Caridad Svich's THE WAY OF WATER, a play about the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon

International Reading Scheme this April 2012



Caridad Svich’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


An initial line-up of organizations that will present 2011 ATCA Francesca Primus Prize winning playwright Caridad Svich’s new play The Way of Water has been announced. This work, which is about the aftermath of the 2010 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 during the month of April to mark the two-year anniversary of the spill and to raise increased awareness toward 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 American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL; Austin Scriptworks in Austin, TX; California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA; Cornell University’s Teatrotaller and Theatre Incognita in Ithaca, NY; EAST LA REP in Los Angeles, CA; Emerson College & Atomic Age Theater Company in Boston, MA; ion theatre company in San Diego, CA; Main Street Theatre in Houston, 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, Alameda Theatre in Torontoand Pat the Dog in Ontario, Canada, and venues in Berlin, Sao Paolo, Australia and Turkey, and over twenty 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 Writers’ Retreat at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, after Svich’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 Svich’s other plays include 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia…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 play’s premiere has not yet been announced.


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