Telling the Truth One Play at a Time
Extreme Whether opens in full production.
Oct. 2nd - Oct. 26th 2014
Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 3 pm
(Sun Oct. 5th starts at 3:30 pm)
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave., between 9th and 10th Sts.
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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
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 2 - Columbia Professor Todd Gitlin on Fossil Fuel Divestment
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 12 - Jaimie Cloud & Griffin Cloud Levine - Teaching Children and Youths Sustainability
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
Oct 23 - Prof. Ana Baptista, New School for Social Research, Environmental Justice and Climate Change
Oct 24 - Charles Komanoff, Policy Analyst, on a Carbon Tax
Oct 25 - Prof. Dale Jamieson, NYU, Reason in A Dark Time
Oct 26 - Eve Silber Closing Reception in honor of Father Paul Mayer
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.