Other Than We

November 21 - December 01, 2019

Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street (Basement Level)

Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 3PM; Monday, Nov 25th at 7pm, No Performance Thanksgiving Day

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]

Run Time: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes (No Intermission)

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World Premiere
Theater Three Collaborative

Written & Directed By Karen Malpede

A climate fiction fable with music that moves from dystopia to astonishing hope. Three scientists and a linguist risk their lives to create new life on earth.
Other Than We, is a cli-fi fable that weaves a vital response to the climate crisis, attacks on immigrants, reproductive rights, and gender-fluidity into a suspenseful, funny, scary, ultimately triumphant and joyful tale of the birth of a new vision.
An utterly original work from Theater Three Collaborative, known for tackling hard issues in poetic, witty and character-driven drama.



FALL PREVIEW: Theater This Season: A Show (or 10) for Every Mood

"This new play written and directed by Karen Malpede finds four scientists concocting a bold response to the climate crisis."


OTHER THAN WE Announces Award-winning Cast at La MaMa


“Karen Malpede is a strong, committed writer of powerful drama and is a voice that should be listened to.”
- Michael Hasted, Theater Talk (UK)

“Brave and pioneering, laced with darkness and humor."
- Andrew Revkin, New York Times

“These plays seek to bring us to our senses, intellectually, morally and socially...”
- Marvin Carlson, Plays in Time

“Her characters are strong & fascinating, her contexts brilliant & horrifying, and her tone always warm & in the end loving.”
- Andrew Solomon, PEN President

“Firstly, let me say what a wonderful play this is...”
- Naomi Wallace, MacArthur Award Playwright

“It seduces by its beauty.”
- Kathleen Chalfant, Tony Nominee & Obie Winner

Special Events

Join us for any of three interactive post-show discussions with notable guests who are experts in the fields of eco-art, climate science, consciousness and sexuality.

November 21 | EcoArt: why & what

Eco-Artist Mary Ting and Eco-Art Critic and Scholar Alexandra Chang

ALEXANDRA CHANG is Associate Professor of Practice with the Art History program at the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and affiliated with the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University — Newark. Chang works on the topics of EcoArt and Global Asias Art at RU-N, where she gathers the monthly EcoArt Salons at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark and is a part of the campus-wide Eco Working Group. She organizes the Climate Working Group, a creative gathering of more than 50 members that bridges Science, Humanities and Arts researchers, scholars, artists, practitioners, and institutions for short and long term collaborations considering climate, data, policy, power, and the history of globalization. She also serves as Vice Chair on the Communications Committee of the Environmental and Climate Network of the Alliance of American Museums. Chang is the director of the Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) and the Virtual Asian American Art Museum with A/P/A Institute at NYU. She is Co-Founding Editor of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA).
MARY TING (November 21) uses drawing, sculpture, installation, community projects, writing and lectures as a means to reflect and comment on cultural history, personal stories, trauma and the loss of nature.  Solo exhibitions include Lambent Foundation, Dean Project, metaphor contemporary art, and Kentler Drawing Space.  Ting has received grants and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Gottlieb Foundation, Pollack Krasner Foundation, Joan Mitchell Center NOLA, and the MacDowell Colony among others.  Earthjustice featured her work in the blog post; The Earth Needs a Good Artist.  Her research focus is on wildlife products and Chinese modern history.  Mary Ting has presented her research at the Animals for Asia 2017 Kathmandu, On Changing Human Behavior at the Jane Goodall Foundation; at the Thinking Animals 2017 conference at St. Catherine University, Ontario; University of California’s veterinary school’s 2018 symposium; at the Explorer’s Club, NYC and on a recent South African lecture tour speaking to the frontlines of poaching.  Mary is also a master composter, Citizen Pruner, and a certificate student at the New York Botanical Garden. http://www.maryting.com


November 25 | Climate Crisis, Culture Crisis

Andrew Revkin, Founding Director, Initiative on Communication & Sustainability, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, plus one of his colleagues

ANDREW REVKIN is one of America’s most honored, experienced and innovative journalists focused on environmental and human sustainability. In 2019, he became the founding director of a new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute. There he is building programs, training tools and collaborations aimed at bridging gaps between science and society to cut climate risk and spread social and ecological resilience. Revkin has written on global environmental change and risk for more than 30 years, reporting from the North Pole to the White House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican - mostly for The New York Times.
From 2016 through early 2018, he was the senior reporter for climate change at the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica. From 2010 through 2016 he wrote his award-winning Dot Earth blog for The Times Opinion section and was the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University. He was a staff reporter at The Times from 1995 through 2009, covering issues ranging from threats to New York City’s water supply to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami and, of course, climate science and policy. In the mid 2000s, he exposed political suppression of climate findings at NASA and editing of federal climate reports by political appointees with ties to the petroleum industry. He made three Arctic reporting trips and was the first Times reporter to file stories, video and photos from the sea ice around the North Pole.


November 29 | The Hard Problems: consciousness (& sex)

Lise Weil, editor of the ecofeminist journal Dark Matter: Women Witnessing and Britta Love, a a somatic sex educator and writer on consciousness 

BRITTA LOVE is a somatic sex educator, writer and healer currently completing a research-based memoir about healing and awakening through conscious sexual practice and psychedelic ritual, based on her Consciousness Studies thesis completed at Goddard College. She became an advocate for sex worker’s rights as an undergraduate at the London School of Economics in 2007 and has been a writer and activist pushing for the decriminalization of drugs and sex work ever since. Britta has spoken at the Psymposia Conference at Amherst College, as well as presented or facilitated workshops at the New School, the Assemblage, Tarot Society, the Gratitude Festival, Catland Books and the Alchemist’s Kitchen in New York City. Her writing has been featured in Medium, Alternet, The Raw Story, Reality Sandwich, and Chacruna and she has been interviewed for WGDR as well as podcasts like Psychedelics Today. Follow her at www.BrittaLoved.com or on Facebook or Instagram at @brittaloved.
LISE WEIL is an award-winning editor and translator whose essays and literary nonfiction have been published widely in Canada and the U.S. Her memoir In Search of Pure Lust is a finalist for an International Book Award and winner of an Ippy Award.  In 2014 she launched the online journal Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, a home for writing and artwork created in response to an age of massive species loss and ecological collapse. She teaches in Goddard College’s Graduate Institute where she recently helped found a concentration in Embodiment Studies. www.liseweil.com

Creative Team

Written and Directed by Karen Malpede
Music and Sound Design by Arthur Rosen
Set Design by Donald Eastman
Costumes by Sally Ann Parsons & Carisa Kelly
Lighting Design by Tony Giovannetti
Movement by Beth Graczyk
Production Stage Manager: Craig M. Rosenthal

Casting by Stuart Howard
Poster by Luba Lukova

George Bartenieff*, Tommie J. Moore*, Emily Fury Daly* & Lisa Birnbaum*

*Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

About the Artists

Theater Three Collaborative is an Obie-winning, 33-year-old theater, led by actor/producer George Bartenieff “(a national treasure”) and playwright/director Karen Malpede (“one of our most prominent political playwrights”). A multi-award-winning writing, design and acting team that has collaborated for over three decades on eleven original projects in NY and Europe. Their last four plays are anthologized in Plays in Time: The Beekeeper’s Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, Extreme Whether. Other Than We will be published by Laertes. www.theaterthreecollaborative.org