Beckmann Theatre @ American Theater Of A

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 10/17/12 01:30:52 AM
Address: 314 West 54th Street, 2nd floor bet
New York, NY    10019

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Hamlet (the Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark)  | Open: 11/07/12 Close: 11/11/12
C.A.G.E. Theatre Company is proud to present an abridged version of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.  Michae Rehse stars as Hamlet, a young man returning for his father's funeral, only to find his mother, Queen Gertrude (Emily Frail), marrying his smooth yet seemingly treacherous uncle Claudius (Fernando Lamberty).  A chance meeting with supernatural elements and possible madness drive him to ponder the ultimate revenge - regicide.  But has Hamlet really gone mad?  Or is there a deeper side to his inner psyche? does his journey affect his love Ophelia (Melissa Meli), her brother Laertes (Sean Ward) and father Polonius (Thomas Cox), Hamlet's best friends Horatio (Michael Hagins), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Kristen Penner and Lorelai McKenzie)?  And why is the gravedigger (Laura Grayson) lurking around happily singing?

First off...

Come see the rare chance to see Edwin Booth and Sarah Siddons share the stage together in a night of shows specially put together for the viewing public by Christopher Durang!

Shows presented will be Private Lives, Hamlet, Checkmate and A Man for All Seasons!

Starring Edwin Booth, Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Sir Henry Irving
Directed by Michael Hagins
Stage Managed by Meg Foster
Understudies: George Spelvin and Eleanora Duse

May include appearances by Mark Levy, Stephanie Sottile, Lillian Small, Emily Frail and Michael Hagins


* Do you have questions about religion?
* Are you wondering about heaven and hell?
* Is something about God confusing and you need clarification?
Well, for a few nights only...

SISTER MARY IGNATIUS Explains It All for You!
Program organized and created by Christopher Durang
featuring a special nativity play written by Mary Jean Mahoney!

May include appearances by Sharon Cacciabaudo, John Sartori, Jesuhan Malave, Laura Grayson, Erica Jensen and Joshua Key-McGinnis

Much Ado About Nothing  | Open: 01/19/12 Close: 01/22/12
 Monsterpiece Theater Collective's Much Ado About Nothing interprets Shakespeare's classic with a modern twist and a nod to contemporary social media, and features original music by the Wonderland Robbers (Nick Boddington music, Jade Bartlett, lyrics). As adapted by director Anthony Pound, the theater becomes a giant chalk board where the cast creates the world of the play in messages and status updates. The rumors serving as the basis of the action quite literally become the writing on the wall, floor, and anywhere the chalk lands. Confirming the truth and deleting the rumor, the cast creates and erases the show each night.

Quest Of The Hero!  | Open: 11/14/11 Close: 11/20/11
Do you like the following:

- Old school Nintendo games like Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda?
- Dungeons and Dragons or other role-playing games?
- Flashy fights?
- Hot women in skimpy outfits?
- Lots of comedy?
- Witty and biting satire?
- Buff, heroic guys with charm, looks, and intelligence?
- Evil villains who are are vicious and want to conquer the world?
- An excellent story told by a bass-voiced narrator?
- Shows that could possibly get sued by several major gamer companies?

If you said yes to any of this, then you will love that TND Productions is bringing back the audience and crowd-pleasing Quest of the Hero! Director Li Murillo comes out of her hiatus and takes the original work of Michael Hagins to the next level. The story centers around young man Chester (Christian Sochor) and his quest to save the princess while enduring loads of fighting, ridiculous sidekicks and dangerous villains in his hope to finally get laid. Quest of the Hero! is a satire on old-school Nintendo games, old-school role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, and new-school stage combat, along with an homage to society stereotypes and the gamer culture.

The show will be performed at the Beckmann Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors, 314 W. 54th St. between 8th and 9th Ave.  The show will be performed in rep with the Merchant of Venice.
Show dates:
Monday, November 14th at 8 pm
Tuesday, November 15th at 8 pm
Thursday, November 17th at 8 pm
Saturday, November 19th at 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 pm

Tickets are a mere $18, and in return, you'll get a less-than-90 minute spectacular filled with things to please the crowd and fancy the eye! E-mail for reservations and information!
Starring Christian Sochor, Joseph Schles, Vanessa Wendt, and Adam Baritot as your Narrator!
Featuring Ryan McCabe, Steve Walker, Xavier Rodney, Jesuhan Malave, Sonia Acosta, Chelsea Rowe, Chelsea Anderson, Amy Suznovich, and Stephanie Sottile
The Merchant Of Venice  | Open: 11/16/11 Close: 11/20/11

TND Productions presents The Merchant of Venice. Director Michael Hagins brings Shakespeare's story of prejudice and revenge to the live stage at Beckmann Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors.

The Merchant of Venice is the story of Antonio (Steve Walker) a Venetian merchant who loans money to his best friend Bassanio (Nathan Veazey) to earn the opportunity to woo the lovely heiress Portia (Sonia Hebe). However, a serie...s of misfortunes lead Antonio to owe the money to the unscrupulous Jewish lender Shylock (Henri Douvry), and nothing will stop him from collecting the interest agreed upon - a pound of flesh from Antonio's chest. Shakespeare's story of prejudice and revenge contains many elements of comedy, drama and of course, love - hopefully - triumphant!

This show is in rotating rep with the original work Quest of the Hero! See the Facebook link at

Merchant of Venice shows are:

Wednesday, November 16th at 8:00 pm; Friday, November 18th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, November 19th at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, November 20th at 7:00 pm

Starring Steve Walker, Nathan Veazey, Sonia Acosta, Henri Douvry, Imran W. Sheikh, Laura Mae Baker, Reynaldo Piniella, Melissa Meli, Vanessa Wendt, Sam K. Taylor, and Rich Wieneski.

Tickets are a mere $18.00. Email for reservations and information!
Is romance dead? Is that a bad thing? Is there someone out there for everyone, or is that something that advertising executives invented to sell you eyeliner? These are the questions that Kellie Powell's characters struggle to answer in her short plays - including "Thanksgiving in the Wilderness", "Dogface", "Collaboration", "Close Enough", and "Spilled Milk". Sometimes bitter, sometimes awkward, these smart, sexy heroines discover that the best way to cope with getting burned by cold bastards is to get the last laugh.

In A Dark Dark House  | Open: 10/21/10 Close: 11/13/10
Two brothers meet on the grounds of a private psychiatric facility. Drew, has been court-confined for observation and has called his older brother, Terry, to corroborate his claim of childhood sexual abuse by a young man from many summers ago. Drew's request releases barely-hidden animosities between the two: Is he using these repressed memories to save himself while smearing the name of his brother's friend? Through pain and acknowledged betrayal, the brothers come to grips with and begin to understand the legacy of abuse, both inside and outside their family home.

Decadent Acts  | Open: 04/22/10 Close: 04/25/10
Set in late 1980s New York City, Decadent Acts chronicles the story of a lesbian couple struggling against legislated discrimination. When television personality Farah White falls fatally ill, her partner, professor Jolene Shatila, along with their daughter Nicole, are faced with unexpected challenges that will change their lives forever. From child custody laws, to hospital visitation rights, Decadent Acts spotlights the harsh reality of discriminatory regulations against same-sex partners, plunging emotional and political depths with grace and searing honesty. At a time when the push for full equality is finally building real momentum across the country, this play couldn’t be timelier.

Miss Julie  | Open: 04/08/10 Close: 04/18/10
Lust, Class, and the Battle of the Sexes.  In it's 25th Anniversary Season, Love Creek Productions presents Strindberg's definitive classic of the Naturalistic genre of theatre. 

Tartuffe  | Open: 03/25/10 Close: 04/03/10
As part of its 25th Anniversary Season, Love Creek Productions presents Tartuffe, Moliere’s classic masterpiece of comedy

Shawn Michial Madsen directs a traditional, yet fresh production of Moliere's famous romp, where a family suffers at the hands of a bible thumping swindler who has bamboozled the master of the house.  

Featuring: Kathleen Boddington, Kira Borrowdale, Paul Casali, Daniel Lugo, Stuart Mercer, Barbara Miluski, Kyle Monroe, John Naughton, Melissa Patterson, Ryan Victor Pierce Brian Reilly, and Taliesen Rose

Wwss6  | Open: 10/17/09 Close: 10/17/09
Six writers have decided that they don't need to sleep and that they can IV line some caffeine to write a show in 12 hours : Joe Benincase, Gabriel Garcia, Duncan Pflaster, Oliver Thrun, Nora Vetter and Michael Weems.

Six directors are actually brave enough to lead a bunch of strangers and assemble a show on the fly: Kelly Barrett, Chris Bell, Gretchen Ferris, Graeme Humphrey, Ashley Marinaccio and Chris Simon.

Twenty-four actors are putting it on the line to see who can hold it together to be fully blocked and off book on a mere six hours of rehearsal : Stevie Aycock, Marian Brock, Melisa Breiner-Sanders, Mary Brown, Chris Cusano, Paul Falcetta, Tanya Fazal, Erin Fehr, Ben Klier, Jamie Lewis, Jeffery Martin, Samantha Mason, Kristen Kay Miller, Doua Moua, Natalie Neckyfarow, Faith O'Gorman, Jeffrey Parrillo, Cory Shoemake, Alexia Terrell, Aimee Todoroff, Thomas Wesson, Zak Wilson, Laura Yost and Jenny Zerke

You know you want to see this!  It's either going to be a train wreck or an unbelievable spectacle of fun!

There are two shows - one at 7PM and one at 9:30PM that very evening. There is also an audience vote for fun awards like Hottest Cast and Best Use of Prop.  Come root them on!

I, Undertow  | Open: 03/26/09 Close: 04/05/09
Everyone has issues. All of Justin's live in North Carolina.

Justin's an up and coming artist thriving in NYC whose world grinds to a halt when the worse thing possible happens to him - he gets the call to come home due to his grandmother's failing health. Slinking back to small town North Carolina with his latest one night stand forced upon him, he finds himself back neck deep in the family issues that he had been avoiding for more than a decade and facing the girl he left behind. In the midst of the culture clash between small town quirkiness and big city society behavior, Justin may actually discover what he had been running from for all of those years. Phare Play Productions is proud to present the world premier of Blake Bradford's newest play - a hard look at the humor and heartache of going home.

Onward, Forward  | Open: 12/03/08 Close: 12/07/08
Onward, Forward is a comic look at the ongoing relationship between Joe, a disgruntled folk singer dying to rock out and his songwriter/manager, Ryan who searches for a cure to life in the offices of whichever doctor his insurance will allow. Their frustrating friendship is put to the test in suburbia where what starts as a typical gig leads to encounters with a sharp-witted single mother, a sorority girl looking for a way to entertain herself for the summer, and parents that seem harmless on the outside. As their musical pit stop gets extended, Joe and Ryan find themselves in a situation that threatens to make them lose who they are and who they want to be.
Titus Andronicus  | Open: 11/06/08 Close: 11/16/08
The Foolish Mortals Theatre proudly presents one of Shakespeare's bloodiest plays, Titus Andronicus. Tony White directs and James Pravasilis portrays the title role of the dishonored general of Rome whose family is caught up in a brutal plan of vengeance from his former prisoners-of-war, Tamora, Queen of the Goths, (Maggie Champagne), her two sons and her lusty Moor Aaron (Michael Hagins). The horrific details that follow will shake up the very foundation of Rome and will leave everyone around them either dead or disfigured.