Ensemble Studio Theatre presents a theatrical exploration of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, based on more than 200 hours of interviews collected in its aftermath. More…
On April 20, 2010, the massive Deepwater Horizon oil rig, leased by BP and owned and operated by Transocean, exploded and burned off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest oil spill in history. For 87 days, millions of gallons of environmentally damaging oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico. This theatrical event goes beyond the headlines to tell vivid personal stories from all sides of the country’s greatest environmental disaster. Written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski, the head writer for 'The Laramie Project.'
See it if you are interested in documentary-type dramas. Over 200 hours of interviews went into the making of a play.
Don't see it if you can't use your imagination. Actors switch roles on a dime.
See it if You enjoy plays based on true events. You enjoy documentary style shows. You remember the Deep Horizon Oil Spill and the cover-up scandal !
Don't see it if You need a comfy classy theatre to enjoy a show. This theatre venue is neither. You are sick of hearing the words greed, cover-up + blame !
See it if you are interested in how Big Oil's greed ruined lives and the fishing industry on the Gulf; the personal side of a major oil spill.
Don't see it if you want a light, happy drama; you have no interest in the environmental and personal impact of corporate greed and major disasters.
See it if You'd enjoy a docu-drama about the BP oil spill and the greed, power play, corruption, and its terrible human and environmental impact.
Don't see it if You don't like "Laramie Project" style ensemble work with rapid character switches and location jumps
See it if You want to see an amazing staging of a complex subject. The second act is riveting. Be sure to read the information in the program.
Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional play with a linear plot.
See it if You want to be reminded how much human and environmental damage the big oil corporations can do. It is devastating
Don't see it if you are looking for something more conventional and funny. For sure this is not the " feel good " play of the year.
See it if You're interested in the BP oil spill, you like documentaries and you like staging that shows you exactly what the words say.
Don't see it if You like theater with nuance and character depth.
See it if You are interested in seeing dramatizations of recent events with good acting and interesting staging.
Don't see it if you feel that theater should be an escape from reality.
See it if Examination of Deepwater Horizon oil spill through excellent writing, acting, direction. A MUST SEE!
Don't see it if You do not want to encounter the aftermath of an environmental disaster
See it if you like immersive documentary theater where the characters are based on interviews with people who experienced the subject depicted
Don't see it if you have an aversion to documentary theater or don't like a show in which actors play multiple roles
See it if you want to understand how good people can be hoodwinked into voting against their own self-interests. Very timely!
Don't see it if you don't care how evil big oil is and how they ruin our planet. Very scary!