NEW YORK – Lindsay Green started her theatrical career at the Shadowland in Ellenville — a natural event for someone with a passion for live theatre and community service. She was nine years old then.
Lindsay, daughter of town historian Bucky Green, is as steeped in Ellenville and Wawarsing as you can be. She volunteered and then worked at the Shadowland, "Hired per diem per show" she notes, for ten years, before she left town for college.
That was Marymount Manhattan College. "I pursued lighting design there, and psychology," said Lindsay. "I was able to hone in on my skills that I’d learned at Shadowland, and make connections with professors who were creating art to change the views of the world."
Among those professors was Nava Silton, who combines psychology with an activist approach to issues for children with disabilities. "Professor Silton was working on a project to help mainstream kids learn about kids who had disabilities," said Lindsay. "Through this class I realized I was very passionate about the disability community and I knew that I wanted to help be an advocate."
Later, Lindsay was hired by Marymount as "Coordinator for Disability Services."
"Working with Nava Silton, I conceived the idea of opening up a theatre workshop to allow kids with disabilities to express themselves with technical theatre."
One thing often leads to another. "This past summer, Professor Silton approached me about getting involved with her project which had evolved into the first family musical about disabilities. The show "Addy & Uno" was to run at the 14th Street Y, where I was the lighting and sound designer. So, I designed the show with the capabilities of the 14th Street Y in mind. I wanted to enhance what was happening, and the trick was dealing with the puppets and the characters. We decided to focus on both and not differentiate. But, we were also aware that we needed to be careful in terms of bright flashing lights and strong colors, because some kids might have bad reactions to those."
The show opened, received fab reviews and drew Tom and Michael D’Angora’s interest. They are Broadway producers, who combine the usual tenacity with a passion for the interesting and the ground-breaking. They "picked up" the show.
"Oh, yes," says Lindsay. "They’re putting it into the Kirk Theatre and we recently learned that it will be extended and run until April!"
Another important figure entered the frame when Anastasia Somoza, an advocate for the disabled, and someone born with major disabilities herself, stepped in to join as a producer. Anastasia was involved in the work to set up the Women’s March on Washington last January.
"I was so honored to work on such a moving project like this," said Lindsay. "It is really ground-breaking. And for someone like myself, so recently out of college, it was such a privilege. I look forward to working with Michael and Tom, and one day achieving my goal of opening that theatrical workshop to support kids with disabilities and a passion for theatre."
So, will we ever see Lindsay here again in our quiet corner of New York State?
"Oh, I move back often. My dad is there, of course," she said. "Right now, I’m kind of seeing what will happen. Would it be cool to come back and work at the Shadowland? — Yes!"