With Tripping on the Tipping Point, Human Nature, a musical comedy theater troupe from northern California, is currently underway on its second production finding the humor in climate change, in song. "What?" you scream from your tree. "Climate change isn't funny!" The members of Human Nature beg to differ (in song). They have the reports, they have the hard data, they have a wasted Gaia slurring her words and stumbling across the stage, and they have, unbelievably, the stamp of approval (guffaws, in this case) from the United Nations International Conference on Climate Change, in Durban, South Africa, where Tripping premiered. "The show was a great hit," says Human Nature's official site, "especially for Zulu audiences." One thing is for sure: Human Nature does not shy away from a challenge. It's first musical comedy, Queen Salmon: A Biologically Explicit Musical Comedy for People of Several Species, was -- quoting from the site -- "an attempt to deal with polarization of rural resource-based communities over issues of salmon and timber harvest." We love everything about that sentence. The next show, What's Funny About Climate Change?, toured from 2003 to 2005, and inspired this wonderful quote from a climate scientist at Stanford: "It also playfully addresses some of the attitudes that make this problem so hard to get past the political censors who keep overstating uncertainty and understating the many actions that can cost-effectively reduce the problem." What? Love it!
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 6. Continues through Sept. 28, 2012