Solo Arts Heal – Blake Sugarman

Solo Arts Heal (Climate)
Hosted by Gail Schickele

Excerpts, talkbacks and Q&A with special guests
providing health and healing education and advocacy.

Wednesday, August 12 | 7:30 PDT

Blake Sugarman
Prelude to the Apocalypse
(For What It’s Worth)

Blake will be sharing excerpts from Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It’s Worth) which premiered at La MaMa ETC in New York in 2018. The show engages with the climate crises through the lens of evolutionary time, the biblical apocalypse, and the process of growing up as a person and a society. It all takes place in the shadow of a giant hourglass. Nevertheless, the universe breathes on. Through a blend of personal narrative, social commentary, and pop-science performance art Blake brings a fresh take to the climate crises.

Talk-Back with the Bay Area hub of Sunrise Movement. 

Sunrise is a youth-led movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We’re building a movement of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. We work to pass Green New Deal legislation at the local, state, and federal level that addresses climate change while ensuring that communities on the front lines of this crisis, including fossil fuel workers, are not left behind.

Artists Biographies

Blake Sugarman is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He finds expression as a poet, musician, actor and activist but is best known for his unusual solo performances which have been described as “spoken word and installation art in a theatrical duet.” Past solo work has been presented at La MaMa ETC, The Brick (Resident Artist Series), The Living Gallery, Bushwick Open Studios, and NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing.


Solo performers present real-life, empowering stories. Transformative experiences for audiences. A theater of resilience that celebrates overcoming mental and physical life challenges and offers hope and inspiration. SOLO ARTS HEAL includes excerpts, talkbacks, and Q&A that provide education and advocacy. Readings or clips of performances will be shared by artists in conversation with Gail Schickele, whose work as a manager and producer of solo artists inspired collaboration of performing arts presenters with artists on a medical track based on their personal experience. The collective creative vision? To help communities through educational outreach and the healing power of the Arts. 

Gail Schickele (Host) champions arts & sciences taking her left and right brain wherever she travels. As an arts manager, consultant, and producer dba SAGE Artists, she convened an ‘Arts Heals’ group of solo artists at APAP 2020 whose unique stories of physical and mental challenges evince the healing power of The Arts.  The COVID lockdown inspired Stephanie Weisman to create SOLO ARTS HEAL to share these outstanding stories of resilience, dramatic and comedic, for the entertainment and benefit of communities everywhere. Gail’s expertise in marketing, management, booking and production has served various theaters, festivals and events nationwide. Trained as a journalist in New York and Colorado, Gail has covered Colorado state politics and the environmental landscape of the Rockies. Environmental science inspires her educational and advocacy work in California with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and for the League of Women Voters for which she’s worked as an administrator and reporter on environmental issues Including legislation, climate science outreach, and co-chair of an environmental speakers series. Gail is honored to host SOLO ARTS HEAL where artists powerful stories offer audiences great performance and ‘informance’ on issues related to health and the environment, inexorably linked.

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