How Green Was My Playhouse


Summer Stalk

In the Guardian, a journalist recently blogged about a new environemntal awareness on the part of London theaters. He cited Arcola Theatre as the world’s first carbon-neutral playhouse and also mentioned interventions on the part of the Young Vic and Plymouth Theatre Royal. Well, we need no longer feel inferior to England’s scene–not in this regard, at any rate. A New York Theater recently refurbished itself and announced itself as the city’s first green theater. According to a Playbill article:

Formerly The Bottle Factory Theatre, the newly renovated 99-seat home of The Wild Project includes eco-friendly features like recycled glass tiles, bamboo plywood, low flush toilets, rooftop solar panels and energy-efficient glass windows. Even the theatre’s concessions will be environmentally conscious with eco-friendly paper products and a selection of organic beer and wine.

Are eco friendly paper products and organic wine sufficient? What, if anything, ought theaters to do for the environment?