Very excited and honored to take part in the development of this exciting new play, written by my dear friend and fellow Pace student Jesse Keitel! The Pond is a piece of theater for social change that grew from an idea Jesse had while taking Independent Study with Pace University's brilliant Theater History professor, Morgan Jenness.
The play deals with the environmental damage being inflicted by major corporations, particularly bottled water companies, like Nestle. The piece is told allegorically and follows the journey of a community of fish and some enterprising toads.
I play Barb - part frog, part toad, wife, mother, puppet, and wonderful splash of Tea Party Republicanism.
Here is a quote that inspired the piece, from Peter Brabeck, Chairman of Nestle:
“I guess it is a question of whether the normal water supply for the population should be privatized or not. And there are two points of view. One—I would call an extreme point of view… insists on water being declared a public right. In other words, as a person you simply should have a right to have water. That’s an extreme solution. The other view is that water is a foodstuff.”
The piece is being directed by Dana Greenfield, a brilliant directing student at Pace University. It will be running from April 20th to May 3rd at DCTV NY, a really amazing space in Tribeca/Chinatown (can those be considered analogous? I really don't think so).
Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire: A fascinating article that also inspired the piece.
Ticketing and performance details to follow!