Telling the Truth One Play at a Time


George Bartenieff


Jeff McCarthy


Ellen Fiske


Di Zhu


Alex Tavis

Kathleen Purcell

Kathleen Purcell

Extreme Whether opens in full production.

Oct. 2nd - Oct. 26th 2014
Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 3 pm
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave., between 9th and 10th Sts.
along with a full Festival of Conscience. See Events Page 

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Extreme Whether poses a bitter debate over the future of the planet but becomes a meditation on the sublime in nature. Written in a mix of prose and poetry, with invective, humor and a full musical score, Extreme Whether sets the battle over global warming within a single family as a challenge to the American family at this moment of ecological crisis.

 A major climate scientist, his colleague and lover, an Arctic scientist, wage fierce battle with his twin sister, a publicist for the energy industry, and her husband, a lobbyist, over scientific truth and an inherited wilderness estate. His wise-child daughter and her side-kick Uncle work to protect the natural world and sabotage its abusers.
 “Karen Malpede is one of American’s leading politically engaged dramatists”— Prof. Marvin Carlson
 "Extreme Whether, a new play by the brilliant Karen Malpede tells a personal story in which everything is also political."— David Swanson, The Humanist Magazine
“The play is a celebration of hope.”— Father Paul Mayer

Opening Weekend Audience Has Spoken

"Do you enjoy great theater on an intimate scale? Are you concerned about our climate? I recommend seeing Extreme Weather."
—Marla Dekker, Townhouse.Biz
"The play is wonderful. It made my hair stand on end."
—Massimo LoBuglio, climate activist & green entrepreneur
"This play is a MUST SEE...Karen has written a masterpiece for the century. Great work to the entire cast and crew! Bravo!!"
—Deaon Griffen-Pressley, playwright
"Abe and I saw this incredibly important play last night. It's political theater at its best: smart, quirky, funny, disturbing, informative and contemplative (all in good measure)."
—Prof. Susan Nakley
"I've just seen Extreme Whether - It was a wonderful evening. The characters were engrossing and richly portrayed. The acting blew me away."
—Dr. Martha Bragin
"This was a life-changing event."
—Kenggie Malik, John Jay College student
"Want good theater? With a masterful portray of "Uncle" by George Bartenieff who speaks eloquent truth about Mother Earth."
—Matt Weinstein, peace & environmental activist

FESTIVAL OF CONSCIENCE (schedule information)

Our plays open people's hearts and minds. Our Festival of Conscience then provides the chance for audience members to hear the latest cutting-edge ideas related to the play and to dialogue intimately with experts in the field. We are always honored to welcome our Festival of Conscience speakers.  They join us in believing that good theater and good talk are necessary to a healthy public life.

Oct 23 - Prof. Ana Baptista, New School for Social Research, Environmental Justice and Climate Change

Oct 24 - Charles Komanoff, Carbon Tax Center, on the need to tax carbon

Oct 25 - Prof. Dale Jamieson, NYU, Reason in A Dark Time

Oct 26 - Eve Silber and Closing Reception in honor of Father Paul Mayer

Past Events

Oct 2 - Columbia Professor Todd Gitlin on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Oct 3 - Massimo LoBuglio, Environmentalist and Social Entrepreneur

Oct 4 - Dr. Radley Horton, Columbia University and co-author of the Obama Administration’s Climate Assessment Report

Oct 5 - Dr. Jennifer Francis, Rutgers, author of the cutting-edge theory of Arctic Ice Melt and Extreme Weather

Oct 9 - Opening Night with climate prophet Dr. James Hansen, NASA scientist, who told Congress in 1988 that global warming had begun

Oct 10 – Prof. Andrew Revkin, Pace, plays Climate Music post-show

Oct 11 - David Levine - Co-founder and CEO of American Sustainable Business Council

Oct 16 - Prof. Gerald Markowitz, John Jay College, on industry’s relationship to science

Oct 17 - Marielle Anzelone, Urban ecologist

Oct 18 - Dr. Jannette Barth, Why Not To Frack

Oct 19 - Ken Levenson, The Passive House

Photos (c) Beatriz Schiller


Theater Three Collaborative, founded in 1995, creates, develops and produces new poetic-language, character-driven plays on pressing social issues. 

We surround our plays with Festivals of Conscience, talks and talk-backs by experts in the field the play addresses.

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