Extreme Whether

March 01 - March 18, 2018


The Downstairs | 66 E 4th Street

Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 3pm

By Theatre Three Collaborative
Written and directed by Karen Malpede

Heralded as “brilliant” and “important” in performances in French and English in Paris during COP21. Extreme Whether, in the new genre of cli-fi (climate fiction), is a fierce exposé of politically motivated censorship and a family divided by money, power and science. It is, equally, a love story: of people for nature, a girl for a deformed frog, two embattled climate scientists for truth and one another, and an old man, Uncle, for the land in his care. Inspired by crusading climate scientist, James Hansen, and arctic ice scientist Jennifer Francis, and praised by both.
Poster by Luba Lukova

Rocco Sisto, Clea Straus Rivera, Khris Lewin, Dee Pelletier,
Emma Rose Kraus and George Bartenieff

Special Events

 Saturday, March 3rd following the 7:30PM performance

Nancy Romer, a member of the People's Climate March Steering Committee, will discuss how to promote a culture of sustainability and environmental justice

Nancy Romer is a member of the People’s Climate March Steering Committee and has been instrumental as one of the organizers of the Food and Farm Justice Hub contingent, which brings together over 50 organizations whose focus is food justice, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and farming as a way to save the world.  She is a life long activist who worked in the Peace Corps in Columbia, protested the Viet Nam War, and worked for peace and social justice in the feminist, anti-racist, public higher education, union, food justice and climate justice movements.  She was a professor of psychology for 42 years at Brooklyn College, where she started the Brooklyn College Community Partnership, which serves over 1500 youth each semester from under-served Brooklyn high schools and middles schools using the arts as a way of advancing healthy development.  She is a founder of the Brooklyn Food Coalition and has worked closely with Brandworkers, a worker organization that organizes workers in the food processing industry in NYC.

 Thursday, March 15th, Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th following the 7:30PM performances

Speakers from the Environmental Integrity Project

The Environmental Integrity Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog organization that advocates for effective enforcement of environmental laws. The organization aims for stronger environmental standards, but also works with local communities to review and challenge permits and file citizen suits against polluters. Its litigation is complemented by data-rich reports that identify hidden sources of pollution, chronic violators, and loopholes in important monitoring requirements. Since late 2016, the nonprofit has worked to legally counter the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of our environmental protections and manipulation of science.
Deputy Director Mary Greene has been with the Environmental Integrity Project since 2013 after many years of teaching and practicing environmental law.  She previously worked for the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. EPA where she specialized in complex CWA, RCRA, and CERCLA cases. Mary holds both a law degree and B.S.B.A. from University of Florida.


“It would be difficult to name any more prominent socially engaged artists working in New York today,”
-Marvin Carlson, Critic
“Attention must be paid to Malpede’ stories—rich with voices and bodies in action—humans joining forces in efforts to save the planet. What better humans to learn from, to listen to and to watch as we move forward into the this third dace of the twenty-first century!”
-Cindy Rosenthal, Critic
“Karen Malpede writes with insight and precision about the nexus of violence and sexuality. Her characters are strong and fascinating, her contexts brilliant and horrifying, and her tone always warm and in the end loving.”
-Andrew Solomon, Author, PEN America President

About the Artists

Theater Three Collaborative is a social justice, poetic and passionate 22 year-old, NY-based, Obie winning, internationally touring theater company.
More online: www.theaterthreecollaborative.org