Reprinted from NewsBlaze: â€œRaising the Roof with â€˜Greenâ€™ Entertainment to Benefit the Environmentâ€ by Rajdeep K. Bhathal, November 3, 2009
Manhattanâ€™s Theater for the New City will present â€œRaising the Roofâ€ November 9, 2009 at 7 PM to benefit its green roof garden project. The event will feature actress and singer Tammy Grimes singing â€œItâ€™s Not Easy Being Greenâ€; actress Betsy von Furstenberg with a â€œgreenâ€ reading; singer Judy Gorman with her repertoire of songs about peace and justice; post-vaudevillian (and author of NYC Fringe hit â€œWilly Nillyâ€) Trav S. D. performing songs from his show â€œKitsch,â€ or â€œTwo for the Price of Oneâ€ which is upcoming at TNC; Richmond Shepard and Alex Simmons in a new play, â€œLuncheon or Two Men, a Park & Pigeonsâ€ by Paulanne Simmons; a concert reading of â€œLong time Passing,â€ a fable set in the ruins of a war-torn Central Park by award-winning playwright Barbara Kahn; environmentally friendly and funny songs by Lissa Moira and Richard West; and much more.
Betsy von Furstenberg, a longtime Theater for the New City friend, says, â€œI cannot speak highly enough of Crystal Field and TNC. She has achieved the unachievable every year.â€ â€œWhat makes you think that will work?â€ a board member once asked about an unlikely goal.â€ â€œBecause Iâ€™m doing it,â€ she answered with such conviction there was no room for doubt. â€œAnd the theaterâ€™s green roof (the first in New York City!) will eventually blossom no matter what the hurdles TNC has to overcome. Iâ€™ll bet my life on it.â€
Green roofs, building roofs that are covered with soil and vegetation, grant many benefits for urban environments: they absorb rainwater, provide insulation, combat pollution and offer a habitat for birds. Crystal Field, who initiated the project, hopes Theater for the New Cityâ€™s green roof will be a beacon for the entire city. â€œWe will be the first theater in New York City to have a green roof,â€ she says. â€œIt will help our neighborhood. It will help the air quality on our block. There should be a green roof on every flat roof in New York City. Then we will have a green grid.â€
â€œRaising the Roofâ€ will take place at Theater for the New City, located at 155 First Avenue, between Ninth and Tenth Streets, in Manhattan. Tickets to the event are $10 and are availible online at www.theaterforthenewcity.net or through the box office phone at (212) 254-1109.
Go to the Green Theater Initiative