‘Man Cave’ takes devastating look at climate change


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Regular Fringe participant Timothy Mooney brings his newest one-man show to the Center for Spiritual Living as he presents “Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!” to spotlight the devastation of global warming and the destruction of the earth’s atmosphere.

“Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!” brings the audience inside the Man Cave of the last man on earth sending internet messages to whomever in the universe might capture or hear his final broadcast. While broadcasting what may be his final words, he spells out the events that led to the devastation.

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Mooney, an actor, author, and director confronts climate change with as much energy as he has some of his past one-hour Shakespeare shows (“Breakneck Hamlet,” “Breakneck Julius Caesar,” and “Shakespeare’s Histories”). His blend of humor, breakneck dialogue, and make his a popular show in other Fringe Festivals

“Whoops, Apocalypse! Hanging on by a thread, at the tail end of climate change, the last man on earth broadcasts a warning to whatever Klingons, Vulcans, or Tralfamadorians might still be out there listening! Electrifying! Haunting! And so, the world ends: with neither bang, nor whimper. But a few final last-minute jokes on us,” according to Mooney’s Fringe poster.

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“Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!” is a one-man show with rapid-fire dialogue outlining the history of climate change and the reasons the world finds itself in the heart of a crisis. The show cries out for global awareness and a change in philosophy to save the planet for future generation.

The scenario Mooney paints explains about a population explosion, the increased need for food, the growing use and demand for fossil fuels, the increasing heat cycle, the melting of the permafrost, release of old diseases, increased methane gas which leads to more heat. The increased heat that results in melting icebergs, shrinking of the polar ice caps, and loss of topical vegetation.

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The resulting stew creates a poisonous brew that effects the earth and all living things. While Mooney’s piece is humorous, the implication is that disaster nears.

“Man Cave, a One-Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy!” can be seen at the Center for Spiritual Living at the following times: July 21 @ 4:30 p.m., July 22 @ 7:30 p.m., July 26 @ 7:30 p.m., July 27 @ 9 p.m.

“Al Gore replaced by William H. Macy, with a lot more swagger and humor than the former vice president could ever manage!” (Orlando Sentinel)

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2 thoughts on “‘Man Cave’ takes devastating look at climate change

  1. Deb

    I didn’t realize I would feel a pit in my stomach when I went to see the show. It was provocative, challenging, and presented as if a shakesperian play with thought-provoking dialogue mixed with just enough wit to keep things from being too heavy. Nothing and everything is sacred.

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