PLAY #54: LIMBO, SENATE STYLE (JAN 23)

Two people (AY and ZED) and one piece of PVC pipe, 2-3 foot in length.

 

ZED holds out the pipe, as if it’s a bar to dance the limbo under.

Party music.

AY whoops.

 

ZED

Alright, let’s start easy: do you agree to express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.

 

AY

Alright!

Let’s do this.

 

AY limbos under, runs around, does it again, a couple of times.

AY hesitates.

 

ZED

Senator Wicker?

 

AY shakes head and walks away.

 

ZED

Alright, well, that’s something.

26 years after scientists laid out the problem of climate change

98 out of 99 US Senators agree that climate change is not a hoax!

 

ZED lowers the bar a little.

 

ZED

Okay, so I might be lowering the bar but I’m actually raising our ambition here, ha! Alright, Senators, who wants to dance to this tune: ‘humanity contributes to climate change BUT the Keystone pipeline will have no significant impacts.’

 

AY dances under a couple of times, stops.

 

ZED

Alright, fine. Fifteen Republicans in favor.

 

ZED lowers bar.

 

ZED

How about: ‘human activity significantly contributes to climate change.’

 

AY hesitates, stands to the side, dances to party music.

 

AY

I’m not a scientist.

 

ZED

And you’re not a dancer either.

Really?

There’s so much to do and we can’t even agree with what 97% of climate scientists are telling us – the change is caused by human activities. Only 5 Republican Senators are willing to agree to this – Senate already passed this in 2005, you know? We’re going backwards.

 

AY

I didn’t agree to anything then.

 

ZED

All we’re asking is to accept that humanity is impacting the climate. We’re not saying that we have to agree on what we should do. But we won’t even get there if we can’t have an informed conversation about what’s causing the problem.

 

AY just dances to the party music.

 

AY

I’m not a scientist

no no

not a scientist

I’m not a scientist

no no…

 

AY dances to the party music.

ZED drops the pipe to the ground in disgust.

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