by Andy Castillo for the Greenfield Recorder
In the face of the global climate crisis, it can be difficult to comprehend just how expansive the challenges are. An online theatrical initiative by The LAVA Center in Greenfield, released digitally today, tackles the subject with broad strokes.
Featuring 40 performers and 13 short plays by playwrights from three continents, “Facing the Future: Climate Change Theater” — which is viewable on-demand anytime throughout the day via The LAVA Center’s website — travels a broad topical spectrum, from a play about the fate of insects over millennia by Michael Nix, of Greenfield, to one about an elderly couple fleeing an impending hurricane.
“Were looking at the plight of migratory birds, rivers in St. Louis … to people who are facing the impacts of catastrophic climate change,” said Jan Maher, co-founder and co-coordinator of The LAVA Center, who herself wrote a play that’s featured among the 13. “It covers a lot of ground in a lot of different points of view.”