A time-warping musical play exploring otherness and displacement in the era of climate change through the eyes of the world’s first mammoth-elephant hybrid and generations of female ancestors as they tumble through the history of humanity’s changing relationship to nature. Inspired by Pleistocene Park, a real-life geoengineering experiment to prevent the Arctic permafrost from thawing by recreating an Ice Age ecosystem, the play follows the first “mammelephant” as she tries to make a hopeful future for herself in a place where everything-- knowledge, identity, even the ground beneath her feet-- is unstable.
Mammelephant will be developed through 2019-2021 as part of Theatre Row's inaugural Kitchen Sink residency. It will premiere in 2021 at Theatre Row.
Work-in-progress performances were presented in February 2019 at HERE Arts Center & The New Ohio.
Core of Me: A Hike-Play
A human and a tree are walking to meet each other for coffee, looking for wisdom and comfort in the face of a rapidly changing world. A performance that coexists with a hike in the woods, Core of Me: A Hike-Play explores climate anxiety, the perceived divide between nature and cities, and the hope that might arise from interspecies connection.
Our first work-in-progress performances happened October 5, 2019 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY as part of their annual Open House event. Core of Me was developed during a STEAMplant residency with Pratt Institute.
Created by Jeremy Pickard in collaboration with Chris Jensen, Jennifer Telesca, Lanxing Fu, Treya Lam, and Trevor New.
THE PLANET PLAYS
Nine plays that together form a new mythology about people in the era of climate change.
URANUS, a play about waste
NEPTUNE, a play about water
MERCURY, a play about poison
SATURN, a play about food
EARTH, a play about people
MARS, a play about mining
VENUS, a play about place
JUPITER, a play about power
PLUTO, no longer a play
FLYING ACE AND THE STORM OF THE CENTURY!
Perched on the roof of his doghouse, armed only with a typewriter and a rare imagination, a dog attempts to adapt after an unusual hurricane washed him out to sea. Created in 2013 in response to Superstorm Sandy, this humorous, highly physical, multidisciplinary duet explores resilience in the face of climate disasters.
THE LIVING STAGE NYC
THE LIVING STAGE combines horticulture, theatrical design, and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable, biodiverse, and edible performance spaces. The NYC version, led by Superhero Clubhouse in partnership with University Settlement and eco-scenographer Tanja Beer, will feature a lush living stage situated amidst the urban landscape of the Lower East Side. Created by local seniors and students, the space was inhabited by performances made for and by the community.
THE FAIR WEATHERS
SALTY FOLK, AN OYSTER MUSICAL
Fresh from the hatchery, a young oyster attempts to combat a storm and the resulting sewage that threatens to destroy her community and the life of the harbor.