The Silent Exile
The Silent Exile is a full-length play to be produced in New York City under the Actors' Equity Showcase Code at a theatre of approximately 99 seats. Part family drama, part political thriller, the play captures the unique drama of Miami's Cuban exile movement, as a Cuban-Jewish daughter's decision to run for Congress uncovers her parents' turbulent political past.
The Silent Exile is a full-length play to be produced in New York City under the Actors' Equity Showcase Code.
family saga, part political thriller, The Silent Exile captures the unique drama of Miami’s
Cuban-exile movement. Beginning in 2006, as the exiles celebrate news of an
ailing Fidel Castro, the story centers on the Calderóns, a Cuban-Jewish family
on the brink of destruction.
Lidia Calderón, a bright young attorney,
has her eye on a seat in Congress—an ambition threatened by the animosity
between her father, Alejandro, a once-popular anti-Castro radio commentator,
and the exile community. Worse, Alejandro’s memoir is about to be published,
complete with revelations Lidia hopes the voters never see.
She’s not the only one hoping Alejandro
will consider being less forthcoming. Younger brother Michael and his fiancée,
Naji, also want Alejandro to omit certain details from his book. But if the
siblings are to have any chance of keeping family secrets buried, they’ll need
the help of their older brother, Joe, a jaded construction worker who prefers
the bottle to politics or, for that matter, ambition—and who cannot deny his
attraction to Naji.
As the Calderón family implodes and
careers and relationships unravel, details of Alejandro’s past emerge, shedding
light on 30 years of the anti-Castro movement’s deepest truths.
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The Silent Exile has had staged readings at New York's Theatre Row, the WorkShop Theater Company, and Urban Stages. The play was a finalist for the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition and semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award.
KUROS CHARNEY (Playwright/Producer) wrote and directed the play Shame and Desire (Stella Adler Theatre), which was
recommended by the LA Weekly
for its “delicious script, chock-full of snappy one-liners and Byzantine plot
threads that keep the audience guessing right up to the surprise ending.” His
other plays include The Man from Brazoria County, for which he was awarded an Edward
Albee fellowship, The Moving Forward of Souls (Coronet Theatre), and Body Language. He co-wrote the screenplays Used
Books, developed with
producer LeVar Burton (Eagle Nation Films), and The Sea Between, commissioned by producer Elizabeth Kahn
(Forever After Project, Inc.). He holds a bachelor's from UC San Diego and an MFA from USC, and currently teaches at William Paterson
University and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. As a writer of mixed heritage, he is committed to stories
that portray the diversity and complexity of an increasingly integrated world.
(For more info, please visit www.kuroscharney.com.)
MALINDA SORCI (Director)
has produced and directed
productions internationally and nationally at Sydney Opera House, Carnegie
Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Town Hall, Old Vic/New Voices, Edinburgh
Fringe Festival, The Cherry Lane, 59E59, and the Barrow Street Theatre, among
others. She is Producing Artistic Director of theNEST, and was formerly
the Concert and Special Event Producer at Foster Entertainment. She
received her MFA in Directing from the New School for Drama.