This Place Is a Message

Multiple dates

An original performance about public health disasters and what it means to live in them

May 12, 2022 | 6pm–8:30pm |
May 13, 2022 | 6pm–8:30pm |
May 14, 2022 | 6pm–8:30pm |
May 15, 2022 | 1pm–3:30pm |
Yale West Campus


This Place is a Message will be performed outdoors at Yale West Campus in Orange, CT.

Please note that as part of the experience, attendees will walk a total of approximately a half-mile outdoors on uneven ground accompanied by a guide. Accessible accommodations for the entire journey are possible with advance notice.

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This Place Is a Message is a devised, outdoor ensemble performance using the immediacy of COVID-19 to conceptualize the climate crisis. This original play will weave together letters from climate scientists about the emotional impact of studying climate change, efforts to warn future civilizations about long-range nuclear waste, and experiences of health communication during the pandemic. In exploring these efforts to share life-and-death information across vast divides of discipline, time and ideology, the creative ensemble will use empathetic storytelling to highlight the urgent realities of climate change. The creative ensemble consists of artists, scientists, students, and health professionals. Together they will draw on the emotional experiences of frontline communicators in both acute and chronic crises to establish the power of live performance as a tool for education and processing collective grief.

This Place Is a Message is a project of Faultline Ensemble, YSC, and the Yale School of Public Health’s Humanities, Arts and Public Health Practice at Yale (HAPPY) Initiative.

Funders include: The Burroughs Wellcome Foundation, Yale Environmental Humanities Program, Network of Ensemble Theatres, Yale Center for Climate Change and Health, and Connecticut Office of the Arts Artists Respond Program.