Storyteller Elise Robertson embarks on a journey of discovery about Rachel Carson, iconic environmentalist, born twelve miles from her in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 60 years earlier. Elise’s own demons quickly hijack the story, interweaving her own coming-of-age with Rachel’s, as they struggle with their identities as artists, mothers, and truth-tellers. Conceived and staged in her tiny backyard studio using an eclectic mix of found props, greenscreen, stop motion, and multiple zoom screens, the result is a whimsical, unique storytelling experience: sweeping and intimate, funny and moving. Elise plays multiple characters in myriad settings without ever leaving her office chair.

Currently showing as part of the C ARTS digital online theatre programme

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"This film is historical as well as personal, an act of performance and activism." - Wellington Reviews  Read entire review


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feature:

"Pittsburgher Channels Rachel Carson in One-woman Show Imagining Rachel" by Joshua Axelrod

"Tough, uncompromising, nakedly honest. Ridiculously great." - Steve Friedland

"Amazing visual art direction" - Maryclaire Sweeters


"Elise Robertson’s engaging presentation of environmental leader, marine biologist and author Rachel Carson is an Alice in Wonderland for nature exploration in mid-century America." - Maria Leicy


"An amazing piece of art, wholly original, and a delight to watch. Elise brings Rachel Carson to life in a way that does justice to her notable legacy." - Jo Dellapina

"At a time when global warming is so pressing, Rachel Carson‘s brilliance is timeless and as relevant ever." - Brian Donovan


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