“Boiling Point! Water, Politics, and Power,” a “living newspaper” stage production examining contemporary issues pertaining to the importance of water, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in Overbrook Theater on the campus of Muskegon Community College.
Tapping into the 2017 Muskegon Arts and Humanities Festival theme of “Water,” the show uses humor, parody and pathos to address related topics ripped from today’s headlines.
Among the issues the show will address are: Do living beings have a right to fresh water? Should the Great Lakes be diverted into plastic bottles for sale? What is the cost of bottled water in terms of production and waste, and why should people pay for it? What are the impacts of global warming, fertilizer runoff, greenhouse gasses, and storm drain/automotive runoff on the fresh water supply.
“There have been plenty of articles over the last few years documenting both water diversion and the Flint crisis,” said MCC theater instructor Tom Harryman, the show’s director. “The political action in the state has varied from courageous whistleblowers speaking up, to politicians spending public dollars to defend their disastrous decisions.”
In “Boiling Point!” the production team and ensemble, along with outside writers and specialists, examines water issues.
To created a “living newspaper” production, they borrow styles from “The Daily Show,” Bertolt Brecht, musical theatre, improvisation, and other presentation styles.
Assisting in the creation of “Boiling Point!” are MCC physical geography instructor Diana Casey, MCC theater instructor Kirk Carlson and MCC student director Molly Veenstra.
The all-student acting ensemble includes Lexi Anderson, Cece Gorman, DeShay Holmes, Isaac Hunter, Alexx Lohman, Ashley Poling, Joshua Powles, Madisen Schuppe and Brody Yarian.
Technical assistance for the production is being given by Sheila Wahamaki, Jim Allen and Susan Eyler.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 27, at the Overbrook Theater Box Office. Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff and faculty.
To reserve tickets, call (231) 777-0324.