Memories of Overdevelopment

STARTS 8/11/2021 On-Demand Virtual Reading
FREE, Reservations Required

Memories of Overdevelopment

By Caridad Svich, Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

This play is a film: a documentary about what people remember about dictatorships where they grew up and how they left and how they survived. An enactment of eight startling, personal interviews, inspired by true stories, performed by two people. Caridad Svich’s newest work is a rebellious look at where we’ve been and where we are right now.  

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  • Memories of Overdevelopment contains adult language and mentions of violence.
  • Caridad Svich / Playwright

    Caridad Svich (Playwright) received a 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement. Her work as a playwright, translator, lyricist and essayist has been seen in print and on live and digital stages at venues across the US and abroad. Her plays include 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls…, Red Bike and The House of the Spirits (based on Isabel Allende’s novel). Theatrical premieres in 2021 include The Book of Magdalene and Theatre: a love story. As a screenwriter, her first feature film Fugitive Dreams, based on her play, has been seen at the Fantasia, Austin, Tallinn Black Nights, Manchester, UK and Maryland Film Festivals. Among her recognitions are an American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and National Latino Playwriting Award, which she has received twice. She is founder of  NoPassport theater alliance and press and is an editor at Contemporary Theatre Review. She has edited several books on theater and most recently authored a book about Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Routledge). She was awarded the 2018 Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Her second film as a screenwriter is currently in post-production.  

    Caridad Svitch
  • Lavina Jadhwani / Director

    Lavina Jadhwani is a theatre director, adaptor, and activist. Recent directing credits include As You Like It at the Guthrie Theatre, Peter and the Starcatcher at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Roe and The Cake at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Adaptations include Shakuntala, A Christmas Carol (upcoming production — Guthrie Theater), The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, and The Sitayana (currently in rehearsal at East West Players). Lavina lives in Chicago, where she was recently named "One of the Top Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago" by New City. BFA/MA, Carnegie Mellon University; MFA, The Theatre School at DePaul University.

    Lavina Jadwani


KELLI SIMPKINS — Interview Subjects



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