Pat and Harper, two frogs, stare at their pond and wonder whether it will ever be as healthy as it once was. They understand that pollution has led to the creation of algal blooms and therefore, hypoxic zones.
Play Title: Pond Life
Author: Elyne Quan
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: 2 characters of unspecified gender
Pat (a frog), Harper (another frog)
Setting: A small pond
Synopsis of Play: Pat and Harper, two frogs, stare at their pond and wonder whether it will ever be as healthy as it once was. They understand that pollution has led to the creation of algal blooms and therefore, hypoxic zones. Pat goes on about how these environmental issues will have a major impact on themselves and their offspring. Overall, Quan utilizes this play as a lesson for its readers/spectators. In closing, Harper tells one of his offspring to “keep things clean, don’t waste food, stay away from plastic if you can” [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
First Performance Date: 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 Theatre Action 2017. Among these venues were, Eckerd College, Oklahoma City University, and Missouri State University.
Biography of Author: Elyne Quan (Canada) is a writer, actor, and director for theatre, film, and interactive media. Playwriting credits include Souvenirs of Home, Stray, Surface Tension, Lig & Bittle (co-writeen/co-performed with Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull), and Cuisine for CCTA 2015. She is a former President of the board of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and a BA Honours degree in Drama from the University of Alberta. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo