News: Andrew Revkin and Columbia's Earth Institute Hosts Virtual Reading of "Other Than We" July 26

George Bartenieff and Emily Fury Daly. Photography@Beatriz Schiller2019
Andrew Revkin, founding director of a new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute, is hosting a Sunday Brunch Reading of Obie award-winning Theatre Three Collaborative’s cli-fi eco-feminist fable Other Than We, written and directed by Karen Malpede. Other Than We will be performed live on Revkin’s weekly Sustain What arts webcast, on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. The video link will be posted here a week before showtime: Viewers can type comments and questions to be explored in the post-show talkback.

A cli-fi fable with music that moves from a dystopian reality to astonishing hope, Other Than We is harrowing yet hope-filled. “The play which is set in the future after a climate crisis fits this pandemic-global-heating time because it is about imagining life anew, without the injustices that have gotten us here,” says playwright Malpede.

After the Deluge, the privileged and their “essential workers” live in a hermetically sealed Dome. But the underground aquifer and food supply are running out. Outbreaks of hate are on the rise, and surveillance is extreme. Two young women, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a neuroscientist, her lover, join forces with a refugee janitor from Africa who was once a physician, and an elderly renowned linguist, in an unlikely plot to create a new, post-homo sapiens species, other than we. The fate of life on earth hangs in the balance.

The reading stars Obie and Drama Desk award-winner George Bartenieff* (Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice, Fiddler on the Roof, and Victor Kelmperer in I Will Bear Witness) as Opa, Emily Fury Daly* (Indecent, Pittsburgh Public; As You Like It, American Players Theatre) as Eve, Tony Nominee Beth Malone* (Fun Home, Angels in America) as Michelle, and Tommie J. Moore* (Dare to Be Black, The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cowboys) as Tenaka. (*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.)

In the Fall of 2019, Revkin was featured at a Talk-Back at the World Premiere of Other Than We, which was produced in association with La MaMa. A video of that conversation with Malpede can be found here. In 2014, Revkin reviewed the Premiere of Malpede’s Extreme Whether (at Theater for the New City) for Dot Earth a New York Times Blog, calling it “pioneering and brave...laced with darkness and humor.” Extreme Whether went on to have a series of readings in French and English at ARTCOP21, in Paris, 2015, and was revived at LaMaMa in 2018.

The running time of the Other Than We reading will be one hour and 45 minutes with no intermission. You can visit the show's website here, and the printed version of the play, published by Egret, can be found here.


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