January 1, 1999

Eco-Cabaret Troupe to Perform at Middlebury College on Jan. 17

Production is a Comic Drama about Environmental Justice

In its continuing effort to promote ecological literacy, the Environmental Council at Middlebury College is bringing the Underground Railway Theater to the College on Sunday, Jan. 17 for a 3 p.m. performance of "InTOXICating," a comic drama about environmental justice. The cabaret performance will take place at the McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). A public discussion will follow.

The Underground Railway Theater is a Boston-based, nonprofit theater company committed to a continuing experimentation with actors, puppetry, and music, as well as the principles of cultural democracy and community engagement. The troupe is dedicated to creating theater which upholds the basic tenet of cultural democracy that all people have a right to their own name, song, and story.

"InTOXICating" is an original production examining multicultural and environmental issues facing contemporary society in a humorous and powerful way. The cabaret's predominant theme is that of environmental justice-the disproportionate victimization of poor people and people of color by various forms of environmental degradation. Other environmental themes in the production address pesticide usage, overpopulation, excessive consumption, waste, and tensions related to the First and Third Worlds.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency recognized "InTOXICating" with an Environmental Merit Award. Recommending this performance, the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice said, "it has taken the heart-wrenching, life-threatening issue of environmental justice and presented it in an eco-cabaret forum of satire, songs, and real life stories that are easy to understand as well as to learn from."

For more information, contact Lily O'Leary, Middlebury College environmental coordinator, at 802-443-5043; or Wes Sanders, Underground Railway Theater founding director, at 802-863-5708.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5, tickets for the show can be purchased at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts box office, Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students. For reservations call the box office at 802-443-6433.