• October 24-30, 2020
  • Online
Add to Calendar 10/24/2020 10/30/2020 America/Los_Angeles It Is What It Is: A Dark and Tender Comedy for the Climate Crisis The California Institute of Integral Studies' (CIIS) Drama Therapy Program presents the 10th original Theatre for Change production It Is What It Is: A Dark and Tender Comedy for the Climate Crisis. Online Theatre for Change true MM/DD/YYYY

Admission is free with suggested donations to climate justice organizations:

1. Movement Generation inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. We are rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies. Donate to Movement Generation.

2. Banyan Roots empowers farmers with the tools, platforms, knowledge and support necessary for economic self-sufficiency through traditional Indian organic farming practices. We believe that it is only when India’s villages are self-sufficient that the ideal of inclusive growth becomes more real and tangible. Donate to Banyan Roots.

3. The Village Oakland is a grassroots movement of unhoused and housed volunteers who assert housing is a human right and homelessness is not a crime. We provide direct services to curbside communities including emergency shelter during COVID, hygiene supplies and political education. Donate to The Village Oakland. *Please write "Theatre for Change" in the memo line.

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At the heart of the 2020 Theatre for Change production, It Is What It Is: A Dark and Tender Comedy for the Climate Crisis, is interconnectedness—both its challenges, given this precarious and divisive time, and its possibilities.

It Is What It Is combines filmed segments, live video feeds, and the non-human world to invite audiences into a unique virtual experience.

The process and production are attempts to regain intimate connection with the earth and one another, and become a living record of how a group of human beings worked together to create something meaningful in the midst of a pandemic, continued state-sanctioned violence, and the recognition that the climate crisis is here, now. Cycling through emotional responses toward the climate crisis, the ensemble grapples with how to make change, what might be missing, and how to dismantle oppressive systems as we strive for ecological justice.

Virtual Show Dates:

Saturday October 24th at 10:30am PST

Thursday October 29th at 5:00pm PST

Friday October 30th at 7:30pm PST

Accessibility Information:

If you need ASL interpretation, please reach out to us. Our performances will have subtitles/open captions. A copy of the performance with audio descriptions will be available.

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This production is made possible with the generous support of the MCJ Amelior Foundation and the Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an accredited institution of higher education and research where students come to learn experientially what it means to be human in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1968, CIIS has an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students pursuing degrees in 25 academic programs in its schools of Professional Psychology and Health, Consciousness and Transformation, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Undergraduate Studies. Please visit www.ciis.edu to learn more.

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