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The Sunken Living Room by David Caudle
April 6 - May 7, 2006

THE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM by David Caudle

David Caudle's new full-length play, The Sunken Living Room, was to receive its World Premiere production at Southern Rep in New Orleans in November, having won the New Southern Play Festival, 2005. A co-production with Southern Rep opens in April at the New Theatre Miami. In 2004, The Sunken Living Room was named Gold Medal Finalist for the Pinter Review Prize for Drama and Finalist at the Lark Theatre's Playwrights Week. His newest work, Likeness will have a staged reading in May at the Barrow Group. Visiting Ours was recently nominated for the Weissberger Award at Williamstown and was a finalist for the Christopher Wolk Award at the Abingdon Theatre Company. Another full-length, The Short Fall, was a Finalist at the Lark in 2002. His one-act, Feet of Clay, previously a finalist for the Heidemann Award at the Actors' Theatre of Louisville, won the Samuel French One-Act Competition, 2004 and is published by Samuel French in its 29th Edition of Festival Plays. Feet of Clay was also shot as a short film, directed by Carrie Preston, and is currently in post-production. Earlier productions include full-lengths: Hell's Cuisinart, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in New York, the Tamarind Theatre in Los Angeles, and at Miami-Dade College, and Swing Low, at Florida State University. Mr. Caudle wrote the screenplay for the short film, Landfill, directed by Anezka Sebek. The short was based on his stage play of the same title, which premiered at the Miranda Theatre in 1997.

From New York Times Arts & Leisure Sunday, December 4, 2005

A Domestic Play Takes a Stormy Path

For a water-logged production, locusts may be next. The title of David Caudle's play, The Sunken Living Room is supposed to be a metaphor, a reference to the architectural style familiar decades ago to television families like the Bradys. Recently, however, it has taken on a more literal ring, as the play has fallen victim to not one, but two hurricanes. Mr. Caudle's script, a comedy-drama about a teenage boy whose family is falling apart in 1970s Miami, was read during a new-play festival at the Southern Repertory Theatre in New Orleans and scheduled for a premiere production last month. When Hurricane Katrina hit, the theater was not damaged, but its rehearsal space and offices were taken over by a disaster relief program, and its audience was scattered. The artistic director, Ryan Rilette, was forced to close until next spring. Mr. Caudle then sought a producer in Miami, his hometown. The script made its way to Rafael De Acha, co-founder and artistic director of the New Theater there, and the play was again on track to be presented, this time in April 2006 as a co-production of both theaters. Then in October, Hurricane Wilma hit. The play is still planned for the spring, but the recent hurricanes in Miami have left the New Theater in rough financial shape. The building, like Southern Rep's, was spared, but because of curfews and impassable streets, the company has lost audiences and money. "When Wilma came, we were brought to our knees," Mr. De Acha said, "and we just had to stop altogether. Not to be deterred, the two artistic directors and the playwright have planned a reading of The Sunken Living Room in New York. Actors are donating their time to the event, which will raise money for the New Theater. If all goes well, Mr. Caudle will consider himself lucky. "I can hardly complain compared to what so many people have suffered," he said. "Hopefully I'll still have a career, weather permitting." With the reading scheduled for Dec. 11, New Yorkers should remember to bring their umbrellas.
- STEVEN McELROY


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