Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, editor, translator, essayist and educator. Her first feature film, as co-screenwriter, FUGITIVE DREAMS, based on her play, receives world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and US premiere at the 2020 Austin Film Festival. Three of her new plays were on the 2020 Kilroys List. Her signature works include ANY PLACE BUT HERE, 12 OPHELIAS...
Caridad Svich is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, editor, translator, essayist and educator. Her first feature film, as co-screenwriter, FUGITIVE DREAMS, based on her play, receives world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and US premiere at the 2020 Austin Film Festival. Three of her new plays were on the 2020 Kilroys List. Her signature works include ANY PLACE BUT HERE, 12 OPHELIAS, IPHIGENIA CRASH LAND FALLS..., ALCHEMY OF DESIRE/DEAD-MAN'S BLUES, RED BIKE (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), GUAPA (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), and THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, based on Isabel Allende's novel (ATCA Primus Prize). She is currently working on screenplay for an independent feature that goes into production late 2020/early 2021.
Upcoming theatre world premieres: USHUAIA BLUE at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; THEATRE: A LOVE STORY at Know Theatre in Cincinnati; TOWN HALL at Red Tape Theatre in Chicago; EVA LUNA (based on Isabel Allende's novel) at Repertorio Espanol; THE HOUSE ON THE LAGOON (based on Rosario Ferre's novel) at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
She has received an OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, Tanne Foundation Award, as well as the Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre from ATHE. She has twice won the National Latino Playwriting Award, for her plays SPARK and MAGNIFICENT WASTE. She is also a theatrical translator, chiefly known for English-language translations of the plays of Federico Garcia Lorca. Her plays have been seen across the US and abroad at diverse venues, among them Denver Center Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, 59E59, The Women's Project, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Milagro Theatre Group, Borderlands, Cervantes Theatre (London), Imago Theatre (Montreal), Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater (Cologne), Ilkhom Theatre (Uzbekistan), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has adapted for the stage novels by Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Leon Sanchez, and Rosario Ferre. She sustains a parallel career as a lyricist, editor, freelance arts journalist, educator and artivist. Her works are published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Broadway Play Publishing, Intellect UK, Manchester University Press, Eyecorner Press, Seagull Books, StageReads and more. She has edited & authored several books on theatre and performance, among them FIFTY PLAYWRIGHTS ON THEIR CRAFT (Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama), Mitchell & Trask's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (4th Wall Series , Routledge). She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, Associate Editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge UK, Drama Editor of Asymptote literary journal, contributing editor of TheatreForum, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press, and serves on the advisory boards of the US-Mexico Exchange Program at the Lark Play Development Center, and Global Performance Studies journal. She holds an MFA from UCSD, and also trained for four consecutive years with Maria Irene Fornes at the legendary INTAR Hispanic Playwrights In Residence Laboratory. She is a former Harvard/Radcliffe Institute Fellow and TCG/PEW and TCG.NEA Fellow. Her archives are housed at the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection in Florida, and partially at Ohio State University's Lawrence & Lee Theatre Collection.

Plays

  • Clara Thomas Bailey
    Hi. My name is Clara. My name is Thomas. My name is Bailey. This is my/Ur/our story. This is a portrait in motion. A day in a life. A life in an hour. When the world's on fire. When our hearts are rent. When our bodies may be failing us. When we look at the sky and the birds too to figure out a way through again.
  • LIFE JACKET
    This is a story about two friends on a boat. They live in a small town near the sea. On this Sunday, they go out, as they have done in the past, but this time, something changes. Call it a spirit encounter. Or maybe they just hit some nasty debris in the water. Whatever the case, it is a day that will test them both. This play is part of the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle that began with RED BIKE. It may be...
    This is a story about two friends on a boat. They live in a small town near the sea. On this Sunday, they go out, as they have done in the past, but this time, something changes. Call it a spirit encounter. Or maybe they just hit some nasty debris in the water. Whatever the case, it is a day that will test them both. This play is part of the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle that began with RED BIKE. It may be performed as an audio, digital or live theatre piece. It may also be performed by one, two or more actors, but casting must be inclusive in all senses and reflective of the world.
  • Theatre: A Love Story
    2021 world premiere, Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

    when there’s little time left, what world can we create? What is our theatre?
    a play-conversation & installation about love, catastrophe, capitalism and climate grief, and yes, theatre too.

  • RED BIKE
    2018-2019 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. ......
    2018-2019 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

  • STAND
    2019 Finalist New Works Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas.

    STAND is an acoustic electric poem of womxn rage, defiance and ancient power. STAND begins on the day when another womxn from an unnamed village is assaulted. Their name is Cassandra. A chorus gathers ‘round in support of them as they all discover ways in which to rise above collective trauma. This is a play-oratorio. It is also a...
    2019 Finalist New Works Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas.

    STAND is an acoustic electric poem of womxn rage, defiance and ancient power. STAND begins on the day when another womxn from an unnamed village is assaulted. Their name is Cassandra. A chorus gathers ‘round in support of them as they all discover ways in which to rise above collective trauma. This is a play-oratorio. It is also a play-drum. or simply, a smash-all-patriarchies text for performance. May be performed with a minimum of three actors (two in chorus, one lead) in its barest form, or five actors or upwards of 10 or more. The play features the song "no hosanna" by composer O-Lan Jones and lyricist Caridad Svich. Described by Simon Stephens as a "beautiful poem of a play: savage and elegant and furious by turns."
  • Arbor Falls
    Finalist for 2020 American Blues Theater Blue Ink Playwriting Award.
    Finalist for 2019 National Playwrights Conference (O'Neill Theater Center).


    In a small town called Arbor Falls, a preacher wrestles with their faith as they try to hold onto the last vestiges of a church with barely a congregation to call its own. Into this town arrives a traveler whose presence exposes the...
    Finalist for 2020 American Blues Theater Blue Ink Playwriting Award.
    Finalist for 2019 National Playwrights Conference (O'Neill Theater Center).


    In a small town called Arbor Falls, a preacher wrestles with their faith as they try to hold onto the last vestiges of a church with barely a congregation to call its own. Into this town arrives a traveler whose presence exposes the spiritual and moral values upon which it stands. ARBOR FALLS is part of the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle that began with RED BIKE.
  • Albemarle
    a sequel (of sorts) to RED BIKE. may be performed as audio, digital or live drama.
    the Odyssey of the Other(ed). a dark night of the soul. a reckoning.

    I lives in Mine's house in a town in the edge-lands. I Misses You, but won't tell anyone. It's Sunday. And last night was a drunken night. This night is going to be the same, but different, on account of a badger and a...
    a sequel (of sorts) to RED BIKE. may be performed as audio, digital or live drama.
    the Odyssey of the Other(ed). a dark night of the soul. a reckoning.

    I lives in Mine's house in a town in the edge-lands. I Misses You, but won't tell anyone. It's Sunday. And last night was a drunken night. This night is going to be the same, but different, on account of a badger and a mysterious opera palace and some other things. How do we come of age when we come of age? How do we live in a movie when we're IRL?

    ABOUT THE PLAY: A comic piece with darkish overtones that may be played by one to four actors (or more) that invites choreographic staging, musical underscoring, and an expressive lightness in its playing. Its focus is on class dynamics, inequality, and search for spiritual grace. It paints a portrait of a town called Albemarle in the edgelands, and a figure named I (ideally played by female or non-binary actor) that is on the cusp of finding themselves after a prolonged period of mourning someone they loved. In the play, in a picaresque manner, we follow I as they encounter Mine's, their guardian, their Friend, a Squatter, a Badger and a Cleaner on a long night as the one they love and lost haunts their imagination. Each encounter is a step toward potential transformation and redemption. Written in ardent yet plain-spoken poetic prose, the piece is an intimate yet epic personal soul ride that casts a wide, long view on subjects of climate grief and change, late capitalism, and hope in the body politic.
  • FUEL
    You live in a place that reeks of gasoline. You run on fuel. You don’t know anything else exceptliving hard and surviving, but one day that fuel is gonna run out. How are you gonna know who you are, then? This is the story of Baby and their people living in a town left for dead. This is also the ballad of Baby and Girl. In this here mad America. This play is the 2nd piece in the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle...
    You live in a place that reeks of gasoline. You run on fuel. You don’t know anything else exceptliving hard and surviving, but one day that fuel is gonna run out. How are you gonna know who you are, then? This is the story of Baby and their people living in a town left for dead. This is also the ballad of Baby and Girl. In this here mad America. This play is the 2nd piece in the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle that began with RED BIKE.

  • Desdemona's Child (blood cry)
    2019 Shortlisted for Shakespeare's New Contemporaries (American Shakespeare Center).

    We know them by different names, but we remember their stories all the same. Fierce O, gone, loved too much. Beautiful D, haunting, loved against themselves. Bitter I, stuck, doesn't taste love. D child knows them by these names, but doesn't remember the story pumping through their own blood....
    2019 Shortlisted for Shakespeare's New Contemporaries (American Shakespeare Center).

    We know them by different names, but we remember their stories all the same. Fierce O, gone, loved too much. Beautiful D, haunting, loved against themselves. Bitter I, stuck, doesn't taste love. D child knows them by these names, but doesn't remember the story pumping through their own blood. Desdemona's Child (blood cry) dives into the ruin Othello left behind and the next generation struggling to keep afloat. Navigating a sunken past amidst a drowning present, D child seeks to reconcile truth with memory.

    Desdemona's Child (blood cry) exists in the eye of the storm, or our bated breath as we wait for the flood to wash over and drown us too. Desdemona's Child (blood cry) asks of us the same questions D child asks of themselves: How do we survive histories built on oppression? How do we contend with legacies we're born into? How do we begin to heal when trauma's inked into our being?

    *Desdemona’s child comes back to the town in which they were raised, haunted by the ghost of Beautiful D, and with a desire to come to terms with trauma from their past. In this town, trouble rages, as a climate of hate threatens to overtake all. A flood and a whole lotta honest witnessing may start to turn the tide of human darkness. This play is set in modern-day US, freely inspired by and set in the wake of Shakespeare's OTHELLO.
  • GUAPA
    2012-2013 NNPN Rolling World Premiere.

    In a small town in west Texas, a young woman dreams of being a soccer star in a house where a single mom tries to make ends meet and raise her two other college-age kids who have dreams too of their own to make a difference in the world. A poetic realistic comedy originally premiered as an NNPN Continued Life Fund rolling world premiere at Borderlands...
    2012-2013 NNPN Rolling World Premiere.

    In a small town in west Texas, a young woman dreams of being a soccer star in a house where a single mom tries to make ends meet and raise her two other college-age kids who have dreams too of their own to make a difference in the world. A poetic realistic comedy originally premiered as an NNPN Continued Life Fund rolling world premiere at Borderlands Theater, Phoenix Theatre and Miracle Theatre Group. The play was a finaiist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.
  • Ushuaia Blue
    World Premiere: 2020-21 Contemporary American Theater Festival.
    2020 The Kilroys List.
    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...
    World Premiere: 2020-21 Contemporary American Theater Festival.
    2020 The Kilroys List.
    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).
  • Holler River
    2018 Finalist for Shakespeare's New Contemporaries, American Shakespeare Center.

    A soldier waits for another to come home. They were teacher and student once. A town waits, too, deep in the heart of coal country, while the one who roams wrestles with what home even means. A story about the stories we tell ourselves, the songs we sing to get by, and the maps we make of our warring lives. This...
    2018 Finalist for Shakespeare's New Contemporaries, American Shakespeare Center.

    A soldier waits for another to come home. They were teacher and student once. A town waits, too, deep in the heart of coal country, while the one who roams wrestles with what home even means. A story about the stories we tell ourselves, the songs we sing to get by, and the maps we make of our warring lives. This play is part of the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle of plays that began with RED BIKE, and it is also a reflection on Shakespeare's HENRY IV Part One.
  • Hurt Song
    2020 Finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival.

    You pick through trash, you are trash, says someone. How do you find your worth in a land that tells you otherwise? This is the ballad of the hurting kind – those displaced from their homes, looking for work and sent to places in the middle of the country to make their way. Or we can just call this a fable for dark times. This is the third...
    2020 Finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival.

    You pick through trash, you are trash, says someone. How do you find your worth in a land that tells you otherwise? This is the ballad of the hurting kind – those displaced from their homes, looking for work and sent to places in the middle of the country to make their way. Or we can just call this a fable for dark times. This is the third play in the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle that began with RED BIKE.
  • 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).



  • Archipelago
    A love story. A memory play. A dream play. One person meets another across borders and languages, across time and space. A day in a lifetime. This script premiered at Lighthouse Poole Centre for the Arts in England under Stephen Wrentmore's direction with film by Desperate Optimists.
  • The Way of Water
    In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, two fishermen and their wives try to cope with the damage done. This play was developed at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, and at 50 venues around the world as a NoPassport global reading scheme to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The play was the subject of several local NPR shows around the USA. A play...
    In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, two fishermen and their wives try to cope with the damage done. This play was developed at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, and at 50 venues around the world as a NoPassport global reading scheme to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The play was the subject of several local NPR shows around the USA. A play about love and faith, corporate manslaughter and the power of protest.
  • An Acorn
    Propelled by the threat of environmental catastrophe, one traveler leaves home in search of their voice, lost in the rubble of a battered world. This journey takes us through the wreckage of time and history in pursuit of the memory of what earth once was... Haunting, surprising, and poignant: in the face of irreversible environmental damage, AN ACORN uncovers a small kernel of hope. Originally commissioned by...
    Propelled by the threat of environmental catastrophe, one traveler leaves home in search of their voice, lost in the rubble of a battered world. This journey takes us through the wreckage of time and history in pursuit of the memory of what earth once was... Haunting, surprising, and poignant: in the face of irreversible environmental damage, AN ACORN uncovers a small kernel of hope. Originally commissioned by the American Blues Theater in Chicago.

  • HIDE SKY
    In Hide Sky, a mother’s passing forces an estranged sibling to return home to the Florida Panhandle to an older brother and sister whom she once left behind, and to unresolved matters of love and faith. A drama about coming through grief, the lies we tell each other in the name of “family and religion” and how we can all perhaps begin again.
  • for the love of the game
    A comedy, of sorts, about life, love, class divides, gender, identity, race, the body politic and the heart of creativity.
    JB plays golf. They’re good at it. It’s summer and their old friend Shep comes to visit. Into the world of sports also walks in an upstart named Ren. Let’s just say it’s not going to be like any summer JB has gone through before.
    This play consciously evokes the tone and...
    A comedy, of sorts, about life, love, class divides, gender, identity, race, the body politic and the heart of creativity.
    JB plays golf. They’re good at it. It’s summer and their old friend Shep comes to visit. Into the world of sports also walks in an upstart named Ren. Let’s just say it’s not going to be like any summer JB has gone through before.
    This play consciously evokes the tone and style of old Hollywood romantic comedies by George Cukor and Ernst Lubitsch. No need of a heavy hand in the playing of it. Enough to tip the hat to this kind of style. But attention need be paid to the rhythms, which are quicksilver and ardent. No emo. Please.
    While the stage directions are grounded mostly in photo-realism, I encourage the playing to be light on its feet, playful, imaginative & abstract.
  • De Troya
    Premiered at Cara Mia Theatre, Dallas, Texas.

    DE TROYA is a cracked fairy tale, a ghost story, a border ballad, and graphic novel for the stage. In DE TROYA, a mysteriously wounded girl washes on shore and meets young Mara on the riverbank. Worried sisters Lupe and Lena wonder if tonight is the night that their niece will disappear without a trace? Boiling under the surface of a violent city, two...
    Premiered at Cara Mia Theatre, Dallas, Texas.

    DE TROYA is a cracked fairy tale, a ghost story, a border ballad, and graphic novel for the stage. In DE TROYA, a mysteriously wounded girl washes on shore and meets young Mara on the riverbank. Worried sisters Lupe and Lena wonder if tonight is the night that their niece will disappear without a trace? Boiling under the surface of a violent city, two families wrestle with rebellion, regret, and loss of faith. DE TROYA is a beautifully mythical story about how the weight of our memories can create an insatiable longing for salvation.
  • Trouble in Kind
    I'm A, I'm a Nother and I'm a Nother Other live in a small town on the edge of the bayou. In the aftermath of a hate crime, they all seek to re-make their lives. It's gonna take a ritual, a visiting deity and a ghostly encounter at the cross-roads to stir up the waters of progress once again. An incantation play for troubled times inflected with the timbre of tripped-out zydeco blues. This...
    I'm A, I'm a Nother and I'm a Nother Other live in a small town on the edge of the bayou. In the aftermath of a hate crime, they all seek to re-make their lives. It's gonna take a ritual, a visiting deity and a ghostly encounter at the cross-roads to stir up the waters of progress once again. An incantation play for troubled times inflected with the timbre of tripped-out zydeco blues. This play is part of the AMERICAN PSALM seven-play cycle that began with RED BIKE.
  • Day for Night (fifteen tracks for disaster)
    DAY FOR NIGHT is conceived as a vinyl recording for the stage. fifteen tracks of hope, despair, longing, and prayer. The world of this piece is both IRL and in the digital realm, cos most of us on the planet are cyborgs and have been for some time. This world, in part, is marked by climate grief, environmental racism, capitalism, post-human-ness, queerness, wildness, ritual, music and activism.
  • The Breath of Stars
    THE BREATH OF STARS is a drama that looks at the workings of memory itself through stories of love and loss in the contemporary world. Shot through the lens of Shakespeare’s The Tempest reconfigured for the digital age, we see an Ariel that mourns Prospero, and a Caliban who walks through the desert. A play about the spinning globe, a lost city of strings, electric dreams, and finding a lover again in the body of a stranger.
  • Corazon Eterno (always in my heart)
    Prior script version premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.
    Current script version work-shopped at Rep Theatre St. Louis' Ignite Festival

    CORAZON ETERNO is a poetic, romantic play of love ignited, denied, rekindled, rejected, and renewed; of love pragmatic and impossible, temporal and eternal; and ultimately of love to transform the human experience. When Julia meets Julia,...
    Prior script version premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.
    Current script version work-shopped at Rep Theatre St. Louis' Ignite Festival

    CORAZON ETERNO is a poetic, romantic play of love ignited, denied, rekindled, rejected, and renewed; of love pragmatic and impossible, temporal and eternal; and ultimately of love to transform the human experience. When Julia meets Julia, sparks fly, but the course of love is not always smooth. A story about a love that transcends time.
  • Something, Like Happiness
    It’s like this. It’s about love. And other things. Like, how we live. And mess ourselves and each other up. It’s about art and science and the plans we make for our future, which we may never get to see. It’s the stuff of comedy. And tragedy too. And yeah, a bit of heartbreak. But mostly, it’s why we keep doing what we do in this little game called life.
  • Sanctuary (a Texas song)
    A road trip through Texas, a walk through the soul, music, and the little moments lived in the everyday. A solo piece for three voices.
  • The House of the Spirits (based on Isabel Allende's novel)
    Winner of 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize.

    Award-winning play based on Isabel Allende's landmark novel charts the complex
    social and political lives of three generations of a family in an un-named country in Latin America. The conflicted rags to riches rise of a stubborn patriarch is contrasted with the interior and exterior worlds of a grandmother, mother and...
    Winner of 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize.

    Award-winning play based on Isabel Allende's landmark novel charts the complex
    social and political lives of three generations of a family in an un-named country in Latin America. The conflicted rags to riches rise of a stubborn patriarch is contrasted with the interior and exterior worlds of a grandmother, mother and daughter growing up in the shadow of violence. This play with songs in the author's Spanish and English language versions has played to audiences across the US and Latin America, professional theatres and colleges. An edition of this play is in TheatreForum magazine Issue No 36.
  • Eva Luna (based on Isabel Allende's novel)
    2020 The Kilroys List.

    Commissioned by Repertorio Espanol (scheduled for premiere 2021, postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19).

    Isabel Allende's novel is re-imagined for the stage. This play tells the coming-of-age story of EVA LUNA, a woman born into poverty who rises up through the world to find her voice as a storyteller and a reflector of history. Enchanting, comical, and...
    2020 The Kilroys List.

    Commissioned by Repertorio Espanol (scheduled for premiere 2021, postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19).

    Isabel Allende's novel is re-imagined for the stage. This play tells the coming-of-age story of EVA LUNA, a woman born into poverty who rises up through the world to find her voice as a storyteller and a reflector of history. Enchanting, comical, and sly, EVA LUNA follows the character's journey from childhood to adulthood, and along the way allows us to meet an array of characters that will change the course of Eva's life forever.
  • In the Time of the Butterflies (based on Julia Alvarez' novel)
    Based on Julia Alvarez' novel, this play traces the lives of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic who became activists against and martyrs of the dictatorship of the Trujullo regime. First premiered at Spanish Repertory Theatre in Spanish, English premiere at San Diego Repertory.
  • A Christmas Carol (a comedy, of sorts) ...inspired by Dickens
    Freely inspired by the Dickens classic, meet EVA GOODGE and the ghosts of their past in this magical and comic tale of capitalism and a long path to redemption. A transformational, theatrical comedy scored for a five-person cast (though may be played with more).
  • King Henry VIII (adaoted/translated from Shakespeare)
    Originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Play On!

    New modern verse translation, and adaptation, of Shakespeare's lesser-known play KING HENRY VIII, which focuses on political intrigue during Henry's early days as king.
  • The House on the Lagoon (based on Rosario Ferre's novel)
    Commissioned by Gala Hispanic Theater, Washington D.C. Scheduled for world premiere.

    Epic, sweeping story of Puerto Rican identity, class, race, activism and feminist issues centered on the relationship and marriage between Quintin Mendizabal, a history student turned businessman, and Isabel Monfort, a writer. Spanning the years 1946 to 1979, the play explores the debate between statehood and...
    Commissioned by Gala Hispanic Theater, Washington D.C. Scheduled for world premiere.

    Epic, sweeping story of Puerto Rican identity, class, race, activism and feminist issues centered on the relationship and marriage between Quintin Mendizabal, a history student turned businessman, and Isabel Monfort, a writer. Spanning the years 1946 to 1979, the play explores the debate between statehood and Independence for Puerto Rico, and how its status as a commonwealth has beleaguered the island's position on the global stage. Ferre's book was a 1995 National Book Award finalist.
  • Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (based on Mario Vargas Llosa's novel)
    2016 New York Times Critics' Pick.
    2020 area premiere at Gala Hispanic Theatre, Washington D.C. Postponed due to COVID-19.

    Based on Mario Vargas Llosa's acclaimed novel, this comic romance tells the story of a young aspiring playwright living in Lima, Peru, who falls in love with his sexually independent aunt while he works at a radio station assisting a comic genius named Pedro...
    2016 New York Times Critics' Pick.
    2020 area premiere at Gala Hispanic Theatre, Washington D.C. Postponed due to COVID-19.

    Based on Mario Vargas Llosa's acclaimed novel, this comic romance tells the story of a young aspiring playwright living in Lima, Peru, who falls in love with his sexually independent aunt while he works at a radio station assisting a comic genius named Pedro Camacho in their soap-opera writing. Charting the May-December romance between the young writer and his aunt and simultaneously his coming-of-age as an artist in a deeply patriarchal Catholic middle-class society, the play is an exuberant tale of love and also an homage/valentine to radio serial dramas and their creation. Originally commissioned and premiered at Repertorio Espanol in New York City in 2016 in the author's Spanish-language version.
  • The Oxcart (adapted/translated from Rene Marquez)
    A new version (adaptation/translation) of Rene Marques' modern Puerto Rican classic drama THE OXCART. This play tells the story of a Puerto Rican family moving from the slums of La Perla to New York City in the 1950s as they face and grapple with issues of poverty, discrimination, racism and economic justice. A powerful drama about the complex relationship between Puerto Rico and the mainland (USA). Running time: 2 hrs.
  • GERTIE AND ALICE BY THE SEA (you are to me)
    In the last house in the world, two women live out their days. They could be the famous Gertie and Alice, but they are not necessarily. They still do the things we do--eating, talking, laughing with friends and lovers—until what they know begins to slip away, and all that is left is desire.
  • Lucinda Caval
    Lucinda's brother disappears. In a corrupt dictatorship, she searches to find him.
  • AGUA DE LUNA (psalms for the rouge)
    Three households are viewed in close-up snapshots through the eyes of a bird-dog creature and a woman of 108 years in this story of faith, redemption, ache, loss and hunger set in southwest Detroit.
  • JONAS (the future we remember)
    Remember that time when we thought we knew things? Remember how the world was gonna last forever? A play about who we were once, and who we became. Meet Jonas and Cindy. They are best friends. Meet Ally and Stef and Cam. They’re in their lives, too. And so is a tree, and so is a balloon, and maybe a song, too. In the first half of the play, all of the characters are between the ages of eight and nine.
    In...
    Remember that time when we thought we knew things? Remember how the world was gonna last forever? A play about who we were once, and who we became. Meet Jonas and Cindy. They are best friends. Meet Ally and Stef and Cam. They’re in their lives, too. And so is a tree, and so is a balloon, and maybe a song, too. In the first half of the play, all of the characters are between the ages of eight and nine.
    In the second half of the play, they are adults.*
  • BLAZE
    Semifinalist for 2020 Shakespeare's New Contemporaries.

    BLAZE (or the tale of Sister Night and Brother Day in Titus land) is about living at the edge of water beset by trouble and seeking change. It tells the story of one Sister Night and Brother Day and their people as they are hunted by forces of oppression, and damage is done to their town; but damage will not be let. uprising days will...
    Semifinalist for 2020 Shakespeare's New Contemporaries.

    BLAZE (or the tale of Sister Night and Brother Day in Titus land) is about living at the edge of water beset by trouble and seeking change. It tells the story of one Sister Night and Brother Day and their people as they are hunted by forces of oppression, and damage is done to their town; but damage will not be let. uprising days will begin and after, there will an awakening. BLAZE is part play, part unplugged opera, part spoken word jam, part protest and a healing thing too. Freely inspired by Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and its polluted world, in more ways than one.
  • Nobody's Children
    Emma, Neil and Fran are corporate raiders. Jake is an IT guy. Dog eats dog eats love in this dark comedy about globalisation, power, and casual terrorism.
  • The Orphan Sea
    Penelope waits. Odysseus roams. Love is suspended in the balance. Years go by as the lovers circle each other in dreams, memories, and are reunited. An operatic choral play about lovers and communities coming together.
  • SPARK
    Winner of 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award.

    SPARK is a play about three sisters living in the US caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath. It is about what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. A contemporary US story of faith, love, war, trauma, and a bit of healing.
  • Steal Back Light from the Virtual
    a labyrinthine society is torn apart by a monstrous beast. this play weaves a dark hypnotic spell centered on how violence permeates systems of class, power, and abuse. shot through the lens of Ariadne and the golden thread and the story of the Minotaur, this is a fearless ride into a dark city. This play received world premiere with East Coast Theatre in Sydney, Australia in 2019. This play is published in the...
    a labyrinthine society is torn apart by a monstrous beast. this play weaves a dark hypnotic spell centered on how violence permeates systems of class, power, and abuse. shot through the lens of Ariadne and the golden thread and the story of the Minotaur, this is a fearless ride into a dark city. This play received world premiere with East Coast Theatre in Sydney, Australia in 2019. This play is published in the collection Instructions for Breathing (Seagull Books and University of Chicago Press).
  • This Thing of Ours
    An act of violence struck our city. This has happened before. We say we will put our lives back together. Years will go by. We will grow apart, come together, have children, and some of us, will wonder how to keep going, as we turn to myths and seek lessons there. In our theaters of memory, in our songs of transcendence, perhaps we will find peace. An ensemble drama. This play originally was developed at the...
    An act of violence struck our city. This has happened before. We say we will put our lives back together. Years will go by. We will grow apart, come together, have children, and some of us, will wonder how to keep going, as we turn to myths and seek lessons there. In our theaters of memory, in our songs of transcendence, perhaps we will find peace. An ensemble drama. This play originally was developed at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Ignite Festival of New Work (2015).