Who are you?
Organic Theater Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh's first ECO-FRIENDLY theater company!
Organic seeks to provide the city we love with a wholly organic theatrical experience.
Through an improvisation-based rehearsal process, the creative use of Earth-friendly, recyclable and sustainable materials and steady collaboration with local artists, merchants and environmental organizations, Organic lives to combine the worlds of theater, environment and life.
What the press has to say about Organic:
- Named "Best Debut of a New Company" by Christopher Rawson, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Listed as one of Pittsburgh's most memorable moments in Pittsburgh theatre by F.J. Hartland on PittsburghTheatreToday.
- See more on our press-page.
What are you guys up to?
Organic is currently exploring contemporary notions of scarcity and overconsumption in America and across the globe and how they impact our lives and our environment.
Interesting, right!? Here's our agenda:
- Stage a play: SCARCITY by Lucy Thurber
- Launch a New Play Incubator for local playwrights: The Greenhouse Project
- Host a "water-walk"
- Raise funds for clean and sustainable water systems in countries where water is scarce through a partnership with WATER STEP.
That sounds awesome! Tell me more...
We are currently in the throws of staging Lucy Thurber's Scarcity. Originally produced by The Atlantic Theater Company in 2007, Scarcity is, "an engrossing look at ambition and abivalence on the wrong side of the tracks." -NYSun. In the vein of television shows like Rosenne and Shameless, Scarcity introduces the audience to the Lawrence family, whose struggle with poverty, boredom and lost potential in a small western Massachusettes town epitomizes the inate desire within all of us to want more. Into this isolated town comes Ellen, a highly educated, wealthy and well-traveled young woman who wants to give back to her country through education. She starts teaching in the public school where Billy and Rachel Lawrence go and she develops an obsession with Billy's intelligence, insight and potential. Her obsession and desire to life Billy out of poverty just might tear the family apart.
FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:
If we all sat down and made a list of the things we could not live without, what would they be? Would we all have the same answers?
FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, FREEDOM, EDUCATION, LOVE, SEX, HOPE...
How far would you be willing to goto to survive?
Would you FIGHT, BEG, STEAL, LIE, BETRAY, CHEAT, KILL to survive?
Organic Theater Pittsburgh is ready to ask the big questions. Are you ready to answer?
2. "The Greenhouse Project"
THE GREENHOUSE PROJECT is Organic's New Play Incubator that provdes local playwrights the chance to pen new plays, receive staged readings/workshops and eventually see their work realized in full production right here in Pittsburgh.
We are currently seeking submissions of brand new one-act plays that focus on the ideas of scarcity vs. overconsumption in America and around the globe. These themes support our upcoming production of Lucy Thurber's Scarcity, which poses the question: "How far are you willing to go to survive?" In an effort to open a forum on the topic, we suggest exploring the following ideas: global waring, water scarcity, food scarcity, scarcity of resources, education, poverty, famine, first world vs third world and overconsumption in America. Inspirational words include: opportunity, abundance, excess, surplus, wealth, greed, gluttony, pride, feast, luxury, deficiency, inadequacy, shortage, want, faliure, need, sin, love, lust, arid, hunger, thirtst and necessity. The plays entered are not required to center on an environmental theme, however, those which incorporate an environmental issue as the genesis of the play will be highly considered.
Six plays will be selected to recieve stage readings between show weekends of Scarcity. Then one play will be chosen to have the opportunity to workshop, revise, edit, rewrite and expand the work they have produced alongside the Organic team and eventually see their work performed onstage.
FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTOR:
Although the Pittsburgh theatre scene is growing and thriving everyday, there is still an unfortunate lack of opportunity for local playwrights to see their work on stage. Tammy Ryan ponders the reasons in this fabulous article about the state of playwrighting in Pittsburgh over the last couple years. The Greenhouse Project is Organic's newest attempt to play a role in the development of local plays in the wake of our previous two local playwrighting festivals: From the Ground Up! in 2012, and The Earth Day Arts + Environment Festival in 2013
[See our production history for more on these past projects].
Bringing local artists together and creating a space for all of us to grow and thrive together is very important to Organic.
3. The "Water Walk"
As it is an actor's mission to "imagine him or herself in someone else's shoes," Organic will host a Water Walk from the performance space down to one of our three rivers to collect water in an attempt to explore what it feels like for countless people around the world who are forced to travel miles each day just to get access to a commodity think so little about in this country but is entirely necessary for survival: water.
Nearly 1 billion people live without access to clean drinking water. Each day people across the globe get up and fight for something that we can have at any moment from our faucet or purchase for $1 from the grocery store. This experiment will be filmed and documented as part of our attempt to explore the ideas at the heart of this project.
One cannot truly understand another's fight until they are faced with the same foe. From the seed of understanding sprouts ownership. From ownership's roots grows passion. From passion grows action.
We must take action to fight alongside our brothers and sisters for one simple goal. Clean water for all of Earth's children.
Organic is also partnering with WATER STEP, an organization which empowers volunteers and humanitarian professionals to assist communities with the development of sustainable water solutions. Water Step accepts donations of new and old shoes to help fund clean drinking water projects around the world. Organic is offering a discounted ticket price to those who bring shoes to be donated to the cause.
Each audience member who donates shoes to our Water Step campaign will receive a $5 discount on the price of admission.
How can I help?
After a lot of planning and development to get this project to where it is, we're asking for $1500 to help us make this a reality. The money raised is going to be first used to pay rental fees, since we cannot do anything without a space. Included in this sum are anticpated marketing materials. All additional funds raised will be used to pay for the postage to transport collected shoes to the Water Step facitlity in Kentucky.
There are a number of ways you can help Organic achieve all of the things we're hoping to do with this project.
- Contribute to our campagin and recieve one of our fabulous prizes.
- Email a link to our campaign to a friend, theatre lover, tree-hugger, pittsburgh-native, earth mother or earth mother lover.
- Share the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, or your social media of choice.