Astoria Performing Arts Center

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ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2001 by Sue Scannell (Founding Executive Director, 2001-2005) and Brian J. Swasey (Founding Artistic Director, 2001-2008). APAC’s mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria, Queens, and to support local youth and senior citizens.

On its mainstage, APAC produces revivals and premieres of plays and musicals, and APAC also develops new works through readings and workshops. Its flexible theater space changes with each production. To date, APAC has received 22 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and 5 wins (Children of Eden & Ragtime), as well as an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?). APAC was the recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, under the leadership of Taryn Sacramone (APAC Executive Director, 2005-2013).

APAC offers free annual community programs, including a summer performance camp for children ages 8-13, an after school playwriting program for middle school students, and a performance program for Queens residents over the age of 60. These programs deepen ties with the community, and develop new audiences for theater. Diverse programming and consistent quality attracts a loyal and growing audience that reflects the diversity of Western Queens and also draws from the other boroughs and beyond.

In addition to its theater space within the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, APAC’s offices are located within the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

A New Brain  | Open: 05/04/07 Close: 05/20/07
A New Brain tells the story of Gordon, a struggling songwriter, who suffers a medical crisis when something goes wrong with his brain and he is forced to undergo surgery. At the time he is struck by illness, he is reluctantly composing a song for a children's television show featuring a frog by the name of "Mr. Bungee." The specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal as he learns to appreciate life's precious moments, and finds new inspiration to compose the songs he yearns to produce.
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A New Generationof Song-The Future of Musical Theatre  | Open: 09/15/06 Close: 09/17/06
The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) will produce "A New Generation of Song – The Future of Musical Theatre" beginning September 15th thru September 17th Upstairs at Mezzo Mezzo featuring the music of 20 handpicked up-and-coming composers in the musical theatre industry. This entertaining showcase is for the residents of Queens to enjoy and is being produced in association with the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Be there for the debut of these exciting new songs!
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Allegro  | Open: 05/01/14 Close: 05/17/14
Life – a set of circumstances, a series of choices, leading to this moment in time. Are you where you thought you’d be? Are you proud of the decisions you’ve made? Allegro follows the journey of Joseph Taylor, Jr., the son of a small-town doctor, from birth to age 35 – from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. When he loses sight of his goals, he struggles to avoid compromising his principles in this rarely seen musical from the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein.

 


About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2001 by Sue Scannell (Founding Executive Director, 2001-2005) and Brian J. Swasey (Founding Artistic Director, 2001-2008). APAC’s mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria, Queens, and to support local youth and senior citizens.

On its mainstage, APAC produces revivals and premieres of plays and musicals, and APAC also develops new works through readings and workshops. Its flexible theater space changes with each production. To date, APAC has received 22 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and 5 wins (Children of Eden & Ragtime), as well as an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?). APAC was the recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, under the leadership of Taryn Sacramone (APAC Executive Director, 2005-2013).

APAC offers free annual community programs, including a summer performance camp for children ages 8-13, an after school playwriting program for middle school students, and a performance program for Queens residents over the age of 60. These programs deepen ties with the community, and develop new audiences for theater. Diverse programming and consistent quality attracts a loyal and growing audience that reflects the diversity of Western Queens and also draws from the other boroughs and beyond.

In addition to its theater space within the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, APAC’s offices are located within the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios.

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Billy Witch  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/17/12
THE ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is pleased to announce the World Premiere production of Gregory S. Moss’s (punkplay, House of Gold) BILLY WITCH, choreographed by Wendy Seyb (The Pee Wee Herman Show, Yeast Nation), with original music by Nathan A. Roberts, musical direction by Brenna Sage and directed by Erik Pearson (Billy Witch, Studio 42). BILLY WITCH will play a limited engagement at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road.) Performances begin Thursday, November 1 and continue through Saturday, November 17. Opening Night is Saturday, November 3 (8 p.m.).
 
In this quirky, creepy, bawdy comedy, 14-year old Oliver braves the wilderness to discover change at sleepaway camp. Miles away from home, surrounded by pubescent boys and girls, Oliver is not prepared for the life altering transformation he will soon experience. From twisted first sexual encounters, to spooky campfire stories unfolding before his eyes, Oliver's time at camp is anything but normal.

BILLY WITCH was initially written when Moss, who L.A. Weekly says “blends Eugene Ionesco with Christopher Durang,” was in residence at The Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York. It was first workshopped at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, in 2008, under the direction of Vanessa Gilbert. The play was produced at Northeastern University, Boston, in 2010, directed by Jonathan Carr. In early 2012, a developmental production was produced by Studio 42 and directed by Erik Pearson.

APAC's Artistic Director, Tom Wojtunik chose the play after missing the workshop at Studio 42 last February, which garnered tremendous word of mouth in the theatre community. He states, "as soon as I read the script I knew that the experience of BILLY WITCH would be a special one for APAC's audience. I look forward to seeing how director Erik Pearson utilizes APAC's unique space to tell the story." When asked why he first chose to develop the piece, Studio 42 Artistic Director, Moritz von Stuelpnagel said, “when you mix Ovid's Metamorphosis with classic camp horror, you get this terrific blend of high brow and low brow entertainment that is surprising and deeply satisfying. The show is an immersive theatrical experience full of sex, horror, absurdity, and straight up nostalgia for those long gone days of summer camp.”

The production features Eric Bryant* (Angels in America, Signature Theater) as Arden, Britain Gebhardt as Jenny, Aimee Howard* (Austerity of Hope, Barrow Group; Claymont, EAT) as Miranda, Dawn Luebbe* (Onasses Comedy, UCB & College Humor) as Counselor Becky, Allyson Morgan* as Sue, Seamus Mulcahy* (Killing Lincoln; Our Town, Barrow Street Theater) as Oliver, Andy Phelan* (APAC’s MilkMilkLemonade;  CSC’s Galileo) as Billy, John Patrick Doherty* as PD Lockwood, Will Roland as Michael, Hasmik Anna Saakian as Melody, Ben Schnickel as Peter, Nicholas Urda* (Private Lives, Two Rivers Theater) as Counselor James, and Liz Wisan* (Other Desert Cities) as Sandy. (*Performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.)
 
The production features scenic design by Tim Brown, costume design by Elizabeth Barrett Groth, and lighting design by Marie Yokoyama. Chris Barlow is the sound designer, Daniel Dabdoub is the props designer, Robert Westley is the fight director,  Jessa Nicole Pollack* is the rehearsal stage manager and Kristine Schlachter* is the production stage manager.

BILLY WITCH plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, November 17:
 
    Thursdays at 8 p.m.
    Fridays at 8 p.m.
    Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $18, available online at www.apacny.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Children under 14 not permitted.

PERFORMANCE VENUE
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102

Directions: Take the N or Q Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Turn left on Crescent Street. Walk one block south, then turn right onto 30th Rd. Entrance is second set of red doors on left.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Website: www.apacny.org
 

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Blood Brothers  | Open: 05/02/13 Close: 05/18/13
The Tony Nominated and Oliver Award Winning Best Musical BLOOD BROTHERS tells the tragic story of a mother who, unable to support her children, surrenders one of her newborn twins to a childless woman. Unaware that they are brothers, the boys grow up just streets apart in vastly different homes – one wealthy, the other poor. Despite their different upbringings, they become close friends. But when they fall in love with the same girl, their friendship is tested, and their fate sealed.

 

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
May 2-18, $18
www.apacny.org


About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is dedicated to providing high quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable cost for the Astoria/LIC communities and to supporting local youth. APAC is a not-for-profit arts organization that couples professional theatre programming with community outreach efforts. Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians and interns together to produce major musicals, classical, and modern plays. Committed to bringing new voices to visibility in New York theatre, APAC has held 3 playwriting contests, and produced two staged readings.

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Carefully Taught  | Open: 11/05/15 Close: 11/21/15
Two women. Two children. Many voices. One issue. This provocative tale challenges us to examine our perceptions of race in contemporary culture.
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Children Of Eden  | Open: 05/06/10 Close: 05/29/10
Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and John Caird's (Les Miserables) Children of Eden is an inspirational musical about forgiveness. Loosely based on the story of Genesis, this frank, heartfelt, and often humorous examination of the timeless conflict between parents and children has been presented across the world since its London premiere in 1991. At the Astoria Performing Arts Center the act of telling this grand and epic story is accomplished with a sense of theatrical wonder, creativity and innovation that will capture the imagination of audiences of all ages.

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James Zannelli* (Bryan Putnam’s The Toymaker in the 2009 NYMF) as Father, Joseph Spieldenner* as Adam/Noah, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Eve/Mama Noah, Alan Shaw* (Huck Finn in Big River at The Arvada Center) as Cain/Japheth, Stephen Gelpi* (Shafrika The White Girl at the Vineyard Theatre, The Mission at the The Producer’s Club) as Abel/Ham/Snake, Jonathan Gregg* as Seth/Shem/Snake, Charissa Bertels* as Aphra/Snake, Kelly Scanlon* as Aysha/Snake, Stacie Bono* (Evelyn Nesbit in APAC’s Ragtime) as Yonah/Snake, Daniel Henri Luttway (APAC’s Ragtime) as Young Cain and Zekari Jackson (APAC’s Ragtime) as Young Abel. Also starring Phillip Deyesso*, Kyle Hines*, Terrence Oliver*, Shad Olsen*, Allyson Pace, Rachel Rhodes-Devey, Mfoniso Udofia*, and Erin Michelle Washington*.
*Performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. AEA approved showcase.

Children of Eden features choreography by Christine O’Grady and musical direction by Lilli Wosk.
 

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Forever Plaid  | Open: 04/28/06 Close: 05/14/06
"Forever Plaid" is a deliciously goofy musical revue that centers on four young, eager male singers that were killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert back in the ‘50s. APAC will miraculously resurrect these four lucky souls for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was for only three upcoming weekends this spring
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Lucky Stiff  | Open: 02/11/05 Close: 02/27/05
"Lucky Stiff" is an impulsively wild ride from start to finish about a reclusive English shoe salesman who inherits $6,000,000 from his recently-murdered Uncle's will, on the condition that he escorts his uncle's corpse on a week-long vacation to Monte Carlo and convinces all those at the resort that his uncle's corpse is still alive and having a swell time. Should he fail to complete the task the money becomes property of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.
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Milkmilklemonade  | Open: 10/28/10 Close: 11/13/10
Emory is an effeminate 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm with his chain smoking Nanna and his only friend, a depressed chicken about to be processed. Nanna wishes Emory would get his head out of the clouds, stop choreographing ribbon stick dance numbers, and be more like Elliot, the boy down the road with a penchant for burning things. But Emory and Elliot have a relationship -- just not one Nanna would expect or approve of. With absurd, poignant dialog and brutal characterizations, MilkMilkLemonade is a bitterly funny exploration of gender, sexuality, life, death, and the human body.


About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is dedicated to providing high quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable cost for the Astoria/LIC communities and to supporting local youth. APAC is a not-for-profit arts organization that couples professional theatre programming with community outreach efforts. Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians and interns together to produce major musicals, classical, and modern plays. Committed to bringing new voices to visibility in New York theatre, APAC has held 3 playwriting contests, and produced two staged readings.

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile  | Open: 10/27/06 Close: 11/12/06
This long running Off Broadway absurdist comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso' agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso's date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen, and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor.
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Proof  | Open: 11/02/07 Close: 11/18/07
Proof tells the story of Catherine, a young woman and daughter of Robert, a renowned mathematician struck by mental illness. When a revolutionary proof surfaces, the mystery of its authorship brings personal issues to a boil. Paced as a thriller and infused with crisp humor throughout, the real drama hinges on the dynamics between the play's four characters. In 2001, Proof was honored with a Pulitzer Prize as well as a Tony Award. In 2005, a movie version was released, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
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Ragtime  | Open: 02/05/09 Close: 02/22/09
This epic musical by the award-winning composer/lyricist team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, Seussical) paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime intertwines three distinct stories that poignantly illustrate history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate.

Flaherty's score is just as diverse as the Melting Pot of America that it seeks to recreate. It draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music of the immigrants, Vaudeville's outrageous style to capture the spectacle of Evelyn Nesbit, and Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit of Harlem.

With a book by Terrance McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class), this 1998 Tony award winning show for best score, book, and orchestrations, features such show stopping songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Your Daddy's Son," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day," "Back To Before," and "Make Them Hear You."
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Ragtime stars D. William Hughes (2007 Oregon Theatrical Award Winner for Best Actor as Coalhouse in Ragtime at Lakewood Theatre Company/The Civil War, Miss Saigon, Big River tours) as Coalhouse, Ricky Oliver (Mame/Titanic) as Younger Brother, Mark Gerrard ("The Comeback" HBO) as Tateh, James Andrew Walsh (Tateh in Ragtime national tour) as Father and Richard Vernon returns to APAC after playing Richard in Proof last year, as Grandfather.

The production features an award-winning time with scenic design by Michael P. Kramer (nominated for Outstanding Set Design 2008 IT Award APAC productions’ Proof and Triumph of Love), costume design by David Withrow (IT Award recipient for Bug Boy Blues), lighting design by Travis Walker and sound design by Kristyn R. Smith. Jillian Zeman is the stage manager.
 

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE  | Open: 05/05/16 Close: 05/28/16
Each member of a lovable, eclectic group of middle schoolers is eager to win the spelling bee. During the proceedings, led by our fearless leaders Rona and Vice Principal Panch, we meet shy Olive, returning champ Chip, distractible Leaf, overachiever Marcy, activist Logainne, and self-assured William and his “magic foot.” Through spelling and hilarious song, the struggles and dreams of the participants are revealed and explored as we root for each one. With a tuneful score and lyrics by William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain) and a heartfelt, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, this show leaves us laughing as we are each able to see ourselves in the characters and remember a time when we too put everything on the line to win it all.

 

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is based on Rebecca Feldman’s improvisational play C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E and was first workshopped at Barrington Stage Company in 2004. Directed by James Lapine and choreographed by Dan Knetchges, the original New York production opened in 2005 at Second Stage. The production transferred to Broadway where it ran at the Circle in the Square for almost three years winning two Tony Awards--Best Book and Best Featured Actor. Since then the show has been performed across the country and all over the world.

 


About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2001 by Sue Scannell (Founding Executive Director, 2001-2005) and Brian J. Swasey (Founding Artistic Director, 2001-2008). APAC’s mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria, Queens, and to support local youth and senior citizens.

On its mainstage, APAC produces revivals and premieres of plays and musicals, and APAC also develops new works through readings and workshops. Its flexible theater space changes with each production. To date, APAC has received 22 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and 5 wins (Children of Eden & Ragtime), as well as an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?). APAC was the recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, under the leadership of Taryn Sacramone (APAC Executive Director, 2005-2013).

APAC offers free annual community programs, including a summer performance camp for children ages 8-13, an after school playwriting program for middle school students, and a performance program for Queens residents over the age of 60. These programs deepen ties with the community, and develop new audiences for theater. Diverse programming and consistent quality attracts a loyal and growing audience that reflects the diversity of Western Queens and also draws from the other boroughs and beyond.

In addition to its theater space within the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, APAC’s offices are located within the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios.

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The Children's Hour  | Open: 04/21/09 Close: 05/07/09
The insidious power of a lie takes center stage at the Wright-Dobie School for Girls in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. When a student perceives she is being treated unfairly by the headmasters, she fabricates a malicious lie about them. Fearful that their children will be inappropriately influenced, parents begin to withdraw their children from the school. The controversy pushes relationships to the brink, tests assumptions, and challenges preconceived notions of the truth.

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The Cottage  | Open: 11/07/13 Close: 11/23/13
 The Cottage is a rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward. Set in the English countryside in 1923, this tale of sex, betrayal and, oh yes, love, unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover’s wife. The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—and potentially murderous—romantic comedy.



About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is dedicated to providing high quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable cost for the Astoria/LIC communities and to supporting local youth. APAC is a not-for-profit arts organization that couples professional theatre programming with community outreach efforts. Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians and interns together to produce major musicals, classical, and modern plays. Committed to bringing new voices to visibility in New York theatre, APAC has held 3 playwriting contests, and produced two staged readings.

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Triumph Of Love  | Open: 04/25/08 Close: 05/11/08
Love can make a woman do strange things--like lie about her past or give up her career for the man she loves. Or throw off her princess raiment and disguise herself as a young man in order to infiltrate the guarded "men-only" palace compound of an exiled prince she's admired from afar. Such is the state of things in James Magruder, Jeffrey Stock and Susan Birkenhead's hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic adaptation of the classic Marivaux comedy TRIUMPH OF LOVE.

Tickets are $15 in advanced and $18 at the door. Available online at www.apacny.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to showtime. TDF vouchers accepted.

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