2010 Festival:  Eco-Drama

The Center of the World Festival is an all age’s amateur Playwrighting competition for community Readers Theater. It is a two night two day experiential event celebrating "every person” public participation in the arts.

2010 Festival was held August 20th through August 22nd 2010. The venue location was Pine Mountain Club (PMC), Kern County, California

PMC is a private community near the historic spiritual site of Mount Pinos. This highest peak in the Los Padres National Forest was worshiped by the Chumash people as the center of the world (Liyikshup), "the point where everything is in balance".

Keeping the Balance:  Peace of Mind Plays

What is Eco-Drama?  Plays that:
  • help us think about the planet and nature rather than the "art of the play"
  • provide new endings to our global conflicts, rather than "the end of everything" negativism
  • may be only "playful eco-fables"
  • bring together environmentalism and Readers Theater
  • question our ideas about values, faith, and identity
  • combine problem-stating with problem-solving
  • are not about "eco-warriors" but about ordinary people making up their own  minds and doing what is ordinarily possible
  • see us recognizing our part in and responsibility to the natural world and  see us working with nature and not against it
  • connects the individual to the implications of their actions and their place in the world
  • stimulate audiences towards the radical and imaginative thinking necessary to understand a world dominated by environmental challenges
  • are stories of almost anyone--the poorest of the poor--the richest of the rich--nature treats us equally
  • tell a story--you hear it--it enchants you--you tell it to someone else-- nature gets heard
  • tell why we care most about what is closest at hand
  • empower our environmental survival with cooperation across oceans and continents
  • utters things that are not otherwise said
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