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 still being developed. First drafts of two episodes were performed 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 a transdisciplinary scholar working at the nexus of ecology, social science, and the performing arts. As both a scientist and a dancer the gap between scientific knowledge and societal action was brought home during her PhD. research on coastal lighting laws for sea turtle protection in Florida. To bridge this gap, Jamē began collaborating on environmentally based performing arts projects. She started working with SHC in 2016 as a fellow in the Science and Stage Fellowship and is on the team producing The Meanies. She is also developing the “Renewable Energy Suite: Dance of the Wind” which communicates different facets of wind energy, from the conversion of wind to electrical energy to the associated socio-environmental issues with students at the University of Delaware. She is currently a marine advisory specialist with Delaware Sea Grant at the University of Delaware, and an adjunct artist with the Dance Exchange. She was a 2015-2016 Bridge resident with the SciArt Center of New York.