Two years ago, thanks to a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, Mo`olelo commissioned playwright Chantal Bilodeau to write a play that explores the intersection of race, class and climate change. Originally from Montreal, Ms. Bilodeau was already researching the impact of climate change on the Inuit communities of the Canadian Arctic. This commission supported that work. As she traveled to the arctic and did further research, she encountered the complexities and contradictions of climate change: ice versus maritime commerce, human rights and activism colliding with family obligations, sovereignty colliding with sustainability. The result was a new play,Â Sila. The title, Sila, is an Inuit word for the breath of life, the primary component of everything that exists.
Mo`olelo workshopped the first draft of this script last year; Ms. Bilodeau and Mo`oleloâ€™s Artistic Director Seema Sueko journeyed to Montreal in January of this year to workshop the script at Playwrights Workshop Montreal with Inuit and Quebecois actors; and we will now host the third and final workshop reading of this script on May 24. We invite you to join us. For those who saw the reading in 2010, the script has gone through significant adjustments, with some characters â€œbeing fired,â€ and a tightening of the story.
What:Â a reading ofÂ Sila by Chantal Bilodeau
When: Â Tuesday, May 24, 2011 with 5:15 PM Potluck reception & mingle with the artistic team and 6:00 PM Reading
Where:Â The 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Reservations:Â Space is limited. Email:Â firstname.lastname@example.org or callÂ 619-342-7395
Admission:Â Bring something to drink (bottle of wine, soda, whatever you fancy), food to share (cheese & crackers, hors dâ€™oeuvre, or some other munchie), or make a $10 donation at the door.
About the play:
The Arctic is melting and everyone wants a piece of it.
In the race to shape the future of the region, four characters â€“ an ice scientist, an Inuit activist, an officer for the Marine Communications and Traffic Services and a polar bear â€“ see their values challenged as their lives become intricately intertwined.