Playwright Caridad Svich to Visit Mary Baldwin

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Thanks in part to the Dramatists Guild Fund Traveling Master’s Program, Mary Baldwin University will host author and playwright Caridad Svich February 18 following the theatre department’s performance of Blood Wedding.

Svich translated the play from Spanish into English.

Originally written by Frederico Garcia Lorca, Blood Wedding is based on a true story of a young woman who abandons her husband on their wedding day. Lorca’s 20th century classic captures the elemental forces of buried passions, betrayal, and revenge. It lyrically portrays young lovers who ultimately resist a life prescribed by family, community, and culture.

The Traveling Master’s Program is a national outreach that sends prominent dramatists into communities across the country for writing workshops, master classes, talkbacks, and other public events.

Svich is an award-winning dramatist who received a 2012 Off-Broadway Theater Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel.

Two-time recipient of the National Latino Playwriting Award, Svich has also been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste.

In addition to her work in the theatre Svich has edited several books including Audience Revolution: Dispatches from the Field. She is also editing a book on playwriting for Methuen UK. An associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review, she is alumna playwright of New Dramatists.

The playwright holds a master of fine arts in theatre-playwriting from the University of California, San Diego. She teaches creative writing and playwriting at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts.

For more information on Svich, visit her website. And catch performances of Blood Wedding at 7:30 p.m. February 15–18 and at 2 p.m. February 19 in Fletcher Collins Theatre.