Planet Phuckett (a theatrical romp through human extinction), a new one-person show about global warming and the threat of human extinction, will be performed at the Alanta Fringe Festival during the week of June 3-9. DATES: Thursday – June 6 | 11:00 PM Saturday – June 8 | 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM Sunday – June 9 | 2:00 PM
Planet Phuckett is a lecture/clown performance on climate and extinction given by a scientist named Dr. James Light. Doctor Light, who’s been cashiered from his cozy university job because his lecturesupset his students, has been researching the tipping point for climate warming. He has been wrestling with the question of what people should do if in fact the human race is on its way to extinction within the next ten years—if people are on the way to eternity’s trash compactor. Dr. Light presents his case while dressed in clown garb–And as a clown, he tells jokes. He makes balloon animals. He plays with puppets. He tells jokes about death and eternity and the Kardashians. But Dr. Light also talks about his own sense of loss. And he lays out a plan for what people might do if there’s no future (starting by being more generous and loving people). In his view, we are all in a condition of hospice and need to act on those things that are important, including the need to be with people we love. And perhaps Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross, the scientist who identified the five stages of grief, would encourage us all to say ‘PHUCKETT’ at this point.
PLANET PHUCKETT (Original title PLANET HOSPICE) premiered at the 2016 Ithaca Fringe Festival, and was part of United Solo’sInternational one-person show festival in New York City in November 2016. It is now on tour, having also been performed at the Tampa International Fringe Festival in 2017.The science of Planet Phuckett is based on the work of climate researcher Dr. Guy McPherson and others. Playwright Daniel Kinch will be playing the role of Doctor Light. This is Mr. Kinch’s ninth one-person show on a variety of topics including nuclear weapons and protest. He just finished a run of his new show TWENTY BLOCKS NORTH OF THE ROCK PILE at the Orlando Fringe Festival. His plays have toured the US and Europe, and HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB, Mr. Kinch’s play about the Occupy Wall Street movement, has been performed over 50 times and garnered 13,000 views on YouTube.
Tickets are available at the Atlanta Fringe box office or online.