Obie Lifetime Achievement Award winner Caridad Svichâ€™s new play The Way of Water marks two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill this April with multiple readings across the US and abroad.
Directed by Marti Lyons
Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm -- in the Chase Studio Theater in the Water Tower Water Works.
This staged reading is free and open to the public.
This work, which is about the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill and its effects on human health and the environment in the US Gulf region, is being made available for local presentations to mark the two-year anniversary of the spill and to raise increased awareness toward health and environmental concerns, by NoPassport theatre alliance & press, an unincorporated collective dedicated to the advocacy, production and publication of works expressive of cross-cultural and aesthetic diversity in the arts.
Among the theaters that will be presenting the play are Alameda Theatre in Toronto, Canada; American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL; Atomic Age Theater Company in collaboration with Emerson College in Boston, MA; California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA; Cornell Universityâ€™s Teatrotaller and Theatre Incognita in Ithaca, NY; EAST LA REP in Los Angeles, CA; Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City; Atomic Age Theater Company in collaboration with Emerson College in Boston, MA; Halcyon Theatre in Chicago, IL; ion theatre company in San Diego, CA; Lark Play Development Center in New York City; Main Street Theatre in Houston, TX; Occupy Ashland, Oregon; Opera del Espacio in Los Angeles, CA; Scriptworks in coproduction with Hyde Park Theatre in Austin, TX; Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, NM; Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque, NM; internationally at Aberystwyth University in Wales/UK, Rose Bruford College in England/UK, and Pat the Dog Playwrights Centre in Ontario, Canada, and venues in Berlin, Sao Paolo, Australia, and South Africa, and over fifteen US universities including Carnegie Mellon and UC-Davis. Additional presenting venues will be announced in the near future.
The play was developed at the 2011 Winter Writersâ€™ Retreat at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, after Svichâ€™s two years of extensive research on the subject. The Way of Water is a two-act play with four characters that focuses on poverty in America and the devastation of the ongoing health and environmental crisis in the US Gulf region. Caridad Svichâ€™s other plays include 12 Ophelias, Iphigeniaâ€¦a rave fable, and The House of the Spirits, based on the novel by Isabel Allende. The dramaturgy team for the international reading scheme for The Way of Water are Philadelphia-based dramaturge Heather Helinsky and New York City-based dramatist & dramaturge R. Alex Davis. The playâ€™s premiere has not yet been announced.
For more information about Caridad Svichâ€™s The Way of Water, visit http://www.nopassport.org/wayofwater