After taking a break last week for the winter vacation, we kicked off Part 2 of our classroom sessions by choosing the plays we will rewrite and ultimately see produced at The Bushwick Starr in April! Each student chose their favorites from the six different rough drafts they wrote in Part 1. By the end of class, we had our final list of plays, each written by pairs or trios of students. The next day, guest playwright Chantal Bilodeau came in to talk about the rewriting process. We got to read two different drafts of the same scene from Chantal’s play, Sila, inspired by the Canadian Arctic and its relationship to climate change. We also read her monologue play Mother, and we searched for clues as to who might be speaking (spoiler: it’s Mother Earth!). We’re so excited for the busy writing month ahead of us!
Chantal is a playwright, translator, and research artist whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, culture, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight countries of the Arctic; the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and; a co-organizer of Climate Change Theatre Action.