The Green Sheet - Issue 20 - June 2014
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Issue 20 - June 2014

BGA Green Captains
Win Tony Awards! 

2014 Tony Awards Fueled by Green Power


Green Captains and Tony® Award winners

Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, and Sophie Okonedo

This year’s Tony Award winners include Green Captains Audra McDonald (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill), Bryan Cranston (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, All the Way), and Sophie Okonedo (Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, A Raisin in the Sun)! Check out the rest of the winners here.

We are happy to report that once again we had a BGA Green Captain for the Tony Awards. Marjorie Horne led the charge in keeping the Tony management and production offices green with a comprehensive recycling program and an emphasis on reduction and re-use. This year the NRDC purchased renewable energy credits for the electricity for the Tony Awards and also purchased carbon offsets for 100% of the unavoidable GHG emissions from the vehicles used for talent transportation. This year’s venue, Radio City Music Hall, had already implemented an enhanced energy-efficiency plan, installed energy-efficient lighting, and has an extensive post-collection sort recycling program. They have also retrofitted their restrooms with low-flow toilets and flush meters, hands-free faucets, and they use post-consumer recycled content tissue products. You can read more here


Did You Know?

The NRDC teamed up with the BGA to create the NRDC Theatre Greening Advisor - a guide to help theatres across the country implement eco-intelligent practices!

If you are looking to buy tickets to a Broadway show – even a hard-to-get one – this is a great place to go: At this site not only can you find tickets to shows, you can also allocate 5% of the price to the BGA when you buy your tickets!  And remember, group rates often start at just 10 people so get your friends together, get a deal on tickets, and help support our work greening theatre.

Spring Textile Drive

Our Textile Drive on April 23rd was a hit! Once again, the results of this drive showed how many people in our community are working to make the theater greener. We collected a total of 2350 pounds of textiles and shoes —that is more than four baby grand pianos together. AND it is the largest amount we have ever collected in a single drive. Our strongest allies were WICKED, that brought the most, and Jujamcyn Theaters, that came in second. ALADDIN came in third (pictured on right, Green Captains Rhea Patterson and Brandalyn Fulton) - a really nice surprise since this was the first time they participated. Thank you to all who joined in and made this successful - we are so proud of our team effort!

Another Great Bike Ride Around NYC
Raises Funds for the BGA


Members of the BGA's team at the 2014 TD Five Boro Bike Ride


The Broadway Green Alliance was once again this year a charity partner for the 2014 TD Five Boro Bike Ride run by the non-profit Bike New York. Our team of 10 intrepid riders pedaled around the city on a bright but windy day in early May. The donations that they solicited have earned a net of $15,653 for the BGA. And in case you haven’t made a donation yet, our fundraising pages are still up. You can make a donation to the BGA here! 


Check out John Carrafa's Photo Essay here to see the BGA's ride. 


On behalf of our riders, the BGA would like to thank our 2014 bike ride donors!


More BGA riders under the RFK Bridge

We are delighted to have received donations from such notable theatre names as Rocco and Debby Landesman, James Lapine (Playwright/Director), Ronnie Lee, Carl Levin (Broadway League/Tony Awards), Paul Libin (Jujamcyn Theaters), Alex Mustelier (Lincoln Center Theatre), Gene O'Donovan (Aurora Productions), Chuck Prescott (Sweet Concessions), Jordan Roth (Jujamcyn Theaters), and our own Susan Sampliner (WICKED).  Please see the full list of donors HERE.

From a Green Captain:
Bethany Russell at MOTHERS & SONS


Four years ago, the first time I was a Green Captain, I positioned recycle bins near waste baskets, posted signs about recycling and ordered eco-friendly coffee/office supplies. I was so excited. I thought I was going to change everyone in the company into tree-hugging, eco-champions. The reality was, I watched people drink from a paper coffee cup while reading a recycle sign then drop the cup in the trash instead of the recycle bin 3 feet away. Or I cringed when someone walked into the theater with a plastic bag containing only a small Power Bar. Trying to change long-ingrained habits can be painfully frustrating. However, in the few years I have been involved in BGA I have seen a shift in attitude. Instead of being met with resistance and taunts of “hippie,” I am met with encouragement. BGA has made that happen. 

At Mothers & Sons we are doing everything we can to be green and it is coming from many different departments. Our GM graciously provided everyone in the company (cast & crew) a water cup, coffee mug, set of silverware, eco-friendly dish soap, and a dish sponge made from recycled material. Nothing warms my heart like seeing an actor use his coffee mug. The actors drink from reusable water bottles back stage. Our wardrobe department uses eco-friendly products (without being prompted!). All dressing rooms have cloth hand towels, recycle bins, signs telling them what they can and can’t recycle, and signs reminding them to turn off lights. The batteries in the headsets are changed when they get low, about every other week, instead of every other show and then the batteries are recycled. The Golden Theatre uses eco-friendly cleaning supplies, recycle bins outnumber trash cans in the lobby, and all dressing room mirrors use CFLs. 

I think BGA is a wonderful organization and am proud to be a part of it.

BGA Joins the Easter Parade!




SHOWTIME: Noah Aberlin, sporting the BGA's bonnet (right), takes the stage along with other affiliates' entries.
As part of his sketch, Noah pulled pieces from his bonnet and recycled them. 

Spring has sprung, and so have the bonnets! For the past 28 years, shows and affiliated organizations have been parading their voluminous statements in the form of elaborate bonnets in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Easter Bonnet Competition. This charitable event, comprised of performances by companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions, is the capstone to the Spring Collections where the shows give curtain speeches and auction off items to raise money for BC/EFA.  Joining in on the parade with the other affiliate organizations (Broadway Impact

R.Evolución Latina and Broadway Serves), the Broadway Green Alliance’s bonnet left its mark with unique style and a message of respecting the environment around us. Our bonnet was designed by Ann Beyersdorfer (a recent design graduate from Syracuse University) and Kalyani Priyadarshan (a junior design student from the New School), and built with the help of the BGA’s Laurel Parrish.   BGA volunteer Noah Aberlin wore the bonnet in the shows with grace and humor. Ann shares her experience working on the BGA’s 2014 Easter Bonnet in an article on our website.  Below are some excerpts, but you can read the whole article (and see all of the pictures) here.



With Kalyani Priyadarshan by my side, and with the mentorship of designer Donyale Werle to guide us, we set out on a fantastic treasure hunt amongst the city’s abandoned beauties that would soar to great heights, quite literally.

Standing at approximately 3 feet tall and comprised of up-cycled materials, the BGA bonnet portrays a visual of what one may see when taking a springtime ride on a Citi Bike through New York City. We were also interested in the sustainable benefits of the Citi Bike as well as the forward movement of the bike and its path, and wanted to incorporate that motion in a way that suggests forward, sustainable thinking. The design result: a merge of these ideas into a simplified, bold statement, reaching beyond basic recycling symbols, and giving viewers something beautiful to look at that is made 100% from up-cycled and recycled materials. With the help of Laurel Parrish, wardrobe stock coordinator at WICKED, and in the spirit of spring’s continuous renewal of life, our team gave new life to discarded objects by using them as the materials to construct the bonnet.

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