Imago Theatre

The Tropic of X

By Caridad Svich
Directed by Sophie Gee

Featuring Arlen Aguayo Stewart, Eric Davis, Braulio Elicer, Gitanjali Jain, and Victor Andres Trelles Turgeon

Maura, Mori and Kiki take refuge in each other as they barter to survive in “the polyglot Americas,” a touristed wasteland on the edge of collapse.

January 29 - February 8, 2020
90 minutes
OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement
Short-listed four times for the PEN Award in Drama
National Latino Playwriting Award
Amid the grime and slime of this cruel tomorrow, the old human impulse toward love and union can still break through, bringing with it the faintest tint of hope.
Baltimore Sun
A dark subverted romance

The Setting 

In the polyglot Americas, leaning south: 

a market of video arcades, old and new drugs, 

Nescafé internet cafes, swift-changing political regimes, 

Fluctuating currency, cheap sex for the tourist trade, 

ex-bullrings turned into discos and hotels, white cars and bright 

blue houses with peeling paint, fresh murals on ruined walls, 

and a view of the limitless, dirty sea. 

-Caridad Svich


The Tropic of X, by Latinx playwright Caridad Svich, is the story of Maura and Mori, two street kid lovers and arcade freaks who live in a touristed wasteland at the end of the alphabet. Together with their friend Kiki, they take refuge: in each other, in taunting tourists, in the next distraction, and in the chase of a consumerist dream – a numbing high as they rage, seduce, and barter to survive the roaring tides of a place on the edge of collapse.

Eo Sharp, Set and Costume Designer
Sonoyo Nishikawa, Lighting Designer
Mariano Franco, Sound Designer
Isabel Faia, Stage Manager
Danna-Rae Evasiuk, Assistant Stage Manager

Ticket Prices

Previews: All tickets $20

Regular performances: $25/adults; $20/students, artists and seniors

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