Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your seats. Things are about to get hot, sticky, and dirty. But not in a sexy way — in a soon-to-be-scorched-earth way, thanks to Heather Woodbury’s As the Globe Warms, presented by FIU Theatre. The award-winning writer and performer delves into her one-woman act, dishing out characters ranging from endangered species of frog, closeted homosexuals, desperate scientists, and a riot of Evangelicals. If that kooky alternate reality isn’t weird enough for you, just keep in mind most of the eyewitness reports in the show come from animals. Woodbury is FIU Theatre’s artist-in-residence and will perform her multitude of characters at the department’s Alternative Theatre Festival, helmed by professor Michael Yawney. Told in six parts, individually viewable but making up a grander whole, the story takes place in the fictional town of Vane Springs, Nevada, where a herpetologist — that’s someone who studies amphibians, not herpes, you perv — shows up to save a frog species on the verge of extinction and develops a unique relationship along the way. The show explores what it means to live on a planet speeding on the fast lane to climate catastrophe.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 6. Continues through July 21, 2012