When a families’ leather factory is shutdown by the EPA, the husband struggles to find hope. Meanwhile, the wife understands that shutting down the factory means protecting the beetles and for her, that’s important. 

Play Title: Crossroads

Author: Meaza Worku

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

Maru (male), Este (female; wife of Maru)

Setting: Unknown

Time Period: Near-future

Synopsis of Play: Este finds Maru and claims that they are in big trouble. Este is disappointed in herself for failing to catch beetles for Amen’s (their son) school project. Maru says that he has also failed because the Environmental Protection Agency has shutdown their family leather factory. Maru says that the factory will remain closed until an environmental impact statement outlines how the factory is affecting the nearby environment. Este continues her rant about beetles, about how she used to catch them all the time as a kid. They both continue talking without listening to the cry of the other. Finally, Este reveals to Maru that she was the one who signed the papers for the petition that shutdown the factory. The play closes when Maru realizes that she did all that just for the beetles.

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, The Blue Room Theatre and the Iowa City Public Library.

Biography of Author: Meaza Worku (Ethiopia) is a dramatist best known for her radio, stage, television, and comic book writing. She studied Theatre Arts at the University of Addis Ababa, and has written numerous short radio plays, radio serials, and the economic and political satire radio sit-com Wefe Komech. Her stage play Desperate to Fight was selected for development by the Sundance Institute East African Theatre program and has been performed internationally. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].


Entered By: Jake Caracciolo

Kampala International Theatre Festival
Chloe Riley
Matthew Beziat
Nancy Pierce

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