SOON IS NOW

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    Edwin Torres, And My Mother's Mother's Other

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    Elizabeth Clark, Seeds Under Nuclear Winter, An Earth Opera

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    The Oysters by Miranda Rose Hall, performed by Liz Zito, Eric Magnus, Andrew Brehm

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    What We Give Back by Madeline Sayet, performed by Twinkle Burke

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    Tom King

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    all of us were all born in crises by David Finnigan, performed by Katiana Rangel

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    October Hudson Cento by Tom and Chet King, read by Chet King

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    Bedtime Story for My (future) Daughter by Caity-Shea Violette, performed by Hudson River Playback Theatre

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    Hudson River Playback Theatre

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    Escapegoat by May Treuhaft-Ali, performed by Connie Hall & Anna Zabel

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  • SOON IS NOW is an annual immersive day of climate theater, art and activism set in Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park, a former industrial site and brownfield transformed into an ecologically sustainable park on the Hudson River in Beacon, NY. This site was originally the territory of the Wappinger, Mohican and Munsee peoples, in a region with a vital history of environmental activism rooted in Scenic Hudson's fight to save Storm King Mountain from industry and Pete Seeger's fight for an unpolluted Hudson River.

    SOON IS NOW stages performances throughout this riverfront park as a curated tour for the viewer, with nature as backdrop and collaborator. Based on the belief that art can reach the hearts and minds of audiences on this most overwhelming challenge of our time, SOON IS NOW invites the public into this space of evocative climate theater and art to inspire collective activism on climate change and its impacts in our region.

This year, SOON IS NOW is Saturday, September 24th from 2pm-5pm in Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park as part of Hudson Valley Climate Solutions Week.

Free and open to the public. Environmental actions start at 2pm. Performance tours start at 3pm (sign ups first come first served).

Performers include: Jaanika Peerna with Coco Karol performing Glacier Elegy, Twinkle Burke and Stephanie Anuwe performing how to hold water: a spell for adaptive living by Erika Dickerson-Despenza (a Climate Change Theatre Action 2021 play), Edwin Torres conducting a poet's orchestra of 6 performers: Latasha Diggs, Jayden Featherstone, E.J. Mcadams, Urayoán Noel, Kristin Prevallet,Tamalyn Miller. Elise Knudson and dancers performing a new piece on George Trakas's Beacon Point to Lou Reed's Hudson River Wind Meditations, Connie Hall performing The Penguin by Nicholas Billon (Climate Change Theatre Action 2021 play), Tom King and Katiana Rangel performing an original piece about extinct birds and visual artist Jean Brennan presenting her eco-themed art installation.

Environmental groups include: Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Climate Reality Hudson Valley and Catskills chapter, Fareground, Outdoor Promise.

  • Founder and Director: Eve Morgenstern

  • Produced by Eve Morgenstern, Connie Hall and Brian Mendes

  • All images are stills from the filming of the 2021 event by Lucas Millard.

  • Fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts

Please support us at https://seedandspark.com/fund/soon-is-now

Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park was designed by REED-HILDERBRAND landscape architects.