The Book of Magdalene

The Book of Magdalene

Initial Digital Premiere

By Caridad Svich
Directed by Amelia Rico

EXTENDED! Now through February 28
February 11 – 28, 2021 ONLINE ONLY

In the edge-lands, in the weird times (after a worldwide catastrophic event), it’s nighttime until it’s not. These nights, Magdalene misses Ru and who they could have been together. Magdalene cares for Elder. Magdalene visits the local church to look at the sky. Magdalene works the call lines of the lonely and encounters Suit. Call this a quest. Call this a life waiting to be born again, haunted by a past when another Magdalene lived and was misunderstood. The Book of Magdalene is contemporary drama of sharp encounters, winding faith, tough love and tenderness suffused with grace and magic. A story about finding the courage to move on when life feels as if it is stuck in place.

About the Playwright

Caridad Svich is a playwright, screenwriter, translator, editor, lyricist, essayist, educator and freelance arts journalist. Her first independent feature film (as co-screenwriter) Fugitive Dreams, based on her play, premiered at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival, 2020 Austin Film Festival and the 2020 Tallinn Black Nights Festival. Three of her plays were on the 2020 Kilroys List. She has received the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for The House of the Spirits, based on Isabel Allende’s novel, and NNPN rolling world premieres for RED BIKE and Guapa. She has also been a Harvard/Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Tanne Foundation Fellow, NEA and Pew Fellow, and Visiting Research Fellow at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Read Ms. Svich’s full bio here.

About the Production

Director: Amelia Rico. The cast: Mariam Albishah, Andrea Boronell, Pablo Bracho, Maria Schenck, and Jennifer Wang.

Set design by Afsaneh Aayani. Costume design by Victoria Nicolette Gist. Lighting design by Grey Starbird. Sound design by Janel Badrina. Stage management by Megan Brooks.




You may watch The Book of Magdalene any time between February 11 and February 28. After you purchase your tickets, you’ll receive a viewing code via email. Once you receive that code, you may watch the play any time you wish from February 11 – February 28. The only thing to be mindful of is that once you activate your code, you’ll have 48 hours to watch.

Your 48 hour watch period begins AFTER entering your access code. The code can only be used on one device at a time. If the code is entered on a second device, the first device will be logged out automatically. You can Airplay or Cast the stream to a television using the following instructions: Stream to a TV

The last opportunity to register with a credit is noon on Sunday, Feb. 28. 

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