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 Jennifer Kidwell, Sxip Shirey (composer), Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design), and Tal Yarden (scenic & projection), Olivera Gajic (costume designer), Thomas Dunn (lightning), Marina Zurkow (animation). Performed by Jennifer Kidwell and a choir of 6.

 

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

 

Our planned premiere of Ocean Filibuster at A.R.T. / Arts Emerson has been postponed due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for updates about the premiere as well as a presentation at the University of Houston in the Spring!

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.