Through this one-person show, the speaker is addressing Tuna. He/She is talking in the distant future, after we have over-fished tuna to the point of extinction.
Play Title: Oh How We Loved Our Tuna!
Author: Amahl Khouri
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: Inspired and based on:
Tuna: A Love Story by Richard Ellis
The poetry of William MacLeish
Mattanza: Love and Death in the Sea of Sicily by Theresa Maggio
Various internet articles
Character Breakdown: One character of unspecified gender
Synopsis of Play: This one-person show involves a speaker who is addressing the now extinct species of bluefin tuna. Throughout the piece, the speaker is addressing the bluefin tuna and highlighting all the ways in which humans wanted and loved tuna. The piece begins with the speaker admiring the evolution of the fish and the way in which it is able to glide in the water and adapt to the environment. As the piece continues, a further appreciation is placed on the fish’s taste and ability to be rolled into sushi. The speaker indulges further to discuss how we appreciated tuna so much, that we set out large nets and killed thousands of whales, dolphins, sea birds, etc. just to catch the bluefin tuna. This piece also lays out the market value of the bluefin tuna and uses this to define our appreciation of the species. The play closes with the speaker saying, “we loved you so much we wanted every last one of you”.
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, North Dakota State University, One World Theatre, and The Museum of Kairos.
Biography of Author: Amahl Khouri is a Jordanian documentary playwright and theatremaker based in Munich. Khouri is the author of three plays, including No Matter Where I Go (Beirut 2014) and She He Me, staged in a reading at the Munchner Kammerspiele in Decmeber 2016. Khouri is the recipient of a Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship from PEN USA and was a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab in 2013. Her work has been published in several U.S. journals and in the International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer anthology. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo