Arctic Requiem: The Story of Luke Cole and Kivalina
A new play by Sharmon J. Hilfinger with music by Joan McMillen
Directed by Tracy Ward
World Premiere Produced by BootStrap Theater Foundation
October 23 - November 15, 2015 Z Below, San Francisco, CA
The powerful and true story of the first climate change refugees in the United States and San Francisco lawyer Luke Cole comes to the stage in this riveting drama from award-winning team Sharmon Hilfinger and Joan McMillen.
Kivalina, Alaska is an Inupiat Eskimo village still practicing the tradition of subsistence living. Today, that tradition and the village itself are threatened by pollution, rising seas and storms due to climate change. Ignored by their own tribal corporation and betrayed by the EPA, the villagers turn to environmental justice lawyer Luke Cole. Deep and unlikely friendships evolve between Luke and the Inupiats as they stand together against greed, corruption, prejudice and pollution in an arctic environment whose transformation may be irreversible.
Hilfinger and McMillen bring their trademark mix of narrative and music to the production. Building on the success of their last two dramatizations of the lives of Georgia O'Keeffe ("Hanging Georgia roils and twists across the stage like a Texas Lightning storm," San Jose Mercury News) and Emily Dickinson ("surprising theatrical bliss," Palo Alto Weekly) the playwright and composer apply the tools they've honed for dramatic biography to the most urgent story of our time: the fight against climate change. Acclaimed director Tracy Ward (The Shaker Chair, Hunter Gatherers) heads up the team of Bay Area notables. The all-Equity cast includes Damon K Sperber, Michael Torres, Lynne Soffer, Cathleen Riddley, Lawrence Radecker, and Gendell Hing-Hernandez. Choreography by Christy Funsch, Musical Direction by Alva Henderson, and Dramaturgy by Brian Thorstenson. Our top-notch designers are: Giulio Perrone, set; Jim Cave, lighting; Callie Floor and Megan LaFleur, costumes; Devon LaBelle, props.
We have recruited some of the most respected theater makers in the Bay Area.Your donations will go directly toward the salaries of our artists. The play is written, but to come to life it needs actors' hearts and minds, designers' eyes and ears, and a director's guiding hand. For us, nothing is more demanding, nor more rewarding than this collaborative work. In a time when funding for the arts has been drastically cut, whatever level you can pledge toward the care and feeding of our creative team will be most appreciated.
Donations are tax deductible. BootStrap Theater Foundation's non-profit 501(3) corporation number: 30-0639969
Risks and challenges
BootStrap Theater Foundation's mission is to develop and produce new works for the theater. We are a nomad theater company performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, without a fixed home. Thus, our challenge is to build our audience for each production. We are very proud to be performing at Z Below and pleased to have the marketing help of Z Space to spread the word to the theater-going community. We are also working closely with Nancy Shelby (Producer), who was Luke Cole's wife, to connect to Luke's community, for whom this play will have special meaning.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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