Tidal Surge

The seas rise, swallowing the world. At the ends of the earth, three generations of women fight for their lives. Inspired by ancient myths and modern shifts, this show posits what will happen to humanity as the climate changes around us.

Buy Tickets: Jan 12, Jan 13, Jan 14

Venue: NextDoor

Date: Jan 12 - 14

Time: 730pm

Duration: 50mins

Genre: Solo, Science Fiction

Warnings: Obscene Languages, Violent Content, PG-13

More info: Nicol Cabe


L. Nicol Cabe focuses on new, locally-written theatre in Seattle, especially when it bends genres or expectations. She has participated in Director’s Lab West 2014, and has worked with such wonderful Seattle theatre companies as Copious Love Productions, Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, RiOT Productions, Cornish College of the Arts, Theater Schmeater, and Work It Productions’ Shakespeare on the Troll.

Her one-woman show, “best-of-craigslist: Live!” went to the Portland Mini-Fringe Festival in 2011, and if you buy her a margarita, she might talk about her very first solo performance, “Sockpuppet MacBeth.”

Fringe 5 Questions

L. Nicol Cabe (Giant Nerd Productions) - Tidal Surge
Fringe 5 Questions by Carlynn Wolfe

Who needs to see Tidal Surge?
Anyone who wonders about the future, or dreams about where we are headed. So, you know, everyone.

What inspires this work?
Climate change, and how it is already reshaping our interactions with the world. I’m a science fiction lover, and writer – imagining the world in the future is how I understand the world now.

Where do we go from here?
This isn’t where … we intended to be. We had it all … Sorry, got lost in song lyrics.

When did this work start?
Earlier this year! I had one solo performance that I was touring, and I wanted to start another one; after pondering what I wanted to write about for a month or two, this idea hit me.

Why Tidal Surge now?
Because humans have irrevocably changed the world – we are well into the Anthropocene. I want to start the discussion about how our culture will change in reaction to dealing with deserts appearing in the middle of the US, less farmable land, changes to the coastline, lots of displaced people, more diseases, and not enough food. All within the next century. 

We need to dream about it now, so we can be ready.

Bonus – How does participating in Fringe make a difference? Does it?
It makes a difference to me, because I can perform for audiences who may not otherwise be interested in a science fiction play.