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Upon The Fragile Shore

Produced by Moxie Productions


Behind the scenes

Caridad Svich (Playwright) & Monica Callan (Director)


John D. Alexander, Haley Behn, Genevra MacPhail, & Sachiko Parker

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MOXIE Productions presents a reading of Caridad Svich’s new play, Upon the Fragile Shore, exploring human rights and environmental issues, at 7 p.m. --free and open to the public.

(Burlington, VT) MOXIE Productions joins the line-up of worldwide organizations that will present readings of 2012 OBIE Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich’s new play Upon the Fragile Shore. This work of intertwining monologues explores 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 ( for Human Rights International reading scheme. MOXIE Productions will present a reading of the play which centers on stories from the United States, Nigeria, Syria, Malaysia, sub-Sahara, and Venezuela.  

MOXIE Productions’ action will be produced and directed by Monica Callan with a cast of John D. Alexander, Haley Behn, Genevra MacPhail, and Sachiko Parker, on Monday, November 24 at 7pm @ The Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, 294 N. Winooski Avenue, Suite 116C, Burlington. The reading is free and open to the public, donations accepted. The overall reading scheme of the action is a coproduction between NoPassport theatre alliance (, Jody Christopherson, (The Skype Show, New York Theatre Review,, and Missing Bolts Productions (, and sponsored locally by Across Roads Center for the Arts ( Contact or 244-4168 for more information.


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 4 actors, that focuses on human rights and environmental issues around the world especially in relationship to human-made tragedies and their aftermath. It is the third play in Caridad Svich’s trilogy of plays addressing national issues/global concerns, which 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, in which MOXIE Productions participated in both Waterbury and Burlington, VT venues. Spark premieres September 2014 at Theater Alliance in Washington D.C.

Additional theaters and venues that will be presenting the play include: Ensemble Theater of Norway, Ion Theatre (San Diego, CA). Road Theatre (Los Angeles, CA); Power Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA); Theatre Simple (Seattle, WA); Teater Albatross (Stockholm, Sweden); Theater Emory (Atlanta, GA); Cara Mia Theatre (Dallas, TX); Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha, NE); Road Theatre (Los Anegels, CA), Teatro Diablo and ASU-Tempe (Tempe, AZ); Theater Alliance (Washington D.C.), National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia), Alameda Theatre (Toronto, CA), University of Pretoria (South Africa) Dept of Theatre, and Cornell University (NY), Baruch College (NYC), Missing Bolts (Digital Film Action, NYC), CalArts (California); Colectivo Teatral Nuevo Mexico in conjunction with National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Siembra: Latino Theatre Festival (Albuquerque, NM), Carthage College (Kenosha, WI); and alumni reading at New Dramatists (NYC). Additional presenting venues will be announced in the near future.

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