On the eve of Earth Day, I
attended the play
A Line in the Land
produced by Young Actors Theatre in Indianapolis. The play was inspired by William Lamson's video art, A Line Describing the Sun, which is part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's permanent collection. The post-apocalyptic play was not only performed by middle and high school students, but it was also written by them. The play --- and the education guide
which supplements it --- offers hope in the face of despair and imparts important lessons for all ages.
In the play, spirits from the past (Henry David Thoreau, George Washington Carver, and Rachel Carson, among them) visit one of the characters. They embolden her, encouraging her to experiment, to learn, to take chances, and, most of all, to believe that the impossible just might be possible.
I went to see this play to support one of the young actors. I had no idea that she and her peers had so much to teach me. I couldn't have anticipated how inspired and hopeful I would feel after the performance. These teens reminded me of the power of working together, learning together, and teaching together.
Let's work together to make every day Earth Day this year!