Special Benefit Performance at 7pm
Plays by PS 305 at 1pm
Plays by PS 075 at 4pm
*El Puente reading at 6pm
Plays by PS 075 at 1pm
Plays by PS 305 at 4pm
All Sat. and Sun. performances are FREE!
Walk-ins are welcome but we encourage you to make a reservation.
Friday Benefit Performance is $18
Benefit ticket includes the show at 7pm, plus after party with music and refreshments!
BIG GREEN THEATER (BGT) is an annual eco-playwriting program and green theater festival celebrating environmental education, sustainability in the arts, and community enrichment. In our 6th year of BGT, our 4th and 5th grade student playwrights are tackling the theme of extinction. Proudly presented in collaboration with Superhero Clubhouse.
*This year, thanks to funding from the Mental Insight Foundation, we were able to add a third leg of the BGT program by conducting a workshop for kids outside of the school system at Bushwick's El Puente.
PS 305 playwrights:
Duaa Alyamani, Cristian Aguilar, Martin Cornejo, Madisyn Cosme, Rafela Dreyer, Ethan Gonzalez, Derek Jaramillo, Joel Jaramillo, Susanne Kane, Brittany Martinez, Anthony Lugo, Nathan Mina, Mina Shafeek, Jordan Ynoa, Dina Zaky
PS 075 playwrights:
Emily Arroyo, Jakilah Edley, Ariah Jones, Chris Bickel, Anneyris Pichardo, Mia Figuero, Ethan Navarrete, Xavier Pearson, McKayla Vanderheyden, Xavier Lopez, Bryanna Gonzalez, Omar Crick, Zabed Chowdhuy, Serenity Peña, Daniel Bordoy
FEATURING: Nanda Abella, Matthew Barbot, Aundria Brown, Vanessa Pereda Felix, Fernando Gonzalez, Eben Hoffer, Erato A. Kremmyda, Katey Parker, Mauricio Pita, Isabella Sazak, Sam West, and Wesley Zurick*
*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association. BGT is an AEA-approved showcase production.
Directed by Jeremy Pickard; Designed by Preesa Adeline Bullington, Eben Hoffer, Jay Maury, and Michael Minahan; Songs composed by Julia May Jonas; Songs orchestrated by Eben Hoffer, Julia May Jonas, Erato A. Kremmyda, and Wesley Zurick; Production Managed by Ayumu "Poe" Saegusa; Stage Managed by Keith Paul Medelis and Rosie Kolbo; Assoc. Producer: Maria Portman Kelly
Classroom sessions taught by Jeremy Pickard and Isabella Sazak with assistance from Alexandra Dahlberg, Vanessa Pereda Felix, Jonathan Martin, Sonia Mena, and Mauricio Pita. Classroom assistants for the El Puente workshops were Flako Jimenez, Katey Parker, and Gloria Zelaya.
BIG GREEN THEATER is a beloved 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 conducts an afterschool program with local 5th grade public school students, teaching them a combination of playwriting and environmental education. The young writers, a wonderful and lively group of 10-11 year-olds, devise a series of short “eco-plays” inspired by what they’re learning, which are then presented at the BGT Festival. The plays are 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, etc.).
The Bushwick Starr 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.
"The plays are little gems of creativity: From talking worms, to singing cormorants, to hurricanes personified as characters, they burst with imagination and show a deep concern for the world and the creatures that inhabit it. At The Bushwick Starr, Superhero Clubhouse crafts eco-theatre with Brooklyn students, fighting climate change one play at a time.” - American Theatre Magazine
This program is supported in part by The New York City Council, Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) Program, the Reva & David Logan Foundation, the Mental Insight Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and Con Edison
This performance time features plays by PS 305 students