A husband and wife sit on their large sofa discussing plans for their upcoming weekend venture to a beach island. The husband informs the wife that the trip must be cancelled due to island flooding, massive snow storms, and the death of most animal inhabitants.
Play Title: You Should Know Better
Author: Vinicius Jatoba
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: One man, one woman
Husband and Wife
Setting: Home of an elderly couple
Time Period: Unknown future
Synopsis of Play: A husband and wife sit on their large sofa discussing plans for their upcoming weekend venture to a beach island. The husband informs the wife that the trip must be cancelled due to island flooding, massive snow storms, and the death of most animal inhabitants. All this, thanks to the so-called “La Suegra”. The playwright utilizes this term to refer to a terrible storm that overpowers El Nino and La Nina, as a result of climate change. The couple reminisces on what the Earth was like before all the pollution and human exploitation. In the end, they carry on their day with popcorn and magazines, acting as if the world isn’t about to be destroyed.
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 Theater Action 2017. Venues vary from colleges to churches and high schools.
Biography of Author: “Vinicius Jatoba was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For his play First Love, he won the 2013 National Literature Prize from the City of Belo Horizonte. He was also chosen by Grant Magazine as on of the Best Young Brazilian Writers. He has received fellowships from Criar Lusofonia, Portugal, and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany, and has been in residence at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. His work has been translated into Spanish, English, French, and German. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature” [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo