January 19, 2022
Playwrights Reading Series: Chantal Bilodeau
Presented with the support of the Canada Council, Centre for the Study of Script Development, City of Regina, Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild.
The 29th season of the Playwrights Reading Series will feature writers whose work has tackled one of the most politically and emotionally charged crises of our times—and arguably the history of our planet. Scientific reports have repeatedly warned about a climate emergency and demonstrated the role that human beings are playing in climate change and the degradation of the environment. Advocates have pleaded for change in our approach to the environment and politicians have responded with commitments and targets that have mostly not been met. The crisis continues to deepen—a global crisis requiring collective change at local and personal levels. What role can artists play in change? In particular, what role can playwrights and the theatre play in effecting change, especially in the context of the double crisis of pandemic and climate change? How and why have playwrights responded to the climate crisis? From a dramaturgical and theatrical perspective what are the writing tactics and approaches that they are using to respond to the environmental crisis to engage and motivate audiences?
These are the questions playwrights will be asked to address as they read from their work and talk about why and how they are ‘staging change in an eco-crisis.’ Thanks to zoom, once again this year’s series will not only generate a local discussion around our playwrights and their work, but also draw in national and international audiences as well.
Chantal Bilodeau is a Montreal-born, New York-based playwright whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She is the founder of The Arctic Cycle and in her capacity as artistic director has spearheaded local and global artistic initiatives for over a decade. She has been instrumental in getting the theatre and educational communities, as well as diverse audiences in the U.S. and abroad, to engage in climate action through programming that includes live events, talks, publications, workshops, national and international convenings, and a worldwide distributed theatre festival that coincides with the United Nations climate change conferences. As a playwright, she is working on a series of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states. In 2019, she was named one of “8 Trailblazers Who Are Changing the Climate Conversation” by Audubon Magazine.
ASL interpretation will be available for all readings.