Genre: Musical
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Book by John Caird
Directed by Tom Wojtunik

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.


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.

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.

Open:   05/06/10
Close:   05/29/10

Thursdays at 8PM
Fridays at 8PM
Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM
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.

Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
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