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Event Time:Apr 27-28 2013
Posted on:April 17, 2013
The Bushwick Starr Presents:
The 3rd Annual BIG GREEN THEATER Festival
Created in collaboration with Superhero Clubhouse and Bushwick’s PS123 5th grade students
Performances April 27 + 28, Saturday at 4pm + 7pm, Sunday at 4pm
Sat. and Sun. at 4pm: Free!
Sat. at 7pm: $18 Special Benefit Performance
The Bushwick Starr is proud to present BIG GREEN THEATER, an annual eco-playwriting program and green theater festival celebrating environmental education, sustainability in the arts, and community enrichment. BIG GREEN THEATER (BGT) is an annual community based program that brings the youth of Bushwick directly in touch with the professional world of theater. For a four-month period every year, The Bushwick Starr works with a group of 5th grade students after school, teaching them a combination of playwriting and environmental education. This in-classroom portion of our program is lead by Jeremy Pickard of Brooklyn based eco-theater collective, Superhero Clubhouse. Each year, we partner with Bushwick's PS123 5th grade class; a wonderful and lively group of 10-11 year-olds, who throughout the program, write the original environmentally themed plays presented at the BGT Festival. These plays are being performed by an ensemble of professional actors, directors, and designers using only green theater methods (recycled materials for sets and costumes, fluorescent and LED lighting, paperless programming and ticketing, etc.).
Our performance venue serves the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn- a vibrant and diverse community that is currently lacking in environmental education. Our theater is committed to being a part of community environmental awareness, and this program is our way of actively working toward change through a creative and interactive process. With BGT, we are introducing a new model for arts spaces to provide community-driven green initiatives that serve a global cause.
"...it was a blast. The seven short plays were filled with things that only imaginations belonging to a group of playwrights aged 7 to 13 could conjure: tap-dancing tornados, "Ghetto Superstar"-singing oysters, kid scientists-turned-cormorants, and a compost bed inhabited by sassy earthworms."
- Mother Nature Network
BIG GREEN THEATER is Directed by Jeremy Pickard; Lighting and Sound design by Jay Maury; Set design by Michael Minahan; Costume design by Preesa Bullington. Stage Manager: Sarah Hughes; Production Manager: Maria Portman Kelly. Featuring: Nanda Abella, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Katey Parker, Vanessa Pereda, Flor De Liz Perez*, Sam West
Plays written by 5th grade students, age 10-11: Raydiris Serrata, Marylyn Barrera, Destiny Diaz, Sonia Colon, Areli Ramirez, Jaden Anderson, Damian Coca, Jacob Ramirez, Patrick Lenihan, and Selena Medina
*Equity approved Showcase. Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.