Extreme Whether is the story of a family divided over climate change. Premiered in New York, it has been seen in Paris, Denmark, and is being adapted for touring in India. We intend to mount a new production in 2017.
“Karen Malpede is one of America’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
Extreme Whether ("brave and pioneering", "laced with darkness and humor" Andrew Revkin, NYTimes) had a sold-out premiere at Theater for the New City in October. Each performance was followed by a talk back (Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Jennifer Francis, Dr. Dale Jamieson, Dr. Ana Baptista and many others). Andy Revkin described the play as about the American family in our current debate. Jim Hansen said "the love of nature" the play evokes is its most important part and the "documentaries are boring, but this play really moves people." Jennifer Francis says "it is just a most impressive play. It was wonderful as a reading. It is even more wonderful now."
Read about our outstanding collection of comments and reviews.
We've gone to Paris!
This was an international collaboration with Cei de Facto, Switzerland; Bilingual Acting Workshop & Fondation des Etats-Unis. Funding for Paris provided by: The Rockefeller Bros. Fund; Henning and Julia Hoesch; The Prospect Hill Foundation, Craig Richardson and Sarah Beinecke Richardson; and TTC's Producing Partners, that is, You. With the hope that we might bring this important play home from Paris.
Below is our entire Archive of the show,
our speakers, artist, critics and supporters.
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
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 America’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
Photos (c) Beatriz Schiller
FESTIVAL OF CONSCIENCE (scheduled 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.
Enjoy some of our Archived Pieces as we continue to produce.
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EXTREME WHETHER SOUNDTRACK written by Arthur Rosen
Listen to our friend and multi-award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant! Below she talks about the importance of the new play "Extreme Whether", the seriousness of Climate Change and the role of Theater Three Collaborative in changing consciousness! See what she has to say about the play!
A FESTIVAL OF CONSCIENCE
Take a look at one of our Festival of Conscience with Jennifer Francis at The Cherry Lane Theatre
SPEED-DATING SCIENTISTS AND ARTISTS
Theater Three Collaborative was wonderfully excited to take part in the Speed-Dating Scientists and Artists Event on November 6 at the Rauschenberg Gallery, co-sponsored by the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Marfa Dialogues and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Thanks to the Human Impacts Institute for including us in Ten Days of Climate Action! A terrific evening at Columbia University on Sept. 23 with a wonderfully receptive and excited audience who were thrilled with our story:
A family divided by the fossil fuel industry as a climate scientist struggles to tell the truth about global warming, his daughter struggles to save the frogs, while his sister wants to frack, with this live reading of excerpts from the upcoming play from the award-winning Theater Three Collaborative.
We were asked: "When can this play come to Oklahoma? People would really resonate with this family story." We were told: "I loved the inter-generational, and inter-species relationships." "It's really, really good." We were asked: "What can we do about global warming?"
A TERRIFIC READING: GREAT CAST, GREAT AUDIENCE
"Readings are the only way to test drive a play. We've had three for "Extreme Whether". Last December at the Horticulture Society, the play was 20 minutes longer and half as funny. At Theater for the New City in April it still lacked a crucial relationship dynamic. Last week at The Cherry Lane, "Extreme Whether," driven by a wonderful cast, played with laughs, pathos and gasps as the stakes got higher. Thank you, each and all, who came to these readings and by your responses showed me how to knock this play into form. Finally, our audience is our best collaborator."--Karen Malpede
This event was held on:
Tuesday, September 10 at 2pm
The Cherry Lane Theatre
32 Commerce St., NY, NY 10014
Featuring: George Bartenieff, co-founder of TTC, Zach Grenier, Kit Flanagan, Tonia Jagodnik, Di Zhu and Alex Tavis.
A Festival of Conscience talk-back with Dr. Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University, Arctic Ice Scientist, was held after the reading.
This reading was the launch of the campaign to bring this play to full production in 2014, and is an official selection of Climate Week NYC.
We did a wondrous campaign on Indiegogo to raise 20.5k. We have been truly touched to know so many people that support us and truly believe in this play and its message. The campaign ran from Nov. 19th to Jan. 18th. A full 60 days! It felt so good to reach out goal.
We were thrilled to announce that two staunch supporters, who believe that "Extreme Whether" is our most important play and project to date, has given a $5000+ matching grant for our Indiegogo campaign to mount a full production in 2014. Now any new donations at the time was worth double. It helped us speed over the finish line.
We want to thank everyone who has supported us along this journey. Onward and Upwards!