If nobody does remarkable things

This afternoon, in the middle of a category 6 dust storm, a cargo ship took refuge in the local harbor. Joel is on board and he needs somewhere to stay. Paul thinks they should rescue him but Anna’s not so sure. Not after what Joel did 14 years ago. A fierce new play about climate change and forgiveness that explores what happens when we reach the point of no return.
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If nobody does remarkable things

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  • Jan Probst:
    1 Jul. 2022
    A beautifully constructed play, that confronts the climate crisis head on as it underscores the fallibility of the humans who try to save this precious planet. The characters are wonderfully complex, and through them Gibson does not present any easy answers, but offers conflict that is as much internal as external. This play leaves an uncomfortable question on the table: must the child sacrifice the parent to the cause?
  • Greg Romero:
    28 Jun. 2022
    I had the pleasure of watching a reading of this play at the 2022 Valdez Theater Conference, and there is so much that impressed me about Emma Gibson's writing. This play is expansive, imaginative, beautiful, and addresses the climate crisis with urgency and eloquence. Gibson's characters are complicated and human and there is so much that Gibson tells us through suggestion, subtlety, and how smartly the play is structured. And the play offers such fun theatrical possibilities on stage! Excellent work that I hope finds many homes in production.
  • Michael C. O'Day:
    25 Jun. 2022
    A poetic and penetrating examination of a tragic truth - the great movements that we'll need to save this planet are dependent upon fallible, fragile, squabbling, messed-up human beings. Gibson is somehow able to find hope amidst the heartbreak, suggesting that our ability to heal ourselves and forgive each other might be the path forward for all of us.

Awards

Selection
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New Play Conference
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Valdez Theatre Conference
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2022
Selection
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Reading
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Purple Rose Theatre Company
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2022
Honorable Mention
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New Play Conference
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Play Penn
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2022
Finalist
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Henley Rose
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Yellow Rose Productions
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2022
Semi-Finalist
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Plays with a strong female lead
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South West Theatre Productions
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2020