Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!
Created by Timothy Mooney
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Tim Mooney returns to the Minnesota Fringe with "Man Cave" a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!
After four years away, author/performer Tim Mooney is returning for his TENTH Minnesota Fringe! Tim’s first appearance on the MN Fringe scene in 2006 featured his highly popular sci-fi thriller,Criteria. Following years of classical Shakespeare and Moliere presentations, this year’s Tim Mooney Rep production jumps back to the familiar landscape of an unknown future, withMan Cave, a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!
This time around, Mooney projects ahead into the science fictional landscape of the near-future result of an Earth that has been driven to extinction! Audiences are calling it “Wonderful and terrifying!”
Loaded with irony and gallows humor,Man Cave strikes an urgent chord as the “last man on earth” (coincidentally, “Tim”) reveals a hindsight that only the future can offer. Burrowed into a “Hobbit home,” in northern Canada, Tim broadcasts into a microphone for whomever might yet be listening. Realizing that there may not be anyone out there, he turns his aim toward warning whatever far corners of the universe may still be out there receiving radio signals. Along with a stirring rallying cry for saving the planet,Man Cave walks a line that draws chortles and laughs in the face of the deadly future that looms before us all.
Man Cave had its world premiere at the 2018 Orlando International Fringe Festival, where the Orlando Sentinel describe it as “Al Gore replaced by William H. Macy with a lot more swagger and humor than the former vice president could ever manage [with] tenacious urgency [and] charismatic rage.”
Mooney explains, “I found myself staring down the paradox of taking action on global warming while, at the same time, waiting for incontrovertible ‘proof’ of man-made climate change. By the time any such proof might be established, it will then be too late to stop the inertia of a world that has hit the tipping point.
“I realized that the best way to get at the crisis was through sci-fi: rather than argue about how many years remain, we explore the fallout from all the time wasted in the thick of the argument: tossing around numbers and probabilities has become a meaningless quibble and climate change simply IS. From that setting, the one man remaining has a unique warning to send to the rest of the universe. I’m hoping a play that is both funny and frightening can bring the climate change conversation onto the table in a new and effective way.”
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