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Climate Change: An Opera (work-in-progress)

Climate Change: An Opera uses songs, fights, Friends, and games to evoke the many ways a small drip can become a colossal crash.


THU-FRI, OCT 10-11, 2019 | 7PM 


$8 Adv / $12 Day of Show
General Admission: Seated


BRIC House Artist Studio
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Climate Change | Photo: Luisa Alarcón

Written by Zarina Shea
Directed by Sarah Hughes

It’s easy to place the planet’s changing climate in the future, to make it a frightening possibility we should probably attend to when we have a minute. But climate change is now: Record-breaking storms have become quotidian, “climate refugees” are a reality, and there’s an island of plastic off the coast of Japan. So how are we supposed to balance the day-to-day realities of being a human person in the world with the overwhelming reality of our planet’s changing climate (and our role in that change)? Well, through songs, snacks, games, and binge-watching tv, for starters…

Artist Bios:

Zarina Shea’s plays include Just up the road, slightly; I Am Here; The Part Where Peter Leaves; Stella Stein; and The Peggy Project. Just up the road, slightly was nominated for the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Zarina’s work has been produced and/or developed by Berkeley Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Two River Theater, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, JACK, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others. She has been a resident at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, the Ucross Foundation, Two River Theater, and Norm’s Fish Camp at Tofte Lake. She’s an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group, a member of the New Georges JAM, and a recipient of a Clubbed Thumb Short Play Commission and Brown University’s David Wickham Playwriting Award. Zarina has performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Rep, and Ars Nova, among others. BA: University of Chicago, MFA in Acting: Brown University, MFA in Playwriting: Brooklyn College.

Sarah Hughes is a director and producer of theater and new media. She's collaborated on new plays and devised works with Zarina Shea, Eliza Bent, Julia May Jonas, MJ Kaufman, Elevator Repair Service, Limited Liability Theater Company, and more, and her work has been seen at Clubbed Thumb, Abrons Arts Center, LPAC, The Bushwick Starr, and New Ohio, among others. As a producer she's developed live performances with Target Margin Theater, Sibyl Kempson, MoMA, and Half Straddle, and VR/AR pieces for Tribeca Film Festival, NYTW, and The New York Times. Sarah has received residencies with New Georges, the Drama League, and NACL; is an alum of The Civilians’ R&D Lab and Clubbed Thumb's Directing Fellowship; and is a current New Georges Jam member, WP Theater Directors Lab Fellow, and NNPN/O’Neill National Directors Fellow. Sarah was recently named Director of Artistic Programming at Theatre Row, and teaches at Dartmouth College and NYU.  


Venue Information:

The intimate, flexible studio space within BRIC House is dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists, with an audience capacity of 50-75 for rehearsals and performances in a workshop setting.

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