The Meanies is a series of short, comedic, non-verbal performances for young audiences inspired by environmental issues such as climate change, urban air pollution, food systems, and trash. In the style of clown and traditional trunk shows, The Meanies follows the foibles of a buffoon who just can't make peace with the changing environment. Each episode of The Meanies is approximately 10 minutes long and can be produced independently or in a series. Appropriate for ages 4+.
Created by Danny Gardner (Broadway's Dames at Sea, Radio City Music Hall's New York Spectacular, Parallel Exit,) in collaboration with environmental ecologist Jame McCray.
The Meanies is currently under construction. It will be performed for the first time on March 4, 2017 as part of Super Science Saturday at PS29 in Brooklyn.
Danny Gardner is a NYC-based performing artist, whose credits include Dames At Sea on Broadway, The New York Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, and Lady, Be Good! starring Tommy Tune at City Center. He is a company member of the Drama Desk-nominated physical comedy troupe Parallel Exit, for which he has created and performed at The New Victory Theatre, 59E59, Lincoln Center Institute, and abroad in Austria and Spain. He has toured the country nationwide with the symphonic tour of Here To Stay – The Gershwin Experience. He helped found Superhero Clubhouse with the inaugural production of MERCURY (a play about poison) at The Tank and Big Green Theater at The Bushwick Starr. See more at www.dannyjgardner.com
Jame McCray is an interdisciplinary ecologist. She completed her PhD at the University of Florida, analyzing coastal lighting laws for sea turtle protection. Beyond marine ecology and conservation, Jame's research focuses on how to foster pro-environmental behaviors at the interface of human and ecological systems. Also a dancer and choreographer, Jame understands the value in collaborating with the performing arts for science communication. Merging her interests in science and the arts, Jame was a 2015-2016 Bridge resident with the SciArt Center of New York, and a 2016 fellow with Superhero Clubhouse's inaugural Science and Stage Collaborative Fellowship.