Bow Seat Art x Ocean Filibuster at the American Repertory Theater
February 24, 2022 - March 13, 2022
Cambridge, MA

Bow Seat is thrilled to continue its partnership with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) by featuring award-winning artwork from our annual Ocean Awareness Contest in conjunction with performances of Ocean Filibuster.

Viewable along the hallway of the A.R.T., our selection of student pieces highlight local ocean issues, our relationship with the ocean, what the ocean is attempting to communicate to us, and parts of the ocean we never get to see to which we are nonetheless intimately connected with.

More About Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Contest:

Now in its 11th year, the annual Ocean Awareness Contest has engaged more than 24,000 middle and high schoolers from all 50 U.S. states and 133 countries in creative communication for our ocean. Students are invited to submit visual art, writing, poetry, spoken word, film, music, dance, and multimedia exploring critical conservation issues such as plastic pollution, fossil fuel extraction, biodiversity loss, and climate change, with a focus on humans’ roles as both problem-makers and solvers.

More About the Show:

Ocean Filibuster takes place inside the Senate chamber of a global governing body, where Mr. Majority introduces an “End of Ocean Bill” designed to shrink Earth’s oceans into a more manageable (and marketable) collection of inland seas. When the floor is opened for debate, the Ocean arrives to speak in its own defense… and so begins an epic Human-Ocean showdown. A world-premiere, genre-crashing music theater experience, Ocean Filibuster fuses myth, song, video, stand-up, and science to explore the vast depths crucial to our daily survival.

Ocean Filibuster is created by the Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour. Text is by Lisa D’Amour, music is by Sxip Shirey, and direction is by Katie Pearl. The production features Obie Award-winning performer Jennifer Kidwell playing both Mr. Majority and the Ocean. She is joined in performance by members of The Choir: Marshall Hughes (founder/director of Opera unMet), Rachel Share-Sapolsky (Thumbelina at the Loeb Drama Center), Emerson Sieverts (choir of St. John the Divine), Evan Spigelman (Taylor Mac’s A 24 Decade History of Popular Music), Dawn L. Troupe (Moby-Dick at A.R.T.), and Nia Weeks.

Scenic Design is by Jian Jung. Costume Design is by Olivera Gajic. Lighting Design is by Thomas Dunn. Sound Design is by Germán Martínez. Projection Design is by Tal Yarden. Lisa McGinn is the Production Stage Manager.

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