What: Hope Takes the Stage – Climate Change Theatre Action
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Where: The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing
Hope Takes the Stage - Climate Change Theatre Action is an evening of drama, humor, hope and information about climate change. It is part of Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA), a biennial worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented between Oct. 1 and Nov. 18, 2017 to coincide with United Nations Conference of the Parties 23 meeting. Founded in 2015, this year’s CCTA is focused on hope and opportunity within climate science with 50 playwrights from around the world contributing 1-5 minute plays.
The Lansing event will present three of these short plays: “The Blue Puzzle” by Clare Duffy (UK/Scotland) , “Dot to Dot to Dot” by Lynn Rosen (New York, NY), and “Homo Sapiens” by CCTA co-founder Chantal Bilodeau (United States). The evening will also feature Scott Crandall’s original performance art piece, “Visions for the End of the World,” information about the Science Debate organization, and an opportunity for the audience to contribute to a community creation.
Producer Melissa Kaplan learned about CCTA in August while researching the arts and climate change. Seeing the opportunity to share creative work and help build community around the subject, she contacted two Lansing Community College Theatre alumni to collaborate: Scott Crandall, Associate’s Theatre 2012, and Anna Szabo who completed the Theatre Studio Program in 2016. Having presented Crandall’s work at LCC as part of a January 2017 climate science series, Kaplan knew its highly original and poetic exploration would fit into the CCTA theme. Szabo, steadily active performing and directing locally while she finishes her Associate’s degree, will direct two “The Blue Puzzle” and “Dot to Dot to Dot” featuring actors Heath Sartorius, Kelley McNabb and Hannah Feuka. LCC Theatre alum Heath Sartorius will direct “Homo Sapiens” featuring Michael Boxleitner and Nick Lemmer.
An important component of CCTA 2017 is action and information. Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director of Science Debate, will talk briefly about this organization and their current effort to have 2018 gubernatorial, senate and congressional candidates answer 10 questions related to the greatest science policy challenges facing America. Founded in 2008, Science Debate is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) that seeks to engage elected officials, the public and the media on science policy issues of vital importance to modern life.
Dylan Rogers, co-owner of The Robin Theatre, is hosting the event at The Robin, and helping develop the community creation.
Climate Change Theatre Action is a collaboration between the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, No Passport Theatre Alliance, The Arctic Cycle, Theatre Without Borders, and York University.
Facebook: Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 – Lansing (page)
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Contact: Melissa Kaplan, firstname.lastname@example.org