If the climate disruption isn’t front of mind for you, a group of multi-talented artists, poets and musicians are bringing the emergency directly to the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in the form of World on Fire, a spoken-word and musical performance of 15 poems by diverse poets, responding to climate disruption and its effects on the planet, with grief, humor, remorse, outrage and love.
Conceived by Naomi Newman & directed by Corey Fischer, World on Fire features Naomi Newman, an actress, playwright, director and co-founder of A Traveling Jewish Theatre, as well as a recipient of a Milley Creative Achievement Award 2009; Barbara Borden, a drummer, percussionist and teacher and the subject of the award-winning documentary, Keeper of the Beat; and Susanne DiVincenzo, a bassist/cellist and founding member of the jazz quintet Alive! who now plays in orchestras, swing & jazz bands in the Bay Area.
The World On Fire performers were given a Kristin Lems award for Social Change Through Music in 2019. It was presented by Women in the Arts at the National Women’s Music Festival in Madison, WI, where this ensemble will be performing once again on June 30th to open the 45th year of the festival.