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The Silent Exile

Kuros Charney

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.

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The Silent Exile is a full-length play to be produced in New York City under the Actors' Equity Showcase Code.

Part 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.

TO REQUEST A COPY OF THE FULL SCRIPT, please email: thesilentexile@kuroscharney.com


DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

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.


PROJECT TEAM

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.