Ocean Filibuster

Ocean Filibuster

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

BUY TICKETS

$25 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $8 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

BUY TICKETS

$25 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $8 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

BUY TICKETS

$25 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $8 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

“Along with an immersive experience, the script takes an intimate, as well as critical, look at the relationship between humans and the ocean.”
--The Arts Fuse (Boston)

Feel the power of the ocean through an immersive image-and-sound design that envelops the audience in an awe-inspiring underwater world.

Linking below-the-surface mystery with above-the-surface climate issues, the Connecticut premiere of Ocean Filibuster puts audiences in the middle of a human/ocean showdown. “The Ocean” gets the chance to tell its side of the story in this new music theater experience from Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl’s Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour in collaboration with the Center for the Arts, the Wesleyan Theater Department, the College of the Environment, and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

Using large-scale projection, songs, science, and stand-up, Ocean Filibuster explores the intimate, critical relationship between humans and the ocean in an epic battle of wits and wills, smarts and sass, and facts and anthropocentric fiction. Set in a future Global Senate, performer Jenn Kidwell embodies two rivals: “Mr. Majority”—who introduces a bill to end the ocean as we know it—and “The Ocean,” arriving in human form to filibuster the bill. Originally commissioned by American Repertory Theater in collaboration with Harvard University’s Center for the Environment, Ocean Filibuster plunges the audience into the most heated debate of our time.