Two women must evacuate their tribal land in Papa New Guinea because all water sources have been depleted. If they do not leave, the water company will force them out.
Play Title: The Burn of the Sun
Author: Miria George
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: 3 Females
Rei, Ake Nanua, Dali
Setting: Arawa, Papa New Guinea
Time Period: Unknown
Synopsis of Play: Dali visits two women, Rei and Ake Nanua, in Arawa as a representative from the water company. She already warned the women that their village in Papa New Guinea will dry out and water will be unavailable if they stay; however, the women did not listen. Rei says that the women will not leave their homeland, regardless of the environmental conditions present. The water company is paying for the residents of Arawa to leave the land and settle in the city. This hopeful gesture is denied. Dali finally makes the claim that they have two days to willingly leave or the company will come in and forcefully remove and relocate them. Rei and Ake are extremely angered, and with that, Dali leaves and heads back to the city in her battery powered automobile.
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.
Biography of Author: Miria George Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Rarotonga, Atiu, Cook Islands. Of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Cook Islands, Miria is a poet, writer, director, and producer of theatre. An award-winning playwright, Miria’s work has toured New Zealand, Australia, Hawai’i, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In 2017, Mira was the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence at University of Hawai’I, Manoa. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo