • Fringe
    ,
    Red Tape Theatre
    ,
    2020