Play Translation Receives Premiere at IUP

Posted on 2/13/2014 1:27:52 PM

Theater-by-the Grove at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present its first production of the Spring 2014 semester titled The Monster In The Garden by Caridad Svich. The work is freely adapted and translated from Calderón de la Barca’s El Monstruo en el Jardin. The production will open on the Waller Hall Mainstage on Thursday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m. It will also be performed February 21–22 and February 26–March 1 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m.

In the story, a wild child lives on an enchanted island. One day he comes upon a young woman and experiences the tumult of love in his heart for the first time and sets out in its pursuit. The only problem is that this wild child happens to be Achilles. This gender-bending, provocative, and simultaneously provocative romantic comedy asks all of us to believe in a little magic.

Director Rick Kemp says, “This production of The Monster in the Garden makes history by being the first time that the play has been performed in English. Performed in Spain in 1667 and 2000, the story rewrites the myth of Achilles’ early life, when he was hidden by his mother, the sea-goddess Thetis, to protect him from his fate.”

Kemp goes on to explain, “We are honored to be chosen by one of America’s leading playwrights, Caridad Svich, to be the first to present her adapted translation. The play is great fun and at the same time contains some touching poetry.”

Tickets for The Monster in the Garden are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. They are also available online at or by calling the HUB tickets office at 724-357-1313. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting 45 minutes before each performance.

General admission tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $9 with a university I-card.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail us at Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

The Monster in the Garden

Theater by the Grove

The Monster in the Garden

The Monster in the Garden

February 20, 2014
February 22, 2014
8:00 p.m.

February 23, 2014
2:00 p.m.

February 26, 2014
February 28, 2014
8:00 p.m.

March 1, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

The translation and adaptation of this rediscovered work will receive its world premiere on the Waller stage. A romantic comedy by 17th-century playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca is given new life by award-winning playwright Caridad Svich. This gender-bending, provocative comedy asks all of us to believe in a little magic. Please note: Tickets stating “A Play in Development” remain valid for these performances.

This event is over.

For more information, visit The Monster in the Garden, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.