When Will the Water Come?

Nov 62023
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November 6, 2023
4:30 – 6:30 pm

The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, in collaboration with the Earth Commons, presents When Will the Water Come – an evening of readings, short plays, monologues, poetry, and music about water and our environment, featuring students from Professor Derek Goldman’s TPST/ CULP 2036 Global Performance and Politics course, as well as professional guest artists, curated and directed by Ashanee Kottage, Lab/Earth Commons Fellow.

The performance brings together an expansive range of cultural perspectives, theatrical forms, and narratives to explore the scientific, political, elemental, and intimately personal dimensions of water. This multi-disciplinary performance and roundtable event features material from the recently launched We Hear You–A Climate Archive, a global performance project exploring youth perspectives on the climate emergency and the 2023 Climate Change Theatre Action, a worldwide festival of short plays about the climate crisis presented biennially to coincide with the United Nations COP meetings. This event is also part of an ongoing suite of activities featuring student and professional performances curated by The Lab leading up to COP 28, including the forthcoming conference ‘Sustaining the Oasis: Envisioning the Future of Water Security in the Gulf,’ to be held at the Georgetown campus in Qatar.

We are honored that the following guest artists and students will share their work with us and join us for a roundtable discussion (moderated by Prof. Derek Goldman and Ashanee Kottage) and reception with some light refreshments at the end of the performance.

Monica Jahan Bose
Jan Ellis Menafee
Nadia Nazar
Chantal Bilodeau – Co-founder of CCTA
LubDub Theater (Miranda Rose HallCaitlin Nasema Cassidy (We Hear You Project Director), Robert Duffley (We Hear You Project Dramaturg), Geoff Kanick)

We Hear You Stories:

Nadia’s story, THE HORIZON
Michael’s story, COME BACK ANOTHER DAY
Rebecca’s story, MANTA MAGIC
Swedian’s story, WHEN WILL THE WATER COME?

CCTA Plays:

Wild Parsnips by Tira Palmquist
la jiao pang xie, shao la (“chilli crab, less spicy”) by Dia K. Hakim
Undertow by Keith Barker
A Hummingbird’s Ululation by Aleya Kassam
(up)rooted by Caity Shea-Violette

To request an accommodation, inquiries about accessibility, or if you have any questions/ issues getting to the space please email us at [email protected].


Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University
1801 35th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, USA

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