Community-based play about climate change, "The Next Storm", presented by Civic Ensemble and Cornell PMA, November 22-23.


Contributed by Rachel Gould

The Next Storm is a dark and humorous look at the impact that the climate crisis has had on our community. Set in the not-so-distant-future, our story follows an ensemble of characters as they face the struggle between apathy, anger, and action. Who’s gets to decide the course forward and what are we willing to sacrifice? What happens when students and bureaucrats, parents and developers, idealists and realist come head to head over the best course toward climate resiliency?

The Next Storm is a community-based play by Civic Ensemble, Cornell Performing & Media Arts - PMA, and playwright Thomas Dunn. Directed by Godfrey L. Simmons Jr. and produced by Sara Warner. The play will be performed by Ithaca community members and members of the Cornell University and Ithaca College communities.

Performance times:

Kiplinger Theatre
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
430 College Avenue

Buy tickets at or at the Schwartz Center Box Office, from Monday-Saturday, 1-8pm. $18 for adults, $12 for students & seniors. If ticket cost is a barrier for you, please sign up for a community ticket.

Post-show discussions:

Civic Ensemble will be leading post-show discussions after each show. For each performance there is a different theme. If audience members are interested in a certain topic, they may choose to attend the performance on that day:
- Friday, November 22: Grief and Healing
- Saturday, November 23: Youth and Climate Change
- Saturday, November 23: The Green New Deal

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Rachel Gould at or (607) 274-3306. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.