SCENE @ CCSU: Climate change, corruption in CCSU play

Published on Sunday, 20 November 2016 21:15
Written by Scott Bartley

Professor and Chairman, CCSU Theatre Department

Is climate change a controlled dream or disaster that is slowly happening?

The CCSU Theatre Department presents “Earthquakes in London,” by Mike Bartlett, a play about climate change, corporate corruption and fathers and their children.

Josh Perlstein, an associate professor, directs this play, which runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, as an immersive theater experience with the audience sitting in the round and video projections and murals on all surfaces.

CCSU’s Black Box Theater in Maloney Hall provides the stage, and convenient, free parking is available in nearby Welte Garage.

Bartlett’s story spans the period from 1968 to the distant future and, in substance, deals with our disregard for our planet. Intellectually, it tackles a vast theme by pursuing the fortunes of a single family. This play centers on the lives and loves of three sisters, abandoned long ago by their doom-mongering father, Robert, a prominent climate scientist who predicts environmental apocalypse.

The eldest sister is a cabinet minister who plans to halt all airport expansion, choosing environment over economy. The middle sister is heavily pregnant and growing increasingly depressed about the uncertain future her child is being born into. The youngest sister is a rebellious teenager and frequent nuisance to her career-minded eldest sister.

As the three women attempt, in their own different ways, to come to terms with the fact that their father’s pessimistic forecasts may be right, Freya, the middle sister, contemplates suicide to avoid bringing her child into an apocalyptic future and an opportunity presents itself for reconciliation with their estranged misanthropic father.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the performance on Nov. 30 is a donation of an unwrapped toy that will be delivered to Toys for Tots.

Tickets for Dec. 1-3 are $15 and can be purchased online or in person at the CENtix Box Office in the CCSU Student Center. The Theatre Department will collect toy donations every evening and deliver them to Toys for Tots.

Please join us and enjoy the talents CCSU students and faculty have to offer our community!

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 20 November 2016 21:15. Updated: Sunday, 20 November 2016 21:18.