Pond Life

Pat and Harper, two frogs, stare at their pond and wonder whether it will ever be as healthy as it once was. They understand that pollution has led to the creation of algal blooms and therefore, hypoxic zones.

Play Title: Pond Life

Author: Elyne Quan

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

Scientists: N/A

Source Texts: N/A

Character Breakdown: 2 characters of unspecified gender

Pat (a frog), Harper (another frog)

Setting: A small pond

Time Period:

Synopsis of Play: Pat and Harper, two frogs, stare at their pond and wonder whether it will ever be as healthy as it once was. They understand that pollution has led to the creation of algal blooms and therefore, hypoxic zones. Pat goes on about how these environmental issues will have a major impact on themselves and their offspring. Overall, Quan utilizes this play as a lesson for its readers/spectators. In closing, Harper tells one of his offspring to “keep things clean, don’t waste food, stay away from plastic if you can” [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].

First Performance Date: 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 Theatre Action 2017. Among these venues were, Eckerd College, Oklahoma City University, and Missouri State University.

Biography of Author: Elyne Quan (Canada) is a writer, actor, and director for theatre, film, and interactive media. Playwriting credits include Souvenirs of Home, Stray, Surface Tension, Lig & Bittle (co-writeen/co-performed with Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull), and Cuisine for CCTA 2015. She is a former President of the board of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and a BA Honours degree in Drama from the University of Alberta. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].

Links:  

http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/eckerd-college/

http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/oklahoma-city-university/

http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Quan%2C%20Elyne

Entered By: Jake Caracciolo

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