As a young brides prepares for her wedding, she uses crumpled newspapers as a replacement for flowers. She does this because she believes that one-time use items are destroying our global environment.
Play Title: We (Don’t) Deserve Nice Things
Author: Anita Majumdar
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: 4 Females
Bride, Maid of Honour, Bridesmaid, Flower Girl
Setting: Small front yard of a small bungalow home
Time Period: Present-day
Synopsis of Play: This play takes place during the morning of a wedding, following the actions of the Bride, Maid of Honour, Bridesmaid, and Flower Girl as they arrange a large circle of crumpled up newspapers. This circle of newspapers is used to replace the circle of flowers that usually enclose the bride and groom at a wedding. The Bride has chosen newspaper because it is recyclable and emphasizes the idea that one-time use items such as, flowers are a major detriment to the environment. The Bridesmaid goes on to criticize the Bride and groom because she believes a wedding should be extravagant. She claims that her wedding would have marigold flowers shipped from India, shark fin soup, and a brand-new wedding dress. These one-time use commodities are the reason that landfills are being filled so quickly. The Bride understands that flowers are necessary for bees to collect nectar which is necessary for cross-pollination which eventually leads to the creation of food for our consumption. The short play closes with the Bride diving deeper into the topic of purchasing unnecessary goods that won’t be recycled or last a lifetime and how those goods are destroying the environment.
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, York University mand Across Ocean Arts.
Biography of Author: Anita Majumdar is a South-Asian Canadian playwright, actor, and classically trained Indian dance. She is an acting graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada and currently an MA candidate at York university. In addition to being the 2013 recipient of Canada’s Governor Protégé Prize in Playwriting, Anita is also the ongoing playwright-in-residence at Nightswimming, Toronto’s only mandated theatre company committed to new play development. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo