Genre: Drama
Directed by, Jessi D. Hill; Written by, Lillian Hellman

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.

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: Getchie Argetsinger, Gwen Ellis, Carmel Javaher, Julia Leffler, Dani Cervone, Katherine Folk-sullivan, G.r. Johnson, Lauren Marcus, Jacqueline Sydney, Jacqueline Sydney, Emily Dorsch, Charlotte Hampden, Emily Kratter, Elisa Pupko, Lydia Woods
Preview:   04/21/09
Open:   04/23/09
Close:   05/07/09

Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 6 p.m.
Theater:   Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Address:   30-44 Crescent St
Astoria, NY 11102
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Take the N or W Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Cresent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Walk one block South to 30th Road.

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