Robert Montano and Kathleen McCall in "Two Degrees," by California playwright Tira Palmquist.

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Mourning the loss of a loved one and mourning for the planet are both themes of the new play "Two Degrees" by California playwright Tira Palmquist. She workshopped the script in Denver during last year’s Colorado New Play Summit, an annual festival hosted by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and devoted to new play development. This year, DCPA presented the show's world premiere.

“Two Degrees” follows Emma Phelps, a paleoclimatologist studying ice cores in Greenland. Phelps has been called to Washington D.C. to provide expert testimony about proposed climate change legislation before a congressional committee. 

It runs through March 12 at The Jones in downtown Denver.

The cast and creative team from the DCPA Theatre Company’s upcoming world premiere play "Two Degrees" took a field trip to Boulder. They visited scientists at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at University of Colorado Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Pictured here is "Two Degrees" playwright Tira Palmquist. 

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Palmquist spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

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