OCEAN FILIBUSTER

Ocean Filibuster is a music theater performance that uses the form of a government filibuster to explore the intimate, critical relationship between humans and the ocean.  

When will the Ocean get fed up and not shut up until it’s heard?

Inside the Senate chamber of a future global governing body, Mr. Majority is introducing the “End of Ocean Bill,” designed to end the oceans by shrinking them down into a series of managed and manageable lagoons. When he opens the floor for debate, the ocean itself appears in human form to speak in its own defense. One actor portrays both Mr. M and The Ocean, playing out an epic battle of wits and wills, smarts and sass, facts and anthropocentric fiction. Using large-scale projection, songs, and augmented reality technology, Ocean Filibuster brings us directly into the most heated debate of our time.<

Made in collaboration with Sxip Shirey (composition), Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design), and Tal Yarden (projection). Performed by Jenn Kidwell and a choir of 6.

Co-commissioned by the American Repertory Theatre and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Join us for a work in progress showing at Abrons Arts Center Experimental Theater, 466 Grand Street,  7:30pm Thursday Dec 6, 4pm Friday Dec 7.  

OCEAN FILIBUSTER

Coming Soon!

OCEAN FILIBUSTER

Coming Soon!

OCEAN FILIBUSTER

Ocean Filibuster grew out conversations with Ocean Scientists at Harvard Center for the Environment. Some days it felt like they were begging us to make people listen and learn about ocean health. The ocean feeds us, processes our carbon, creates 50% of our our oxygen, helps regulate our temperate climate and much more– enabling us to carry on without ever really needing feel the impact of our actions.  We made this piece so we could find out what the Ocean had to say about it.

 

Lisa and Katie with composer Sxip Shirey during a developmental residency at Ryder Farm.