February 10, 2014

Welcome to The Great Immensity Blogosphere!

We are thrilled to relaunch The Great Immensity website in anticipation of the show’s upcoming production at The Public from April 11 to May 1.

The global issue of climate change is a topic at the forefront of the scientific community. From top environmental scientists to organizations like the Nobel prize-winning IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), our greatest minds have collected and analyzed decades worth of research to better understand the situation and to affect important policy change. Now artists and activists from all mediums are recognizing the call to arms, and asking: what role can the arts play in responding to the crisis? 

Molly Carden in The Great Immensity at Kansas City Rep; Photo by: Don Ipock

The Play

In a thrilling and timely production, THE GREAT IMMENSITY is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. As the days count down to the Auckland Summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time. With arresting projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs, THE GREAT IMMENSITY is a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: how can we change ourselves and our society in time to solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us?

Artistic Director Steve Cosson on a research trip in Barro Colorado Island

Artistic Director Steve Cosson on a research trip in Barro Colorado Island

The Website

From original haiku to underwater sculptures, every week characters from the play will blog about projects that focus on the intersection of arts + science + activism and our always-evolving relationship to the world around us.

Meghan McGeary in The Great Immensity at Kansas City Rep; Photo By: Don Ipock

A Quick 101

We hope that you’ll explore the site, watch our original videos, and participate in conversations by commenting.

You can search recent and pasts posts by:

1. TOPIC – click on any of the “tagsin the left-hand column to search by a specific topic, such as “sustainability,” “mountains,” or “temperature.”

2. BLOGGER – find all posts by a particular character by clicking on their picture in the left-hand column. For example: if you want to read all of Karl’s posts, click on his picture, and then in the box that appears click on “Karl’s posts.”

Also be sure to check out our awesome Environmental Lists in the right-hand column to learn about specific ways to take action now!

March 16, 2012

If you could ask a climate scientist one question, what would it be?

Here’s our last question for our run of The Great Immensity at Kansas City Repertory Theatre! We have gotten to ask climate scientists a lot of different questions over the last few years. We want to know what YOU would ask a climate scientist if you got in the room with one.

And just in case your question is, Who’s a climate scientist, here’s an answer for you in the form of a hilarious music video.

March 13, 2012

How far into the future do you imagine?

When you think about the future, what is the furthest into the future that you envision? – the next 50 years? – the next 100 years? – the next forever? What does it look like? What natural resources do we still have available to us? Let us know in the comments!

Need some inspiration? Well we also asked participants in our Skype Video Interview Series this same question, so check out their answers in videos HERE! And for an interesting project specifically focused on our perception of time, check out The Long Now Foundation‘s 10,000 year clock, which is engineered to keep time for the next 10,000 years…

March 6, 2012

What do you wish that you or your community could do to respond to the environmental crisis?

We asked a similar question at the start of the run of The Great Immensity about what you or your community have already done to respond to the environmental crisis. (We got some great responses – check them out HERE!) Now, we want to know what you wish would happen. What would you like to hear your local politicians address? If you got the people on your block or in your apartment building together, are there environmental issues you’d like to address? Let’s get some ideas going, and maybe we’ll find that we can start working on some of them!

February 29, 2012

Audience Reactions

Here’s our first video of audience reactions after seeing the play in Kansas City. Check it out (and get your tickets HERE)!

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    "The Next Forever" is a song from The Great Immensity. The footage was taken on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal by videographer David Ford. Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.
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