Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tucson: Borderlands Theater 2012/13 Season


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Two new plays about the strength, determination and power of women by two Award Winning Playwrights, and a family tradition for the 17th year!



A New Play by Obie Award winner Caridad Svich

(Winner of the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Francesca Primus Prize for her adaptation of House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende)


A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere with Miracle, Phoenix and Borderlands Theaters

In her small Texas town, caught in a long history of class struggle and racism, “Guapa” dreams of playing women’s soccer.  This story, about a working class family, trips and kicks its way across the stage with magical dreams of sports, graffiti, birds in flight, indigenous history, trauma, and the viable possibilities of a better life.

OCTOBER 4-21, 2012




A family favorite for the 17th year by the Pastorela Ghost Writers.


Shepherds, Sheep and Dog follow the Star to Belen to witness the miracle of the Nativity. Sneaky Devils are in hot pursuit to snare them with shiny gadgets and pop culture, while glorious Archangels protect them with flaming swords and witty tactics. Will evil finally destroy the innocent, or will fortitude and compassion prevail?

DECEMBER 20-23, 2012




A New Play by Luis Alfaro (McArthur Foundation Fellow)


From the critically acclaimed writer of Oedipus el Rey and Electricidad, comes a contemporary re-imagining of Euripides’ Medea.  This haunting and sensual story about a sorceress scorned, explodes an ancient myth most firmly embedded in our culture.  . 

MARCH 28 - APRIL 14, 2013



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Caridad Svich is a US Latina playwright, translator, songwriter, lyricist and editor. She was awarded the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the novel by Isabel Allende. She has also been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama three times, including in the year 2010 for her play Instructions for Breathing. Other awards include the National Latino Playwriting Award, Whitfield Cook Award for New Writing, HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting, Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and the Rosenthal New Play Prize. Her theatre pieces and songs, written in English and Spanish, have been presented across the US and abroad at diverse venues including Denver Center Theatre,  Mixed Blood Theatre, Main Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Women’s Project, Repertorio Espanol, INTAR, 59East59, Victory Gardens, McCarren Park Pool, 7 Stages, Salvage Vanguard Theatre/ TX, Teatro Mori Parque Arauco (Santiago, Chile), ARTheater (Cologne), Teatro Mexico (Quito, Ecuador), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.

2011 premieres: her play In the Time of the Butterflies (based on the novel by Julia Alvarez), in her Spanish-language version, at Repertorio Espanol in New York City under Jose Zayas’ direction, her dark comedy Magnificent Waste at Factory 449 in Washington D.C under John Moletress’ direction, and her light romantic comedy, freely adapted and translated from a play by Spanish Golden Age playwright Maria Zayas de Sotomayor, A Little Betrayal Among Friends at Airmid Theatre’s outdoor Summer Theatre Festival in Long Island under Tricia McDermott’s direction.

Among her key works: 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs), Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, Any Place But Here, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), Fugitive Pieces, and the multimedia collaboration The Booth Variations. She has been profiled in American Theatre magazine. Her work as playwright and translator has been developed by many arts organizations including the Royal Court, Traverse Theatre, Center Stage, A Contemporary Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum Theatre, and Seattle Rep. A collection of seven of her plays is forthcoming in 2012 from UK publisher Seagull Books.  

She has translated nearly all of Federico Garcia Lorca’s plays and also fourteen of his poems, and theatrical works by Julio Cortazar, Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary plays from Mexico, Cuba and Catalonia, and Serbia. She is on the advisory board of the US-Mexico Word Exchange at the Lark Play Development Center. Her plays and translations are published by TCG, Routledge, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, Arte Publico Press and more. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press, associate editor of Routledge/UK’s Contemporary Theatre Review, contributing editor of TheatreForum, and Drama Editor for Asymptote international translation magazine. She has edited several books on theatre and performance including Trans-Global Readings and Theatre in Crisis? (both for Manchester University Press) and Divine Fire (BackStage Books). 

She’s been a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow at Harvard University, NEA/TCG Playwright in Residence at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, TCG/PEW Playwright in Residence at INTAR. She is a member of PEN American Center, The Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Center, She is associate artist of LoNyLa, an affiliated artist with the Lark Play Development Center and New Georges, and a contributing artist of Woodshed Collective. She is an entry in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino History. She trained for four years with playwright Maria Irene Fornes, and also holds an MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from UCSD, and a BFA from UNC-Charlotte. Website:

Caridad Svich Awarded 2012 Village Voice OBIE for Lifetime Achievement

May 22, 2012

Michael McKean presented the citation, written by Jose Rivera:

And now our final award of the evening. Certain artists see borders and stop at them. Others see borders as an opportunity for transcendence. Few artists can claim to have crossed so many boundaries at birth: Cuba, Argentina, Spain, and Croatia. Few have created so many bodies of work in so many disciplines: playwriting, songwriting, essay writing, teaching, translation, reviewing, editing, and mentoring. For her prodigious output as one of America’s most daring and provocative Latina writers, for her indefatigable energy, for her selfless and consistent advocacy of artists of all backgrounds, for her dizzying array of intellectual interests and pursuits—yes, for the very poetry that is her life’s energy—the judges are proud to give this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to a nomad, a storyteller, and a true woman of the theater: CARIDAD SVICH




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