Footprints of the Polar Bear & Other Eco-Centric Plays

Fred (Monty Renfrow) tries to talk to Jack (Ken Coughlin) off the top of a bridge in Phil Paradis's Footprints of the Polar Bear, one of five eco-centric one-act plays performed together at American Theatre of Actors.

By Andrew Andrews

In Footprints of the Polar Bear, a homeless man named Jack who goes by the name Polar Bear lectures passers-by about the dangers of climate change, particularly concerned for the creatures that inhabit the arctic.

When he climbs to the top of a bridge to escape the crowds and find peace to meditate, somebody calls 9-1-1 believing it’s a suicide attempt, and a firefighter named Fred appears to try to talk him down.

During this mini-festival at the American Theatre of Actors, this two-scene play is preceded by four other short, “eco-centric” one act plays:

A grandfather and his grandson bond as they search for The Perfect Place to plant a sapling tree.

Opposing sides present different viewpoints on an oil spill cleanup during a television broadcast of Breaking Gulf News.

A simple man explains that natural disasters prove the Creator’s wrath against General Motors in the darkly comic God is a Ford Man.

Lastly, in the experimental tale Natural Rarities Up For Bid, the richest man in the world purchases jars of water sealed in the early 1900s at auction in the year 2184.

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Andrew Andrews attended Footprints of the Polar Bear & Other Eco-Centric Plays at American Theatre of Actors Sargent Theater in New York on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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