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cctr-logo-1Wednesday October 25, 7:30pm

Parker Theatre, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

Hudson River Playback Theatre, with Infinite Arms Puppet Theatre, presents CLIMATE MATTERS!, an interactive performance in support of the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. The show includes a specially-commissioned short play, “Pond Life” by Elyne Quan, enacted by shadow puppets, as well as personal stories told by audience members and acted out on the spot. A talkback with local climate activists will follow the performance.

CLIMATE MATTERS! is part of 2017 Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA), a worldwide initiative involving 225 theatre events in 40 countries and all 50 states. CCTA is presented biennially in support of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP meetings). The first CCTA, which also included a Hudson River Playback Theatre performance, took place during the UN climate talks in Paris in 2015.

Cosponsored by the SUNY Theatre Arts department and New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, CLIMATE MATTERS! is open to all students, faculty, and the community. Admission is by donation.

Hudson River Playback Theatre, a nonprofit ensemble, has been active in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 1990, performing for the community in theatres, schools, colleges, migrant labor camps, conferences, and more. They have performed by invitation in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Montreal, London, and Frankfurt. HRPT has carried out frequent public performances on climate change since 2008.

Infinite Arms Puppet Theatre was founded by Andrea Draznowsky and SUNY Theatre Arts faculty member Aidan Koehler. Andrea is a visual artist who began making stop motion animation puppet shows over a decade ago. Aidan has worked in theatre since 2005 as an actor, puppeteer, and teacher.



Hudson River Playback Theatre, based in New Paltz, NY, creates dynamic, memorable theatre and music on the spot based on true stories told by audience members.

Playback Theatre itself was first developed by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and the other members of the original company in 1975. In performances, audience members are invited to tell stories from their lives and watch as they are played back with action and music. The Playback Theatre method is now practiced in 60 countries worldwide to build dialogue, connection, and change. Artistic director Jo Salas, a pioneer of The Original Playback Theatre company, founded Hudson River Playback Theatre in 1990 as the original company was coming to a close. Hudson River Playback Theatre’s company members have backgrounds in professional theatre and music, social work, education, and community action. We facilitate dynamic interactive performances, workshops, and specialized events throughout the Mid-Hudson River Valley Region, Metro NY/NJ/CT Area, and internationally. Learn more about what we can offer your school, community, or organization.

Our vision:

A society where every voice is heard, every story honored.

Our mission:

To create improvisational theatre and music from stories told by the audience in order to illuminate lives and bear witness to both difference and commonality among people.

Our values:
Social Justice; Artistry; Community.


Hudson River Playback Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of New York USA





A month after the first worldwide One Billion Rising event in 2013, Hudson River Playback Theatre presented a community performance called Stories Rising. This story was told by one of the local organizers of One Billion Rising, and enacted on the spot by Hudson River Playback Theatre’s performers. STORIES RISING 2013