The continuing story of New York City’s water supply system in the Catskill Mountains.
New York City has developed the largest publically-owned, unfiltered water supply system in the world. Based on equal parts human ingenuity and the eco-system services of the Catskill Mountain forest, this system provides clean water to nine million downstate NY residents. Utilizing puppet theater’s elemental devices of enchantment, CITY THAT DRINKS THE MOUNTAIN SKY traces life’s quintessential liquid from those mountain tops to city taps. The original production premiered in 1999 and has become a perennial favorite in our repertoire, with over 600 performances at venues throughout the region.
Building on that success, CITY: PART TWO picks up where the original production leaves off and explores new challenges facing NYC’s water supply —- major infrastructure repair, land-use practices, and the unfolding effects of a changing climate.
CITY THE DRINKS THE MOUNTAIN SKY: PART TWO is designed for family and school audiences. The show is 55 minutes in length, and requires a performance space of 34’W X 25’D X 12’H. Download Tech Sheet: CDMS techsheet Download the Study Guide: CDMS study guide
CITY: PART TWO is made possible by grants from the Catskill Watershed Corp., in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection.
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