Climates of Change: A Living Newspaper
Directed by Sarah K. Chalmers, Caitlin Kane & Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.
December 1-4, 2017

Climates of Change follows Zola Richard, a recent college graduate and highly sought-after chemical engineer originally from Tompkins County. She returns home to find the family farm faces foreclosure after several poor growing seasons caused by extreme weather. While Zola struggles to plan her own future, she sees the impacts of other people’s choices, both on our society and the planet. Ultimately, she must make a decision that may determine the fate of her family and their farm.

The play is structured in the style of a Living Newspaper, which originated in Russia and Germany at the turn of the 20th century. Living Newspapers gained prominence in the United States in the 1930s, as part of the federally funded Works Progress Administration. Climates of Change features scientific research, news reports, and actual experiences gathered in story circles and interviews throughout Tompkins County. The play brings together voices and perspectives not often included in the dialogue around climate change. It explores the impact of race, class, and privilege on ongoing efforts and the starkly varied implications of global climate change for different populations.

Climates of Change is the result of a collaborative project between Civic Ensemble, Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA), Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and sponsored by Engaged Cornell.


No reservations necessary.

All performance spaces are handicap accessible except the Enfield Valley Grange.
Assisted listening devices are available with advance notice for the performances at the Schwartz Center.
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December 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. @  Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Film Forum, bottom floor, 430 College Ave, Ithaca
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December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. @ Enfield Valley Grange
178 Enfield Main Rd, Ithaca
*Benefit for Enfield Valley Grange*

December 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. @ Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Film Forum, bottom floor, 430 College Ave, Ithaca
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December 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. @ Community School of Music and Arts
Martha Hamblin Hall, 3rd floor, 330 E Martin Luther King Junior St, Ithaca
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*Benefit for Civic Ensemble*

December 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. @ Cornell Campus Sustainability Summit
G10 Conference Room, Biotechnology Building, 526 Campus Rd, Ithaca

If you would like to attend the show but have transportation difficulties or barriers, please contact Lucy at 443-834-4612 or in advance.

Climates of Change Ensemble:

Dajah Abdiel
Katherine Adu-Bonsu
Nash Allan-Rahill
Elaigwu Ameh
Sam Blake
Heather Duke
John Finn
Amelia Habicht  
Denise Katzman
Mané Mehrabyan
Lisa Meixner McCullough
Jack Press
Elaine Qiu
Kelly Richmond
Dominique Thorne
Lucy Walker

Climates of Change Production Staff:

Sarah K. Chalmers, Caitlin Kane, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. – Directors
Sara Warner – Producer
Gabriella Patricia Carr – Production Stage Manager
Toby Ault, Grace Li  – Climate Science Advisors
Katie Browe – Sound Designer
Christine Hughes – Media & Marketing
Lucy Walker – Project Assistant