U The Comedy of Global Warming

il_uthecomedy_poster_lg_v121The indie5 09/10 season opener U: The Comedy of Global Warming is a unique, independently produced, locally created multi-media play about Alberta and Climate Change.

U: The Comedy of Global Warming is a ribald, funny and engaging mixture of information, entertainment, criticism and hope that blends fiction and fact in search of truth and answers. The story of an oil tycoon and a climate change refugee entangled in a dangerously funny love triangle interweaves with video recorded interviews featuring real-life scientists from the University of Alberta, politicians from the federal, provincial and city legislatures, environmental activists and regular citizens – all talking about climate change. As the story hurtles toward a disastrous consequence, the documentary material grapples to resolve the defining issue of our age and save the day for everyone.

Written and Directed by Ian Leung.

Starring: Clinton Carew, Tim Hamaguchi, Garett Spelliscy, Cole Humeny, Melissa Thingelstad and a chorus of honest to goodness scientific and political experts and activists.

Stage Manager: Anna Davidson | Set & Lights: Guido Tondino & Victoria Zimski | Costumes: Tata Tuviera | Sound and Music: Matt Skopyk | Video: Mel Geary, Joel Higham, Mike McLaughlin, Aaron munson, John Osborne | Fights: Patrick Howarth

December 11 – 20, 2009
Media Room of the Fine Arts Building at the University of Alberta
Tuesdays-Sundays, 8pm | Sundays 2pm matinee
Tickets are available at the door or through Tix on the Square (780.424.1757).

Stay tuned to www.albertaville.ca for extended versions of the twenty-two interviews conducted for the play, including conversations with University of Alberta scientists David Schindler, Andrew Derocher, Colleen Cassady St. Clair, Suzanne Bayley, Martin Sharp and Arturo Sanchez, activists from Greenpeace, the Pembina and Parkland Institutes and public legislators MP Linda Duncan, MLAs Laurie Blakeman, Kevin Taft and Rachel Notley and City Councillors Ben Henderson and Don Iveson.

Generously funded by the Edmonton Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and supported by the University of Alberta Department of Drama and Faculty of Education.

For more information on U: The Comedy of Global Warming please visit www.albertaville.ca.

Climate Comedy, See Magazine
The Comedy of Global Warming, Vue Magazine
Finding the Funny in Global Warming, Edmonton Journal
What’s so Funny About Global Warming?, Physorg.com