When Will the Waters Come

November 6, 2023 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (old Fillmore School)
1801 35th Street NW Washington
Georgetown Univ. Lab for Global Performance & Politics
When Will the Waters Come @ Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (old Fillmore School)

The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics in collaboration with the Earth Commons presents, When Will the Water Come – an evening of readings, short plays, monologues, poetry, and music about water and our environment, featuring students from Professor Derek Goldman’s TPST/ CULP 2036 Global Performance and Politics course, as well as professional guest artists, curated and directed by Ashanee Kottage, Lab/Earth Commons Fellow.

Location:  1801 35th St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (the old Fillmore School, in Glover Park)

Date/Time:  Monday November 6, 2023, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Monica Jahan Bose’s short performance is in the very beginning.

The performance brings together an expansive range of cultural perspectives, theatrical forms, and narratives to explore the scientific, political, elemental, and intimately personal dimensions of water. This multi-disciplinary performance and roundtable event features material from the recently launched We Hear You–A Climate Archive, a global performance project exploring youth perspectives on the climate emergency and the 2023 Climate Change Theater Action a worldwide festival of short plays about the climate crisis presented biennially to coincide with the United Nations COP meetings. This event is also part of an ongoing suite of activities featuring student and professional performances curated by The Lab leading up to COP 28, including the forthcoming conference Sustaining the Oasis: Envisioning the Future of Water Security in the Gulf, to be held at the Georgetown campus in Qatar.

We are honored that the following guest artists and students will share their work with us and join us for a roundtable discussion (moderated by Prof. Derek Goldman and Ashanee Kottage) and reception with some light refreshments at the end of the performance.

Monica Jahan Bose

Jan Ellis Menafee

Nadia Nazar

Chantal Bilodeau – Founder of CCTA

LubDub Theater (Miranda Rose HallCaitlin Nasema Cassidy (We Hear You Project Director), Robert Duffley (We Hear You Project Dramaturg), Geoff Kanick)

We Hear You Stories:

Nadia’s story, THE HORIZON

Michael’s story, COME BACK ANOTHER DAY

Rebecca’s story, MANTA MAGIC

Swedian’s story, WHEN WILL THE WATER COME?

CCTA Plays:

Wild Parsnips by Tira Palmquist

la jiao pang xie, shao la (“chilli crab, less spicy”) by Dia Hakim K

Undertow by Keith Barker

A Hummingbird’s Ululation by Aleya Kassam

(up)rooted by Caity Shea-Violette

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