About before the flood

before the flood reinvents the tale of Noah's Ark as an empathetic and surprising exploration of how to live and love at the end of the world, and whether this whole "two by two" thing is all it's cracked up to be.

A family dramedy inspired by ~actual~ Biblical events, before the flood is a contemporary reimagining of the night Noah told his family that a flood was coming, and that they were the only ones being saved. But what about the ones left behind? 

Brimming with humor and poignancy, Emily Bice's new play asks what we owe to each other – and to our planet – in times of crisis. 

Sustainability & Climate Action

As storytellers and more importantly, as global citizens, it feels imperative that we also work to answer the questions we are asking our audience. We want to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Our climate-positive production practices take place in and out of the theatre. 

Some of our actions include:

  • Sustainably sourcing sets and costumes, focusing on recycled and reusable materials.
  • Offsetting our carbon footprint by estimating the carbon emitted during the production (through HVAC numbers) and using it to calculate the amount needed to offset our footprint. We'll be doing this by raising funds and, at the end of the run, donating the money raised to a thoroughly vetted, local climate organization working to make a difference in the community.
  • Reducing paper, printing, and binder usage by supplying cast and crew with recycled binders (see The Binder Project), producing virtual programs, and minimizing our in-person paper programs through small double sided handouts.
  • Pledging partnership with Broadway Green Alliance to hold our climate positive pledges accountable, and access the incredible resources BGA has to offer.

We recognize that the climate emergency demands immediate action. Each of us can begin by doing something to benefit our environment today, no matter the size of the action. Feeling inspired? 

Below please find a list of resources and ways to get involved in the fight against the climate crisis. These ideas span from a simple donation (money goes a long way, if you're sending it to the right place), to more involved actions (getting those hands dirty!). If you have questions, or are invigorated by the work and want to chat more, don't hesitate to reach out to the before the flood Green Captain Emily Bice.

We'll continue to add to this list. But for now, some places to start… 

GrowNYC: an environmental organization and sustainability resource for New Yorkers. Initiatives include food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and outreach and education to increase participation in the city's zero waste programs and help conserve natural resources.

Climate Action Now: an app and a company whose mission is to give anyone with a phone, anywhere in the world, the ability to take meaningful climate action on their phones in seconds, and be rewarded for doing so.

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance: a non-profit, 501(c)3 citywide membership network linking grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice. NYC-EJA empowers its member organizations to advocate for improved environmental conditions and against inequitable environmental burdens by the coordination of campaigns designed to inform City and State policies.

Julia's Bicycle: UK-based not-for-profit “mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate and ecological crisis.”

Climate Action Network: the world’s largest climate network made up of over 1,500 civil society organizations in over 130 countries, together fighting the climate crisis. 

Billion Oyster Project: a New York City-based nonprofit organization with the goal of restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor by 2035 through education initiatives.

More resources to read and learn about climate justice can be found here