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Climate change is the greatest tragedy authored by mankind.

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The play TOO CLOSE at HB Studio dramatizes the power of theatre to inspire, mobilize and perhaps change the ending of the tragedy playing out around us.


Written by Luigi Laraia
Directed by Pablo Andrade

Featuring Dan Owen & Richard Tanenbaum
With Music by Paul Critser

Presented in partnership with LAKEARTS FOUNDATION

September 13, 14, &15 | 7:30 pm | $25*-35
HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank Street, New York City

In true Hitchcockian style, the author sets the play in an everyday space and invites the audience to share it with the actors.. Claustrophobic, gripping, relevant.
— Capital Fringe Festival

A parable about climate change and its impact on two unsuspecting individuals trapped in an elevator in a modern-day high rise. At its simplest level, TOO CLOSE is a microcosm of a world in which depletion of resources leads to the inhumanity of man against man.



Following each performance, leading scientists, writers and climate change activists will discuss the global impact of climate change on our daily lives and the future of our planet.

Thursday, September 13, LESTER BROWN

Lester Brown, voice of the environmental movement, author of more than 54 books, and founder of the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute, will be interviewed by Arlie Schardt, chair of Friends of the Earth on what he sees as the most pressing issue of the moment. “With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage,” Brown says.  

Friday, September 14, Panel Discussion with MARGARET KLEIN SALAMON, MAHER NASSER, and more to be announced

Margaret Klein Salamon is the founder and director of The Climate Mobilization, a volunteer-powered organization that advocates a WWII-scale mobilization to rapidly transform our economy  and restore a safe climate. Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and also holds a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving climate change. She is the author of the blog The Climate Psychologist.

Maher Nasser has over 31 years of work experience in the United Nations System. In the last six years, Mr. Nasser was appointed three times as Acting Under-Secretary-General in charge of the Department of Public Information (April to August 2012, August 2014 to February 2015, and most recently as Acting Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications from 1 April to 31 August 2017). Mr. Nasser took up his current position as Director of DPI’s Outreach Division in February 2011. Prior to his current posting, he has worked in various capacities with the UN Department of Public Information, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in Vienna, Cairo, Amman, Jerusalem and Gaza.

Saturday, September 15:  DAVID FENTON

David Fenton, the nation’s leading expert on climate communications, will describe the challenge of communicating the reality of climate change in a way that awakens the public’s sense of urgency.  Fenton, who has created PR campaigns for, Nelson Mandela and worked with Al Gore and the UN on climate change, says: “Our communications as a climate movement is way too complicated.  It’s as if Paul Revere has not made his ride.”

Followed by a complimentary reception.

*$25 Student Tickets are available in limited quantities!