The Planet Plays

A series of nine interconnected stories that together form a new mythology exploring humanity in the context of climate change.


History 

The Planet Plays have been the ongoing project Superhero Clubhouse since 2007. By 2017, all nine plays will have been produced at various performance venues and found-spaces in NYC and beyond, including LEED-certified, carbon-neutral, and outdoor spaces. The series in its entirety will premiere in 2020.

More Info

The Planet Plays are produced in draft form, allowing the plays to evolve as new social and scientific understanding comes to light; they change as the world changes. 

Every play is a multi-disciplinary event, utilizing music, movement and oral storytelling.  Every play is created collaboratively, often with dancers, musicians, graphic illustrators and environmental scientists of diverse gender, age, ability and country of origin. 

Every play is created using sustainable building materials, efficient energy and other ecological design techniques. The plays are limited to a strict 60-90min run-time, in an effort to reduce energy spent in tech and performance. 

Though each of the nine plays can exist independently of each other, the full mythology is only experienced when they are put together.

When produced as a series, the plays are intended to be performed with a company of fifteen performers and a small team of directors, designers, and managers. 

2020

We are currently seeking a venue, presenting partners, and producers for the 2020 Planet Play Festival, when all nine plays will be produced together for the first time over the course of four long weekends outside of New York City. Write to Festival Director Marina McClure with interest or ideas: marina@superheroclubhouse.org

Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
— T.S. Elliot