Two Degrees

Play title:  Two Degrees

Author (s):  Tira Palmquist

Publisher: Agent: 

Susan Gurman, Agent

Gurman Agency LLC

14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1703,

New York, NY 10122-1701

Tel: 212 749 4618

Publication Date: 2018

Genre:  Drama

Primary Discipline: Environmental

Secondary Discipline: Climate Change

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 4 Men, 2 Women

Emma Phelps, Clay Simpson, Louise Allen, Jeffrey Phelps, Eric Wilson, Malik Peterson

Setting: Washington D.C., Boulder, Colorado, and a research facility in Greenland

Time Period: Present Day

Synopsis of Play: Emma Phelps is a paleoclimatologist, focusing on ice in Greenland. In drilling and studying ice core samples, she sees firsthand the symptoms of our changing planet, which makes the need to act all the more crucial and urgent. In addition to her growing sense of urgency for the planet, Emma, as a recent widow, experiences grief that compounds itself with each passing month. Now she’s been asked to come to Washington D.C. to testify in a Senate Committee regarding climate change legislation, and in this intersection of science and politics, of politics and the personal, she finds more than just a little is breaking up under the strain of change.

First Performance Date: February 3rd, 2017

First Producer: Denver Center – February 2017

Performance History: TWO DEGREES premiered at the Denver Center in February, 2017, directed by Christy Montour-Larson.Readings (partial list): Denver Center New Play Summit, February 2016 (director: Christy Montour-Larson); March 2015, Athena Project Plays-in-Process (director: Christy Montour-Larson); October 2015,New American Voices Series, American Actors UK, Tristan Bates Theater (director: Rachel Fowler); September 2014, Artemisia Theater’s Fall Festival (in Chicago, IL); May 2014, The Road Theatre’s Road Signs Reading Series in Burbank, CA. (director: Joshua Wolf Coleman); May 2014, Great Plains Theatre Conference (director: Sonia Keffer). The play was originally developed in Lee Wochner’s Words that Speak Workshop.

Links: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/02/23/world-premiere-two-degrees-contributes-to-the-debate-over-global-warming/

Entered by: Molly Morgan

Photo/Visual Research with citations

Tesseract Theater, St. Louis 
Kathleen Mccall, Jason Delane
Photo Credit: Adams Viscom
Prime Productions at The Guthrie
Norah Long, Jennifer Whitlock
Photo Credit: Joseph Giannetti
Prime Productions at The Guthrie
Norah Long, Joel Liestman
Photo Credit: Joseph Giannetti
Prime Productions at The Guthrie
Norah Long,  Joel Liestman
Photo Credit: Joseph Giannetti
Tesseract Theater, St. Louis 
Robert Montano, Kathleen McCall
Photo Credit: Adams Viscom
Tesseract Theater, St. Louis 
Kathleen McCall
Photo Credit: Adams Viscom
Tesseract Theater, St. Louis 
Robert Montano, Kathleen McCall
Photo Credit: Adams Viscom
Prime Productions at The Guthrie
Toussaint Morrison, Norah Long
Photo Credit: Joseph Giannetti


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