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Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart

Caridad Svich
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A Rave Fable. This play hurls one of Greek tragedy’s most compelling sagas into a sleek netherworld of sex, drugs and trance music. Iphigenia is the daughter of a political celebrity who embraces sensuous excess with a transgendered glam rock star named Achilles in a desperate attempt to flee her inevitable fate.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Svich’s text is a unique language spoken by beings that inhabit the intermediate world that she creates. It vacillates between poetry and realism, composing a theatrical intercultural dialogue that fuses aspects of modern Latin American slang with US media lingo and original rock lyrics.” —Chiori Miyagawa, The Brooklyn Rail

“Sacrificial women haunt the darkling world created by Caridad Svich in her bold play. It creates a transfixing vision of hell on earth, buttressed by Svich’s fractured poetic voice and her unblinking laser gaze at the ethical costs of cheap labor and disposable celebrity. Svich cunningly twists our expectations of class and gender roles.” —Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune

“Caridad Svich’s IPHIGENIA … A RAVE FABLE is an exhilarating play. The narrative subtlety is what makes Svich’s redux of Euripides’s IPHIGENIA IN AULIS so stirring. Through video projections, throbbing music and brand-name chemicals may offer escape, they punish the soul. Svich’s remarkable poetry and crackling words reveals that the ravers, now permanently numb, also want Iphigenia dead. A play of mythic power.” —Mark Blankenship, Variety

“Caridad Svich’s play has gorgeous, drunken poetry … This ‘rave fable’ re-invents the story of Agamemnon’s doomed daughter as one of modern political exigency. In the chorus (of dead girls of Ciudad Juarez) Svich layers elegy and comedy, the shame and fear she feels for these lost girls. Svich makes the anonymous city stand in for the gods of ancient drama ― just as unforgiving, just as hungry, just as brutal.” —Helen Shaw, N Y Sun

About the Author


  • Caridad Svich

    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. In January 2014 IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES (based on the Julia Alvarez novel) will receive its English language premiere at San Diego Repertory Theatre under the direction of Herbert Siguenza and Todd Salovey, In development: JARMAN (ALL THIS MADDENING BEAUTY), a performance piece inspired by the life and work of British filmmaker Derek Jarman, with Washington D.C.-based ensemble force/collision. Among her key works are 12 OPHELIAS, ANY PLACE BUT HERE, ALCHEMY OF DESIRE/DEAD-MAN'S BLUES, IPHIGENIA CRASH LAND FALLS ON THE NEON SHELL THAT WAS ONCE HER HEART (A RAVE FABLE) and THE WAY OF WATER. Seven of her plays are published in Instructions for Breathing and Other Plays (Seagull Books and University of Chicago Press, 2014). Five of her plays radically re-imagining ancient Greek tragedies are published in Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, University of Denmark, 2012). Her works are also published by TCG, Broadway Play Publishing, Manchester University Press, Playscripts, Arte Publico Press, Smith & Kraus, Alexander Street Press, StageReads, and more. Among her awards/recognitions are: Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts National Theater Artist Residency at INTAR, NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency at the Mark Taper Theatre Forum Latino Theatre Initiative. She has edited several book on theatre including Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance and Trans-Global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries. She sustains a parallel career as a theatrical translator, chiefly of the dramatic work of Federico García Lorca as well as works by Calderón de la Barca, Lope de Vega, Julio Cortazar, and contemporary works from Mexico, Cuba, and Spain. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, Drama Editor of Asymptote literary journal, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge, UK), contributing editor of TheatreForum, and founder of NoPassort theatre alliance and press, which recently published Todd London's The Importance of Staying Earnest.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/26/2012
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881455410

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

World premiere at 7 Stages in Atlanta

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


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