Play Title: Appreciation
Author: Katie Pearl
Publisher: Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts
Anthology: This play is part of a collection entitled, Where is the Hope? Edited by Chantal Bilodeau
Primary Discipline: Environmental
Source Texts: N/A
Character Breakdown: One character of unspecified gender
Setting: Empty stage
Time Period: Present day
Synopsis of Play: The speaker of this one-person play addresses and engages the audience right off the bat. First, he/she requests a massive applaud from the audience. After doing this exercise a few times, the speaker asks the audience to give a huge cheer and appreciation after each statement he/she says. Through the piece, the speaker talks about the ice shelves in Antarctica, the patterns of rainfall through history, impacts of recent tsunamis, the oceans and their ability to absorb pollutants, the places where sea level rising hits the hardest, and on the one white rhino we have left in this world. After briefly discussing each of these topics, the audience applauds and cheers in an appreciative manner. The point of the play is to realize that there is a difference between understanding/discussing something,and then actually going forth to make a change. The speaker wants the audience to realize that after applauding each of these topics, they didn’t do anything to help with a solution. The most important part about combating climate change and environmental degradation is to act.
First Performance Date: This short play was originally performed for the Climate Change Theatre Action 2017; exact date is unknown.
First Producer: Climate Change Theatre Action 2017
Performance History: This short play has been performed at various venues across the world as a part of the Climate Change Theater Action 2017.Among these venues were, San Jose City College.
Biography of Author: Katie Pearl (U.S.) is a writer,director, performer, and co-artistic director of PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary performance making company she shares with Lisa D’Amour. Much of PearlDamour’s recent work utilizes a climate lens, including Lost in the Meadow, set in a 40-acre meadow in Longwood Gardens in which the meadow speaks to the audience via a giant megaphone, and How to Build a Forest, created with visual artist Shawn Hall, in which an elaborate, hand-made forest is carefully constructed then efficiently removed over the course of eight hours. . [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo