The Way of Water
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.
The Way of Water: 2012 Reading Scheme
NoPassport theatre alliance and press in collaboration with multiple venues (TBA) 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.
“Man can’t get sick in this country.”
--Jimmy in The Way of Water
"For over a decade Caridad Svich has been creating a body of work that pushes American playwriting out of the living room and into direct conversation with the larger, bustling world. In play after play she puts people and ideas on stage that we rarely if ever hear in this country. The Way of Water is a beautiful, ambitious story that, like all her work, asks hard questions and leaves the answering to others. Her voice and her restlessness inspire." ~ JT Rogers, playwright
Script History: The Way of Water was developed at the 2011 Winter Writers Retreat and 2012 Studio Retreat at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City.
Full-length. Cast: two men, two women (all in their 30s) mixed race preferred. Simple set. Running time: 110 minutes.