Evanston may be the talk of Nantucket, Massachusetts, this week. Why, you ask?
It’s because the play “Evanston Salt Costs Climbing” is having its world premiere at the White Heron Theatre on Nantucket Island.
The show, which opened Aug. 30, runs through Sept. 15.
The play was written by Will Arbery, who got his inspiration for it while in the master’s of fine arts degree program at Northwestern Unviersity that he graduated from in 2015.
In the real world about that time Evanston’s assistant public works director, James Maiworm, was trying to reduce salt usage by spraying a beet juice mixture on the streets.
In the play, the assistant public works director, Jane Maiworm, dreams of a more radical solution — using heated permeable pavers on city streets to eliminate the need for plowing.
But that could threaten the jobs of two other charaters, who drive the plows, and sets up what the theater describes as “a heartbreakingly funny new play about climate and change.”
Meanwhile, back here in Evanston, salt costs are climbing again. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says new price quotes just received for this winter are up 35 percent from last year.