Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Upcoming: The Way of the Water by Caridad Svich, staged reading at the Hyde Park Theatre, April 3

Scriptworks and the Hyde Park Theatre

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The Way of the Water

by Caridad Svich

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. at Guadalupe (click for map)

Austin selected for reading of award-winning playwright's work marking two-year anniversary of Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill

Austin, along with several cities throughout the US and abroad will be the site of a multi-organization play reading of 2011 ATCA Francesca Primus Prize winning playwright Caridad Svich’s new play The Way of Water, marking the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill on Tuesday, April 3rd at Hyde Park Theatre at 511 W. 43rd Street. The reading is presented by Scriptworks and Hyde Park Theatre.

The project is spearheaded by the NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press, based out of Arizona, an unincorporated collective dedicated to the advocacy, production and publication of works expressive of cross-cultural and aesthetic diversity in the arts.

The Way of Water is a four character, two-act play that focuses on poverty in America and the devastation of the ongoing health and environmental crisis in the US Gulf region. The play was developed at the 2011 Winter Writers’ Retreat at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, after Svich’s extensive research.

The play, which deals with the aftermath of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon 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 increase awareness of environmental concerns.

Among the theaters that will be presenting the play are American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL; ScriptWorks and Hyde Park Theatre 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, Leeds University Workshop Theatre and Rose Bruford College in England/UK, and Pat the Dog in Ontario, Canada, and venues in Berlin, Sao Paolo, Australia and Turkey, and more than twenty US universities including Carnegie Mellon and UC-Davis. Additional presenting venues will be announced in the near future.

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.

For more information about Caridad Svich’s The Way of Water, visit

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