Genre: Classical, Comedy
©Sean MacBride Murray
by Sir Francis Beaumont, Directed by Richard Mazda

The Knight

of the

Burning Pestle


Sir Francis Beaumont

February 17-20, 23-25, 27 and March 2-5 @ 8PM Matinee March 5 @ 3PM

There will be no performance on February 26

Produced and Directed By Richard Mazda For The Queens Players

Stage Manager

Rachel Pfenningwerth

Costumes by

     Helyn Messenger

Photography by

Sean MacBride Murray


Perry Katz

Tickets $18 Door

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Written in Elizabethan English The Knight of the Burning Pestle is pure good times and even after 400 years still makes a great comedy even for the most contemporary audience.


Director Richard Mazda muses that The Knight of The Burning Pestle is arguably “the funniest play of all the Elizabethan and Jacobean comedies”. The Knight of The Burning Pestle’s is a satire on plays, playwriting and actors. Sir Francis Beaumont frequently collaborated with Shakespeare’s successor , Fletcher and this groundbreaking play is also the first play to feature ‘audience’ characters breaking the fourth wall.

An unwitting theatre troupe gets more than they bargained for when an Honorable Citizen Grocer George and his Wife, Nell, attend the theatre for the first time they manage to pervert the intentions of the actors to present, The London Merchant. The grocer and his wife demand to see a play about a Grocer-Errant battling bloodthirsty giants, wooing exotic princesses, and leading armies into battle. They insist their apprentice Rafe should play the lead role and then begin to come up with fanciful plotlines and scenarios without pause.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.


Director Richard Mazda says “this is the funniest theatre piece written during this time period and everyone who enjoys classical theatre or who is a fan of theatre in general simply must see this show.” Mazda incorporates puppetry, dance, and traces of 20th Century British comedy Benny Hill, Tommy Cooper, Monty to the classical text and the results are hilarious.  

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This Queens Players production features

Alex Cape, Alex Stine, Ariel Rosen-Brown, Avery Manuel, Brian Walters, Helyn Messenger, Jonathan Emerson, Joshua Warr, Kate Siepert, Philip J. Rossi, Randy Warshaw, Ross Pivec, Shannon Pritchard, Thom Brown

About the Company: The Queens Players

The Queen's players are a non-union acting company formed by English actor/writer, Richard Mazda. The inspiration is NYC's wonderful pool of actors and a desire to present new work, which is normally difficult to achieve without financial backing.

Open:   02/17/11
Close:   03/05/11

February 17-20, 23-25, 27 and March 2-5 @ 8PM Matinee March 5 @ 3PM
There will be no performance on February 26
Theater:   Secret Theatre
Address:   4402 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
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