The final madness of the fall semester will be produced by third year playwright, Tyler Whidden! His prompt is Climate Change Madness and it is in collaboration with the Climate Change Theater Action! He has asked the playwrights to write plays in conversation with climate change . For this special madness it will be live streamed and there will also be four guest pieces by artists affiliated with this environmental activist theater project including: by OU alumni Chantal Bilodeau, Darrah Cloud, Debra Zoe Laufer, and Koffi Kwahule.
Show is December 4th, 9pm and 11pm, in the Hahne Black Box theater. Admission is free. We recommend you get there 45 to 60 minutes ahead of time to assure yourself a seat.
CCTA is a “series of worldwide readings and performances intended to foster discussion around climate change.” At last glance, there were over 100 varying events planned worldwide during the months of November and December leading to a finale on December 11 in support of COP21 (United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference).
Between 25-30 American universities are participating (we’re the only one in Ohio) along with individual artists, theaters, and cultural institutions from all over the globe.
Check out the press release here
For more information about Madness the fall semester, check out our Madness page.
More about Tyler
Tyler Whidden was born and raised in Cleveland, OH where he grew up the least-talented son of a hockey-first family. After earning his BFA in Playwriting at Ohio University, he began a tragic career as a stand-up comic based out of Seattle, WA. After years of toiling on the road, he moved to Chicago where he returned to theater, studying and working with Victory Gardens and the Neo-Futurists theaters among many others. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and worked as Director of Education with the great Ensemble Theater of Cleveland. His play Dancing With N.E.D. was produced in 2012 in Cleveland and his family-friendly farce, The Unofficial Almost True Campfire Tales of Put-in-Bay was commissioned by the Put-in-Bay Arts Council as part of their Bicentennial Celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie in the Summer of 2013. He’s excited to be back where it all started and he lives with his beautiful wife, Angie — way out of his league — and their beautiful boy, Booker — his intellectual equal. http://tylerjcwhidden.com/