Spotlight On: Peter Dagger, Part of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

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The Clyde Fitch Report is supporting the actors, playwrights, directors and associated artists appearing in the first annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, a new “eco-friendly” festival designed to promote social and cultural awareness. At least 26 not-for-profit organizations with benefit from the proceeds raised by this 19-day event.

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Today’s featured artist is playwright-producer Peter Dagger; the play is Wait of the World.

Produced by Peter and Matt’s Production Company benefiting the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation
Written by Peter Dagger
Directed by Jeremy Bloom
Art by Sean Ward

Scientists underestimate the pull an individual can have on the planet. Their estimations don’t take into account factors like heartbreak, loneliness, and longing. By my calculations, the Earth is far off its predicted orbit and will collide with the sun on precisely October 2, 2013.

All performances are at:
440 Theaters
440 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
(between Astor Place and E. 4th St.)
212-352-3101

Performances remaining:
June 19 6:00 pm
June 20 1:30 pm
June 21 11:00 am
June 26 4:00 pm
June 27 6:30 pm

Each artist answers two questions:

Since the Festivity aims to promote social and cultural awareness in our community, can you talk about how your show will bring people together? Is the subject matter of the play — or is it more style or message or language?
Wait of the World is based on the 2012 apocalypse as predicted by the ancient Maya. Over the past 24 years, natural disasters have become more frequent and more deadly. The show addresses what is happening to our planet right now. Although the majority of the show is fiction; the volcanoes, hurricanes and climate change are real. I hope that audiences see that, apocalypse or not, time is ticking, life is fleeting, and we must make the most of what remains.

What role do politics play in your work as a theater artist? What role should it play?
The politics of the time are revealed in most plays, even if they are not political in nature. They are what make the show relevant to today’s audience. In Wait of the World, NASA, a government organization, is covering up the truth about the plight of our planet. Whether or not this is actually happening, I think secrets and coverups are a reflection of today’s politics.