El Fin del Mundo

“Having hit the bedrock of our short-sighted indifference, we’re now fracking for new depths.”

Written by K J Dwyer

Genre: Drama

Dates:

  • Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 5:00pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater (64 E. 4th St. NYC 10003)

Synopsis

When a long-estranged American brother (Robert) and Argentinian sister (Mercedes) reunite to bury their mother, they must determine the fate of a family-held acreage containing significant oil reserves.  Structured as a small family drama interwoven with a science lecture referencing the example of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, El Fin del Mundo explores the "Venn Diagram" where issues of immigration, colonization and both individual and collective responses to Climate Change overlap. Their nuclear family history (revealed through a touching scene between Robert and his nephew, Mercedes’ son Andrés) illustrates the rich diversity and history of both the Irish diaspora and the global Latino/Hispanic community and experience, while also referencing the ramifications for aboriginal peoples (Andrés' father has aboriginal ancestry).   The play takes place in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southern-most city in the world – often referred to as the “End of the World.”  Using the title’s double entendre of physical distance and duration of time, the play explores our divided families through hard science, globalization and our emotional and neurological relation to time as well.

About the Playwright

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, K J Dwyer moved to New York City where he graduated from the Drama Division of the Juilliard School.  After acting for 15 years, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina and began to write.  The last of his ten articles for The Huffington Post, What’s Left? (2010), proved to be the inspiration for his first play, Long Division, which was a selected finalist in the MetLife Foundation’s Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition in October of 2013. In March of 2015, his one-act play Vestiges was a selected as finalist in the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s One-Act Play Contest.  It was performed in May-June of 2016 at Raices Theater Company in Buffalo, New York.  In 2015, after eleven years in Buenos Aires, he moved to Paris. El Fin del Mundo, his second full-length play which deals with the subject of Climate Change, was read by Moving Parts during the COP21 Climate Conference and was a selected finalist in Strange Sun Theater’s Greenhouse Project in January of 2016.  In March of 2017, his one-act play Inherent was a selected finalist in the 2017 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s One-Act Play Contest.