About The Boycott
The Story of the Show
Kathryn Blume is a woman with a simple goal. All she wants is to save the world from global warming, and she’s trying to create a movie that will do it.
The film will be hilarious and poignant and utterly magical, and launch a worldwide eco-revolution by convincing every person who sees it that global warming isn’t just an environmental issue, it’s everyone’s issue and it’s absolutely imperative that they drop everything and dedicate their life to solving the problem. And they will.
But she’s got a couple of problems.
I’m an obscure solo performer from Vermont. I don’t know anyone in Hollywood. And I’m in a chronic, weepy panic over the fact that serious climate change is happening now and while the whole point of this piece is to help save the world, I’m afraid it’s already too late.
Then Kathryn has an idea:
What if I turn the story into a one-woman show, videotape it, and then post it on YouTube? I mean, the whole point of this piece is to reach and activate as wide an audience as possible, and YouTube is getting something like 4 billion hits a month.
And so she hatches The Boycott, a movie-within-a-play, in which the First Lady of the United States, Lyssa Stratton, launches a nationwide sex strike to fight global warming.
As the play unfolds, the story of Kathryn, trying to keep her emotional head above the waters of despair and create a piece of theater which will make a difference, interweaves with the story of Lyssa, who has to take on her indifferent husband, a hostile press, and a romantic rival who’s not only in bed with the President, but with the darkest powers of the oil industry.
Aided by her impassioned daughter, a high tech Secret Service agent, and a plucky Brazilian tree frog she meets on the Astral Plane, Lyssa bumps and lurches her way into an unexpected, wildly comic, and ultimately successful campaign called The Gaia Program. Emulating the Apollo Program, she energizes the country into creating an exciting and wholly sustainable future.
Kathryn, too, with the help of friends, the extended DVD of The Lord of the Rings, and significant quantities of dark chocolate (organic and fair trade, of course), manages to complete her tale and find a bright flame of hope for herself, for her audience, and for the future of the world.
The History of The Boycott
The Boycott began development in early 2006 thanks to a New Arts Space Assistance grant from the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Further work continued at The Hungarian Multicultural Center in Csopak, Hungary. The piece premiered in January, 2007 as part of the season at Vermont Stage Company in Burlington.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Acorn Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation and over 60 private donations, The Boycott had a critically-acclaimed six week run at the ArcLight Theatre in New York City October 12 – November 18, 2007.
The full show has toured to Alaska, California, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The 20-minute "Reader's Digest" version has been seen at Fairfield County GreenDrinks, Fairfield Earth Day, Oxford University, and the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Annual Conference. Future plans include runs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and London, and the production of a concert film for national distribution.
For upcoming tour dates, please see the Show Schedule.
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Make a tax-deductible donation to The Boycott. Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, is serving as my fiscal sponsor. Contributions made on my behalf to Fractured Atlas are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.