Monday Night PlayGround
A collaboration of Sustainable World Coalition, PlayGround
and the National Center for New Plays
October 20, 2014 at 8pm
performing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[The Oct 20 Perf will be repeated at Stanford's Cubberley Auditorium on Oct 21.]


There will be a free pre-performance discussion at 7:10pm.

The following articles and links provide additional background on this month's topic.

illUmiNations: Protecting our Planet
Published on Sep 24, 2014
September 20, 2014, United Nations General Assembly and Secretariat buildings lit up on Saturday night in a revolutionary call for climate action in connection with the Secretary-General's climate Summit. #climate2014. "illUmiNations: Protecting Our Planet" was collaboratively designed and produced for UNDPI by the Oceanic Preservation Society, Obscura Digital and Insurgent Media.

Thomas Berry - The New Story

The Sixth Extinction: A Conversation With Elizabeth Kolbert
Humanity's "most enduring legacy" will be our effect on the rest of life on Earth.

It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine
BY Daniel Smith

After decades of fervent environmental activism, Paul Kingsnorth decided it’s too late — collapse is inevitable. So now what?

Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time
By David Korten

Is it possible that the human future depends upon a new sacred story—a story that gives us a reason to care? Could it be a story already embraced by a majority, although it has neither institutional support nor a place in the public conversation?

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
by Naomi Klein

Another World Is Within Our Reach

Tony Kushner on Climate Change
Thu, May 15, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Guest: Tony Kushner, playwright and recipient of the White House's National Medal of Arts, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards and an Oscar nomination. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner has returned to Berkeley Repertory Theatre for the West Coast premiere of his latest play, "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures." Kushner, who first came to prominence with his two-part work "Angels in America," also wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" among many other films. We'll talk to him about the new play, his career and his political activism.

Host Rachael Myrow: “What are we most afraid to talk about today”?
Kushner: "Climate Change…no danger that the human race has ever faced remotely compares to this...."

0:34:30 – 0:39:25

An Excerpt from “The Time of the Black Jaguar: An Offering of Indigenous Wisdom for the Continuity of Life on Earth” by Arkan Lushwala

When I was little, I felt bad when being told the story of the Three Little Pigs. Remember? One little pig builds a house made of straw and the wolf blows it down. The second one builds another house made of sticks, which are stronger than straw, and the wolf blows it down. Then the third little pig builds a house made of bricks and the wolf cannot blow it down. Tired of blowing, the wolf tries to get into the house through the chimney, and he gets captured by the little pig who cooks him alive in a pot full of boiling water that hangs over the fireplace. “Poor wolf,” I thought at age five, when they told me this story in my first year of school. It was impossible for me to understand why our teacher thought the pig that built the brick house was the smartest, and why she wasn’t feeling bad for the wolf. This simple story, which millions of children have learned for many generations, reveals a mentality, a social agreement, and points to a direction which apparently brings safety to humans but, at the same, time destroys Nature. Powerful industries have been developed all over the world so that humans can build the strongest buildings, roads, and cities. All the resources needed by these industries are taken from the land and the waters of the Earth. In order to transport it all, powerful engines were invented. Trucks, cars, and planes shaped the fast modern world, and Mother Earth provided, wanting or not, the fossil fuels that made them move. As if this wasn't enough, there have been many devastating wars to fight for control of the territories containing fuels and other natural resources.

According to how I understand it, the wolf in the story of the three little pigs represents the powers of the wilderness: the strong hit of the summer, the cold storms of the winter, the winds, the lightning, the lions, the snakes, and so many other wild powers which are considered to be a threat, sometimes to human safety, most times to human comfort. These are the wild powers that when put together as one single giant entity we call Pachamama; together they are the beautiful Egyptian Sphinx, the powerful Dragon; together they are balance. Looking for their safety, modern humans have treated the Earth in a way that broke Her balance, and this is the most unsafe thing to do.

This is why I don’t think the pig who built the brick house is as smart as he believes himself to be.

It is evident that in modern times humans have believed in their capacity to rule over the Earth, building their sturdy “brick houses.” And with their victory over the powers of Nature came a celebration consisting of “burning the wolf alive.” This model of human life that destroys Nature at high rates will not be able to sustain itself for much longer. A cosmic time of renewal has arrived on Earth, and in order to be healthy again, Mother Dragon is putting all her parts back together.

Now with all we are seeing happening to the Earth, we are also seeing very sturdy buildings fall down and nuclear power plants leaking radiation. It has become clear that this mentality in which humans can defeat Nature and control the powers of the wilderness is based on an illusion, and probably on a certain sense of our own grandiosity.