Francisca Da Silveira

Francisca Da Silveira

Francisca is a Cape Verdean-American playwright and Boston native who holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MSc in Playwriting from the University of Edinburgh. In 2018, she made ArtsBoston's list of 10 Contemporary Black Playwrights You Should Know. Her plays have been developed with Theatre503 (London), The Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), TC Squared...
Francisca is a Cape Verdean-American playwright and Boston native who holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MSc in Playwriting from the University of Edinburgh. In 2018, she made ArtsBoston's list of 10 Contemporary Black Playwrights You Should Know. Her plays have been developed with Theatre503 (London), The Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), TC Squared Theatre Company (Boston), Company One Theatre (Boston), Flat Earth Theatre (Boston), Fresh Ink Theatre Company (Boston), The Fire This Time Festival (New York), and Horse Trade Theater Group (New York). She has been a finalist for SpeakEasy Stage’s 2018 and 2019 Boston Project Residency, Space of Ryder Farm’s 2020 Creative Residency and has been a semi-finalist for the Dennis & Victoria Ross Playwrights Program, the 2019 Papatango New Play Prize and the 2019 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. Fran's full length play HERITAGE HILL NATURALS received a world premiere with Fresh Ink Theatre (Boston) in May 2018. Her play CAN I TOUCH IT? will feature in the National New Play Network’s 2020 National Showcase of New Plays in November 2020.

In addition to writing, Fran also identifies as a playwright dramaturg. From 2016-2018, she was a company dramaturg and Literary Manager at Company One Theatre and co-ran their emerging writers PlayLab program with Andrew W. Mellon Artist-in-Residence Kirsten Greenidge. Fran serves as an At-Large Ambassador and Affiliated Artist with the National New Play Network and has dramaturged for the NNPN/Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights’ Workshop in 2018 and 2020.

She is currently the Assistant Literary Director at Geva Theatre Centre in Rochester, NY, a 2020-2021 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow and a member of The Public Theater’s 2020-2022 Emerging Writers Group.

Plays

  • can i touch it?
    Shay is many things - a business owner, a single mom, a community leader - but there’s one thing she’s definitely not: a pawn in United Bank’s efforts to buy up foreclosed real estate in the heart of Boston’s black community. At risk of losing her own store to the bank, she is forced to choose between a personal fight for her family’s livelihood and a moral fight against gentrification. When pushed to her...
    Shay is many things - a business owner, a single mom, a community leader - but there’s one thing she’s definitely not: a pawn in United Bank’s efforts to buy up foreclosed real estate in the heart of Boston’s black community. At risk of losing her own store to the bank, she is forced to choose between a personal fight for her family’s livelihood and a moral fight against gentrification. When pushed to her limits, Shay finds herself in the fantastical peaceful place where women of color have to recede into when they get asked stupid ass questions. Using devices like double casting through onstage wig changes, can i touch it? examines themes of black hair politics, social exclusion and the racial inequity black owned businesses face every day.
  • not-for-profit (or the equity, diversity and inclusion play)
    When offered a fancy promotion over her more experienced coworker, Nadine is left at a morally conflicting crossroads. All around her, hell begins to break lose at RiseUP, an education nonprofit that matches urban youth of color with inspiring mentors from the world of business. A scandal involving a student breaks, and Nadine discovers that RiseUP isn’t as worthy and wholesome as it pretends to be. not-for-...
    When offered a fancy promotion over her more experienced coworker, Nadine is left at a morally conflicting crossroads. All around her, hell begins to break lose at RiseUP, an education nonprofit that matches urban youth of color with inspiring mentors from the world of business. A scandal involving a student breaks, and Nadine discovers that RiseUP isn’t as worthy and wholesome as it pretends to be. not-for-profit (or the equity, diversity and inclusion play) tackles the dichotomy of policy vs. practice and investigates what is really at the core of toxic, microaggressive workplace environments.
  • scholarship babies
    For the first time in Felicia's life, the unthinkable has happened - she, a lifelong recipient of academic scholarships, has been denied free money to attend graduate school. Her plan to get alternative funding is shattered when she and her two best friends miss the annual reunion cruise for their prestigious private school and are left stranded on the dock. scholarship babies is a cutting examination of...
    For the first time in Felicia's life, the unthinkable has happened - she, a lifelong recipient of academic scholarships, has been denied free money to attend graduate school. Her plan to get alternative funding is shattered when she and her two best friends miss the annual reunion cruise for their prestigious private school and are left stranded on the dock. scholarship babies is a cutting examination of educational privilege, affirmative action and what it truly means to go from rags to riches in today’s society.
  • pay no worship
    Born and raised on Fogo, a tiny African Island, cousins Martin and Jose live at the base of a giant volcano and struggle to make a living in the precarious wine industry that has been the main source of their family's income for generations. While one refuses to give up on tradition and is content to continue living a simplistic rural life, the other longs for a visa to America in order to pursue a higher...
    Born and raised on Fogo, a tiny African Island, cousins Martin and Jose live at the base of a giant volcano and struggle to make a living in the precarious wine industry that has been the main source of their family's income for generations. While one refuses to give up on tradition and is content to continue living a simplistic rural life, the other longs for a visa to America in order to pursue a higher education. Both dreams and volcanoes are at risk of erupting as the cousins fight for opportunity, understanding, and their lives when a tropical storm headed toward the island threatens to destroy everything they know.
  • Heritage Hill Naturals
    In an effort to avoid confronting her declining mental health, recent college graduate Lucilia volunteers a month of free labor to an organic farm in rural Georgia. There, she encounters ignorance bordering on racism, religious fanaticism, and too healthy eating habits that force her to question whether escaping into a world of green living was really an escape at all.