Global conference to feature staged readings of plays aimed at climate action


October 20, 2017

Milton Loayza, a SUNY Oswego modern languages and literatures faculty member, will direct staged readings of four plays Saturday, Nov. 4, during the Hart Hall Global Awareness Conference, as part of the worldwide series for Climate Change Theatre Action's 2017 edition.

Students from chemistry faculty member Webe Kadima's "Environmental Science" class will participate in staged readings of 1- to 5-minute plays by Elaine Avila, Katie Pearl, Meaza Worku and Maya Zbib, who are among the many playwrights in Climate Change Theatre Action 2017.

The free, public readings will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 in Hart Hall, according to Loayza, who teaches Spanish and has a doctorate in theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Climate Change Action Theatre comprises readings and performances of short plays at venues around the globe from Oct. 1 to Nov. 18, to coincide with the United Nations COP23 meeting, a climate-change conference that takes place in November in Bonn, Germany. The collection of plays was made available to producing collaborators with the goal of galvanizing action -- educational, social or political/civic -- on climate change.

In another highlight of the 11th annual Hart Hall Global Awareness Conference, filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya, whose documentaries include "Catching the Sun" and "A Drop of Water," will make a free, public presentation at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The conference runs a day and a half, allowing students, faculty, staff and members of the community to learn about other cultures and global issues.

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