Two Degrees

A cool new play about frozen people on a thawing planet

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Emma (Kathleen McCall) and Jeffrey (Robert Montano) Photo Credit: Adams VisCom

Synopsis

Emma Phelps is a paleoclimatologist, focusing on ice in Greenland. In drilling and studying ice core samples, she sees first hand the symptoms of our changing planet, which makes the need to act all the more crucial and urgent. In addition to her growing sense of urgency for the planet, Emma, as a recent widow, experiences grief that compounds itself with each passing month. Now she's been asked to come to Washington D.C. to testify in a Senate Committee regarding climate change legislation, and in this intersection of science and politics, of politics and the personal, she finds more than just a little is breaking up under the strain of change.

Jeffrey (Robert Montano) and Emma (Michelle Shupe) Denver Center New Play Summit 2016 Photo Credit: Mark Montour-Larson

Jeffrey (Robert Montano) and Emma (Michelle Shupe)
Denver Center New Play Summit 2016
Photo Credit: Mark Montour-Larson

cast

  2w/2m 

  • Emma Phelps - 50. Climate scientist, who studies ice. 
  • Clay Simpson - 40. Lobbyist for a multinational mining company.
  • Louise Allen - 50. Senator from Michigan. Old college classmate of Emma's.
  • Jeffrey Phelps. 50. Emma's late husband.
        The actor playing Jeffrey also plays:
        Eric Wilson (Senator Allen's Chief of Staff)
        and
        Malik Peterson (an extreme weather
        carpenter in Greenland).
Louise (Kim Staunton) and Emma (Kim McCall) Denver Center 2016/17 Season Photo Credit: Adams VisCom

Louise (Kim Staunton) and Emma (Kim McCall)
Denver Center 2016/17 Season
Photo Credit: Adams VisCom

production history

February 2017     Denver Center, World Premiere, Director: Christy Montour-Larson
February 2016     Denver Center New Play Summit, Director: Christy Montour-Larson
November 2015   Greenhouse Reading Series, Workhouse Theater, Minneapolis
October 2015      New American Voices Series, American Actors UK, Tristan Bates Theater, Director: Rachel Fowler
April 2015          Caltech, Mach 33 Festival, Director: Joshua Wolf Coleman
March 2015        Athena Project Festival, Plays-in-Process, Director: Christy Montour-Larson
September 2014   Artemisia Theater, Fall Play Festival, Director: Carrie Lee Patterson
May 2014           The Road Theatre Company, Road Signs reading series. Director: Joshua Wolf Coleman
May 2014           Great Plains Theater Conference, Play Lab Reading. Director: Sonia Keffer.
(Honorable Mention: 2016 Kilroys List, Finalist: Coe College 2015 Play Festival)