Last Chances to See 2019 Climate Change Theatre Project in Greenfield

Play reading series wraps up with programs at Dance Spree and Racial Justice Rising

Mark your calendars for two final events in Climate Change Theatre Action: Lighting the Way, a series of play readings produced locally by Greening Greenfield and Local Access to Valley Arts in conjunction with Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA), a world-wide collaboration of theatre artists and production companies founded in 2015 that commissions and presents short plays from around the globe dealing with themes of climate change and environmental crisis.

The Dance Spree program will reprise several short plays first performed in earlier programs this season. The readings are part of Dance Spree’s Community Thanksgiving: Dance and Decolonize Potluck, November 30, at Episcopal Church of St James & Andrew, 71 Federal St, downtown Greenfield, and begin at 7:00 p.m. The potluck follows Dance Spree’s Infinity Healing Clinic with Gabrielli LaChiara and Decolonizing Our Minds workshop with Rakia Chandler. Following the potluck is Dance Spree’s regular open dance program with DJ Rafael. For more information about any of these programs, see dancespree.org. A sliding scale donation of $5 to $10 is requested for the potluck, play readings, and dance program, and a contribution to the potluck is encouraged.

The finale of the Climate Change Theatre Action: Lighting the Way season will be Saturday morning, December 7, at 10:15 as part of Racial Justice Rising’s regular monthly program series. This program is free, thanks to support from Greening Greenfield, Racial Justice Rising, Local Access to Valley Arts, and Mass Cultural Council. Childcare is available by reservation to email@racialjusticerising.org. In addition to staged readings of ten short plays about climate change, the program will feature Musica Franklin’s youth chorus performing songs about the earth. A talk- back session follows the readings.

The plays address a wide range of themes including indigenous rights, land rights, water rights, water pollution, human relationship to the land, individual and collective action, corporate exploitation, consumerism, and ancestral knowledge. Playwrights represented in this set of plays are from South Asia, Canada, Uganda, India, Samoa, the Philippines, Ethiopia, the United States and Algonquin, Oji-Cree, and Ojibwe nations.

The readings, under the direction of Trenda Loftin, feature Alivia Caruso, Carissa Dagenais, Gail Connor, Jeanne Hall, Jess Begans, JuPong Lin, Katie Gay, Lilly DeViolet, Mark Benjamin, Rob Peck, Tobias K. Davis, Vi Walker, and Julissa Rodriguez.

WEATHER RELATED CANCELLATIONS will be announced on WHAI radio, 98.3 FM or http://whai.com/closings For more information or to reserve childcare: email@racialjusticerising.org

This program is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hadley, Heath, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Shelburne, Wendell, and Whately Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information about 2019 Climate Change Theatre Action Greenfield, visit our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cctagreenfield or visit the Greening Greenfield website at http://greeninggreenfieldma.org.

CALENDAR ITEMS:

November 30, 2019 – 7:00 pm – Climate Change Theatre Action: Lighting the Way: 5 short plays about climate change read during Dance Spree Community Thanksgiving Potluck. Episcopal Church of St James & Andrew, 71 Federal St, downtown Greenfield. Suggested donation: $5-$10 plus potluck contribution.

December 7, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. – Climate Change Theatre Action: Lighting the Way: 10 short plays about climate change plus songs about the earth by Musica Franklin’s youth chorus, followed by a talk-back session. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield. Childcare available with reservation: Contact email@racialjusticerising.org with number and ages of children. FREE.

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