Homo Sapiens

Two homo evolutis’ (fictional classification of future humans) see homo sapiens for the first time in a park with a special exhibition on these creatures. Character A and Character B treat these homo sapiens just as they would any other endangered animal.

Play Title: Homo Sapiens

Author: Chantal Bilodeau

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

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Environmental

Secondary Discipline: Extinction

Scientists: N/A

Source Texts: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Character Breakdown: 2 characters of unspecified gender

Character A and Character B

Setting: Park where homo sapiens are housed as an exhibit

Time Period: Distant future  

Synopsis of Play: Two homo evolutis’ (fictional classification of future humans) see homo sapiens for the first time in a park with a special exhibition on these creatures. Character A and Character B treat these homo sapiens just as they would any other endangered animal. The homo sapiens found in the park are the only few left after a mass extinction. This mass extinction was caused by the great demand and damage that humans are placing on our environment. This play is unique because it utilizes the audience as the homo sapien exhibition. Character A and Character B interact with the audience throughout the performance.

First Performance Date: This short play was originally performed at the “Climate Change Theatre Action” event in 2017.

First Producer: Climate Change Theatre Action 2017

Performance History: This one-act play has “been performed in over 100 venues in the U.S., Argentina, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, U.K., and United Arab Emirates” [Taken from  https://www.cbilodeau.com/one-acts/}].

Biography of Author: “Chantal Bilodeau (U.S./Canada) is a playwright whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She is the artistic director of the Arctic Cycle-an organization created to support the writing, development, and production of eight plays that look at the changes taking place in the eight arctic states-and the founder of the online platform and international network Artists & Climate Change. She is a co-founder of CCTA” [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].

Links:  

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/53a78591e4b04c7d7b8debb8/t/5a25d03253450ada26f256b9/1512427570781/Bilodeau+-+Homo+Sapiens.pdf

https://www.cbilodeau.com/one-acts/

 

Entered By: Jake Caracciolo

Natalia Martinzes Sagan (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Kansas State University
Providence, Rhode Island
Allegheny College

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