(a play about people)

Illustration by Kristy Caldwell

Illustration by Kristy Caldwell

Photos from our September 20 work-in-progress performance on Governor's Island. Photos by Jill Steinberg.

Above: photos from our June 2014 work-in-progress presentation. Photos by Marina McClure. 

description

A couple faced with the possibility of having a child embark on separate journeys through time and space. An ever-changing theatrical event exploring the personal, social and environmental questions surrounding contemporary issues of overpopulation. Created by audiences and local artists in collaboration with international teams of artists and scientists based on limitations inspired by the Voyager Golden Record

impossible question

Should we have children?

Artists & History

EARTH is co-created by Jeremy Pickard, Megan McClain, Hannah Wolf, and many collaborating artists. It was originally conceived by Sarah Hughes, Jeremy Pickard, and Anne Zager. The script is being written by Jeremy Pickard, with dramaturgy by Megan McClain. 

The piece has been in development since 2012, thanks in part to a Process Space grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a residency with The Drama League, and the generosity of SITI Company

The company for the work-in-progress performance on Governor's Island:

Directed by Harry Poster, Jeremy Pickard, and Hannah Wolf
Performed by Nanda Abella, Sergio Botero, Jonathan Camuzeaux, William Cook, Janouke Goosen, Eben Hoffer, Yanghee Lee, Andrew Lindqvist, Bella MacDiarmid, Nada Petrovic, Jeremy Pickard, Sophia Remolde, Leah Shelton, and Sonia Villani
Choreography by KatieRose McLaughlin
Original music by Jonathan Camuzeaux
Sound Design by Sarah Hughes
Lighting Design by Bruce Steinburg
Design Dramaturgy by Solomon Weisbard
Musical Arrangement by Janouke Goosen
Production Assistance by John Le

The company for the work-in-progress performance at The Drama League:

Directed by Jeremy Pickard, and Hannah Wolf
Performed by Nanda Abella, Jonathan Camuzeaux, Janouke Goosen, Eben Hoffer, Mauricio Pita, Isabella Sazak, Sonia Villani, and Samuel West
Choreography by Yanghee Lee
Original music by Jonathan Camuzeaux
Sound Design by Eva von Schweinitz
Lighting Design by Bruce Steinburg
Production Assistance by Lani Fu

Additional workshop collaborators: Courtney Bassett, Danny Gardner, Charles Gushue, Maria Portman Kelly, Aba Kiser, Dan Kublick, Annalisa Ledson, Alex McConnell-Trivelli, Kelsey McMahon, Katey Parker, Alice Pencavel, Eva Peskin, Marie-Marguerite Sabongui, Shawn Shafner, Tina Yotopoulou, and Anne Zager

Satellite collaborators: 

Per Bech Jensen (Idom Kirkeby, Denmark)
Naja Bjørnsson (Copenhagen)
Tommy Dickie, Corey Johnson & collaborators (Los Angeles, USA) 
Tina Yotopoulou (Athens, Greece)
Christina Pickard (Perth, Australia)
Leah Shelton (Brisbane, Australia)
Brian O'Neal & collaborators (Minneapolis, USA) 
Nadia Serantes (Santiago, Chile)
Toma Danila, Ioana Manciu, Horia Suru, & Hannah Wolf (Bucharest, Romania) 
Byron Yee & Lyrica Yin (Guangzhou, China)
Sophia Remolde (Tokyo)

supplementary materials

An original song for our first EARTH workshop, composed by Courtney Bassett

a note from dramturg megan mcclain

In 2014, the Voyager 1 spacecraft entered interstellar space, becoming the farthest human-made object from Earth. On board is the Voyager Golden Record, a disk containing images, music, greetings in 55 languages, and sounds meant to capture the diversity of life on our planet. Created in 1977 by Carl Sagan and a team of collaborators, this time capsule was launched in the hopes that it might be found by intelligent life. Though ambitious, the Voyager Golden Record project was plagued by limitations. How could they hope to represent all of Earth on one record? In creating EARTH (a play about people), we faced a similar challenge. How can we tell a story about human life on this planet of 7.2 billion people? Taking the contents and limitations of the Voyager Golden Record as our inspiration, we have created our own imperfect performance time capsule filled with observations, stories, and experiences devised by a team of 20 local artists and scientists and dozens of artists from other countries including Romania, Australia, China, Japan, Greece, and Denmark. Our play begins with a couple waiting to find out if they are pregnant.  In this temporal limbo, they each embark on separate journeys through time and space. In a world fraught with limited resources and an alarmingly booming human population, what are the environmental, social, and personal implications surrounding the decision to have a child? How do we balance the beauty and brilliance of our species with the impact our very presence has on the world we rely on?