Solo Arts Heal

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

Wednesday August 18, 2021 | 7:30pm PT

Planet Phuckett!!

The Covid Edition, A Dark Comedy About Global Warming

A lecture/clown performance on climate change and global warming given by a character named Dr. James Light, an evolutionary biologist who’s been cashiered from his cozy university job because his lectures upset his students. Dr. Light presents his case that humanity is on a short path to extinction. He makes this argument while dressed in clown garb–And as a ‘death-clown’, he tells jokes. He makes balloon animals. He plays with puppets. But Dr. Light also lays out a plan for what a loving people might do under these circumstances.

About Daniel Kinch

Daniel Kinch is a playwright, actor, teacher, Activist and historian of activist movements. Born in Hamilton Ohio, he lived in New Jersey and Florida before finally settling in Brooklyn, NY for 40 years. His play A CLOWN, A HAMMER, A BOMB, AND GOD premiered at the first New York

International Fringe Festival in 1997 and was performed over 200 times in the United States and Europe. His play GOODNIGHT LBJ (a collaboration with a Vietnam Veteran about his wartime experiences treating heroin addicts in-country at Cam Ranh Bay) was broadcast on NPR on Veterans Day 2000. TWENTY BLOCKS FROM THE ROCK PILE, an autobiographical play about surviving 9/11, was produced for the Orlando Fringe in 2019. HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB was produced for OCCUPY WALL STREET. It has been toured to Washington DC and Florida and performed over three dozen times since its debut at the Occupy The Empty Space event in Greenwich Village in March of 2012. A video of that performance has received over 13,000 separate views on YouTube.

Mr Kinch also wrote PETRA KELLY SPEAKS TO POWER, a full-length biography of the German Green co-founder. His play is part of Kelly’s Berlin archives.

Mr. Kinch’s climate project project, originally titled Planet Hospice (a Theatrical Romp through Human Extinction), premiered at the 2016 Ithaca Fringe Festival and was showcased by the United Solo International festival of one-person shows in November of 2016.It toured to the 2017 Tampa International Fringe and the Atlanta Fringe.  Planet Phuckett is a play about the ramifications of climate warming as explained by Dr. James Light, a cashiered university professor whose job was taken away because his lectures upset his students.. The play was retitled PLANET PHUCKETT!! in order to reflect changes in the environment as well as the COVID19 pandemic. Mr. Kinch received a BA in Theatre performance at the University of South Florida and an MFA in Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, where he studied under Off-Off Broadway pioneer Jack Gelber. While at Brooklyn College, he received the MacArthur fellowship for play writing.

Guest Expert


Dr. Guy McPherson is an internationally recognized speaker, award-winning scientist, and the world’s leading authority on abrupt climate change leading to near-term human extinction. He is professor emeritus at the University of Arizona. His published works include more than a dozen books and hundreds of scholarly articles. Dr. McPherson has been featured on television and radio and in several documentary films. He is a blogger and cultural critic who speaks to general audiences around the globe, and to scientists, students, educators, and not-for-profit and business leaders who seek their best available options when confronting Earth’s cataclysmic changes


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. 

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