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Ocean Filibuster

Friday, September 22, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Sunday, September 24, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater

Ocean Filibuster: a genre-crashing music theater experience set in a future Global Senate.

When “Mr. Majority” proposes a bill to end the ocean as we know it, The Ocean arrives in human form to defend itself. Obie Award-winner Jenn Kidwell, playing both roles, is joined by an “ocean choir” of local actors singing an urgent question: Can humans realize that we are Ocean, before it’s too late?

Ocean Filibuster uses spectacle, humor, participation and immersive performance to activate awareness and engagement in science and climate justice. This performance in two-acts includes an extended intermission featuring “mini-labs” – participatory exhibitions that explore topics related to climate change.


Tickets are $10 for all audiences age 18 and under, and group discounts are available. Email tickets@duke.edu to book for groups of 10 or more.

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Sunday, September 24 is a Sensory-Friendly Performance

Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend. Learn more here.


Production Credits


Written by Lisa D’Amour
Directed by Katie Pearl

Performed by Jennifer Kidwell
With: Evan Spigelman and The Ocean Ensemble

Music by Sxip Shirey
Lyrics by Lisa D’Amour and Sxip Shirey
Projection Design by Tal Yarden, adapted by Stivo Arnoczy
Scenic Design by Jeff Becker and Nate Lemoine
Original scenic concept by Jian Jung 
Costume Design by Olivera Gajic
Lighting Design by Thomas Dunn
Sound Design by Andrew Lynch and Sxip Shirey
Production Stage Manager: Lisa McGinn

This Production of OCEAN FILIBUSTER is based on the world premiere American Repertory production in March, 2022.

OCEAN FILIBUSTER was commissioned and developed by the American Repertory Theater in a partnership with the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Additional Company Credits:
Production Manager: Carly Levin
Video Supervisor and Programmer: Matthew Deinhart
Lighting Supervisor and Ensemble Leader: Evan Spigelman
Sound Engineer and Supervisor: Andrew Lynch
Animation: Rosane Chamecki, Breslin Sibley-Martin, Marina Zurkow
Augmented Reality: Agatha Park
Tour Manager and Producer: Amanda Cooper
Original sound design concept developed with Mikaal Sulaiman

OCEAN FILIBUSTER received support from: The New England Foundation For The Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Distracted Globe Foundation
Alternate Roots
And our Kickstarter Donors

Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Mellon Foundation and support from the Doris Duke Foundation.

Ocean Filibuster at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Ocean Filibuster Miami testimonials

Audiences love Ocean Filibuster

Ocean Filibuster, an argument for a sea change, with a dash of spectacle"

The Boston Globe