Imago Theatre presents Eco-Anxiety short play festival from Nov. 5-29

Digital festival will feature four plays that explore the realities of the global climate crisis


A SERIES OF SHORT PLAYS ABOUT OUR FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PLANET

Imago Theatre is presenting Eco-anxiety, a digital festival of four short plays written by award-winning international playwrights and featuring the work of 12 Montreal artists. At times funny, at times moving, all four plays use different storytelling techniques as they explore the realities of the global climate crisis.

On the lineup is Canary by Hanna Cormick, A Holiday On Ice In A Warm Climate by Julie McKee, Absolutely Nothing Of Any Meaning by Sunny Drake, and A Letter From The Ocean by Caridad Svich.

Each play will be available to rent for $5 each at Imago Theatre’s website: www.imagotheatre.ca/ecoanxiety. Each video will be available from 12PM EST on the first day to 10PM EST on the last.

“As time flies by, we continue to drive our cars, fill up our garbage cans and recycling bins, order from Amazon, buy coffees in take-away mugs. We have created and are members of a single-use-society. 

The human condition is complicated enough and when one adds climate change to the mix, perceptions become even more blurry. I believe it really comes down to storytelling. How the stories we are buying and telling are created and why. Stories can help us understand the world. They shape our narrative and therefore dictate our actions. They define us.

So, what are the stories we want to leave behind?”

– Director Cristina Cugliandro


THE PLAYS

Canary

A DARK ALLEGORY ABOUT CARELESSNESS
Written by Hanna Cormick
Featuring Julie Trépanier

November 5th – 8th

“A true story, a fantasy, an allegory. For all the people, animals, insects and landscapes whose bodies are on the line, voluntarily and involuntarily, through climate activism, climate displacement, climate disaster, climate illness; for those who leverage the safety and privilege of their bodies to stand in for those who cannot stand out or speak up due to risk of harm or persecution; for those who, through their small everyday actions, carry on the messages of those of us injured, disappeared, imprisoned, so that change will come.” – Hanna Cormick


A Holiday On Ice In A Warm Climate

A QUIRKY SATIRE ABOUT SEAWEED AND ICE

Written by Julie McKee
Featuring Arlen Aguayo Stewart and Jimmy Blais.

November 12th – 15th

“A few years ago an enormous iceberg floated by New Zealand. As there is a bit of a housing shortage there I wondered if people could live on it and for how long. Later on I wrote a play about seaweed. So when I was asked to write this play I asked myself ‘what if?’ and ‘why not?’”
– Julie McKee


Absolutely Nothing Of Any Meaning

AN ABSURDIST COMEDY ABOUT THE QUICK FIX AND THE BOTTOMLESS PIT

Written by Sunny Drake
Featuring Vlad Alexis and Eloi ArchamBaudoin.

November 19th-22nd

“When Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, criticized climate action student walkouts as a waste of lesson time, Swedish high school organizer Greta Thunberg tweeted: “That may well be the case. But then again, political leaders have wasted 30 years of inaction. And that is slightly worse.” Why are so many of us guilty of inaction?”
– Sunny Drake


A Letter From The Ocean

AN ODE TO LOSS AND LOVE

Written by Caridad Svich
Featuring Clea Minaker and Warona Setshwaelo

November 26th – 29th

“What words does the ocean speak? How can people listen? What new ecologies may be forged through acts of active listening to the natural world? Stories of wreckage, salvage, migration, crossings, deaths and rebirths live in the ocean. Stories too of fish and shells and corals and plants. With this piece I wanted to make a piece that addresses these questions and themes as an act of climate action while living through climate grief.“
– Caridad Svich


TICKETS

Sign up for the festival at www.imagotheatre.ca/ecoanxiety

Each play will be available to rent for $5 each at Imago Theatre’s website: www.imagotheatre.ca/ecoanxiety. Each video will be available from 12PM EST on the first day to 10PM EST on the last.

Eco-anxiety’s creative team is Andrew Andreoli (Director of Photography), Cristina Cugliandro (Director), Danna-Rae Evasiuk (Lighting Designer), Clea Minaker (Art Director, A Letter From the Ocean), Amelia Scott (Projection Designer, Canary), Evan Stepanian (Sound Designer), and Diana Uribe (Environment Consultant)  

Eco-anxiety is presented with permission from  Climate Change Theatre Action, an initiative to raise global awareness about climate change through art and storytelling.


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