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Climate Change Theatrical Action

Climate Change Theatrical Action: short plays for change

13 performances created by 13 Vancouver companies!

November 22
2pm, FREE
Studio 1398 on Granville Island in Vancouver
The Only Animal's Annual General Meeting to follow at 4:30pm

“Climate change isn’t an “issue” to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us...that we need to evolve.”  - Naomi Klein

Vancouver’s theatre community joins the international CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION

– a series of worldwide readings and performances intended to bring awareness to, and foster discussion around, climate change during the months of November and December 2015. A joint venture between NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders, this action is in support of the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) taking place November 30-December 11, 2015.

On November 22 at 2 pm, Vancouver actors will read a series of 1 – 5 minute plays by playwrights Reneltta Arluk, Kendra Fanconi, Jordan Hall, Kevin Loring, David Geary, Elyne Quan, Elaine Avila and others.  The readings will culminate in an opportunity to share and create opportunities for theatre makers to react creatively, practically and locally to the global climate change crisis.  The Only Animal is helping to organize Vancouver's community response, with Elaine Avila (playwright, co-organizer of the international event, Associate at PTC) with the assistance of PTC and event administrator Mark Vulliamy.

The main goal of the international project is to invite as many people as possible to participate in a global conversation about climate change.  Vancouver’s Climate Change Theatre Action represents one response by local theatre artists – writers, actors, directors -  to the international call to respond to a global issue.  As Elaine Avila, one of the international co-organizers, notes, “Coming together to tell stories is one of the best ways we have to organize and educate ourselves, to feel and to understand.”

PLAYWRIGHTS: Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda), Reneltta Arluk (Canada/Inuvialuit-Dene), Elaine Avila (Canada), Catherine Banks (Canada), Chantal Bilodeau (Canada), Kendra Fanconi (Canada), David Geary (Canada/New Zealand/Maori), Dipika Guha (U.S./India), Jordan Hall (Canada), Arthur Kopit (U.S.), Neil Labute (U.S.), Kevin Loring (Canada/Nlakap'Amux), Elyne Quan (Canada), August Schulenburg (U.S.)

Read about the CCTA Vancouver playwrights by downloading their bios here.

I’ll go on. It feels better to be in action than to be in despair. I’ll go on. I’m “out” on the climate change issue. It’s my work. I’ll go on. Creatively, with hope, with beauty. With a love of the impossible. I’ll go on. -  Kendra Fanconi

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