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Caridad Svich to Workshop New Play at Matrix

Matrix Theatre Company is pleased to announce that internationally renowned playwright, Caridad Svich returns to Detroit October 6 - 13 to workshop her new bilingual play, agua de luna (psalms for the rouge) with the show's director, Sherrine Azab.

Caridad Svich won an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012 and in addition to being a playwright, is a critic, editor, songwriter, and translator. Her plays explore themes of biculturalism and construction of identity. Matrix commissioned Svich to write a new, bilingual play inspired by the spirit of southwest Detroit. October marks her second of three residencies in Detroit at Matrix Theatre Company.

"We are really pleased that she will also be spending time working with the Matrix Teen Company," said Director of Education, Andrea Scobie. "The group is really looking forward to working with such a revered artist."

Sherrine Azab, the show's director, is delighted to begin working with Svich as well. "I am so excited to be directing this new play by the extraordinary playwright Caridad Svich," said Azab. "She has created a very intricate and intimate world, and I can't wait to bring it to life at the Matrix Theatre."

Azab is focused on the creation of devised and original performance. Her work has been seen locally as well as in Seattle, New York City, and Berlin. She lives in Detroit with her partner and collaborator Jake Hooker where they run their theatre company, A Host of People, and produce experimental art and theatre. This project is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Michigan Humanities Council. agua de luna (psalms for the rouge) receives its world premiere as a part of Matrix Theatre's 25th Anniversary Season and runs from February 26 through March 20, 2016.

agua de luna (psalms for the rouge) is a part of Matrix Theatre Company's D*Versity initiative. D*Versity is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities of Michigan Humanities Council.

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