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A month-long nationwide reading series of a play about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the lives it affected.
R. Alex Davis
New York, New York
United States
1 Team Member

Our Story

The Way of Water is a play that pits the BP oil spill next to the lives of those affected by it. It's a story about four people making do as best they can, living their lives, and just trying to stay afloat in the land of many compromised dreams, as the devastation of a to-this-day mostly under-reported health crisis scandal in the Gulf is played out on a human scale. It's a play about poverty in America, rumors and truth, what is said and what gets written, and the quest for an honorable life.

NoPassport theatre alliance and press in collaboration with multiple venues across the US and abroad present free readings of the play in the month of April 2012 to mark the two year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and raise awareness in regards to human health and environmental damage issues as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Why a Reading Scheme Now?

NoPassport theatre alliance and press is committed to the advocacy, promotion, production and publication of creative expressions of diversity and difference in theatre and performance. It is also committed to interventionist actions through theatre-making in culture toward peace, healing, forgiveness, positive action, and resistance to uncivil actions.

The effect on human health on residents in the Gulf of Mexico region, as result of excessive use of toxic dispersant and toxic rain during the BP oil spill clean-up, has resulted in thousands of reported illnesses and deaths, and hundreds of lawsuits against BP that have yet been resolved.

Awareness to the effect on health, way of life and living, endangerment to livelihood of commercial fishermen, and the increased fragility of indigenous and Creole communities in the region is part of this scheme’s community-action goals.

How can theatre transform and speak poetically to our lives? How can we let art live within us and see our world anew? How to continue to engage civically in the nexus between art and practice and life?

NoPassport asks these questions with any conference, reading, publication , open mic or scholars symposium it forges into action. The same is true with this scheme.

What We Need

We are attempting to raise $2,500 to cover travel expenses and production costs for the reading series.  As of now, we are relying entirely on public support for the base costs of putting together a nationwide project.  With readings in major cities all over the US, we hope to reach as many people as possible, and to do this we need your help.

Other Ways You Can Help

Please inform others about the reading series in April! We are continuing to add venues across the United States,


By Caridad Svich

“Man can’t get sick in this country.”


For more information: http://www.nopassport.org/


Master Calendar of Readings (with more venues TBA soon); Find a venue near you!


AUSTIN, TX: Scriptworks in collaboration with Hyde Park Theatre

April 3, 2012/7:30 PM/Hyde Park Theatre, 511 West 43rd Street

www.scriptworks.org, www.hydeparktheatre.org


ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Vortex Theatre

On April 7, 2012 at 2 PM directed by Valli Marie Rivera

Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central Ave SE


SAN DIEGO, CA: ion theatre company

April 9, 2012 at 7 PM at BLKBOX directed by Claudio Raygoza

3704 Sixth Avenue, website: www.iontheatre.com,

STORRS, CT: University of Connecticut Dept. of Dramatic Arts

On April 9, 2012 at 7 PM

Through the Theatre Studies BA in the UConn Dept of Drama


ASHLAND, OR: Occupy Ashland

April 9, 2012 at 7 PM at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Sponsored by the Social Justice and Action Committee

To benefit Occupy Ashland, 87 4th Street, Ashland, OR 97520


OMAHA, NE: University of Nebraska Dept of Theatre

April 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM as part of the Women by Women Studio Series

in venue 006-WFAB


COLUMBIA, MO: Missouri Playwrights Workshop (Artistic Director, David Crespy)

The University of Missouri Dept. of Theatre

April 10, 2012 at 7 PM

In the North Ground Lounge, Memorial Union, UM campus, Columbia, MO, USA

Website: http://theatre.missouri.edu/

MAHWAH, NJ: Ramapo College Dept of Theatre

April 10, 2012 at 8 PM In the Adler Theater, Berrie Center for the Perf Arts, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, directed by Peter A. Campbell


INDIANA, PA: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

April 10, 2012 at 7 PM in the Great Hall of the Robert Cook Honors College

Sponsored by the IUP Honors College


NY,NY: Barnard College

April 10, 2012/4-6 PM/Glicker-Milstein Theater, Diana Center, 3009 Broadway,

directed by Lisa Campbell, http://barnard.edu/, and


BOSTON, MA: Atomic Age Theater

in collaboration with Emerson College and Emerson Peace and Social Justice

April 11, 2012/7 PM/Multipurpose Room, 120 Boylston Street directed by Jeffrey Freeman,



April 21, 2012 at time/venue TBA directed by Jesus Reyes

as part of its Necessary Conversations Series (panelists TBA), www.eastlarep.com


DAVIS, CA: University of California-Davis Dept. of Theatre and Dance EDGE Festival

April 12, 2012 at 9 PM. Liaison: Jon Rossini.


LA, CA: Opera del Espacio theatre company

Semi-staged performance extract version directed by Tanya Kane Perry

April 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM at Cal State LA


NY, NY: Lark Play Development Center Studio Retreat

April 18 and 19 at 7 PM (public readings) directed by Daniella Topol


TAMPA, FL: University of South Florida Dept. of Theatre & Dance

April 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM/venue TBA

WATERFORD, CT: National Theatre Institute (NTI)

April 21, 2012 at time TBA

RICHMOND, VA: University of Richmond Dept of Theatre and Dance

April 21, 2012 at 2 PM at Cousins Studio Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts


MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Frank Theatre in collaboration with Macalester College

April 22, 2012/time/location TBA

MUNCIE, INDIANA: Ball State University Dept of Theatre and Dance

April 23, 2012/7:30 PM/Strother Theatre, www.bsu.edu/theatre


NASHVILLE, TN: Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Dept New Play Reading Series

April 23, 2012/7 PM/The Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, 2301 Rosa Parks Blvd directed by Helen Olaketi


COLUMBUS, OH: Ohio State University Dept. of Theatre

April 23 and 24, 2012 at time/venue TBA directed by Francesca Spedalieri


ST. PETERSBURG, FL: American Stage Theatre Company

April 28, 2012 at 7 PM at Raymond James Theatre directed by Todd Olson

163 3rd Street North, http://www.americanstage.org

NY, NY: Ensemble Studio Theatre, May 29, 2012 at 7 PM directed by Jose Zayas

Who We Are

Cari​dad Svich is a US Latina playwright, translator, lyricist and editor. She received the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the novel by Isabel Allende. Her works have been presented across the US and abroad at diverse venues, including Denver Center Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertorio Espanol, 59East59, McCarren Park Pool, 7 Stages, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Teatro Mori (Santiago, Chile), ARTheater (Cologne), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama three times, including in the year 2010 for her play Instructions for Breathing. Among her key works:12 Ophelias, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues, Any Place But Here, Iphigenia...a rave fableFugitive Pieces, In the Time of the Butterflies (based on Julia Alvarez’s novel), Magnificent Waste, and the multimedia collaboration The Booth Variations. She was recently profiled in American Theatre magazine. She has edited several books on theatre including Trans-Global Readings and Theatre in Crisis? (both for Manchester University Press) and Divine Fire (BackStage Books). She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press, associate editor of Routledge/UK's Contemporary Theatre Review, Drama Editor of literary journal Asymptote(www.asymptotejournal.com) and contributing editor of TheatreForum. She holds an MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from UCSD. Website: http://www.caridadsvich.com


Heather Helinsky received her MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. At the American Repertory Theater, she dramaturged for directors Robert Woodruff, Krystian Lupa, Scott Zigler, Marcus Stern, and Sasha Marin. In season 2008-2009, she worked as Resident Dramaturg at Pittsburgh Public Theater, where she organized events for the celebration of the final play of the August Wilson Cycle as well as the premiere of Edgerton grant play Harry's Friendly Service. In season 2009-2010, she worked with director Austin Pendleton on Terrence McNally's new play Golden Age at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Heather is dedicated to developing new American plays and reads for organizations like Sundance Theatre Lab, Great Plains Theatre Conference, PlayPenn and many others. Nationally, she has been developing new plays with Constance Congdon, Caridad Svich, Tom Gibbons, Toni Press-Coffman, Rob Zellers, Ellen Struve, and Matthew Ivan Bennett. She has been a member of LMDA since 2006. Website: www.

Assistant Dramaturg:  

R. Alex Davis graduated in 2009 from Bard College with a B.A. in Playwriting. His thesis play, Endless Carnations, was produced at Bard and directed by Claudia Zelevanksy. Alex is a founding member of Rogue Company, a division of Raleigh-based BARE Theater, dedicated to the performance of classical texts. As an actor, he has also performed the works of Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Brecht, and others in numerous theatrical productions. In 2010, Alex co-produced a festival of plays by Jean Genet, including his own adaptation of Genet's Deathwatch, at Triskelion Arts in BrooklynMost recently, he worked as a production assistant on Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach. Other recent projects include the solo performance Schizocity, a devised-theater adaptation of Zachary Mason's Lost Books of the Odyssey, and a dance piece entitled BOYS. Alex currently lives in Brooklyn.

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