PLAY #200: THE GREAT CHAIN OF BEING (JUNE 30)

A shop-front with a large sign: BEING.

Above, WORKERS in China manufacture plastic globes, behind a screen, their shadows flickering in the light.

A sign hangs: ‘MADE IN CHINA.’

Below, a chute spits out plastic inflatable globes, which collect in a dumpster outside the store.

 

Stage right: PARENTS, in America, and their child, invisible.

Stage left: MEILING, a Chinese American teenager, practicing an address before a Model UN Conference.

 

On loop, PARENT 1 collects a plastic globe and presents it to child.

 

PARENT 1

Look what Santa brought!

 

PARENT 2 claps.

This action is repeated slowly, along with the movement of workers, under the following…

 

MEILING

On this historic day…

Today is a historic day…

Fellow delegates…

I am proud to represent China…

This is a historic day, on which I am proud to represent China.

As the largest emitter of CO2, China is happy to launch its INDCS to reduce emissions post 2020.

…60-65% of 2005 levels…

This is an ambitious target…

Ambitious…robust…a target that responds to the urgency of the situation…

Yes, China does acknowledge our responsibility in this matter, we are happy to evolve our responsibilities with this evolving world-map…

We are heartened by the commitments that the US has made…

We will work with the US administration…

 

Black smoke billows across the screen above.

WORKERS cough.

 

MEILING

But…

Nonetheless?

However…

But, we also ask for cuts on carbon to consider consumption.

Should people breathe in pollution in one country so that children can have plastic balls in another?

Fellow delegates…Delegates…fellows?

we must…

we will…

the carbon tax must not only be paid at the manufacturing stage…

China asks that the other countries here acknowledge this issue, that they do not outsource pollution…

Just solutions…

We just want solutions…

We want just solutions…

 

 

MEILING paces back and forth, practicing.

PARENTS and WORKERS continue, black smoke billowing across the upper portion of the stage…

 

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