None of This is Happening by Ellen Peterson
At first glance, it's the story of three former vaudevillians having an uneasy reunion in a cave behind Niagara Falls. We eventually discover we're actually watching the Earth, the Weather and the Human Race personified. The Earth (Kay) has had it up to here with the humans. There's garbage everywhere. The Weather (Leo) can't keep up with all the storms and extreme events and wildfires he has to create. It's just been one hurricane after another. The human (Maria) has had a tough time and is trying to move back home to "Mother." This is a Climate Disater play with a little of the old soft shoe, funny vaudeville jokes, and a happy ending. Humans are doomed, and we should be.
Keywords: climate change, vaudeville, Niagara Falls, end of civilisation
Produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba, Winnipeg MB, November 2022
Genre: Dark Comedy
Run time: 80 minutes
Content notes: Contains strong language, mature subject matter, family dysfunction, triggering events especially for those with Climate Anxiety
Cast size: 3 actors
Female roles: 2
Casting note: The character of Leo was written and cast as male in the first production, but can be played by a trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming actor with appropriate changes to pronouns in the script.