Climate Change Theatre Action in Calgary, Alberta

Dec 102021

Downstage and Climate Change Theatre Action Present An Evening of Short Plays & Panel Discussion in Calgary, Alberta

What might an equitable, sustainable, decarbonized, and just society look like? Downstage’s Climate Change Theatre Action, a live staged-reading of short plays on December 9 & 10th, tackles the challenging conversation around climate change and taps into the creative minds of playwrights from around the world to envision possibilities for our future.

“I love how theatre can transport us so quickly into new worlds. The 8 international plays that have been curated for this event are filled with brilliant allegories, fresh humour, stunning facts and expansive prospects. Audiences will have a chance to be part of the conversation! For our second act, we’re hosting a dynamic panel discussion moderated by Ecotrust’s Vicki Stroich,” said Downstage’s Artistic Director, Clare Preuss.

The staged play readings, hosted by Downstage and Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation, will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Engineered Air Theatre in Arts Commons. Stay for a lively panel discussion with some of the city’s leading voices in the climate discussion. Downstage and Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation invite us to imagine the future together!

As a part of the Climate Change Theatre Action showcase, Downstage will host two local artisans at the front of house. Upon entry to the Engineered Air Theatre, audience members will be able to shop for handmade goods and art pieces from immigrant makers who reside and create on Treaty 7 land. Downstage is thrilled to provide this space to showcase artists who work with a variety of mediums and add richness to the creative landscape of this city.

Co-Producers: Downstage and Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation

Featured playwrights:

Nicolas Billon – THE PENGUIN
Angella Emurwon – INITIATION
Himali Kothani – FRIENDS FOR LIFE
Camilla Le-Bert – 2079
Yvette Nolan – RANGER
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard – HUMMM

Directors: Javier Vilalta and Claudia Velasco

Actors: Keshia Cheesman, Linda Kee, Laura Mena, Graciela Ruvalcaba and Estefania Saldarriaga

Sound Design: Mera Reyes with consultation from Thomas Geddes Lighting

Design: Maezy Dennie with consultation from Michael Luong

Panelists: Heather Campbell, Chantal Chagnon & Subashini Thangadurai

Panel Moderator: Vicki Stroich

Artisans: Twinkle Banerjee, Cholo Cabarroguis & Mao Chen Stage

Management: Donna Sharpe Co-Currators: Ashley Bodiguel, Maezy Dennie, Toyin Oladele, Clare Preuss, Vicki Stroich & Elsha Yeyesuswork

Pay what you will: $0 to $40

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