Pop Up Play Reading! Chris Pendry’s The Last Generation


May 23, 2024 7:30pm



Pop Up Play Reading! Chris Pendry’s The Last Generation

Join us for a pop-up play reading event in our Black Box Theater. The Last Generation: Three New Plays for (Another) Divisive Election Year will feature three new one-act plays written and directed by Chris Pendry.

  • The Last Generation—Across Europe, multiple cells of the environmental activist organization The Last Generation throw food items on famous paintings to call attention to the climate crisis. This catches the eye of multiple international governments, which seek to take down the organization rather than enact policy to avert the crisis. Part fiction, part transcripts, this play is based on real events.
  • Plastic – In this satirical comedy, social media (micro)influencer Sabrina’s top brand sponsor is a plastic water bottle company. When the president announces a national ban on single-use plastics, Sabrina’s life is turned upside down as she scrambles to keep her sponsorship and tries her hardest to overturn the ban.
  • Hope? – On the night of the 2008 presidential election, a toxic friend group gathers to witness history. As the drinks flow, they confront their political stances and broken relationships, with disastrous consequences.

Chris Pendry (he/him) is a theatre and film artist currently living in Overland Park. Born and raised in Lawrence, he spent the first 22 years here, making a home at the Lawrence Arts Center and graduating from the University of Kansas in 2022. Since graduating, Chris has primarily worked in theatre management & events at the Florida Studio Theatre, Circus Flora, and is currently working for the Chiefs. He has studied playwriting at the Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College. He assisted in professional new play development and wrote his play, Destroyed by Horses, which was workshopped and performed. Other plays include Ritual and Who’s Got the Pain?, which he directed at KU. Recent onstage credits: Ghosts in On-Born Children & Ghosts (Three-Faced Productions) and Legionnaire/Mike (U/S) in What the Constitution Means to Me (Florida Studio Theatre). Chris is excited to begin an MFA in Film at the University of Georgia this summer.


Thursday, May 23 | 7:30 pm

Lawrence Arts Center Black Box Theater

Total running time is approximately 80 minutes