School of Fine Arts and Masquers Present "Upon the Fragile Shore"

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and Masquers theatre group join the lineup of worldwide organizations that will present readings of Caridad Svich’s new play “Upon the Fragile Shore” on Monday, Nov. 17, as part of an “artivist” play reading and digital film action that explores human rights and environmental issues.

 “Upon the Fragile Shore” is a work of intertwining monologues that explore human rights and environmental issues around the world, especially in relationship to human-made tragedies and their aftermath. These readings are an initiative of NoPassport (www.nopassport.org) for Human Rights International reading scheme. FSU Masquers will present a reading of the play, which centers on stories from the United States, Nigeria, Syria, Malaysia, sub-Sahara and Venezuela. 

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. The play will be presented at 8:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Wallman Hall Theatre. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.

The reading is directed by Temporary Assistant Professor of Theatre Susan Cato with a cast of Fairmont State Theatre majors Bailey Kershner, Lindsay Morgan, Shannon Yost and Gary Hayes. The overall reading scheme action is a co-production between NoPassport theatre alliance, Jody Christopherson, (The Skype Show, New York Theatre Review, http://newyorktheatrereview.blogspot.com/), and Missing Bolts Productions (www.missingbolts.com).  

Additional theatres and venues that will be presenting the play include: Ensemble Theater of Norway; Ion Theatre (San Diego); Road Theatre (Los Angeles); Power Street Theatre (Philadelphia); Theatre Simple (Seattle); Teater Albatross (Stockholm, Sweden); Theater Emory (Atlanta, Ga.); Cara Mia Theatre (Dallas, Texas); Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha, Neb.); Road Theatre (Los Angeles); Teatro Diablo and ASU-Tempe (Tempe, Ariz.); Theater Alliance (Washington, D.C.); National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia); Alameda Theatre (Toronto); University of Pretoria (South Africa); Cornell University (N.Y.); Baruch College (N.Y.); Missing Bolts (Digital Film Action, N.Y.); CalArts (California); Colectivo Teatral Nuevo Mexico in conjunction with National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Siembra: Latino Theatre Festival (Albuquerque, N.M.); Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.);  and alumni reading at New Dramatists (N.Y.).

The play is based on an earlier short play “And so it is” commissioned by New York Madness. “Upon the Fragile Shore” is a play with 16 characters, played by four actors. It is the third play in Caridad Svich’s trilogy of plays addressing national issues/global concerns, that include “Upon the Fragile Shore,” “This Thing of Ours” and “The Orphan Sea” (commissioned and to be produced by University of Missouri-Columbia, fall 2014).  Svich’s other plays include “The Way of Water,” “Spark,” “12 Ophelias,” “Iphigenia…a rave fable” and “The House of the Spirits,” based on the novel by Isabel Allende. Her American Quartet of plays—“Guapa,” “The Way of Water,” “Spark” and “Hide Sky” sustained global schemes in 2012.