Anyone who's sat through An Inconvenient Truth knows that a PowerPoint presentation no matter how disturbing the facts isn't all that compelling. That's why EcoArts, a Boulder nonprofit, combines world-renowned scientists with artists to create projects that are both scientifically accurate and moving. This summer, EcoArts invited the Curious Theatre Company's Curious New Voices program for young playwrights to collaborate with scientists.
The result is A Curious Climate: New Voices in Science, a series of ten-minute plays written by high-school students with the help of Colorado's leading environmental scientists.
Rather than take on the issue as a whole, her students invented individual, private stories. Bailey Williams's play, The 10 Billionth Baby, is about a woman who has the ten-billionth baby in the United States at a time when our government is trying to cap the population by limiting women to one child. Because it's a milestone and her second child, the country's eyes turn to this woman and her small town.
Luke Slattery focuses on a cab driver in a night culture, when it's too hot to go out by day, and relates that to India becoming submerged by water. Monterey Buchanan wrote a fairy tale in the tradition of A Christmas Carol about a man who encounters the Ghost of Global Warming.
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The plays will be presented tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, in the B2 conference room. Participating scientists will be on hand for follow-up discussions. Visit www.curioustheatre.org or call 303-623-2349.
Thu., Oct. 2, 6:30-8 p.m., 2008