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Rough Reading Series - Playwrights Foundation

Caridad Svich


May 14 at 7:30pm | Roble Hall, Stanford
May 15 at 7pm | Theatre of Yugen

About the play

You live in a place that reeks of gasoline. You run on fuel. You don’t know anything else except living 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 mad America.

About Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2017-18 Visiting Fellow at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times. Key works in her repertoire include 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, and Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues. Her playRED BIKE is currently receiving an NNPN rolling world premiere 2018 into 2019. She has also adapted for the stage novels by Mario Vargas Llosa, Julia Alvarez and Jose Leon Sanchez, and has radically reconfigured works from Wedekind, Euripides, Sophocles, and Shakespeare. As a theatrical translator she has translated nearly all of the plays of Federico Garcia Lorca, and works by Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, and contemporary works from Spain, Mexico and Cuba. She has also edited several books on theatre and performance, among them Fifty Playwrights on Their Craft (Methuen Drama, 2017) and Audience Revolution (TCG, 2016). She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, contributing editor of Contemporary Theatre Review, drama editor of Asymptote literary translation journal, contributing editor of TheatreForum and an affiliated artist of EST, Lark and New Georges. She is currently under commission from American Conservatory Theatre, Cleveland Opera Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and teaches playwriting at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Primary Stages Einhorn School of the Arts.


Earlier Event: May 13
Power Plays
Later Event: July 7