Play Title: The Narcissism of Small Differences
Author: Jessica Litwalk
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: Two males, two characters of unspecified gender
Gill(male), Helmer (male), Tia (Yangtze Finless Dolphin), Dukore (Cross River Gorilla)
Setting: Conference room
Time Period: Present day
Synopsis of Play: Gill is given three minutes to present his project to Helmer, so he can be funded. Gill describes the conditions of the Yangtze Finless Dolphin and the Cross River Gorilla and their efforts a species to survive. Each species needs immediate support as less than 200 of each remain. As Gill is presenting, he hears voices but doesn’t know where they are coming from. Litwalk has casted the Dolphin and Gorilla as characters in the play, with the names, Tia and Dukore, respectfully. It isn’t until Helmer kicks Gill from the room denying support that Gill finally sees the two animals that he has been faintly hearing all morning. Tia and Dukoreare saddened by their homes and the ways in which their species have dwindled in numbers due to human control. Gill wants to help but knows that it is an extremely difficult undertaking. The play ends when these three characters agree to pour all their love and dedication into creating a world where humans can’t kill off species.
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.
Biography of Author: Jessica Litwalk (U.S.) is an internationally recognized educator, director, performer, and drama therapist,and she is the artistic director of The H.E.A.T. Collective and Artists Rise Up New York. Her plays include The Emma Goldman Trilogy, Wider Than the Sky, and My Heart is in the East. Her work has been published by No Passport Press, Smith& Krause, Applause Books, and The New York Times. She has a PhD in Theatre for Social Change and is a Fulbrgiht Scholar. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo