The American Repertory Theater (ART) at Harvard University today announced that single tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Ocean Filibuster world premiere. Commissioned and developed through a collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE), Ocean Filibuster will begin performances at the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts Friday February 18, official opening Thursday February 24 and until Sunday March 13, 2022.
Ocean Filibuster takes place inside the Senate Chamber of a global governing body, where Majority presents a ‘End of the Oceans Bill’ designed to reduce Earth’s oceans to a collection of inland seas more manageable (and marketable). When the floor is open for debate, the ocean arrives to speak in its own defense … and so begins an epic showdown between man and ocean. A world first, a genre-shaking musical theater experience, Ocean Filibuster fuses myth, song, video, stand-up and science to explore the vast depths crucial to our daily survival.
Ocean Filibuster is created by the company PearlDamour, winner of an Obie Award. The text is by Lisa D’Amour, the music is by Sxip Shirey and the direction is by Katie Pearl. The production stars Obie Award winner Jennifer Kidwell playing both Mr. Majority and the Ocean. Kidwell will be joined on stage by a choir of six performers who will be announced at a later date.
The stage design is by Jian Jung. The costume design is by Olivera Gajic. The lighting design is by Thomas Dunn. The sound design is by Germán Martínez. The projection design is by Tal Yarden. Lisa McGinn is the production manager.
A limited number of “Senate seats” will be available at the front of the auditorium at the Loeb Drama Center, allowing members of the public to experience the man-ocean clash from the floor of the World Senate. See a seating plan here.
“As we make climate a central focus of our work at ART, we once again invite the public to join us as we radically re-imagine our relationship with the planet,” said Terrie and Bradley Bloom’s artistic director Diane Paulus. . “Several seasons ago, HUCE director Dan Schrag asked me how we could communicate the urgency of the climate crisis to a wider audience. With support from Dan, HUCE commissioned a series of new work exploring the many facets of climate change and celebrating resilience and imagination. This partnership has led to groundbreaking exchanges between artists and scientists at Harvard, and I can’t wait for the public to see what this team has created. “
Along with Ocean Filibuster’s performances at ART, partnerships between theater and community organizations will provide the public with information and actions around local marine ecologies and efforts to protect them in the following ways:
- An art collection in the ART Lobby curated by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Programs enable young people to connect, create and communicate through a number of programs, including its Ocean Awareness Contest.
- “Talk to a cod” conversations moderated by Conservation Law Foundation
Conservation Law Foundation forges lasting solutions to New England’s most critical environmental challenges, using law, science and the market as advocacy tools.
- Free public workshops on Massachusetts coastal habitats and wildlife provided by Mass Audubon.
Mass Audubon protects the nature of Massachusetts for humans and wildlife.
Additional information on Ocean Filibuster partnerships and associated activities will be announced at a later date.
Tickets starting at $ 25 are available at AmericanRepertoryTheater.org/OceanFilibuster. Discounts are available for students and ticket buyers under 25, Blue Star families, EBT card holders, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff, and others. More information at AmericanRepertoryTheater.org/PlanYourVisit.
The safety of the public, artists and staff is ART’s top priority. The theater is taking many steps to protect itself against COVID-19. Improved ventilation, universal masking, immunization and testing are cornerstones of our multi-tiered mitigation efforts that prioritize community safety. Visit the ART website for a complete list of current ticketing and attendance protocols and procedures: AmericanRepertoryTheater.org/Covid19Protocols.