In the wake of Tropical Storm Ida, which resulted in Westchester County being declared a federal disaster area, the River’s Edge Theatre Company wants to raise awareness about climate change.
To do so, the Ardsley-based organization will present “The Green Plays Project” — a collection of five one-act plays — on the outdoor stage at Pierson Park in Tarrytown on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. The performance will be preceded by a theater workshop for children at 3 p.m., and followed by a community discussion.
“Part of our goal is just to get people talking [about climate change],” River’s Edge artistic director Meghan Covington said. “We thought this might be a nice way to engage the community, give them space to discuss fears and apprehensions instead of avoiding the topic.”
Meghan Covington and her husband, David, started River’s Edge in 2019. The couple have three daughters — 8-year-old Laylah, Caia, 6, and Shiloh, 3.
The plays are among those offered by Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA), an organization founded in 2015 that commissions 50 playwrights every other year to write 5-minute plays about the climate crisis, and then allows the plays to be performed free of charge.
For “The Green Plays Project,” River’s Edge has chosen “The Penguin” by Nicolas Billon (Canada), “Homosapiens” by Chantal Bilodeau (U.S.), “A Window” by Whiti Hereaka (Ngati Tuwaretoa/New Zealand), “Lifeday” by Jessica Huang (U.S.), and “The Green New Steal” by Corey Payett (Oji-Cree/Canada).
The actors include Don Creedon of Hastings, Sweta Keswani of Tarrytown, Julia Schoenberg of Tarrytown, and Emily Dziak, a Purchase College student. Jessica Irons, artistic director of Theater O in Ossining, will direct the production, while Meghan Covington will emcee and lead the pre-show children’s workshop for 20 children ages 6 and up.
For the post-show discussion, River’s Edge is working on lining up panelists with expertise in the field of climate change. “We’re hoping to share some useful resources,” Megan Covington said.
The event will last about 90 minutes. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and must be reserved in advance by visiting www.riversedgetheatre.com. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. To sign up for the children’s workshop, email email@example.com.
“The Green Plays Project” is funded by the Statewide Community Regrant, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered by ArtsWestchester.
“Climate change can often make us feel scared and hopeless,” Meghan Covington remarked. “We don’t know how we can help. With the show, we’re hoping to empower people to take action. The storm was a big reminder that this is an issue we can’t ignore much longer.”