Single Use

Val and Mitchell match on a dating site and decide to meet up at a local diner. Val quickly jumps into the discussion of global warming and sustainability.

Play Title: Single Use

Author: Marcia Johnson

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: One male, one female.

Val (female), Mitchell (Male)

Setting: Diner

Time Period: Present-day

Synopsis of Play: Val and Mitchell match on a dating site and decide to meet up at a local diner. Val quickly jumps into the discussion of global warming and sustainability; a conversation that scares Mitchell off in only a few exchanges of words. Mitchell comments on the fact that Val never got a straw for her milkshake. She states that she doesn’t need a straw because it will end up in the garbage and will somehow disrupt the life cycle of a sea turtle. Mitchell ignores her conversation about sea turtles and the destruction humans are placing on the environment to talk about pointless topics. Mitchell decides they better call the date off because Val continues to bring up important topics involving the environment, a topic that Mitchell just doesn’t seem to understand.

First Performance Date: Unknown

First Producer: Climate Change Theater 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. Most venues were found on college campuses.

Biography of Author: “Marcia Johnson (actor/writer) was born in Jamaica and has lived in Canada since the age of six. Her plays include Courting Johanna based on Alice Munro’s Hateship, Friendship, Courthsip, Loveship, Marriage (Blyth Festival); Late (Obsidian Theatre Company); Say Ginger Ale (SummerWorks), and Perfect on Paper (Toronto Fringe). Her play Binti’s Journey, based on The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis, has toured on and off throughout Canada since 2008. Marcia Johnson is Vice President of Women Playwrights International” [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].

Links: 

http://www.csarn.ca/en/johnson.html

http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/artist-co-op-nyc/

Entered By: Jake Caracciolo

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