RED BIKE

Currently receiving an NNPN Rolling World Premiere.

What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were eleven years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now. A play for one performer (two or three). This is the first play in the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play...
Currently receiving an NNPN Rolling World Premiere.

What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were eleven years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now. A play for one performer (two or three). This is the first play in the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle. ... "Svich's RED BIKE is s luminous piece that tackles our common dreams and dangers with magic, poetry, and a sense of both possibility and loneliness. A beautiful work!" -- Cristina Garcia (novelist, Dreaming in Cuban)

"In RED BIKE, Svich sees poetry in the everyday, passion in politics, power in citizenship. In this play-monologue told from the perspective of pre adolescent exploring a world in distress (closed businesses, poverty on the street), Svich channels Carson McCullers' Frankie in A MEMBER OF THE WEDDING -- our unnamed protagonist observes astutely, accepts the parameters of their world, feels the possibilities of dreams. The bike is transportation and a dream mobile moving from one viewpoint to another, like a magic carpet. "Somebody gotta make red bikes somewhere," they muse, "so kids like me can dream." This dreamscape is haunting and gorgeous." -- Martha Wade Steketee, freelance critic and dramaturg

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RED BIKE

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  • Gage Tarlton:
    28 Aug. 2018
    Svich has such a firm grasp on the handles of her storytelling that one can't help but be in awe of her creation. She holds the secret to our childhood. She has the ability to take us on the most beautiful journey of our youth through her simple and poetic and heart-wrenching language. It was a privilege to go on this ride. This was my first time experiencing Svich's work and I can't wait to go on more adventures with her leading the way.
  • Greg Burdick:
    23 Jun. 2018
    Svich takes us on a nostalgic ride through what could be modern-day Detroit. Or maybe any former steel town giant. Or anywhere an 11-year old kid dares to dream Tour de France big. Poetically spare yet lyrically rich, RED BIKE is a play I dearly hope to experience live one day soon. And I may not be the first to say it, but yes... I absolutely envy what she’s created here. Beautifully crafted.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    12 Jun. 2018
    What more can be said about this haunting and absolutely stunning work by playwright extraordinaire Caridad Svich? Poetic beauty? Check. Hypnotic storyline? Double check. Effective and sobering commentary on our western culture at multiple classes? Checkaroo. A moving story from the perspective and wild imaginations of children in danger? Oh my gosh, yes. Why are you reading this recommendation when you can be reading RED BIKE??? Enjoy it. Relish it. See yourself in it. See your family in it. Let yourself wonder what you are doing and what can be done as we watch our culture decaying. Read it now!

Development History

  • Reading
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    Flint Youth Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    NNPN National Showcase of New Plays
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    New Dramatists
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Chaskis Theatre, London, UK at the Cervantes Theatre
    ,
    2017

Production History

Awards

Selection
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NNPN Rolling World Premiere
,
2018
Honorable Mention
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Kilroys List
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The Kilroys
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2017