“Chantal has cleverly intertwined social change with climate change. The subtle messages are very powerful reminder of the impacts of our economic actions at the personal and the global level.”
— Charles (Chuck) W. Rice. Chair, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
The second play of The Arctic Cycle, Forward presents a poetic and humorous history of Norway, from the initial passion that drove explorer Fridtjof Nansen to the North Pole to our present-day anxiety over the rapidly changing climate. Woven through this history is the passionate love affair between Nansen and the character Ice. A blend of theatre, opera, and electropop music, the play progresses backwards from 2017 to 1893 and zeroes in on 40+ characters whose choices have unintended consequences that ripple through the generations.
Kansas State University, 2016