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A Most Peculiar Thing…  | Open: 10/18/06 Close: 10/31/06
An evening of 5 fascinating plays from the 1940's, featuring suspense, eroticism and horror from the British Grand Guignol ...

Directed By Richard Mazda, Ali Silva and Derik Boik
Written by Frederick Whitney and Richard Mazda

To Hell With You
Directed by Richard Mazda

When respectable socialite, Linda, wakes she findsherself transported to the first level of Hell.
Beelzebub croons whilst a heavenly announcer comments on the beguiling turn of events. Can one's thoughts and fantasies be considered morally inappropriate?

Coral Strand
Directed by Derik Boik

John Hallam and Emily are shipwrecked and thrown into each other's arms. During a lovers quarrel John accidentally knocks Emily unconscious, he spies a tramp steamer on the horizon. In a panic he hides Emily's limp body in the bushes. When the seamen put
ashore the 1st Mate, Mr. Smith, and suspects that John is hiding something from them...

The Bloomsbury Butcher
Directed by Richard Mazda

In a working girl's lonely garret in Bloomsbury, Violet and Madame ‘Boudoir' discuss the string of grisly murders that have been making the King's Cross area a dangerous place for women such as them. Business is understandably slow when a knock at the door causes them to break off their conversation. ‘At least business is picking up' says Madame ‘Boudoir' ... but is it?

Nuit de Noces
Directed by Ali Silva

When the grotesque Marquis enters into marriage with a bride provided by the local convent he doesn't reckon on his frisky young bride running away before he can consummate the union. The neighbor, Count Gervais de Polisson, is a handsome and dashing Samaritan who
offers sanctuary and a glass of champagne to the teenage runaway bride. The Marquis arrives and challenges the Count to a duel. Antoine, the Count's manservant is always at hand, which turns out to be rather a lucky situation for Antoine ...

Coals of Fire
Directed by Richard Mazda

The blind wife and her young companion spend their rainy afternoons in the parlor. The young companion reads biblical passages to her employer. Today however is different. The Companion is coerced in subtle manner into a confession of her affair with the wife's
husband. Through a veneer of politeness and unshakeable manners the Wife is secretly plotting her revenge ...

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

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.

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

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.

Return to The Grand Guignol  | Open: 05/03/06 Close: 05/20/06
The Queens' Players proudly present 4 plays in the classic French horror style. The Grand Guignol genre of horror plays dates back the late 19th Century. For almost 60 years this pioneering form of drama terrified and exhilarated audiences at the original Theatre du Grand Guignol which was on the Rue Chaptal in Paris' Monmartre district.

We present 3 classic plays and one entirely new one act play in a unique evening of suspense, horror and eroticism.

The Kinight of the Burning Pestle  | Open: 07/12/06 Close: 07/23/06
As a troupe of young actors begin The London Merchant, a quaint play centering on middle-class characters, a pair of rough-and-tumble peasants and their servant Rafe interrupts the action and demands to see a play about a Grocer-Errant battling bloodthirsty giants, wooing exotic princesses, and leading armies into battle. 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.

The play was most likely written entirely by Francis Beaumont in 1613, although his sometimes collaborator John Fletcher is often credited as a co-author. Knight... was one of the first (if not the very first) play to parody it's contemporaries and to break the forth wall by bringing the groundlings up onto the stage. "This play is unique in that underneath the various bisecting plots, the real story is about the interplay between audience and artists," says director Kevin Dodd.

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.