The drama of climate change

Joan Lipkin

By Ellen Futterman, Editor

As part of international Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) 2019, “Playhouse Emissions: Climate Change Theatre Action St. Louis 2019” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 at the Mark Wilson Theatre, in Xavier Hall, on the campus of St. Louis University. Admission is free. 

Produced by St. Louis’ Joan Lipkin, the evening will feature a sampling of the CCTA international collection of short plays inspired by climate change and prevailing attitudes towards science. In 2017, close to 140 collaborators in 23 countries hosted events, reaching an audience of 12,000. In the United States, 90 events took place in 60 cities.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing us as a global community,” said Lipkin, producing artistic director of That Uppity Theatre Company, and one of this year’s commissioned playwrights. “Scientists estimate that we have 15 years to decarbonize the economy if we want to stave off the worst impacts of climate change that will affect all of us globally.”

Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays that are primarily presented to coincide with the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 25, Dec. 2-13, in Madrid. 

For the full list of events and participating playwrights, visit