Get your tickets! The National Science Foundation has awarded $700,000 to the Civilians, a New York theater company for a great new show on climate change. From the New York Times Arts Briefly (required reading for fly-over country):
“The Great Immensity,” with a book by Steven Cosson (“This Beautiful City”) and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”), tells the story of Polly, a photojournalist who disappears while working in the rain forests of Panama. The grant is a rare gift to an arts organization from the foundation, a federal agency that pays for science, engineering and mathematics research and education.
More information from Princeton:
Drawing on interviews with botanists, paleontologists, climatologists, indigenous community leaders, polar bear tour guides and trappers, “The Great Immensity” gives voice to people whose stories make the reality of the present crisis accessible in fresh and compelling ways.
Rare gift? That pretty much sums it up. I suspect Return to Almora, published by IPCC UN Climate Chief Dr. Pachauri will be green-lighted for a Broadway production soon.
Update: Appropriate citation to Tom Nelson, who was first with this good news (Sunday at 6:30)…