Seattle Universityâ€™s greenSquat program in a new way of producing theater â€“ two or more productions share a stage â€“ the second production â€œsquatsâ€ on the set and production design of the first, reducing materials used, and reducing the environmental impact of the shows, which can often be substantial.
The first greenSquat production is a new play called WRITER 1272, a comedy by local playwright Vincent Delaney about plagiarism, ghost writing, and the complex conditions of college admissions. WRITER 1272 is â€œsquattingâ€ on SUâ€™s recent staging of Island of Slaves, reusing the set, production materials and even posters from the previous play to create an eco-friendly production. Any added materials are themselves found, recycled, or repurposed â€“ nothing new. greenSquat creator Steve Galatro says says, â€œTheatre is wasteful. In terms of time, money, energy, and physical resources, we have not yet done our best as a theatre community to embrace the trend of sustainability that is now present all around us. In greenSquat, we are challenging students to examine their responsibility as eco-conscious artists: examining the wide array of materials that make a production and imagining their potential to make another production entirely.â€
SU hopes that greenSquat will inspire other theater artists to reduce their environmental impact as well and has partnered with a number of local businesses to promote the idea and will offer raffles and green product giveaways at all shows.
WRITER 1272 runs through March 13 at SUâ€™s Lee Center for the Arts; tickets are available at the door or in advance through the box office which is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1:30 to 6:00 pm; call 206.296.2244 for ticket details.
Go to the Green Theater Initiative