By Leigh Fondakowski
Directed by Caitlin Kane

April 26, April 27, May 3, and May 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
May 4, 2019, 2:00 p.m
Flex Theatre, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts


On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig set off the largest marine oil spill in history. The blowout killed eleven workers, injured dozens of others, and caused lasting environmental and economic repercussions in the Gulf of Mexico. Nine years later, how has the oil industry and our reliance on fossil fuels changed? How do the stories of those directly affected help us to make sense of climate change and economic inequality?

Developed from hundreds of interviews with survivors of the disaster and the families of those who lost their lives, Leigh Fondakowski’s SPILL explores the human stories behind the headlines. Cornell Performing and Media Arts PhD candidate Caitlin Kane directs performances of SPILL April 26–May 4 in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts’ Flex Theatre.

SPILL is co-sponsored by the Cornell Council for the ArtsLesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender StudiesFeminist, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesWomen's Resource CenterSociety for the HumanitiesDepartment of EnglishDepartment of Biological and Environmental Engineering; Engaged Cornell; and WRFI Community Radio.

Meet the Company:

Earl de los Santos Cornell Staff Member

Darien Fiorino '21

Emma Jelliffe ‘21

Emma Edy Kennedy '20

Ben Lee '20

Samantha Noland '21

Sara Pistono '21

Theo Richardson '19

Cole Romero '22

Joey Welsh '21