Caridad Svich's ARCHIPELAGO to Make U.S. Debut This Spring with Son of Semele Ensemble
Award-winning Son of Semele Ensemble announces its next production, Archipelago by Caridad Svich, to be presented at the Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Boulevard, from May 27 to June 18, 2017.
Lyrical and dreamlike, Archipelago follows two lovers across time and continents, through chance encounters and missed connections. She lives detached from her own history; his casts a shadow wherever he goes. Theirs is the story of our globalized world, crystallized in Caridad Svich's humane insights and haunting prose.
"Archipelago makes the personal political," says director Barbara Kallir, "focusing on people from different cultures who want to be together but are driven apart time and again by world events, misunderstandings, and unreliable memories. I often refer to it as a love story about globalization."
Kallir, a member of Son of Semele Ensemble, previously directed the company's productions of Sex & God, Roadkill Confidential and Slaughter City, among others. The cast comprises Ensemble members Michael Evans Lopez and Sarah Rosenberg. The design team is made up Meg Cunningham (set), Alexander Le Vaillant Freer (sound), John Nobori (sound and original music), Giovanni Ortega (choreography), Katerina Pangsolingan (projections) and Lena Sands (costumes). Ensemble member Flor San Roman is the stage manager.
Playwright Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad.
IF YOU GO:
PERFORMANCES MAY 27 - JUNE 18, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 5pm
Mondays 6/5 & 6/12 @ 7pm
Run time: 90 minutes
$5 discount for patrons 25 and under (must show photo ID at the door)
Advance online purchases at sonofsemele.org. The Son of Semele box office is open on performance days only, 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Son of Semele Theater
3301 Beverly Blvd. (@ Hoover), Los Angeles CA 90004
There is free street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Son of Semele offers a complimentary beverage with taxi, Uber or Lyft receipt/proof of ride.
Son of Semele Ensemble is a Los Angeles-based ensemble theatre company comprised of 30+ actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs and producers. In its 16-year history Son of Semele Ensemble productions have been honored with two LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards (nine nominations), five LA Weekly Theatre Awards (eleven nominations), four Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, two SAGE Awards, and an NAACP Theatre Award (four nominations). The company was also nominated in six categories at the inaugural Stage Raw Awards.
SON OF SEMELE ENSEMBLE MISSION: We believe the impact of a theatrical experience should resonate beyond the theater door. As an ensemble of artists, we integrate complex design and performance, producing theatre that embraces the friction between emotion and intellect. Through a process of discovery, collaboration and creative risk-taking, we illuminate and amplify universal questions. To that end, we make an earnest commitment to the artistic sustainability of the greater community.