Peterson Toscano provides a lively, insightful, and at times hilarious presentation that helps his audiences wrap their heads and hearts around global warming. This is NOT your normal climate change presentation. Filled with hope, honesty and humor, Peterson’s audiences open up as they consider their roles on a new planet. Peterson helps us look at our current climate crisis from multiple angles including as a human rights issue as well as a deeply spiritual one. No one gets mocked or guilted into action, instead audience members relax and walk away with fresh ideas and hope. (No polar bears were harmed in the creation of this production. But we do poke fun at them.)
Peterson Toscano is a performance artist, activist and comic storyteller. Although he performs throughout North America and Europe, he actually lives in Sunbury, PA. Toscano presents original one-person comedies that explore gender, sexuality, faith, and climate change. His own personal story is bizarre. At first he struggled to accept himself seeing a conflict between his Christian faith and his gay orientation. After 17 years and over $30,000 trying to “de-gay” himself, he came to his senses and came out gay. He created the one-person play, Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, helped produce the award winning documentary film, This is What Love in Action Looks Like, and contributed to the Lambda Award winning anthology, Gender Outlaws–The Next Generation.
As someone concerned with human rights, for the past two years Toscano has taken on climate change as his primary focus as he considers LGBTQ, faith, and comic responses to the climate crisis. His does not dole out the typical gloom and doom, shame and guilt global warming messages. Instead he infuses his work with hope. He challenges audiences to pursue community building as he helps them connect climate change to everything from immigration to a cup of coffee. He is the host of the popular Climate Stew podcast and is a contributor to the Huffington Post.
A Quirky Queer Quaker Response to Climate Change
Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00 am
351 East Main Street
Millville, PA 17846
Want a sample? Check out these clips from Peterson’s Climate Stew Show.