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We are very excited to announce: Ensemble Free Theater Norway in collaboration with Cummins Theatre in Merredin, Western Australia will read Spark on Nov 11, 2012! Please check out the facebook event at:

NoPassport theatre alliancein association with Ensemble Free Theater Norway present:
a reading of
a new play by Caridad Svich (USA)
directed by Brendan McCall

Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich's play SPARK is about a family of sisters who live in North Carolina, one of whom is a returning veteran from a recent war. 

FREE readings of this play are being made available worldwide during the month of November in time for Veteran’s Day and around the national US elections. The international script reading scheme has been developed to honor US war veterans, shed light on the plight of female veterans in particular, and to raise increased awareness for their stories, 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. 

**This event is FREE**

Sunday, 11 November 2012 (USA Veterans Day)
at the Cummins Theatre
31 Bates Street
Merredin, Western Australia

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INVITE: Reading of Caridad Svich's Spark








The Cherry Lane Theatre, Gloria Mann, TEL and Mannatee Films in collaboration with NoPassport theatre alliance & press present


By (2012 Lifetime Achievement OBIE Award) 
Caridad Svich
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Cast includes Louis Cancelmi, Marin Ireland, Jocelyn Kuritsky & Gloria Mann

38 Commerce Street, NYC

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11th at 8pm

The reading will be followed by a panel on issues facing female US war veterans.


SPARK is a play about three sisters living in the US caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath. It is about what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. A contemporary US story of faith, love, war, trauma, and a bit of healing.
Producer for The Cherry Lane reading:
Gloria Mann, TEL and Mannatee Films
Line Producer for SPARK @ NoPassport:
Lanie Zipoy
Dramaturg for SPARK @ NoPassport:
Zac Kline
Asst. Dramaturg:
Erin Kaplan
Consulting Dramaturg:
Heather Helinsky
Script History: SPARK was commissioned by Elaine Avila, Daniel Banks, Raymond Dooley, Amparo Garcia-Crow, Amy Gonzalez, Peter Lichtenfels, Charlotte Meehan, Christi Moore, Flor De Liz Perez, Marisel Polanco, Teresa Perez-Frangie, Otis Ramsey-Zoe, Claudio Raygoza, J.T.Rogers, Meghan Wolf and Tamilla Woodard. The script was developed, in part, through a roundtable at the Lark Play Development Center and at Bristol Riverside Theatre. NoPassport and Caridad Svich are a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.
For more information about SPARK visit: 


New from NOPE Press: ETCHED IN SKIN.


New from NoPassport Press September 2012
by Kara Lee Corthron
an intense and theatrical drama about lust, culture clash, and betrayal marks the arrival of one of the most exciting new voices in American theatre. The compelling story follows Jules, an African-American painter who has fled the U.S. under ambiguous circumstances and embraced a whole new life and family in Iceland. As Barack Obama’s meteoric presidential campaign makes Jules more homesick than ever, her husband presents their biracial daughter with a shocking present, and a mysterious visitor shows up at Jules’ studio. This whirlwind of events brings the demons of Jules’ past crashing down on her new family and challenges her sense of racial and personal identity. Originally premiered at Interact Theatre in Philadelphia.
ISBN: 978-1-300-19029-5
Retail: $10.00
NoPassport Press

Honest Truths in The Way of Water


By Marylee Orr, Executive Director

Louisiana Environmental Action Network

After the reading produced by Off the Hyphen Productions in Baton Rouge, LA in June 2012.


The Way of Water is profoundly moving and for me deeply disturbing. What Caridad Svich captured was so painful for me because it was what I was seeing and hearing every day.

It is what I am still seeing and hearing.

One of the characters in the play could be my friend Jorey.

Sadly since we recorded that video, Jorey went out after the Hurricane and was exposed to oil that had been thrown up on the beach.

He is suffering a relapse or as he calls it a "BP rewind." It is heartbreaking.

I am so thankful for The Way of the Water because it truly tells the honest to God truth of what is happening to the marvelous people along our Gulf Coast.

God bless Caridad Svich and all the wonderful performers who tell the story of what is happening to the people on the Gulf Coast.

Keep up the great work.

Marylee M. Orr
Executive Director
Louisiana Environmental Action Network/Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper



New from Santa Catalina Editions:
The Spanish Golden Age Plays
by Caridad Svich
THE SPANISH GOLDEN AGE PLAYS collects three playful, spirited, go-for-broke adaptation/translations by US Latina dramatist Caridad Svich of comedies by Maria Zayas de Sotomayor, Lope de Vega, and Calderon de la Barca. These three plays - A LITTLE BETRAYAL AMONG FRIENDS, THE LABYRINTH OF DESIRE and THE MONSTER IN THE GARDEN - play fast and loose with issues of gender, sexuality, and identity and shed new light on works from Spain's golden age of drama.

Santa Catalina Editions/NoPassport


On The Way of Water By Melanie Driscoll


On The Way of Water

By Melanie Driscoll

Director of Bird Conservation, Gulf Coast Conservation

National Audubon Society

August 12, 2012

I was asked to be part of a panel following a reading of Caridad Svich’s play The Way of Water at The Red Shoes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The request came because, as National Audubon Society’s director of bird conservation in Louisiana during the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, I initiated and helped lead Audubon’s science, volunteer, and communications response to the disaster.  And I continue today to work on a team to protect, steward and support our Gulf Coast birds that suffered during the 2010 disaster.  I was glad for an opportunity to see this play and to discuss it, both to help people understand more about the current situation in the Gulf, but also because it would provide me with a chance for personal reflection and for catharsis. 

As a community and as a nation, we still have a need for deep healing from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.  The healing will take a long time, perhaps years, perhaps decades.  For some, it will never come.  Some are lost already – birds, dolphins, oysters, marsh grasses, acres, people.  Many resources of the Gulf were injured, and the responsible parties and the government are working out settlements for payment for that which was damaged, lost, or killed outright.  It will be years, decades, perhaps longer, until the true toll is known, until humans can look back and try to tally the true cost.  Even as humans assess the damage – to human health, to cultural integrity, to the environment, to our natural resources, there are damages that remain intangible, about which we rarely even speak. 

For our sense of fairness as a nation was violated.  And Congress used their power to restore some of that sense of fairness, by passing the RESTORE Act, which will return 80% of Clean Water Act fines on every gallon of oil spilled to the Gulf Coast for restoration.  Most Americans believed that fine for damages in the Gulf should be returned to the Gulf, and countless people contacted their legislators to advocate for that outcome.  In some small measure, a sense of fairness is also being restored.

But we have lost even more in the Gulf Coast states, particularly for those who live on the Gulf, fish in her marshes, swim in her waters, and feed their families and their souls on her air, her waters, her sounds and her creatures.  We have lost our sense of safety.  Following a disaster of any kind, social structures disintegrate.  Families lose critical support, and social ills, in the form of abuse, neglect, poverty, chemical dependency, and suicide rise sharply.  Following a manmade disaster, communities that rely on the responsible parties, but hold anger toward them, turn on themselves and each other.  We have lost our sense of trust, in the ecosystem that supports us, in each other, and ultimately, for some, in ourselves. 

The Way of Water speaks of the human tragedy unfolding along the Gulf Coast.  Media attention peaked and began to decline even before most birds drowning in oil were rescued, before most bloated dolphins were found dead on our shores.  National media will revisit the coast from April 10th until April 20th each year, allowing the world to vicariously relive the horror, but to reassure them that life goes on.  And it does, for many.  But the stories of the people, the families, the communities, have barely been told.  The Way of Water eloquently shows the love people of the Gulf have for family, for their personal history, for their waters and their home.  It shows how strongly they are tied to place, in a world that is otherwise mobile and often disconnected from place.  It makes us aware of what has been lost, and what is in jeopardy.  The play is beautiful, stark, and often harsh, much like a landscape that has been made frightening for those who once were rocked gently by its waves. 

During our panel discussion after the reading, an audience member asked if I was an optimist.  I do not know.  I do know this; I believe in resilience.  I believe in the resilience of the warm Gulf waters, the marsh grasses that spring to life from any newly formed land, the birds that return undaunted, though not unharmed, to nest on islands obliterated by hurricanes and fouled by toxic oil.  But I also recognize fragility.  Ecosystems right themselves, unless the assault they face is too great.  Bodies heal themselves, bird populations rebound, communities come together.  But there is a threshold beyond which hurt cannot be healed, in bodies, populations, communities, ecosystems.  I work hopefully, supporting at-risk bird populations to help them recover from recent losses.  I am grateful for the work of others, like panelist Marylee Orr, who support the fishers and other families who are trying to recover from the assault on their health.  And I take heart from the work of Caridad Svich, who is trying to keep the needs of our Gulf and her residents in the hearts of people around the world.  With enough time, enough support, and the right resources, perhaps that healing will come, on so many levels.  Perhaps that hope makes me an optimist.  

New from NoPassport Press: THE HOMOPHOBES


New from NoPassport Press:
by Susana Cook
The Homophobes is a clown show by Argentine performance artist and playwright Susana Cook wherein a misunderstood miracle shakes a conservative congregation’s values to its core when their beloved pastor becomes the center of a spectacular firestorm that will forever shatter their notions of sex, gender and intercourse between animate beings. The Homophobes was commissioned and first presented by Dixon Place in New York City.
ISBN: 978-1-300-16210-0
Suggested Retail: $10.00
NoPassport Press
Dreaming the Americas Series
Available on, Drama Book Shop and more.



New from NoPassport Press
by Oliver Mayer
Preface by Velina Hasu Houston
Three mysterious, feisty, sexy plays by acclaimed American playwright Oliver Mayer.
"These courageous plays vibrate with deep emotional authenticity and subterranean political consciousness... Oliver Mayer is one of the few American playwrights showing us today what the theatre of tomorrow can be like." ---- playwright and Oscar nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera
ISBN: 978-1-300-15055-8
254 pages, paperback
Retail: $15.00
NoPassport Press
Dreaming the Americas Series
Purchase Link:

The Land and Country Plays: FUGITIVE PIECES, THRUSH, RIFT
a trilogy by Caridad Svich

Lost soldiers, homeless drifters, con men, swindlers, hucksters, runaways, bad luck ghosts and charmed spirits populate the three plays in this collection by 2012 OBIE Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich.
Bold, fearless, fractured plays with songs - FUGITIVE PIECES (short-listed for the PEN Award for Drama), THRUSH, and RIFT - present brutal, tender portraits of societies in ruins shot through with the power of grace.
Santa Catalina Editions/NoPassport and
ISBN: 978-1-105-96609-5
US list price: $20.00
Look for this title on soon.