RED BIKE

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 (or three). Nominated for Blackburn Prize. ... "Svich's RED BIKE is s luminous piece that tackles our common dreams and dangers...
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 (or three). Nominated for Blackburn Prize. ... "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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  • Hallie Palladino:
    8 May. 2018
    This play is stunningly beautiful. I saw a reading of the one character version last night at Jackalope. Svich captures a moment in childhood where dreams collide with future realities. The play is a devastating meditation on inequality, greed and consumer culture as seen through the eyes of a child grappling with the gulf between potential and opportunity. The story is dynamic, nuanced and beautifully layered. Svich's poetry and imagery are breathtaking.
  • National New Play Network:
    15 Dec. 2017
    This play was featured at NNPN’s 2017 National Showcase of New Plays.
  • Bostin Christopher:
    24 Sep. 2017
    beautiful in its complex simplicity. can’t wait to see this one staged in all manor of possibilities.

Development History

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

Production History

Awards

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