The National Science Foundation has fantasies of Broadway. It is funding what it thinks is a hot commodity: a new musical titled The Great Immensity that is focused on climate change at the cost of $700,000 to taxpayers.
The website for the production reads:
In a thrilling and timely production, presented in association with the celebrated investigative theater company, The Civilians, The Great Immensity is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show.
But this is science, so how about the hard data that undergirds the plot? Not to worry:
The Great Immensity explores the environmental crisis drawing upon research and interviews conducted in two distinct locations: Barro Colorado Island (BCI) in the Panama Canal and the city of Churchill in arctic Canada.
Just in case your curiosity is piqued and you have your own tale of climate change disaster to tell, the website wants you to get involved:
The characters from the play are here to share with you the latest in environmental art, science, and action, and to demonstrate how people around the world are having a positive impact on the big issues that we are facing. Now is the time to get involved in shaping the next fifty or one hundred years of life on this planet. Click HERE to learn more and find out what you can do!
Science and Broadway: Your tax dollars at work.