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. In addition to staged readings of ten short plays about climate change, the program will feature a performance by Musica Franklin’s youth chorus. 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, Mike Sola, Rob Peck, Tobias K. Davis, Vi Walker, and Julissa Rodriguez.
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.