Workshop Performance of Heather Harpham's BURNING Set for Theatrelab, 6/9
"Is NPR fiddling while Rome burns?" Heather Harpham pulls back the veil of denial we cling to, which allows us to believe our over consumptive use of the planet's resources are acceptable. While driving her kids to school, she finds herself lulled into believing Earth's beauty is vast and infinite, but this assumption is ripped away as the latest NPR report conveys the latest disturbing environmental disaster.
With the fatal words of NASA astronaut, James Hensen, "Game Over" the play creates discussion around how we can really address our planet's needs. When Earth's reserve of drinkable water in the Arctic's ice cap melts, we will be faced with the end of our planet. Burning cleverly looks at both the environmental disaster, and our similarly depressing economic status and asks the million-dollar question, which is more important?
Burning focuses on the environmental destruction, and the rampant negligence in administering the necessary aid. Using movement, song, monologue, and otherworldly images- this solo play pings between Hurricane Sandy, our obsession with apocalyptic movies, NPR's narcoleptic effect, and the million trivial tasks that preoccupy us while Rome burns.
Burning will take the stage as All For One's second piece in its Works-In-Progress Series. The workshop performance will be directed by Cassie Tunick and presented free of charge at Theatrelab. Following the performance there will be a talk back with writer and performer, Heather Harpham and her director, Cassie Tunick.
All For One's Works-In-Progress Series provides an outlet for solo shows in progress to receive outside help in their development. This series is vital in All For One's mission to develop and support the art and craft of solo theater through education, performance, community, and advocacy.
The workshop performance of Burning will be on Monday June 9th at 7:00 PM at Theatrelab at 357 W. 36th St. on the 3rd Floor (between 8th and 9th Av.) Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. To learn more and to RSVP go to www.allforonetheater.org/works-in-progress
Theatrelab is an ADA accessible space.