Week 3: FIELD TRIP TO STATEN ISLAND!

This week we rode the Staten Island ferry across our historic, polluted harbor for a field trip. We met Tanasia Swift from the Billion Oyster Project who taught us about our sewer system, threats to our waterways, and the promise of filter-feeding oysters. Then we visited the home and studio of eco-artist Tattfoo Tan who … Continue reading

BIG GREEN THEATER 2018 HAS BEGUN!

BGT 8.0 has begun! It’s our fourth year at PS75, and we’re so glad to maintain the relationship. Many of our new fifth-grade playwrights saw the 2017 production, so they came in hungry to write. We’re also hosting BGT at IS77, a middle school in Ridgewood. It’s our first time working with sixth graders– an … Continue reading

BIG GREEN THEATER 2017 PHOTOS ARE HERE!

Check out production photos from the 2017 performance festival on our Facebook page!: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheBushwickStarr/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1364334367019249  

BGT Hits the Stage!

After a productive tech week, we started our performance run with mid-week matinees for the playwrights and their classmates from PS 239 and PS 75. The plays were a hit! The young writers were thrilled to watch their friends and teachers enjoying their work. We followed up the matinees with Reflection Parties, during which we … Continue reading

BGT SHOWS ARE THIS WEEK!

This week of rehearsal was our final week before tech! Our sustainably-constructed set is nearly fully installed and awaiting finishing touches– there are lots of surprises in store! Our sound design is working with the live music played by our band to create a lively soundscape that enhances the arcs of the plays and pulls … Continue reading

Song and Dance

This week the cast learned the songs the playwrights had written with our composer, Wesely Zurick. Our musical score covers a wide variety, including a folk ballad about being stranded, a soulful blues riff from an unpopular mayor, and an epic rap battle between some ghost crabs and the president. We continued to stage the … Continue reading

ECO-CONSCIOUS REHEARSALS

This week we kickstarted rehearsals with two casts of professional actors.  We read the scripts and then got up on our feet to explore how to create sea walls and Phytoplankton and gigantic crab robot monsters with our bodies. During the breaks, we kept our commitment to eco-consciousness by providing the actors with reusable food … Continue reading

FINAL DRAFT READINGS

This week, playwrights finished final drafts of their plays and we had our first reading with actors at The Bushwick Starr! In working on our final rewrites, playwrights worked with BGT staff to make sure the rules of their plays’ worlds remained consistent, cut any lines or action where characters were not working to get … Continue reading

IMAGINATION + EFFICIENCY

We continued design workshops this week! Students were visited by The Bushwick Starr’s Technical Director Jay Maury and Set Designer Michael Minahan to discuss design and develop mini set models (using recycled cardboard!) and costume renderings for our plays. Michael emphasized the role of imagination when designing. He encouraged the students to think about how … Continue reading

GREEN DESIGN

This week we had a design workshop with BGT green designers Michael Minahan & Preesa Adeline Bullington. Students imagined what a moment from their plays might look like onstage, then built shoebox-sized models of sets and drew costume renderings. The workshop was inspiring for the rest of the week’s writing, as we completed first drafts of … Continue reading