Francisca Da Silveira
Francisca Da Silveira

2023 Finalist

Pay No Worship

Synopsis: On the tiny island of Fogo in the Cape Verde archipelago, cousins Martin and Jose struggle to make a living in their family’s wine business. Living with the awareness that a tropical storm or a volcanic eruption could destroy everything they know at any time, Martin seeks a way off the island, while Jose seeks a way to hold onto their culture. What will it take to simply survive?

Cast Breakdown:
José (early-mid 20s)
cape verdean.
leans into ignorance but is not ignorant day dreams about the smell of grape leaves
Martín (mid-late 20s)
cape verdean.
is university educated and it shows day dreams about the smell of books

Set/Costume Requirements: the very base of the volcano on fogo island. the earth is a dark, rich brown, almost black. you can almost see the individual pebbles. grape vines dot the soil with flecks of green.

Agent: Jamie Kaye Phillips

Bio: Francisca is a Cape Verdean-American playwright and Boston native who holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MSc in Playwriting from the University of Edinburgh. She has been featured in ArtsBoston, The LA Times, The Boston Globe and American Theatre Magazine. Her plays have been developed with Theatre503 (London), The Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), Company One Theatre (Boston), The Fire This Time Festival (New York), The Playwrights Realm (New York), The Public Theater (New York), The New Group (New York), Colt Coeur (New York) and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego). Fran’s play not-for-profit (or the equity, diversity and inclusion play) was featured in The Playwrights’ Realm’s INK’D Festival in April 2021 and in La Jolla Playhouse’s DNA New Works Series in July 2021. Her play can i touch it? was featured in the National New Play Network’s 2020 National Showcase of New Plays and in 2022-2023 will receive a Rolling World Premiere at Company One Theatre (Boston), Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles) and Cleveland Public Theatre (Cleveland). Her play pay no worship will receive a World Premiere production at InterAct Theatre Company (Philadelphia) in Spring 2023.

Fran was a 2020-2021 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow and is currently a member of The Public Theater’s 2020-2023 Emerging Writers Group and a 2022-2023 Jerome Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center.