AWARD-WINNING STREET THEATER COMPANY
SANITATION, or, OFF THE GRID
SANITATION, or, OFF THE GRID is a rip-roaring Musical story of 3 friends, Proud Sanitation Workers, working on the Lower East Side, who pool their resources and calculate their sick days, to finally go on Vacation. They are going on a Mediterranean Cruise. They’ve all worked overtime, holiday time and sick leave, they’ve worked thru Avian Flu, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Salmonella poisoning, shingles, Strep Throat, a fractured Femur, Kidney Stones and the Runs, and now they are finally going “Off the Grid!”
“No one will know who we are- put your cell phone on mute – pack a small bag- take your 1-a-day vitamins and your Speedo Swim Suit.”
“Oh please!” (they sing) we’re tired of garbage.
And people giving them things to incinerate—A case of plastic wine glasses—A bale of newspapers (and not on recycling day), and stuff that should go in a dumpster.
DOS Worker Phil: I can’t fit that in my truck!
At any rate they are now tourists on their way to paradise….and then came… SANDY!
Right behind the fire trucks comes the DOS! Flooded basements- water logged garbage
“Gotta move that car!”
They meet OCCUPY SANDY, Workin hard—
“There’s this old lady on the 6th floor”
No phones, no lights, no internet—But there’s lotsa garbage.
“There’s this guy in a wheel chair on the top floor of the tenement at 239…”
And finally, our three heroes get a proper send off from the neighborhood, and off they go. But what adventures await them? Their cruise ship breaks down, leaving them drifting in the gulf of Mexico, with of course…garbage! No toilets, no lights—
“Feels like we never left home!”
Let me say here, that they are saved and saved many times. From Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia, from drone attacks in Pakistan, from earthquakes, from fracking, from oil spills in the North Atlantic…Slowly but surly they see that there is political garbage, and social garbage, and the trashing of the environment. And this has to be cleaned up, just as much as the odds and ends of people’s lives. Our three friends find strength in friendship. Our newly activist heroes band together to fight pollution including the pollution of our minds. With the hysteria of advertising, and the Supersanitizing of our news reports, the Government’s collecting of all our phone calls and e-mails, the Burying of our whistle blowers. Oh yes, they’ll go back to Avenue D, where some folks still don’t have telephone or the internet, and they’ll collect the garbage. But at the same time they’re out to do some political and environmental cleanup, and they’re asking us to come along and Help!
ALL PERFORMANCES ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC!!!
August 3rd- 2PM - Manhattan
August 4th - 2PM - Bronx
August 10th - 2PM - Manhattan
August 11th - 2PM - Brooklyn
August 16th - 6:30PM - Brooklyn
August 17th - 2PM - Manhattan
August 18th - 2PM - Manhattan
August 24th - 2PM - Brooklyn
August 25th - 2PM - Queens
September 7th - 2PM - Staten Island
September 8th - 2PM - Manhattan
September 14th - 7PM - Manhattan
September 15th - 2PM - Manhattan
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 254-1109
Fax: (212) 979-6570