PLAY #350: AND AFTER THIS, STILL, THERE ARE QUESTIONS (12.DEC.2015)

A stage filled with pages of The Paris Agreement scattered across it.

Characters come in and pick up pages.

Some characters read the pages carefully.

Some characters throw it away in disgust.

Some turn it into paper planes.

Some eat it.

Some use it to wipe tears.

Some frame it close to their heart.

 

Who are these characters?

Perhaps it is everybody who has been in plays 1-349.

Or a whole new cast.

Or the recordings of voices, played as paper whirls in the air by a fan…

 

Whoever it is, there are questions.

Still, there are questions.

Such as:

 

SWAN

will birds find their way home now?

 

THAT KID CALLED HOPE

is this the end of the fossil fuel era?

 

GRANNY OLD TIMER

how do we keep up this momentum? how do we hold governments that will slime their way of any commitments accountable?

 

UNIQUORRRNS

where are the                         rights

of the

left                                         out.

 

CRUDELLA DE SPILL

why regulate shipping and aviation?

can we keep the gaps between promises and pledges wide enough so mermaids can swim through?

 

LEILANI

when will the U.N. realise that 1.5 degrees isn’t just a nice target but a matter of whether or not I have a home?

 

FREQUENT FLIER

can I stop feeling guilty now?

 

SPIN POP FIZZ

can you imagine the profit from all this carbon capture?

 

HOOPOE

what comes after the start?

 

MASTER GUTTER

when can this get to Congress so I can cut some of it?

 

MINISTER OF DASH

will this business all go away now?

 

ARCHIVIST

where will I find space for all these pages?

 

GHOST OF MARIE ANTOINETTE

and what has happened to my country?

 

ROBIN HOOD

when did forests become something to trade?

 

CAPTAIN OF RESILIENCE

can I have some of that adaptation money now?

 

SAY DON’T SOOTH

why are we even pretending that this accord can do anything to seriously mitigate climate change?

 

ZAC

do you think we’ll be going to COPs forever?

 

ANJALI

who is in that ‘we’?

 

SHOULD

should I be happy at these victories?

 

THE ADVERTISEMENTS!

won’t you have some Coca Cola with your Paris Accord?

how about some bottled water?

an apple with a COP 21 logo?

some natural gas – it is the energy of the future?

 

BILLIE

why can’t they say fossil fuel free? when will we drop this zero net greenhouse gas emissions bullshit?

 

COLLECTOR OF TEARS

will tears outweigh the icebergs in the end?

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH

in five years, will all these NDCs add up?

 

MOTHER

where is my daughter?

 

ISMENE

where is my sister?

 

KHADIJA

what if we all screamed at the same time, would you hear us then?

 

OH, THIS WORLD

why wait until after 2050? why is everything so slow?

 

WE CAN HOPE

does this redeem all this process?

 

HELEN

is this the first chapter in a new story with collectives as the hero?

 

THE RELUCTANT MATHEMATICIAN

if we want to keep well below 2 degrees, than why allow pledges that promise at least 2.7 degrees of warming.

 

UNREAL ESTATE

when can we start selling stilts?

 

MAYA

where do we go now?

how do we keep building connections between people?

how is it I feel hopeful?

 

The questions hang in the air.

 

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