Catherine is a professor's widow, living as a hermit in Austin, TX, the object of much gossip and suspicion in her neighborhood, due to events surrounding her husband's death. Arturo is a Cuban refugee, a writer turned gardener, summoned to tame Catherine's chaotic back yard. Both are haunted by the ghosts of their previous lives, and both are victims of actions done in service of survival. Through an intense afternoon and evening, Arturo and Catherine will embark on a journey through their deepest fears and desires, and ultimately, find themselves on the shore of a new beginning.
BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and premiered there in 2005. It was produced in Los Angeles at The Geffen Playhouse, starring Demian Bichir and Shannon Cochran from October 28th, 2008 - December 7th,2009.
BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON played at Seattle Repertory Theatre from January 31 - March 2nd, 2008. It was directed by Richard Seyd, and starred Suzanne Bouchard and Armando Duran. Set design by Michael Ganio. Costume design by Frances Kenny. Lighting design by York Kennedy. Sound design by Chris Walker. Choreography by Olivier Weavers. Projection design by Pete Bjordhal.
Images above from OSF, Geffen, and Seattle Repertory Theater.