New York Playwright Visiting Mon, Oct. 21st…7:30pm Reading in Chapman Theatre
New York-based Playwright Chantal Bilodeau is visiting Kansas State University and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance next week to hear a reading of her new play Forward , the second play in her six-play cycle, The Arctic Cycle.
Now in its fifth year of operation, Bilodeau’s The Arctic Cycle explores climate change in six regions of the Arctic: United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Russia. The second play, Forward , considers the question “How did we get here?” Moving backwards from present day Norway to 1895, when Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen established the record of having sailed closest to the North Pole, it presents a series of seemingly unrelated characters confronting small, day-to-day challenges, and making choices that seemed innocent at the time but turned out to be important markers in history. Threading through these stories, Ice itself appears, imbued with the nostalgia of someone who knows she is about to die. Before she retreats, she has come to sing her final aria.
Using the power of storytelling to investigate the many challenges posed by climate change, The Arctic Cycle will chronicle our evolving relationship with the human and natural worlds over the next decade and examine how our new reality affects who we are and how we live.
Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear a free public reading of the first draft of Forward by Chantal Bilodeau. The event will be held in the Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall on Monday, October 21st at 7:30pm. There will be a talk back with the playwright immediately following the reading.