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Climate Cabaret

Climate Cabaret Logo
with the
Sustainable Jazz Ensemble
Cheryl Anne Jones
Basha Parmet
Stephen Hiltner (sax, scripts)
Phil Orr (keyboards)

Friday, July 21, 2017, 8:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary
Arts and Culture Center

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome the Climate Cabaret to the 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center for a full two hour performance!

It's time to forge comedy out of angst, to take carbon and make carbonation, to have some serious fun with a subject that people feel so strongly about yet talk about so little. Come to the Climate Cabaret to gain fresh perspectives on Carbon (a seductive renaissance atom, but beware--not all carbons are the same!). Meet the new, improved, and highly lovable Mr. Sustainable. Witness a man's tragicomic breakup with his car. Take an Ironic Ride to the Dinky, and explore Earth Logic in Space. More recent numbers offer some giddy-rap down at the OK Leaf Corral, and a reading from a rare, carbonated edition of Shakespeare. There may even be a Surprise Delivery that promises to solve all of our earthly problems. These theatrical sketches by writer/director Steve Hiltner were born and raised in Princeton, NJ.

Climate Cabaret got its start after a talk by James Hansen at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Nov. 19, 2010. In the solemn halls of the Institute, where complex equations might more typically be projected onto the big screen, Hansen instead started with pictures of his grandkids, who will have to live with the consequences of what we do and don't do. It was one of many talks heard over the years, as climate change was rising ever higher in our awareness, its dark portents looming large over Stephen Hiltner's modest efforts to restore habitat in a local nature preserve. At some point, while cutting down invasive shrubs to make room for native species in a local woods, comic theatrical scenes having to do with climate started coming to mind. After so many years of writing and working towards sustainability, applying steady pressure against the walls of resistance, the scenes came as a welcome comic relief, a way to inject some fun into all the earnest effort.

Hansen's appearance in town was a bit of chemistry, bringing minds together, energizing our thoughts and hearts, and in the socializing afterwards Stephen Hiltner ran into a friend and local actress/activist, Basha Parmet. We got to talking, and she urged me to get the scenes down on paper. With that catalyst, a first version of Breaking Up With Your Car was ready for a read-through a week later.

Best known for writing and teaching about nature, and performing original music in his Sustainable Jazz Ensemble, STEVE HILTNER became interested in theater when ideas began coming to him for comedic sketches dealing with climate change. In the spirit of trying something completely different, he joined a community theater group called Onstage in 2012, under the extraordinary direction of Adam Immerwahr. The Onstage group is now based at Princeton's McCarter Theater. Steve has also studied acting with June Ballinger of Trenton's Passage Theater, studied scriptwriting with Ian August, and taken Shakespeare master classes with members of the NY-based Fiasco Theater. In his life-before-Princeton, Steve was composer and musical director for an all-originals jazz/latin group in Ann Arbor, called the Lunar Octet. The group played festivals in Michigan and beyond, including three performances at the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival. Steve got his start in jazz in the II-V-I Orchestra, playing gigs with many of the top players on the Detroit jazz scene, including a pre-Miles Kenny Garrett. During that time, he studied sax improvisation with Sam Sanders, a former student of Detroit jazz legend, Yusef Lateef.

Climate Cabaret members BASHA PARMET and CHERYL JONES have performed widely in theatrical settings, including McCarter's Onstage. Basha provided important encouragement and input early on in the development of the Climate Cabaret. Both Basha and Cheryl contribute to the workshopping of new pieces.

KITTY GETLIK is Artistic Director and Manager of Kelsey Theatre. She has also been a director, actress, lighting designer, and the general manager of The Open Air Theatre at Washington Crossing State Park. She gets a thrill out of live theatre and wants to share that thrill with everyone. In her spare time - she teaches Introduction to Theater (TA 101) and does theatre.

Pianist and composer PHIL ORR is a founding member of the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble. He serves on the music faculties of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts and The Lawrenceville School, as well as serving as Minister of Music at Calvary Baptist Church in Hopewell, NJ. His early studies with noted jazz educators John Mehegan and Neil Slater led to work in the mid 1970s as accompanist and sometime arranger for singers Vic Damone and Sandler & Young. Phil has been privileged to share stages, dim back-rooms and smoke-filled bars with Dave Liebman, Frank Foster, Danny Stiles, Bill Watrous, Melvin Sparks and Art Davis, among many others. Mr. Orr and Rider colleague Jerry Rife co-lead the annual “Cool Yule Jazz” concerts each December at Westminster.

For more information, visit their web site at www.climatecabaret.com.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary, and only $5 for school and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online below by selecting your ticket option and clicking on the "Buy Now" link to use credit or debit card or your PayPal account. If ordering two or three ticket types, each type must be purchased in a separate order. WE DO NOT MAIL TICKETS -- you will receive a confirmation of each purchase by email directly from PayPal. Online tickets will be held "will call" at the box office; please print and bring your receipt in case it is needed to confirm your purchase.

GROUP RATES are available! Choose the Group ticket option and each ticket will have a $5 discount from the General Admission price (same as the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary ticket price)! Group rate tickets must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rates apply only to advance online sales and cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert. Groups must present themselves at the box office at the same time. For group orders of fewer than 10 people, the full General Admission rate (less the amount prepaid) may be required at the box office at the time of admission. Group rates do not apply to Student prices.

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Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary is air conditioned, and is wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building.

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