The Iphigenia Project A multi year transdisciplinary collaboration with award winning filmmaker Irina Patkanian. The project excavates the mythological character of Iphigenia from pre-classical history through Euripides’ plays and brings her into the twenty-first century. Iphigenia is portrayed as the first refugee of war and the central metaphor for questions of forced displacement in our current global conflict, the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
To date the project has been presented in a site specific performance, a text/film essay, and several readings and presentations including a short film which premiered on Iowa Public Television in 2017.
Iphigenia Point Blanka film opera, the latest iteration of this project was recent developed in a University of Iowa Partnership in the Arts production with music composed by Kinan Azmeh, directed by Marion Schoevaert, with filmmaker Irina Patkanian, violinist/performer Layale Chaker, and choreographer George de la Pena.
Photo by Gus Ford
A Dream of the Sea A performance parade created in collaboration with Ashtar Theatre, Jerusalem/Ramallah and Bread and Puppet Theatre, Vermont for El Hakawati's Every Which Way Theatre Festival in 2009. Performed in the city center of Ramallah, West Bank, Occupied Palestine. Clicke here to read more about the performance.
After Orlando Theatre Action NEW YORK— Missing Bolts Productions (Blair Baker & Zac Kline, artistic directors) and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press (OBIE-winner Caridad Svich, founder) are curating a collection of new plays from noted international playwrights in response the shooting at Pulse Nightclub, June 12, 2016. The plays will be presented in a reading at a date and time to be announced in New York City in the fall of 2016 and subsequently published in a collection AFTER ORLANDO by NoPassport Press (Dreaming the Americas Series) Contributing artists include: Neil Labute (Reasons to be Pretty, Broadway); Anders Lustgarten (Lampedusa, Soho Theatre, London); Mia Chung (You for Me for You, Royal Court Theatre); Deborah Zoe Laufer (Informed Consent, Primary Stages); Caridad Svich (The House of Spirits, Denver Center); Rohina Malik (Unveiled, Victory Gardens Theatre); Oliver Mayer (Blade to the Heat, Public Theater); Winter Miller (In Darfur, Public Theater); Ken Urban (The Correspondent, Rattlestick Theatre); EM Lewis (Heads, Blank Theatre); Amina Henry (Animals, JACK); Migdalia Cruz (Miriam’s Flowers, Latino Chicago Theatre Company); Matthew Paul Olmos (2015 National Latino Playwriting Award), Saviana Stanescu (Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, Women’s Project Theater); Chiori Miyagawa (American Dreaming, Vineyard Theatre); Zac Kline (Messed Up Here Tonight, Renovations Theatre Company); Sung Rno (Cleveland Raining; Silk Road Rising Theatre); Stephen Sewell (The Gates of Egypt, Belvoir St. Theatre) and Anne Rumberger (Writer and publicist, Verso Books); Deborah Asiimwe (Cooking Oil, CalArts); Lisa Schlesinger (Celestial Bodies, Getz Theatre Chicago); Jessica Litwak (My Heart is in the East, La Mama ETC); Crystal Skillman (King Kirby, The Brick); Katie Pearl (Milton with PearlDamour); Jeremy O. Harris (Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, Samuel French OOB Festival) Eric Mayer-Garcia (Louisiana State University); Ian Rowlands (Blink, national tour Wales and 59E59); Jacqueline E. Lawton (The Hamtpon Years, Virgina Stage Company) with more artist to be announced. Kline and Baker note: “As theatremakers, we have the ability to bring together many singular unique voices toward a common goal. We feel it is necessary to give artists a place to respond to the tragedy in Orlando and the current state of the world. We have invited some of the most admired theatre artists worldwide to participate; to share our grief, our anger, our hope and our desire to combat the violence we are now living with on a daily basis.” Svich remarks: “Making some healing art, some fiery art, some work that just says we can rise up from and through collective mourning.” http://www.nopassport.org/after-orlandotheatre-action http://howlround.com/after-orlando-an-international-theatre-action
Climate Change Theatre Action Climate Change Theatre Action is a series of worldwide readings and performances presented in support of the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in November and December 2015.
The main goal of the project was to invite as many people as possible, who may not otherwise pay attention to this history-in-the-making event, to participate in a global conversation. Modeled on previous NoPassport theatre actions focused on gun control and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, CCTA drew on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries and cultures around a common issue. A collection of 1-5 minute plays, songs and poems by writers from all six continents, curated by Caridad Svich, Chantal Bilodeau and Elaine Avila, was made available to producing collaborators worldwide. Over 100 collaborators in 25 countries agreed to host events which were registered with ArtCOP21 and, when technically possible, livestreamed on HowlRound TV.