After a recent trip to Beirut, a young woman questions how sea level increases and saltwater intrusion will change the quality of life for coastal communities all over the World. 

Play Title: Sardines

Author: Maya Zbib

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: 2 Females

Unidentified names [scripted as “Woman” (45 years of age) and “Young Woman” (32 years of age)]

Setting: Rooftop in a busy coastal Americana city

Time Period: Unknown

Synopsis of Play: Sardines opens with the Woman drinking a margarita on her rooftop balcony in the middle of a busy city. The Young Woman who joins her, came for more than just a cocktail. She tells the Woman that she hasn’t been able to sleep since her return from Beirut. The Young Woman describes the saltwater intrusion occurring in Beirut as increased sea levels are poising groundwater with salt. She has become rather sleepless, as she thinks of what will happen to these people if the water continues to rise. She then worries about fishermen around the World who will have to continue relocating further inland. As a tease, the Woman describes a setting in which the streets fill with water and drown out the houses and cars and the only way for humans to adapt, is to grow tails and fins like mermaids. Even though the Young Woman isn’t too amused, she realizes that humans will need to adapt their lifestyles to cope with the inevitable rising sea levels.

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, University of Louisiana, University of South Wales, and Artichoke Dance Company.

Biography of Author: N/A


Entered By: Jake Caracciolo

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