How does the Anthropocene change what we mean by history, and how we tell stories? Theater director Anisa George and writer Gillian Osborne team up with actors from Philadelphia's experimental theater community for an unruly evening of blind dates between poetry and performance at Wetlands. We'll be playing with ideas of time: from the minutes it takes a flower to unfold in Bartram's 18th-century garden to the millions of years fossil fuels lay buried in the earth.
Anisa George is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia-based company George & Co. She grew up performing with her parents’ theater company, Touchstone Theater. In 2005 she graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and was granted a Tow Fellowship to study theater in Iran. In 2008 she was granted the Jack Kent Cook Fellowship to pursue an MFA at the London International School of Performing Arts. Upon graduating, she founded George & Co. – a company dedicated to the creation of original theater and film. To date, she is the writer and director of several plays, documentaries and short films including "Holden", “Animal Animal Mammal Mine” (Philadelphia International Festival of Arts), and “The Seer” (Nominated for Best Ensemble at the Edinburgh Fringe). She was a 2014 TCG Global Connections grant recipient and has worked as a writer and director in Philadelphia with such organizations as Pig Iron Theater Company, Opera Philadelphia, The Bearded Ladies, and Swarthmore College.
Gillian Osborne is a postdoctoral fellow in English at Harvard University’s Center for the Environment, where her research and writing interests include American literature, poetry and poetics, and environmental history. In 2013, she was a co-organizer of a Conference on Ecopoetics, which brought together scholars, poets, and activists. She holds degrees from Columbia University (in comparative literature) and the University of California at Berkeley (in creative writing and English) and has taught at UC-Berkeley, Bard College, and San Quentin Correctional Facility. Her scholarship has received multiple awards from the Emily Dickinson International Society, and her poetry and literary reviews have appeared in such places as The Boston Review, Threepenny Review, and Volt.