Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) presents the world premiere of a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be by Australian playwright Andrew Sutherland.
a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be is a moving exploration of human relationships with other humans, animals and nature, against the backdrop of climate change.
Playwright Sutherland says of creating this play, “This is a work that, for me, attempts to untangle difficult concepts of futurity and futurelessness against the imminent existential threat of climate futures. From the natural to the interpersonal, the play contends with the deep exhaustions and ambivalences of witness and memory. Without memory, we are unable to project ourselves into a future — but I believe, just as firmly, that hope and activism are predicated upon doubt, endless motion, and the inadequacy of ever reaching our goals.
The play attempts to treat the concept of hope not as a stable future or as a passive act, but as Rebecca Solnit writes, “an axe used to break the door down”.”
ITI’s graduating cohort performs three publicly presented plays as part of their curriculum. a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be is their second graduation show for 2019. This year’s graduating cohort will be directed by Singaporean director Koh Wan Ching.