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"You're on Earth. There's no cure for that," says the character Hamm, in Samuel Beckett's Endgame. The stage offers a unique lens through which to explore the reality of human existence on Earth, sharing the behaviors of characters in imagined circumstances with audiences. My honors thesis production, GAIA: an eco-theatre project explores human relationships with the environment and comes out of research conducted during the 2014 Butler Summer Institute. My thesis project began by raising the following questions: How do we impact the environment, and how do we react to changes in our ecosystems? What do our actions in our environments - our relationships to natural resources - say about who we are as a community, and as individuals? Through the creation of a theatrical production, I investigated these questions to involve audiences in new perspectives on what it means to be human, and as a result, came across new open-ended questions about how we interact in an increasingly interconnected global community.
Levine, Julia Stephanie, "Existing on Earth and Stage:
Exploring Human Relationships with Ecosystems Through Performance" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. 305.