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A Midsummer Nights Dream  | Open: 10/18/13 Close: 11/03/13
Nine of New York City's best classical actors will take to the stage each night to play 16 roles in Shakespeare's infectious comedy of sly sprites, rude mechanicals and confused lovers - except no one will know his or her track until their names are drawn at random from Puck's hat by the audience at the start of every show. 

 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream  | Open: 09/26/13 Close: 10/12/13
The Queens Players presents

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Director: Illana Stein                                                                                       

Produced By Richard Mazda for The Queens Players

Producers: Alberto Bonilla & Jonathan Emerson          

Assistant Director: Emily Jackson

Production Stage Manager: Rosie Kolbo                                                                               

Makeup Designer: Emily Lambert

Lighting Designer: Michael Cole

Scenic Designer: Kathryn Lieber  

Properties Designer: Tyler M. Perry

Assistant Properties Designer: Samantha Jackson

Costume Designer: Isabelle Fields

Dramaturge: Charles Baker

Postcard Design by Internationally renowned artist Luba Lukova                            

Composer and Original Sound Design: Will Stackpole


“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Fresh from their critically acclaimed, sold out productions of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Euripides’ The Bacchae, and Macbeth, The Queens Players returns for our debut performance in the newly redesigned Little Theatre with a magical, Night Circus reimagining of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Director Illana Stein’s vision of the dichotomy between the monochromatic mortal world of Athens and the black-light drenched, twilight infused circus-realm of the fairies will bring audiences right “into the tent” so to speak. True love will be tested, two worlds will collide, and mischief will be made!    

"Whenever I think of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I immediately think about a line from one of Puck’s last speeches “I am sent with broom before, to sweep the dust behind the door.” I imagine Puck with a broom cleaning up the mess, erasing all of the visions, and leaving us to wonder what did we just witness?  Our wildest dream? A Nightmare? A mixture of the two? It also reminds me that theatre is ephemeral, fleeting, and magical. One second it is there and a second later, poof it is gone. I wanted to further explore this idea and take audiences on an invited, exhilarating journey to the unfamiliar, their own private ‘Night Circus’. A world controlled by the faeries. Within the tent each night, a story unfolds of mayhem, disguise, fantasy, and love. A world of extremes. Our lovers escape sharp Athenian rule and find themselves running away to the circus. This play is not at all fun and games because once you are lured into the tent, there is no easy way out. After all, there is a ringmaster leading this adventure. What lurks beneath the tent? Accept our invitation and step into the world of the unknown.” -Illana Stein   

Featuring: Charles Baker, Sheree V. Campbell, Jeff Dickamore, Jonathan Emerson, Kathleen Fletcher, Aurora Florence, Zack Friedman, Evan Greene, Megan Greener, Ryan Krause, Robin Rightmeyer, Sabina

Friedman-Seitz, Kate Siepert*, Blaine Smith*, Jason Spina, Marcus Watson, Jaz Zepatos

 

Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are
Sept 26th – Oct 12th, Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm

Sunday, 9/29 & 10/06, @ 3pm

 

The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd St. (at 23 St. and 44th Avenue)
LIC, NY 11101
At Court Square on the E, M, G and 7 train

Tickets are $18.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.secrettheatre.com. 718.392.0722

*These actors appear courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an approved Actor’s Equity Performance.


About the Company: The Queens Players

The Queen's players are a non-union acting company formed by English actor/writer, Richard Mazda. The inspiration is NYC's wonderful pool of actors and a desire to present new work, which is normally difficult to achieve without financial backing.

A View From The Bridge  | Open: 09/12/13 Close: 09/21/13
This is Arthur Miller's fiercely compelling drama about love, belonging and betrayal, based on a true Brooklyn "love" story.

A View From The Bridge centers around Eddie Carbone, an Italian-American longshoreman, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife and orphaned teenage niece.

After his two cousins illegally enter the country, love blossoms between the niece and one of them. The obsessive attraction that Eddie feels for his young relative sends him into a jealous rage, climaxing in results that consumes him, his family and his entire world.

FEATURING:

Joe Diomede, Rachel Errington, Jeffrey Farber*, Derek Flics, Nathaniel French, Gary Hilborn*, Lorenzo Landini, Ryan McCarthry, Rachel McKeon*, Justin Patrick Mohr, Stephen O'Donnell, Nick Cuttonaro

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association in an Equity approved showcase.

Director - Ryan Lee
Production Stage Manager- Sierra Garland
Lighting Designer- Kia Rogers
Set Design- Kathryn Lieber
Costume Design- Viviane Galloway

Macbeth  | Open: 07/11/13 Close: 07/27/13
The Queens Players presents

Macbeth


Director: Alberto Bonilla,                                                                                              

Stage Manager: Jasmin Sanchez

Produced By Richard Mazda for The Queens Players

Producer: Jonathan Emerson and Alberto Bonilla          

Fight Choreographer: Alberto Bonilla

Assistant Fight Choreographer: Alyssa Van Gorder

Assistant Director: Bloo Rodriguez                               

Co Stage Manager: Jasmin Sanchez                                                 

Makeup Designer: Emily Lambert

Lighting: Jesse Sheldon

Scenic Painter/Designer: Asako Memoto                               

Original Music by Will Stackpole


“By the pricking of my thumb…Something wicked this way comes!”

After critically acclaimed productions this season of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and Euripides’ The Bacchae, the Queens Players returns to the Secret Theatre main stage with a bloody and soul haunting retelling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Director Alberto Bonilla’s (director of our smash hit productions of Twelfth Night, The Three Sisters, and Servant of Two Masters) vision for this Druidic world of myth, magic, and warriors takes audiences through a whirlwind exploration of the dark, Celtic, and supernatural forces that cut right to the raw heart of Shakespeare’s classic tale. Witness the noble corrupted into the bestial, ambition convert to guilt-ridden madness, and heroes rise from the ashes of despair. All the while the powers of what was, what is, and what will be rule over all and we learn that no man is more powerful than fate.   

Featuring: Alexander Stine, Annie Grier, Darby Hannon, Elizabeth Inghram*, Jim Anderson, Joel Dommel, John Cormier, John Zdrojeski, Jonathan Emerson, Juliette Biry, Kate Gunther, Marc LeVasseur*, Marcela de Luna, Melissa Macleod Herion, Peter Collier, R. Alex Murray, Rachel Cornish*, Sean Hoagland, Christian Navarro

 

Performances of Macbeth are
July 11th – July 27th, Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm

Sunday, 7/14 & 7/21, @ 7pm

 

The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd St. (at 23 St. and 44th Avenue)
LIC, NY 11101
At Court Square on the E, M, G and 7 train

Tickets are $18.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.secrettheatre.com.

718.392.0722

 

*These actors appear courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association. Macbeth is an approved Actor’s Equity Performance.


About the Company: The Queens Players

The Queen's players are a non-union acting company formed by English actor/writer, Richard Mazda. The inspiration is NYC's wonderful pool of actors and a desire to present new work, which is normally difficult to achieve without financial backing.

Bacchae  | Open: 03/28/13 Close: 04/13/13
The Queens Players and Femme Fatale Theater presents
Bacchae

Directed By Robert Ribar

Stage Manager Jasmin Sanchez

"THE BACCHAE" SEDUCES AT THE SECRET THEATRE THIS SPRING

The Queens Players and Femme Fatale Theater present Euripides’ timeless tragedy The Bacchae, in a production dripping with a sense of foreboding dark comedy this March 28th through April 13th at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens. Femme Fatale Theater Co-Founder Robert Ribar directs a cast lead by Peter Oliver ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as the seductive god Dionysus and Michael Axelrod (The Flea’s Restoration Comedy) as the doomed king Pentheus.

When the young king of Thebes outlaws the worship of his cousin, the half-human god Dionysus, the deity returns to Earth to extract revenge on the family that has shunned him. Severed heads and cross-dressing kings populate this mysterious masterwork while this production will incorporate a male chorus and original music. 

The cast also includes Diana Stahl, John C. Hume, Stan Buturla, Harlan Alford, John Graham, Devon Buchanan, Michael DeBartolo and Alex Kveton. 

The production features scenic and lighting design is by Jonathan Cottle, original music by Ryan Marino, choreography by Teff Nichols and dramaturgy by Charles Baker and is being co-developed by Femme Fatale Co-Founder Stephen Gribbin. 

Founded in 2005 by Richard Mazda the Queens Players is a not-for-profit theatrical company at the forefront of the developing LIC art scene. Primarily focusing on classical material, the company presents these works to a modern audience with vibrancy, creativity and edge in a way that is thought provoking, accessible to a modern audience, and visually unique.

Femme Fatale Theater was founded by Stephen Gribbin and Robert Ribar. Past productions include an all-male production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, Dylan Lamb’s Alligator Summer, and Shaymus Murchae’s God as a Character and their ongoing, acclaimed monthly performance series Queer Not Cool. Femme Fatale Theater is the first guest artist in the history of The Queens Players. 

For more information on the production contact Stephen Gribbin at femmefataletheater@gmail.comor visit www.secrettheatre.com

 

Performances of Bacchae are
March 28th – April 14th, Thursday through Sunday @ 8pm

Sunday, 4/13 @ 2pm and 8pm

 

The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd St. (at 23 St. and 44th Avenue)
LIC, NY 11101
At Court Square on the E, M, G and 7 train

Tickets are $18.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.secrettheatre.com.

718 392 0722


About the Company: The Queens Players

The Queen's players are a non-union acting company formed by English actor/writer, Richard Mazda. The inspiration is NYC's wonderful pool of actors and a desire to present new work, which is normally difficult to achieve without financial backing.

Motherboard  | Open: 09/28/12 Close: 10/14/12
AntiMatter Collective will present Adam Scott Mazer’s (Death Valley) post-apocalyptic sci-fi tragicomedy, MOTHERBOARD, September 28-October 14 at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City).The production will be directed by Will Fulton (Demonology) and will feature Elizabeth Bays, Bryce Henry, Rebecca Hirota, Andrew Krug, Allison LaPlatney, Alexandra Panzer, Casey Robinson, Jonathan Shaw and James Rutherford. The creative team will include Props by Danielle Baskin, Costume Desgin by Karen Boyer & Bevan Dunbar, Set Design by Jonathan Collins, Special Effects by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named NYC’s Queen of Gore by New York Press), Sound Design by Colin Fulton, and Lighting Design by Alana Jacoby.

In 2445, the robots rebelled and were barely defeated: 20 years later, the surviving humans live in an aggressively anti-technological society, relegated to lives of wasteland scavenging or service to a military protectorate.  Into this wakes C-12, a lone nannybot who must traverse the wastes in search of her purpose in a world without machines.


About the Company: AntiMatter Collective

Necessarily ephemeral, theater is not matter (though it may matter, we hope). ANTIMATTER COLLECTIVE was formed in order to excavate a new kind of theater that confronts the chasms between art and entertainment, the comic and the tragic, the squalid and the transcendent. The foundation of our process is the conviction that the collective intelligence and ideas of the group, when properly harnessed, will always lead to richer work than those of the individual. Periods of discussion, development, and play challenge everyone involved to map out the depths of their initial impulses and push beyond. This leads to work that is smart and subtle without sacrificing its visceral punch and sense of pure fun.

Twelfth Night  | Open: 08/02/12 Close: 08/18/12
After critically acclaimed productions last season of The Three Sisters, Servant of Two Masters and Ibsen’s Ghosts the Queens players returns to the Secret Theatre stage in this hilarious, groundbreaking new production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

 Director Alberto Bonilla (who brought new meaning to the word funny with his sell out production of Servant of Two Masters) calls the production “a celebration of the theatre” in which the audience themselves is one of the actors and the whole performance space is part of the stage.

 Using elements of clowning, improvisation, and audience interaction allows the cast to explore this classic tale of illusions of love, mistaken identity, and the masks we all wear in   joyous new ways.

 In short you'll laugh, you'll cry…and then you’ll probably laugh again really…really…hard.

 P.S. to kick off our season and begin our nightly celebration with a bang we will be offering a special Twelfth Night Cocktail included with the purchase of your ticket to help get the party started!

 Featuring: Thom Brown III, Zack Clark, John Cormier, Nicole Davis, Jonathan Emerson, Kathryn Finch, Elizabeth Inghram, Marcin Mesa, Michael Moreno, Kaylyn Scardefield, Mark Weatherup JR

 All press inquiries should be directed to Jonathan Emerson at jonathanemerson03@gmail.com


About the Company: The Queens Players

The Queen's players are a non-union acting company formed by English actor/writer, Richard Mazda. The inspiration is NYC's wonderful pool of actors and a desire to present new work, which is normally difficult to achieve without financial backing.

Sovereign  | Open: 06/14/12 Close: 07/01/12
Gideon Productions will present Sovereign, the third and final installment of Mac Rogers’ (Universal Robots;Viral) science fiction epic The Honeycomb Trilogy, June 14-July 1 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City).The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (Viral; Hail Satan) and will feature Hanna Cheek as Ronnie (GOODBAR with Waterwell/The Public; The Pumpkin Pie Show; Hostage Song), Neimah Djourabchi (The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G with Vampire Cowboys; Action Philosophers with Impetuous Theater Group), Matt Golden (Friends and Relations with No Anita No Productions; Mr. Met), Stephen Haskett as Abbie (Theater of the Arcade with Piper McKenzie Productions), Erin Jerozal (With Glee with Prospect Theater Company), Daryl Lathon (Infectious Opportunity with Nosedive Productions), Medina Senghore (All the Rage with Manhattan Theatre Source), Sara Thigpen (New York Innovative Theatre Outstanding Featured Actress Award for Burning the Old Man with Boomerang Theatre Company), and CL Weatherstone (Action Philosophers with Impetuous Theater Group). The creative team will include Props Design by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named NYC’s Queen of Gore by New York Press), Costume Design by Amanda Jenks (Letter from Algeria with GroundUP Productions), Sound Design by Jeanne Travis (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Retro Productions’ The Desk Set), Lighting Design by Jennifer Linn Wilcox (Poe-Dunk with PlayLab NYC), and Set Design by Saundra Yaklin. The production will be Stage Managed by Nikki Castle.

In Sovereign, the human race is slowly rebuilding. Ronnie, now a battle-scarred Governor, must decide the fate of the greatest war criminal still living: her brother Abbie. Abbie's last desperate measure on behalf of the alien’s forces a confrontation between species that will forever change the future of the human race. 


About the Company: Gideon Productions, Llc

GIDEON PRODUCTIONS crafts lively, engaging plays that explore what's strange about being human and what's human about being strange, using familiar genres and cultural touchstones as a springboard to something wholly unexpected. Gideon primarily produces work by playwright Mac Rogers, including Viral (Outstanding Production of a Play, FringeNYC 2009; 2010 ITBA Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Show; two ITBA citations for Individual Performances), Universal Robotsco-produced with Manhattan Theatre Source (4 2009 NYIT Award Nominations, including Outstanding Playwright and Production of a Play), and Hail Satan (Outstanding Playwright, FringeNYC 2007; Backstage "Performance to Remember"). Gideon has also produced several musicals by Williams/Rogers/Williams, including Fleet Week (Outstanding Musical, FringeNYC 2005), Air Guitar (FringeNYC 2006), and The First Annual St. Ignatius Channukah Pageant (Theatre Row, 2005). Gideon and Mac Rogers spent three years in residence at the Vampire Cowboys' monthly episodic workshop, The Saturday Night Saloon. Gideon's own Blueprint Project presented four playwrights' (Mac Rogers, August Schulenburg, Crystal Skillman, and Catherine Trieschmann) profoundly different takes on the exact same plot.

Pirate Peteā€s Parrot  | Open: 05/05/12 Close: 06/16/12
 

Ahoy, theatre-goers!  Climb on board and get ready for adventure in Secret Theatre’s new children’s musical, Pirate Pete’s Parrot.  In the tradition of the wildly popular English pantomime shows (first produced in the 1700’s and still popular today), Pirate Pete’s Parrot promises music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults. 
 
The play revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed).  Upon setting out, Pete decides it can’t hurt to pick up some buried treasure, either, to help make the month’s rent.  Armed with an endearing crew of misfits like Jolly Roger (the insufferably happy second mate) and Miroslav, the Czech mate (get it?), Pete embarks on a journey complete with songs, sword fights, and plenty of audience interaction.  Says writer and star Richard Mazda, "The show is so much fun to do. One of my favorite things is seeing the parents enjoy it as much as the kids.”
 
Even the bad guys aren’t your run-of-the-mill villains.  Rounding out the cast are Baron Big Butt (an evil landlord with an augmented derriere), a lion named Bruce (trying to make it as the king of comedy, not the jungle), and Septimus Maximus Orribilus O’Connor (the Baron’s henchman, and a man who loves to make an entrance).  Indeed, children and adults will find a lot to love in this quirky production.  Says director Taryn Turney, "It's been great working on the piece with Richard. It's funny, fun and I hope that everyone will come and see it!"
Deinde  | Open: 04/27/12 Close: 05/12/12
Flux Theatre Ensemblewill present the World Premiere of August Schulenburg’s (The Lesser Seductions of History with Flux;Dream Walker with Sweet Pea Productions) DEINDE, April 27-May 12 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City).The production will be directed by Flux Producing Director, Heather Cohn (nominated for an NYIT Outstanding Direction Award for Flux’s The Lesser Seductions of History; Winner of a FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction for Flux’s Other Bodies) and will feature Sol Marina Crespo (Winner of the 2005 HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance of a Featured Female Actress), Ken Glickfeld* (OOBR ensemble award for Journey's End at Theater Row), Rachael Hip-Flores (“Anyone But Me” web series), David Ian Lee* (Infectious Opportunity with Nosedive Productions; Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots), Matthew Murumba* (Flux’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Isaiah Tanenbaum (The Messenger in Flux's Jacob’s House), Matthew Trumbull* (Mac Rogers’ Viral; Dear Ruth with Retro Productions), and Nitya Vidyasagar* (Puck in Flux's A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Leela on “Sesame Street”). The creative team will include Fight Choreography by Michael Lawrence Eisenstein, Sound Design by Martha Goode, Costume Design by Stephanie Levin, Set Design by Will Lowry, Dramaturgy by Ingrid Nordstrom, and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers. The production will be Stage Managed by Jodi M. Witherell. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

In the not-too-distant future, the pressure to cure a global pandemic spurs the creation of DEINDE, a device that allows a team of brilliant quantum biologists to think directly into a powerful computer. At first, they use this prosthetic for the mind under strict rules of engagement, but soon noble ideals and personal passions lead a few to break the rules. They discover that DEINDE’s power is far greater than anyone first imagined, and their world spins out of control, raising questions of morality, consciousness, and what it means to be human in an age of rapid technological change.


About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

Blast Radius  | Open: 03/30/12 Close: 04/14/12
 Gideon Productions will present Blast Radius, part two of Mac Rogers’ (Universal Robots; Viral) sc-fi epic The Honeycomb Trilogy, March 30-April 14 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (Viral; Hail Satan) and will feature Becky Byers (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Dog Act) as Ronnie, Jason Howard* (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Gideon’s Universal Robots) as Conor, Felicia Hudson*(Hack: An I.T. Spaghetti Western with Impetuous Theatre Group), Joe Mathers (Crystal Skillman’s The Vigil or The Guided Candle with Impetuous Theatre Group), Amy Lee Pearsall (The Trojan Women with Wide Eyed Productions), David Rosenblatt (The Play About My Dad with CollaborationTown) as Abbie, Seth Shelden (The Shape of Things with GroundUP Productions), Nancy Sirianni* (Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots), Alisha Spielmann (Dear Ruth with Retro Productions), Adam Swirderski (Willy Nilly with Piper McKenzie Productions), Kristen Vaughan (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Retro Productions’ Benefactors) as Amelia, and Cotton Wright* (Adam Szymkowicz’s Pretty Theft with Flux Theatre Ensemble). The creative team will include Props Design by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named NYC’s Queen of Gore by New York Press), Costume Design by Amanda Jenks (Letter from Algeria with GroundUP Productions), Sound Design by Jeanne Travis (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Retro Productions’ The Desk Set), Lighting Design by Jennifer Linn Wilcox (Poe-Dunk with PlayLab NYC), and Set Design by Saundra Yaklin. The production will be Stage Managed by Devan Hibbard.

Blast Radius follows a sister and brother at mortal odds in an Earth radically changed by years of alien occupation. The human insurgency finally has a weapon to turn the tide - at a terrible cost. The conquering alien race has found a chilling solution to end human resistance for good.

The Honeycomb Trilogy by Mac Rogers are three stand alone plays set in the same futuristic universe, that together create an epic sci-fi trilogy. Part Three: Sovereign will run June 14-July 1.


About the Company: BFG Collective

BFG COLLECTIVE Three of New York City’s top indie theatre companies, Boomerang Theatre Company, Flux Theatre Ensemble, and Gideon Productions, have joined forces to form the BFG Collective, which will hold a six-month-long residency at Long Island City’s The Secret Theatre.

 

Blast Radius: Part Two Of The Honeycomb Trilogy  | Open: 03/30/12 Close: 04/14/12
 

Gideon Productions will present Blast Radius, part two of Mac Rogers’ (Universal Robots; Viral) sc-fi epic The Honeycomb TrilogyMarch 30-April 14 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (ViralHail Satan) and will feature Becky Byers (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Dog Act) as Ronnie, Jason Howard* (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Gideon’s Universal Robots) as Conor, Felicia Hudson*(Hack: An I.T. Spaghetti Western with Impetuous Theatre Group), Joe Mathers (Crystal Skillman’s The Vigil or The Guided Candle with Impetuous Theatre Group), Amy Lee Pearsall (The Trojan Women with Wide Eyed Productions), David Rosenblatt (The Play About My Dad with CollaborationTown) as Abbie, Seth Shelden (The Shape of Things with GroundUP Productions), Nancy Sirianni* (Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots), Alisha Spielmann (Dear Ruth with Retro Productions), Adam Swirderski (Willy Nilly with Piper McKenzie Productions), Kristen Vaughan (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Retro Productions’ Benefactors) as Amelia, and Cotton Wright* (Adam Szymkowicz’s Pretty Theft with Flux Theatre Ensemble). The creative team will include Props Design by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named NYC’s Queen of Gore by New York Press), Costume Design by Amanda Jenks (Letter from Algeria with GroundUP Productions), Sound Design by Jeanne Travis (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Retro Productions’ The Desk Set), Lighting Design by Jennifer Linn Wilcox (Poe-Dunk with PlayLab NYC), and Set Design by Saundra Yaklin. The production will be Stage Managed by Devan Hibbard.
 
Blast Radius follows a sister and brother at mortal odds in an Earth radically changed by years of alien occupation. The human insurgency finally has a weapon to turn the tide - at a terrible cost. The conquering alien race has found a chilling solution to end human resistance for good.
 
“The highly promising start to a sci-fi trilogy… the funny, compelling script and the full commitment of the cast leave the audience wanting to learn how this saga plays out.” Flavorpill
 
“It's always nice to see sci-fi wrested from movies and TV and brought back to the stage. This is especially true when it is in the hands of talented artists like Mac Rogers and director Jordana Williams… If the first play in the series, Advance Man, is any indication, Rogers has written another sci-fi hit.”  StageBuzz
 
“This effectual first part thrives in its persuasive entangling of science fiction with straightforward domestic drama.”Backstage, Critics Pick
 
 “Fascinating, suspenseful, and gripping…  Mac Rogers is one of the most intriguing playwrights working today.” Broadway World
 
“Mac Rogers’s writing is so engaging that the audience finds itself fully invested in the unfolding mystery.” Show Business Weekly
 
“Rogers’ writing is daring… Jordana Williams' direction is nothing short of fantastic. I was with this play every moment. And I eagerly wait what happens next in part two.” nytheatre.com
 
“If you want to make an argument for bringing science fiction to live theater, look no further than Mac Rogers’ Advance Man.”Tor.com 
 
MAC ROGERS (Playwright) is an award-winning Brooklyn-based playwright, professional writer, and performer who writes and produces emotionally gripping thrillers, science fiction, horror, and dark comedies for the stage. Through critically-praised hits like Universal Robots (“one of the strongest, most exciting plays I’ve seen in years” Theatre Online) and Viral(“one of the best plays we’ve seen in New York in a very long time, and we see a lot of plays,” Flavorpill), Mac combines the popular appeal of film and television genre storytelling with the best traditions of finely-etched characters and memorable dialogue of the theater to create plays that are taut, exciting, provocative, and unflinching. Mac’s recent works include the darkly comic horror play Hail Satan (winner of the Outstanding Playwriting Award at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival), Universal Robots (which won Best Off-Off Broadway Play from the New York Theatre Bloggers Association and earned four nominations from the New York Innovative Theater Awards), Viral (which won the Outstanding Play honor from the 2009 FringeNYC), and Fleet Week: The Musical (winner of the Outstanding Musical award from FringeNYC 2005). He also regularly appears as an actor in the independent theater scene in New York, and earned an NYIT nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in James Comtois’s The Adventures of Nervous-Boy: A Penny Dreadful. As a producer, Mac is a co-founder of Gideon Productions, through which he has mounted a number of his plays to great acclaim.
 
JORDANA WILLIAMS (Director) has directed several plays by Mac Rogers, including Viral (FringeNYC 2009 Outstanding Production of a Play, 2010 ITBA Outstanding Production of a Play and individual Performance Citations for Amy Lynn Stewart and Rebecca Comtois), Hail Satan (FringeNYC 2007 Outstanding Play, Backstage "Performance to Remember" for Laura Perloe), and three productions developed through the Vampire Cowboys' episodic, genre-bending Saturday Night Saloon (The Control Room, Mother Sacramento, and Asymmetric). She has also directed a number of strange and wonderful projects for such companies as Flux Theatre Ensemble, Boomerang Theatre Company, Piper McKenzie, GroundUP Productions, kef Productions, Impetuous Theater Group, The Brick Theater, The 24-Hour Plays and The One-Minute Play Festival. She is the lyricist of the musicals Fleet Week, Air Guitar and The First Annual St. Ignatius Chanukah Pageant (which she also directed). She is a founding member of Gideon Productions. niversal Robots; Viral) sc-fi epic The Honeycomb TrilogyMarch 30-April 14 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (ViralHail Satan) and will feature Becky Byers (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Dog Act) as Ronnie, Jason Howard* (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Gideon’s Universal Robots) as Conor, Felicia Hudson*(Hack: An I.T. Spaghetti Western with Impetuous Theatre Group), Joe Mathers (Crystal Skillman’s The Vigil or The Guided Candle with Impetuous Theatre Group), Amy Lee Pearsall (The Trojan Women with Wide Eyed Productions), David Rosenblatt (The Play About My Dad with CollaborationTown) as Abbie, Seth Shelden (The Shape of Things with GroundUP Productions), Nancy Sirianni* (Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots), Alisha Spielmann (Dear Ruth with Retro Productions), Adam Swirderski (Willy Nilly with Piper McKenzie Productions), Kristen Vaughan (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Retro Productions’ Benefactors) as Amelia, and Cotton Wright* (Adam Szymkowicz’s Pretty Theft with Flux Theatre Ensemble). The creative team will include Props Design by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named NYC’s Queen of Gore by New York Press), Costume Design by Amanda Jenks (Letter from Algeria with GroundUP Productions), Sound Design by Jeanne Travis (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Retro Productions’ The Desk Set), Lighting Design by Jennifer Linn Wilcox (Poe-Dunk with PlayLab NYC), and Set Design by Saundra Yaklin. The production will be Stage Managed by Devan Hibbard.
 
 

About the Company: Gideon Productions, Llc

GIDEON PRODUCTIONS crafts lively, engaging plays that explore what's strange about being human and what's human about being strange, using familiar genres and cultural touchstones as a springboard to something wholly unexpected. Gideon primarily produces work by playwright Mac Rogers, including Viral (Outstanding Production of a Play, FringeNYC 2009; 2010 ITBA Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Show; two ITBA citations for Individual Performances), Universal Robotsco-produced with Manhattan Theatre Source (4 2009 NYIT Award Nominations, including Outstanding Playwright and Production of a Play), and Hail Satan (Outstanding Playwright, FringeNYC 2007; Backstage "Performance to Remember"). Gideon has also produced several musicals by Williams/Rogers/Williams, including Fleet Week (Outstanding Musical, FringeNYC 2005), Air Guitar (FringeNYC 2006), and The First Annual St. Ignatius Channukah Pageant (Theatre Row, 2005). Gideon and Mac Rogers spent three years in residence at the Vampire Cowboys' monthly episodic workshop, The Saturday Night Saloon. Gideon's own Blueprint Project presented four playwrights' (Mac Rogers, August Schulenburg, Crystal Skillman, and Catherine Trieschmann) profoundly different takes on the exact same plot.

Spring Tides  | Open: 03/09/12 Close: 03/25/12
 Boomerang Theatre Company (Tim Errickson, Artistic Director; Sue Abbott, Managing Director) will present the New York Premiere of Melissa Gawlowski’s (On the Line with City Attic Theatre) Spring Tides, March 9-25 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Jeff Woodbridge and will feature Susan Atwood*, Jason Liebman*, Michael Mraz, and Patricia Santomasso*. The creative team will include Set Design by Nikki Black, Costume Design by Cheryl McCarron, and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.

Jane, newly pregnant, escapes onto a beach through a closet door and finds a strangely familiar world under attack. As she, a greaser, and a Spanish nun battle monsters and brandish swords and stones, the line between real and imaginary blurs, and to save them all, Jane will have to make the decision of her life.

Spring Tides will run in rep with Boomerang Theatre Company’s revival of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, March 1-18, and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, March 3-24. 


About the Company: Boomerang Theatre Company

The Boomerang Theatre Company is an award-winning Off-Off-Broadway theatre company based in New York City. Boomerang annually produces a season composed of three programs: free outdoor Shakespeare productions in parks throughout NYC; an indoor repertory series of new, classic and neglected plays; and FIRST FLIGHT, a new play development series of workshops and readings.

The Real Thing  | Open: 03/03/12 Close: 03/24/12
 Boomerang Theatre Company (Tim Errickson, Artist Director; Sue Abbott, Managing Director) will revive Tom Stoppard’s serious comedy, The Real Thing, March 3-24 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Cailin Heffernan (Boomerang’s Summer and Smoke) and will feature Laurie Dawn*, Douglas B. Giorgis*, Kate Kenney, Synge Maher, David Nelson and Aidan Redmond*.The creative team will include Set Design by Nikki Black, Costume Design by Cheryl McCarron, and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers. The production will be Stage Managed by Michelle Foster. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.

Stoppard’s serious comedy of love and wit, marriage and reality, loss and fidelity. Annie and Henry shed their significant others to be together at last. But even when you find it, how do you sustain and protect “the real thing”?

The Real Thing will run in rep with Boomerang Theatre Company’s revival of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, March 1-18, and the NYC premiere of Melissa Gawlowski’s Spring Tides, March 9-25. 


About the Company: Boomerang Theatre Company

The Boomerang Theatre Company is an award-winning Off-Off-Broadway theatre company based in New York City. Boomerang annually produces a season composed of three programs: free outdoor Shakespeare productions in parks throughout NYC; an indoor repertory series of new, classic and neglected plays; and FIRST FLIGHT, a new play development series of workshops and readings.

Much Ado About Nothing  | Open: 03/01/12 Close: 03/18/12
Boomerang Theatre Company (Tim Errickson, Artist Director; Sue Abbott, Managing Director) will revive their hit park production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing for encore performance indoors, March 1-18 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Daniel Talbott (Eightythree Down with Horse Trade Theater Group; Slipping with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and will feature Spencer Aste*, Edward Carnevale, James Patrick Davis*, Jon Dykstra*, John Egan, Alex Engquist, James Leighton, Sevrin Anne Mason*, Ralph Petrarca*, Maria Peyramaure*, Erik Sherr*, Jelena Stupljanin*, Sara Thigpen*, David L. Townsend*, Sanford Wilson, and Scott Witebsky*. The creative team will include Choreography by Becky Byers, Set Design by Nikki Black, Costume Design by Carolyn Pallister, Fight Choreography by Laura Ramadei, and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers. The production will be Stage Managed by Jessica Pecharsky. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.

Beatrice loves and hates Benedick at the same time, returning his amour with each stinging put down and quip. Benedick loves the game when he is winning, and despises Beatrice when he is not. Hearts are won, lost and won again all for the glory of who can get the last word in!


About the Company: Boomerang Theatre Company

The Boomerang Theatre Company is an award-winning Off-Off-Broadway theatre company based in New York City. Boomerang annually produces a season composed of three programs: free outdoor Shakespeare productions in parks throughout NYC; an indoor repertory series of new, classic and neglected plays; and FIRST FLIGHT, a new play development series of workshops and readings.


 

Advance Man  | Open: 01/12/12 Close: 01/29/12
Gideon Productions will present Advance Man, part one of Mac Rogers’ (Universal Robots; Viral) sc-fi epic The Honeycomb Trilogy, January 12-29 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Jordana Williams (Viral; Hail Satan) and will feature Becky Byers (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Flux Theatre Ensemble’s Dog Act), Becky Comtois (Independent Theater Bloggers Association Individual Performance Citation for Viral), Amanda Duarte (Endoftheworldlovesong at The Flea), Jason Howard (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Gideon’s Universal Robots), Abraham Makany (The Brig at The Living Theater), David Rosenblatt (The Play About My Dad at Collaboration Town), Brian Silliman (Henry IV), Kristen Vaughan (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Retro Productions’ Benefactors), Sean Williams (Hail Satan), and Shaun Bennet Wilson (Interchange at WorkShop Theater Company). The creative team will include Lighting Design by Sarah E. Lurie, Costume Design by Amanda Jenks, Sound Design by Jeanne Travis (New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Boomerang Theatre Company’s The Desk Set), Props Design by Stephanie Cox-Williams & Pete Boisvert, and Set Design by Saundra Yaklin. The production will be Stage Managed by Devan Hibbard.

Advance Man centers on the family of Bill Cooke, the leader of a group of astronauts who have returned from the first manned mission to Mars bearing secrets and illicit cargo that could forever alter not only their lives, but all of humanity.

The Honeycomb Trilogy by Mac Rogers are three stand alone plays set in the same futuristic universe, that together create an epic sci-fi trilogy. Part Two: Blast Radius will run March 29-April 15 and Part Three: Sovereign will run June 14-July 1.


 

Salome  | Open: 10/06/11 Close: 10/16/11
Femme Fatale Theater will present its irreverent and erotic all-male production of Oscar Wilde's Salome for a limited engagement this fall. Performances begin October 6th and continue through October 16th at The Secret Theatre.  

A wickedly funny tale of sex, death, and head, SALOME is Oscar Wilde's most lyrical and sexually provocative work and this production promises to put the Wild back in Wilde. Banned by the government upon its controversial original run, this new production explores unrequited lust and sexual taboos through a distinctly queer aesthetic.  

For more information visit femmefataletheater.tumblr.com, and for tickets visit www.secrettheatre.com.

Featuring Danny Baird, Daniel Destefano, Francisco Huergo, John C. Hume, Frankie Lapace, Eugene Michael Santiago, Davi Santos, and Ian Schulz.

Set Design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Danielle Mahoney, lighting design by William Noguchi, original music and sound by Brian Chillemi and Ryan Marino, and Choreography by Ben Hobbs.

 

 

Ghosts  | Open: 09/14/11 Close: 09/24/11
Be prepared to put your modern ideals to the test and your moral choices into perspective.  This provocative and ambitious Queens Players production is set in a minimalist stage full of blacks and grays and shadows that highlight the struggle each character goes through when questioning their life choices set against the beautiful and vibrant lighting of the natural world.

Mrs. Helen Alving, is a woman who has done her rightful duty all of her life in front of her community and colleagues, but behind closed doors had a never ending struggle to keep control of her life; On the tenth anniversary of her late husband’s death she plans on ridding herself, and her only son, Oswald of everything that belonged to Captain Alving, who was the cause of all her years of turmoil; this task proves to be incredibly difficult as she faces the ghosts of her past. Reconnecting with an old friend and spiritual advisor Pastor Manders, Mrs. Alving tries to do right by Regina, her young maid whom she has educated and cared for as a daughter, as well as Regina’s often-misguided and amusingly flawed father Engstrand.Her efforts to remain in control of her life and keep her only family left show us that even after ten years of trying hard to erase the painful memory of  life it is very hard to escape the past that still haunts us.

 Ghosts, produced by Richard Mazda and directed by Odalis Hernandez, opens at The Secret Theatre September 14th, 2011 and runs through September 24th, 2011.  All shows at 8pm, except for Saturday matinee at 3pm.

 

Please contact us for review and industry complimentary tickets  richard@secrettheatre.comor 718 392 0722      Richard Mazda/Producer

Three Sisters  | Open: 03/09/11 Close: 03/26/11
Three Sisters
By Anton Chekov

Directed by Alberto Bonilla

Produced by Richard Mazda

Stage Manager Jasmin Sanchez

Costume/Styling Shelleen Kostabi

Sound Design Richard Mazda

Photography Sean MacBride Murray
Opens Weds March 9th
9 - 12, 16 - 20 & 23 - 26th @ 8pm

Matinee performance 19th @ 3pm
Tickets $18

The Queens Players will be presenting Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov opening on March 9th Directed by Alberto Bonilla who last directed Raft of The Medusa and The Servant To Two Masters at The Secret. Coming off his widely successful North of Providence and Dolores, which Martin Denton called, "raw, with wrenching ambition... Bonilla's production of both pieces is exemplary". Alberto's Three Sisters explores the fear of being forgotten and the hope of the future. Bonilla says, "What draws me so close to these characters is their fallible natures. The fact that Chekhov has written such vulnerable and hopeful, yet flawed people against a background of change. We see ourselves, or parts of ourselves, in every one of them and rise and fall with their hopes and dreams. Like a family portrait deteriorating before our eyes, we long for what we had and pray for a better tomorrow."

Three Sistersby Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov, perhaps partially inspired by the situation of the three Brontë sisters, but most probably by the three Zimmermann sisters in Perm. It was written in 1900 and first produced in 1901.

A year after the death of their father, an army officer, the Moscow-bred sisters Prosorov--Olga, Masha and Irina--are finding life drab and increasingly hopeless in a Russian provincial town. Only the proximity of a nearby artillery post and the company of its officers make their existence bearable.

Please contact us for review and industry complimentary tickets

 richard@secrettheatre.comor 718 392 0722      Richard Mazda/Producer


About the Company: The Queens Players

The Queen's players are a non-union acting company formed by English actor/writer, Richard Mazda. The inspiration is NYC's wonderful pool of actors and a desire to present new work, which is normally difficult to achieve without financial backing.

 

SECRET BURLESQUE MARCH 19th 2011 at 11:00


Ladies and Gentlemen,
Secret Burlesque is back and bigger than ever before. Come join us for our post St. Paddy's day Salute to Redheads. Yes thats right, four redheaded alabaster beauties will be gracing our stage to bring you the best in comedy dance and yes, nudity. Misty Lux will be making her Secret Burlesque Debut, Miss Mary Cyn will be bringing sexy back again after performing at our sold out January show, and The Divine Leta Le Noir will return once more with her unique blend of new and classic burlesque. Adrienne Iappalucci (Last Comic Standing)  will also be back to bring the chuckles.
As always tickets are only $10 and beers are 4 for $10 and Burgers are $3
The Knight Of The Burning Pestle  | Open: 02/17/11 Close: 03/05/11

The Knight

of the

Burning Pestle

By

Sir Francis Beaumont

February 17-20, 23-25, 27 and March 2-5 @ 8PM Matinee March 5 @ 3PM

There will be no performance on February 26

Produced and Directed By Richard Mazda For The Queens Players

Stage Manager

Rachel Pfenningwerth

Costumes by

     Helyn Messenger

Photography by

Sean MacBride Murray

Videographer

Perry Katz

Tickets $18 Door

Available online www.secrettheatre.com

Reservations/IBox Office 718 392 0722

 

Written in Elizabethan English The Knight of the Burning Pestle is pure good times and even after 400 years still makes a great comedy even for the most contemporary audience.

 

Director Richard Mazda muses that The Knight of The Burning Pestle is arguably “the funniest play of all the Elizabethan and Jacobean comedies”. The Knight of The Burning Pestle’s is a satire on plays, playwriting and actors. Sir Francis Beaumont frequently collaborated with Shakespeare’s successor , Fletcher and this groundbreaking play is also the first play to feature ‘audience’ characters breaking the fourth wall.

An unwitting theatre troupe gets more than they bargained for when an Honorable Citizen Grocer George and his Wife, Nell, attend the theatre for the first time they manage to pervert the intentions of the actors to present, The London Merchant. The grocer and his wife demand to see a play about a Grocer-Errant battling bloodthirsty giants, wooing exotic princesses, and leading armies into battle. They insist their apprentice Rafe should play the lead role and then begin to come up with fanciful plotlines and scenarios without pause.The players do their best to maintain their dignity and continue their play as they are forced to perform impromptu scenes with the Rafe, the quixotic knight.

 

Director Richard Mazda says “this is the funniest theatre piece written during this time period and everyone who enjoys classical theatre or who is a fan of theatre in general simply must see this show.” Mazda incorporates puppetry, dance, and traces of 20th Century British comedy Benny Hill, Tommy Cooper, Monty to the classical text and the results are hilarious.  

Don’t Miss It! 

This Queens Players production features

Alex Cape, Alex Stine, Ariel Rosen-Brown, Avery Manuel, Brian Walters, Helyn Messenger, Jonathan Emerson, Joshua Warr, Kate Siepert, Philip J. Rossi, Randy Warshaw, Ross Pivec, Shannon Pritchard, Thom Brown


About the Company: The Queens Players

The Queen's players are a non-union acting company formed by English actor/writer, Richard Mazda. The inspiration is NYC's wonderful pool of actors and a desire to present new work, which is normally difficult to achieve without financial backing.

Saint Joan  | Open: 10/28/10 Close: 11/13/10
 

In 1431 Jeanne d’Arc – a young peasant girl who led an army and crowned a king – was burned at the stake as a heretic. Afterwards, in the smoldering ashes, one thing remained untouched – her heart. In 1920 she was made a saint. In 1923 Bernard Shaw took her extraordinary story and brilliantly retold it, revealing it also as the beginning of a nationalism which dictated the very make-up of Europe until our own 20th-century apocalypse, World War I. Shaw’s play moves between the France of Joan’s War and WWI, asking all the while: if Joan were alive today, would we recognize her – and would we listen?

Shaw himself referred to the heroine of what many consider his greatest play as “the most notable Warrior Saint in the Christian calendar, and the queerest fish among the eccentric worthies of the Middle Ages.”  Born circa 1412 and burned for heresy, witchcraft, and sorcery at the age of 19, Joan of Arc was canonized as a saint in 1920. Shaw’s 1923 play was instrumental in earning him the Nobel Prize two years later. Given his spectacular reputation as a freethinker and assassin of sacred cows, many feared that Shaw would satirize Joan or portray her as a fraud. Instead, without romanticizing her as a victim or tragic heroine, he paints her as a human being of unparalleled vision, courage, confidence, and imagination.

Rarely fully produced, due to the large number of male principal roles and complexity of the female lead, this Queens Players production will feature a full cast of 24, featuring Shelleen Kostabi in the famously challenging role of Joan, along with Bruce Barton, Logan Riley Bruner, David Douglas, Robert Eigen, Jonathan Emerson, Jaike Foley-Schultz, Cory Hibbs, Gary Lizardo, Graciany Miranda, Tim Moore, Alex Panich, Kurt Roediger, Greer Samuels, Josh Silverman, Camilla Skoglie, Eric Stephenson, Eric William Whitehead, Dalles Wilie and Jonathan Zipper.

The production is directed by Ken Neil Hailey, director of past QP productions of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the multi-run hit, “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom & Sleeping Beauty or Coma” and our earlier Shaw production, “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” This is Mr. Hailey’s 4th production of a Shaw work.

Enhancing the raw-space production will be costumes by Thomas Kleinert, resident costumer for the company and an original incidental music score by Cory Hibbs.

Theatre Du Grand-guignol: Tales Of Horror And Fear  | Open: 10/14/10 Close: 10/31/10

Theatre du Grand-Guignol: Tales of Horror and Fear

October 14-17,20-24,27-31,@ 8PM Matinee October 30 @ 3:30PM

Produced By Richard Mazda for The Queens Players

Directed by Ariel Francoeur

Assistant Director/Stage Manager Margaret Baker

Makeup Design by Jeni Ahlfeld                               

Fight Choreography Teddy Lytle           

Photography by Sean MacBride Murray           

Postcard Design by Dan Smith

 Tickets $15 Adv  - $18 Door

Available online www.thequeensplayers.com  Reservations/Inquiries 718 392 0722

An approved Actors Equity Showcase

 

Intense drama and horror, a bit of sexy sacrifice, riotous laughter, and a healthy smattering of good old fashioned Parisian gore hit Long Island City just in time for Halloween.  Theatre du Grand-Guignol: Tales of Horror and Fear directed by Ariel Francoeur takes us back in time to Paris in 1910, where the working class, bohemians, and even royalty braved the labyrinthine streets of the Montmartre district, passed questionable establishments, dark alleyways, and abandoned churches, to the most talked about theater in Europe: Theatre du Grand-Guignol.  What they were about to experience was a series of short plays, alternating between drama, comedy, scandalous sex farce, and horror, flush with blood and gore. At the Secret Theater, we will resurrect a typical performance from a century ago, slightly altered to appease the more blood thirsty audiences of modern times.

The evening consists of five short plays. The Final Kiss, written by Maurice Level, a man has been horribly disfigured by his ex-fiancée in a brutal acid attack. He finds it in his heart to forgive her, on the condition that she give him one last kiss.  Tics, or Doing the Deed, is a classic Grand-Guignol sex farce written by Rene Berton.  Two uptight married couples are at tea, and end up sneaking off to “do the deed” with the person to which they are not married.  The adultery is revealed when the men are left incapacitated by their post-coital “tics”.  Coals of Fire is an intense psychological drama involving a crippled old wife and her young, beautiful caretaker.  Through persuasion and flattery the wife uncovers that the man spending nights in the caretaker’s room is indeed her own younger husband.  Will the wife practice the principles in her much read Bible, and forgive the adulterers?   The UltimateTorture is a modern adaptation of Andre de Lorde’s horror classic.  An unnamed Enemy has attacked the city, perhaps the world, and the only survivors are hiding out in a basement, where their leader attempts to keep hope alive despite starvation and insanity. We end the evening with a new horror satire written by Sean Demers, This Old House.  A couple of teenage girls sneak into an old house for some sexual experimentation, and stumble into a satanic sacrifice.  All Heaven and Hell breaks loose.

The sole company producing the Grand-Guignol regularly, this will be the Queens Players 8th annual installment of the series produced by Richard Mazda as a part of the Queens Players month long celebration of the Halloween Season. Running along side the Queens Players production of Marat/Sade and culminating in the company’s first annual Halloween party including live bands, classic horror movie screenings, and performances from both productions.

Starring: Jeni Ahlfeld, Kirsten Anderson, Sean Demers*, Catherine Ellsberg, Beth Heidere, Dave Herigstad, Tim Lalumia, Jenny Levine, Amy Lytle, Teddy Lytle, Greg Petroff*, and Jack Rondeau.  Theatre du Grand Guignol: Tales of Horror and Fear is an Equity Approved Showcase.

Marat/sade  | Open: 10/14/10 Close: 10/30/10
Marat/Sade

By Peter Weiss

 

October 14-17,20-24,27-30,@ 8PM Matinee October 30 @ 3:30PM                                        

Produced By Richard Mazda for The Queens Players

Directed by Kelly Johnston                

Assistant Director: Sean MacBride Murray         

Scenic/Prop Designer: Starlet Jacobs               

Costume Designer: Danielle Bray                  

Tickets $15 Adv (from cast members), $18 online, $20 at the door
Available online www.thequeensplayers.comReservations/Inquiries 718 392 0722

The Queens Players announce the opening of “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed By The Inmates Of The Asylum Of Charenton Under The Direction Of The Marquis De Sade”.

This modern classic, under the direction of veteran theatre director Kelly Johnston, is one of the most controversial pieces of theatre created in the last 40 years. Join the Marquis De Saude and the inmates as we explore the dark side of post revolution France and the story of those who came out of the revolution no better than they went in, and are not entirely pleased with the course of events as they fell.“I’m very excited about this production,” says Johnston. “This show is going to be an immersive, environmental piece. The audience will actually be on the stage with the actors. It’ll feel like they’re actually in the asylum.”

Due to the nature of the environmental staging only 20 seats will be available per performance, so it is important to reserve seats in advance online at www.thequeensplayers.comor by calling the theatre at 718 392 0722.

Marat/Sade will be performed as a part of the Queens Players month long celebration of the Halloween Season and will be running along side the Queens Players production of Theatre Du Grand-Guignol: Tales of Horror and Fear and culminating in the company’s first annual Halloween party including live bands, classic horror movie screenings, and performances from Theatre Du Grand-Guignol: Tales of Horror and Fear.

This show may not be appropriate for children or people with serious health issues. 

Starring: Jessica Lea Alex, Chelsea D’Aprile, Gerron Atkinson, Annabelle Beaver, Lena Cigleris, Charlotte Dunn, Danielle Devine, Tonya M. Edwards, Krista Giffin, Stephan Goldbach, Alexandra Hellquist, Howah Hung, Ava Kelley, Stephanie R. LaVardera, Karl Leone, Nicko Libowitz, Avery Danielle Manuel, Kyle Masteller, Meytal Navarro, Zade O’Blenes, Mitchell Raferty, Gina Trebiani, Louis Tullo, Jaclyn Walsh, and Heidi Zenz.

Julius Caesar  | Open: 09/16/10 Close: 10/02/10
Pick up your baseball bat, sharpen your butterfly knife, shine up your brass knuckles and choose a side as The Queens Players explore this classic story of politics, power, and betrayal.

The third installment of director Richard Mazda’s gangland Shakespeare series brings you into the center of Rome, where civil strife and political infighting have ripped apart the very fabric of the fragile democracy. Resources are scarce, battle lines are drawn, and even those with the noblest intentions can’t escape without blood on their hands.

This production's environmental style makes use of the multiple performance spaces at The Secret Theatre, carrying the audience through the play’s desolate, battle-scarred world. It is a Julius Caesar that is not just seen, but experienced, with an immediacy that is in keeping with Shakespeare's timeless drama.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  | Open: 07/29/10 Close: 08/07/10
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical about six young people fighting puberty, nerves, and competition to win the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Three adults who barely managed to escape childhood themselves oversee them. This hilarious show makes a hero out of every speller and they all learn that winning doesn’t mean everything and that losing doesn’t make you a loser. Each performance, four audience volunteers will be brought on stage to be a guest speller, which guarantees every show to be unique and full of unexpected experiences.

The Secret Theatre’s production is Co-Directed by Will Lacker and Taryn Turney.  The musical direction is by Steven McCasland and choreography by Jessica McCuiston.

The cast is composed of Richard Altmanshofer as Chip Tolentino, Ali Axelrad as Olive Ostrovsky, Keith Collins* as Vice Principal Douglas Panch, Brandon Hightower as Mitch Mahoney, Helen Kim as Marcy Park, Megan Kip as Rona Lisa Peretti, Michael Mendez* as William Barfee, Taryn Turney as Logainne Schwartzandgrubienerre, and Max Wolkowitz as Leaf Coneybear. (* Denotes Actor appears as a courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association).

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm. David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, and Second Stage Theatre originally produced it on Broadway.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. It was originally conceived by Rebecca Feldman with Additional Material by Jay Reiss.

For more information, visit the show's website at www.wix.com/secrettheatre/spellingbee.

Secret Burlesque Wants You  | Open: 07/24/10 Close: 07/24/10
One year ago Secret Burlesque put on its first show. Since then every third Saturday of the month at 1100 The Secret Theatre has been filled with Comedy, Magic, Stories, Sideshow acts and most importantly incredible Burlesque performers. The art of Burlesque is now a historical fact which transcends any humble origins to merely titillate. Most modern Burlesque performers are talented artists who put as much attention and effort into their acts as any actor. We are lucky enough to feature an everchanging roster of great new and established acts at our regular monthly Burlesque.


Fem Appeal was at our very first show and now she is back. Successfully producing her own show Kitty Nights every Sunday at Bar on A, Fem provides a unique style of Burlesque full of pop culture and high energy laughs.

Two Newcomers to Secret Burlesque are Lady Scoutington and Apathy Angel each with a dynamic personality and wonderful dance moves that round out the show and provide a new look into the modern movement of Neo Burlesque. Also returning is Paris The Hip Hop Juggler. And yes that is exactly what it sounds like. Fast paced feats of juggling to Hip Hop music that shock and awe. Face/Off Unlimited will follow with a rousing selection from their short form, competitive, audience interactive improv comedy show Friday Night Face Off, the legendary show that started it all, performing to sell out crowds every Friday night in Port Jefferson, NY. 20 days after the fourth of July come to Secret Burlesque and celebrate everything that makes this country great. Secret Burlesque Wants You to come see what everyone else has been saying is one of the best Shows in New York and the only Burlesque show in Queens. A guaranteed evening of entertainment and raunchy comedy that will make your week the best week ever!

Featuring our famous BBQ! On The Dock!

The Taming Of The Shrew  | Open: 06/10/10 Close: 06/26/10
The Taming of the Shrew follows Katherine, a free spirit, thrust into a sect of men in need of submissive women. Set in the heart of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints), this cunning new production of The Taming of the Shrew challenges the puritanical confinement of women still in existence in 21st Century America. Shakespeare’s play has been interpreted in many different ways; the play's apparent misogynistic elements have become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern audiences and readers. It has nevertheless been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, and musical theatre; perhaps the most famous adaptations being Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate and the film 10 Things I Hate About You.

RE:Vision presented by Forward Motion Theater  | Open: 04/21/10 Close: 04/21/10
Forward Motion Theater presents RE:Vision is a monthly series where media and digital art are integral to the performing arts. The evening features six independent works by artists incorporating live-mix video, dance, puppetry, spoken word, costume, and music.  One night show April 21st at 8pm, one subway stop from Midtown Manhattan at The Secret Theatre 44-02 23rd St, in the Long Island City Arts Building, LIC, Queens.  Doors open at 7:30pm for a pre-show.

Tickets are $10 advanced, $15 at the door. Purchase at http://www.forwardmotiontheater.org/tag/revision

RE:VIsion will feature INSPIRIT, a dance company / Christal Brown, Aerostatic, Wetcircuit, Mikhail Torich, Studio Green Penguin, Urban Wash Dance Company, Blind, Olek, and (+1-1).


INSPIRIT performs Past Her Rites, a four-part expose into the accumulative culture of the modern day professional female, which delves into the psyche of women who push past their womanly identities and find themselves lost in a sea of untailored affectations.

Studio Green Penguin is the work of Damon White, a multidisciplinary Bronx artist blending singing/songwriting, dance, poetry, and theater.

Urban Wash Dance Company and video artist Wetcircuit team up again exploring the story of Cassandra and Ajax with costumes by Olek.

(+1-1) explores myth and legend in the tale Apologia Medraute.

Blind reveals history through iconic gesture and decay of human form.

Aerostatic performs original scores.

INSPIRIT was founded in 2000 by Christal Brown with the sole purpose of bringing together and showcasing emerging African-American female artists and choreographers. Since its inception, INSPIRIT has grown to be an incubation tank; providing training in executive, artistic, and educational skills. In addition to having performed in various venues across the United States the company has also been in residence at several colleges and universities while also creating strong ties with various communities of young women nationwide through Project: BECOMING. INSPIRIT’s mission includes providing a forum for collaboration among emerging female artists and choreographers, promoting public appreciation of contemporary dance works, educating the general public about dance by sponsoring affordable and accessible performances in community based venues, encouraging interest in dance among youth through outreach and within public schools, developing the technical abilities and overall talent of young and unrecognized artist of all genres, races, and gender.

Blind is dancer and choreographer Eric Dunlap. Based in New York City, Eric toured internationally as a principal dancer with Alwin Nikolais / Murray Louis Dance. He has worked with various companies such as Peter Pucci Plus Dancers, Rebecca Sten/Perks Dance Music Theater, Sarah Skaggs Dancer/Higher Ground Projects, Pilobolus, and Pink Inc., appeared on NBC’s Today Show and is currently a member of the New York City Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Eric graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and is a black belt in Aikido.

Studio Green Penguin is the work of Damon L. White, a multidisciplinary Bronx artist blending singing/songwriting, dance, poetry, and theater. He believes “do one thing each day that scares you,” (Baz Lurhman). Damon L. White received his B.F.A. in dance from the California Institute of the Arts and his graduate degree in experimental performance at San Francisco’s Institute/New College. Videography, music production and writing muses his creativity. In addition, he also works as a production manager and lights-sound technician who prefers the title, Renaissance Man/Artisan – “Ich bin Kunst.”

Aerostatic is Terry Golob and Michele Darling. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Aerostatic utilize artifacts of sound generated by digital and analog processing in conjunction with a variety of interactive technologies, to compose and design audio environments for film, installations and music performance. Their work has been featured in shows and festivals in the United States, England, Argentina and Australia.

Mikhail Torich is an international music video director, cameraman, photographer and visual artist shooting in Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States.

Wetcircuit is Holly Daggers, a New York City-based VJ and Media Artist who creates and composes visual media in real time. Performances include concert VJ for Busta Rhymes, James Brown, Page McConnell, Moby, and T.I., and was voted a Top 20 VJ worldwide by DJ Magazine, UK. She has designed interactive video installations for the Museum of Modern Art and Chelsea Art Museum. Holly collaborates with musicians and choreographers presenting her media performances in both art gallery and theatrical settings, and has opened her shooting studio to create dance on video as a hybrid performance venue.

Urban Wash Dance Company is a fusion of dance and technology married to social and political consciousness. Movement vocabulary is derived from multidisciplinary sources enhanced by a high degree of athleticism. Urban Wash Dance Company is made up of dancers, video artists, DJs, and organized by Rebekah J Kennedy, Artistic Director/Choreographer. Performances and choreography have been featured throughout the United States.

(+1-1) is the brainchild of director/choreographer James Roy Graber, a classically trained dancer and interdisciplinary theater artist. Active participant in EyeWash series, poetry slams, and collaborator with other artists, he has toured internationally with Hartford Ballet and American Repertory Ballet. His work has been shown at Broome Corner Studio, Henry Street Settlement, P.S.122, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, National Puppetry Festival in Atlanta. James performs for New York City’s Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

The mission of Forward Motion Theater is to explore the combination of movement and technology through live performance and digital media. Current projects include both live theater and new performance venues through video and the web. Forward Motion Theater was incorporated as a non-profit arts organization in 2001 and has achieved 501(c)3 status. Forward Motion Theater is dedicated to exploring forms of communication that resonate regardless of social or cultural heritage, and believes this approach will open the door to a future full of diversity and understanding.
 

 This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  

Long Island City Jazz Festival  | Open: 03/28/10 Close: 03/28/10
The historic borough of Queens has an illustrious history, which is linked to the development of Jazz. Queens was the home of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Bix Beiderbecke, John Coltrane, Fats Waller and is still the home of evergreen Tony Bennett, Sadly many of those giants are gone but most people don’t realize that deeply nestled in the neighborhood of Long Island City is a community of very talented jazz musicians of all sorts of styles and stripes. Even more surprising is that there have been almost no opportunities or forums for them to get together so audiences can acknowledge and celebrate their art…until now!

The event, co-sponsored by Gibson Guitars, Sweetleaf Coffee, Baldwin Pianos, Rockethub.com, EMI Music, Jazz 88.3 FM and Breadbox Cafe will feature performances by J. WALTER HAWKES, STEVE BLANCO, CHRISTIAN COLEMAN, NATALIA BERNAL, THE CLAUDE DIALLO SITUATION, ANTHONY CEKAY, ANDREA LOGATO, HIROMI SUDA, ARAM BAJAKIAN, NATALIA BERNAL, MARTIN KELLEY, DAVID SHENTON & ERIN SHIELDS!

Come to the festival and experience a very wide variety of jazz; from traditional New Orleans, to Bebop, to Latin and experimental! ‘The Last Rhapsody ‘ - Exhibition of original photos of Jazz greats in performance including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Don Cherry, Art Blakey, Joe Zawinul and many more by LIC Jazz Musician/ Photographer Pete Macnamara.

The event begins at 11am. A $17.50 Festival Pass comes with FREE JAZZ BRUNCH (courtesy of Sweetleaf & Breadbox Cafe) plus unlimited access to all of the performances throughout the day and evening! Come early and feel free to leave and come back.

A Midsummer Nights' Dream  | Open: 12/03/09 Close: 01/03/10
A Midsummer Nights’ Dream in Winter? Yes please! In director Katherine M. Carter’s energetic new staging of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedy, follow four young lovers into a colorful and mysterious forest where fairies Titania and Oberon rule, where a band of “rude mechanicals”, led by the hilarious Bottom, rehearse a play and where love is put to the test by the mischievous Puck. In the end, will the lovers end up with their correct mate? Will the mechanicals make it to their performance before the Duke? Is Titania doomed to love an ass? A Midsummer Nights Dream is a non-stop comedy that will warm you up in the cold winter months.

As You Like It  | Open: 08/20/09 Close: 09/05/09
Magic happens in the forest. In Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” young lovers Orlando and Rosalind each are forced to flee from court with nothing but their lives. When they seek safety in the Forest of Arden, though, they discover a world where people aren’t always who they seem to be; and love, while still confusing, can be simpler and more pure than in the world they left. Will any find what they seek in Arden?

Antigone  | Open: 03/12/09 Close: 03/28/09
Antigone, doomed daughter of ill-fated Oedipus and Jocasta, is forced to complete “the ceremony of pain and dishonor and disaster and shame” willed by the Gods. Her brothers fought for the throne of Thebes, and each fell on the others’ sword. One was deemed a hero, the other, traitor. Her uncle, Kreon, who has claimed Thebes in the wake of the tragedy, has decreed death to the person who blesses the traitor’s body. Antigone, who has made an oath to her fallen brother, defies the will of the tyrant and consecrates his corpse. The enraged Kreon demands Antigone pay the ultimate price. This is against the advice of the great prophet, who has foretold doom for the family, and the nation if Kreon will not relent. The life of Antigone, and the fate of all of Thebes is hopelessly woven into Kreon’s wounded pride.

Using a variety of theatrical styles, director Greg Cicchino’s production of Antigone will explore the androgyny of its characters and examine how circumstances can force people to shatter stereotypical gender roles. With an innovative set design and a cast featuring Queens Players company members Dara Tiller, Katie Braden, Ira Sargent, Amanda Adili and Tiffany Turner alongside guest actors David Doumeng, Chris Duncan this will be an Antigone unlike any other.
 

Everyman  | Open: 11/06/08 Close: 11/22/08
Performances begin on November 6th for The Queens Players' all female cast in our production of the classic medieval play, EVERYMAN.

EVERYMAN is the best surviving example of the type of Medieval drama known as the Morality play. Moralities evolved side by side with the mystery plays, although they were composed individually and not in cycles. The play dramatizes the moral struggle that almost all Religions envisage as universal in every individual. The Queens Players all female production focuses on the journey of EVERYMAN whilst making a gender specific point in an almost Brechtian environment. The question of what parts do actors play in our collective spirituality is one that we explore through multi-media, original music, and dance. The actresses act not only as the characters in this allegory but provide the lighting, set, and sound for this production.

God summons the Angel of Death to bring Everyman to be judged. A complacent Everyman is informed by Death of the approaching end. The play shows the protagonist's progression from despair and fear of death to a resignation that is the prelude to redemption. First, false friends desert Everyman: Casual Companions, Kin, and Wealth. Everyman falls back on Good Deeds, Strength, Beauty, Intelligence, and Knowledge. These assist Everyman in making the Book of Accounts, but at the end all desert Everyman except Good Deeds. The play makes its grim point that we can take with us from this world nothing that we have received, only what we have given Everyman's victory over death is a triumphant expression of faith and doctrine but the play is not solely focused on religion.

EVERYMAN was originally produced in the late fifteenth century and is said to have been performed regularly. However, no production records exist. The first modern production was performed in 1901 by William Poel, founder of the Elizabethan Stage society. Maybe the most famous production of EVERYMAN was by renowned German director, Max Reinhardt, in 1911. The premier of Jedermann, the title of the play in German, was at the Zirkus Schumann in Berlin. The play took on a new feel with much of the religious dogma removed and a more focussed view that highlighted EVERYMAN's insatiable lust for life. Jedermann has been produced almost every year since at the Salzburg Cathedral square during the summertime.

The cast of Everyman includes Queens Players members Kirsten Anderson, Robin Cannon and Shelleen Kostabi, who are joined by Karina Bazelyuk, Alicia Blasingame, Melina Paez, and Nancy Crawford.

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