In April and May, I joined director Megan Sandberg-Zakian once again at Underground Railway Theater, for the world premiere of Sila, a play by Chantal Bilodeau about eight characters – including a climatologist, an Inuit activist, and two polar bears – finding their values challenged as they grapple with a rapidly changing environment and world. Highlights included learning to speak French with a Quebecois dialect (and some Inuktitut too), learning to manipulate a giant polar bear puppet (why do I always have to be the butt?) and working with an unbelievable cast on a story of vital importance. Chantal is writing a cycle of plays about climate change and its effect on local communities, one set in each of the eight countries in the Arctic Circle. It’s an incredible project that you can keep up with here.