Performer Spotlight

Saturday June 12, 2021
2:00pm PT / 5:00pm ET

Remote Studios and MarshStream present a reading of

The Book of Magdalene by Caridad Svich

Brady Morales-Woolery
Dena Martinez
Joy Carlin
Leontyne Mbele-Mbong
Tanya Shaffer
Tim Redmond

The performers will be joined by Director/Founder Giovanni Rodriguez and Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg at the California Shakespeare Theater, for an exclusive Q&A immediately following the performance.



In the edge-lands, in weird times, it’s nite-time until it’s not. These nites: Magdalene misses Ru and who they could have been together, Magdalene cares for Elder, Magdalene visits the local church to look at the sky, Magdalene works the call lines of the lonely and encounters Suit. Call this a quest. Call this a life waiting to be born again, haunted by a past when another Magdalene lived and was misunderstood. A contemporary drama of sharp encounters, winding faith, tough love and tenderness suffused with grace and magic. A story about finding the courage to move on when life feels as if it is stuck in place. A cross-roads play.

About the Author

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement. Her work as a playwright, translator, lyricist, and essayist has been seen in print, live theatre and digital stages at diverse venues across the US and abroad. Key works in her repertoire include 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls…, Red Bike and The House of the Spirits (based on Isabel Allende’s novel). Recent premieres include The Book of Magdalene and Theatre: a love story. As a screenwriter, her first feature film ( as co-screenwriter, based on her play) Fugitive Dreams has been seen at the Fantasia, Austin, Tallinn Black Nights, Manchester (UK) and Maryland Film Festivals. Among her recognitions are an American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, and National Latino Playwriting Award (which she has received twice). She is founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press and an editor at Contemporary Theatre Review. They have edited several books on theatre. Her most recent book is on Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Routledge). She was awarded the 2018 Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

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