Genre: Musical

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 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.
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.

Cast: Philip Deyesso, Jeffrey Campos-Director
Open:   04/25/08
Close:   05/11/08

TRIUMPH OF LOVE plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, May 11:

Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 6 p.m.
Theater:   Broccoli Theatre at The Variety Boys
Address:   21-12 30th Road
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Cost:$18.00; $15.00 advanced purchase
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Astoria Perf at 866-8
Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center         Official Web Site:
  In addition to his work as Resident Dramaturge of Center Stage, he has translated or adapted several works for the stage, including Mari Vaux's The Triumph of Love, which premiered at Center Stage in 1993, and was subsequently produced by Classic Stage Company in New York, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Cleveland Playhouse. Triumph and his translations of Lesage's Turcaret and Labiche's Eating Crow are included in Three French Comedies, which Yale University Press published in 1996. He holds degrees in French Literature and a doctorate from the Yale School of Drama. When he can, he writes about musical theater for American Theatre Magazine.

  is the recipient of a 2001-02 Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition and the 2003 Jonathan Larson Musical Theater Foundation Award. He composed the music for the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Triumph of Love, starring Betty Buckley, F. Murray Abraham and Susan Egan, named by USA Today as the best new musical of 1997-98. Original Broadway Cast album released by Jay Records. In 1998 he composed Lulie the Iceberg, a symphonic and choral narrative based on a story by HIH Princess Takamado of Japan. Lulie was premiered at Carnegie Hall by the Orchestra of St. Luke's, featuring soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Pamela Frank and Paul Winter, and narrated by Sam Waterston. Recording released by Sony Classical. In 1995 he wrote the music and libretto for The Voice of Temperance, a musical theater piece based on Prohibition texts, commissioned by the New York Shakespeare Festival and workshopped at the Public Theater. He received a 1994 National Endowment for the Arts grant to write the score and libretto for a new opera.

  Received a Tony Nomination, a Grammy nomination, and a Drama Desk Award for her lyrics for Jelly's Last Jam. She was nominated for a Drama Desk for Triumph of Love. She was one of the writers nominated for a Tony award for Working, and won an Outer Critics Circle award for What about Luv? She wrote additional lyrics for High Society, with a book by Arthur Kopit and a score by Cole Porter. She wrote lyrics for Pieces of Eight with Jule Styne and Michael Stewart, Fanny Hackabout Jones with Erica Jong and Lucy Simon, and was one of the contributors to A my Name is Alice. She wrote The Night they Raided Minsky's with Charles Strouse and Evan Hunter, and has just finished Moonstruck, with John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger. She and Mr. Krieger are also currently at work on two new projects.

Ms. Birkenhead is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, Treasurer of the Dramatists Guild Fund, and a member of the Musical Theater Council of the Manhattan Theater Club.

Brian Swasey Director
is a graduate of University of New Hampshire with a degree in Musical Theatre and Dance. Theatrical Performing credits include Harry Houdini in Ragtime at Maine State Music Theatre, the Off-Broadway production of Naked Boys Singing (yes, I was really naked), Into the Woods, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Crazy for You, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, A Chorus Line, She Loves Me, 42nd Street, Tommy, The Wizard of Oz, and an international tour of West Side Story. Directing and Choreography credits include Forever Plaid, The Wild Party, Lucky Stiff, The Man in The Iron Mask, Godspell, Seussical, Starmites, Nunsense, Is There Life After High School?, How to Succeed..., Once on this Island, A New Brain, Miracle on 34th Street, A Chorus Line, Once Upon a Mattress, West Side Story, Kiss Me, Kate, and Peter Pan. Upcoming projects include Musical of Musicals, The Musical and Once on this Island in Hawaii. For more information visit
Richard Rice Alan Hermocrates
(Hermocrates) Some of his favorite credits include: Dracula (Dracula), The Fantasticks, South Pacific (Emile de Becque), Blithe Spirit (Charles), 1776 (John Dickinson), Art (Serge), Phantom (Count de Chandon), Funny Girl (Nick Arnstein), Angel Street (Mr. Maningham), Most Happy Fella and Sweeney Todd. Film credits include: "Terminus" and "Mercy" (Award winning short films), and his feature film debut in "Abscond Valley".
Erika Amato Hesione
Selected Regional Theatre credits include: Voice of Bad Fairy/Clinic Director in Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Center Theatre Group Ovation Award Nominee, Backstage West Garland Award Honorable Mention ); Betty Haynes in White Christmas (Welk Resort Theatre); Reno in Anything Goes (Candlelight Pavilion - Inland Theatre League Award Nominee); Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (Welk Resort Theatre); the Snow Queen in The Snow Queen (Disney workshop w/Alan Menken); Cherry in Paint Your Wagon (Geffen Playhouse); Hippolyte in The Bungler (West Coast Ensemble); and Luisa in Nine (Chance Theater selected "Best Performance," by the Orange County Register, OC Weekly Award Nominee). Television/Film credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bringing Up Jack, VH-1's Sparkle Lounge, Quantum Leap, Danger Rangers, A Couple of Days and Nights, Smack, and Disney's Enchanted.
Abby Baum Princess Leonide

NY Theatre credits include: Broadway's Rising Stars (The Town Hall), Salzman and Cunningham's Queen Esther (Merkin Hall), A New Generation of Song (NYMF), SHOWCHOIR! (FringeNYC: Winner Outstanding Ensemble), A Tribute to Alan Menken (with Mr. Menken). Regional: Silver Dollar (Surflight), the regional premiere of Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver (Cortland Repertory) Children of Eden, Oliver!. Readings: Angry Housewives (The Soccer Mom), The New Hopeville Comics (Molly), The Soul Kitchen. Upcoming: R&H's Cinderella with Lea Salonga.

(Dimas) holds degrees in theatre and voice from the University of Georgia. Previous credits include The Wild Party (Gallery Players), a concert reading of Bernstein's Peter Pan (Leonard Bernstein Office), A New Brain (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Rockberry (Jollyship the Whizbang), The Wizard of Oz (Highlands Playhouse), Moby Dick Rehearsed (Twenty Feet Productions), and understudy roles for The Constant Couple (Pearl Theatre Company). Some favorite roles include Gloucester in King Lear and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Tripp originally hails from Chattanooga, TN and likes jogging outside, wearing bath robes, and drinking tea. Tripp appeared in the first national tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Jeff Calhoun & Noah Racey), played Off-Broadway in Musicals Tonight's Meet Me in St. Louis and Let's Face It!, and spent two summers at the Ogunquit Playhouse with Sally Struthers in Best Little Whorehouse... and Hello, Dolly! Other favorites include Crazy For You (Bobby), Anything Goes (Billy), and Forever Plaid (Sparky). Tripp received a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is a proud Equity member. IL&MYG.
Recent credits include Jeanie in Hair, Mrs. Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and was recently featured in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party at The Gallery Players in Brooklyn. Ashley originated the role of Bunny in I See London, I see France...The Underwear Musical, at The Goodspeed Opera House. BFA Musical Theatre, The Hartt School, CT.