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
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.
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.