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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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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE  | Open: 05/05/16 Close: 05/28/16
Each member of a lovable, eclectic group of middle schoolers is eager to win the spelling bee. During the proceedings, led by our fearless leaders Rona and Vice Principal Panch, we meet shy Olive, returning champ Chip, distractible Leaf, overachiever Marcy, activist Logainne, and self-assured William and his “magic foot.” Through spelling and hilarious song, the struggles and dreams of the participants are revealed and explored as we root for each one. With a tuneful score and lyrics by William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain) and a heartfelt, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, this show leaves us laughing as we are each able to see ourselves in the characters and remember a time when we too put everything on the line to win it all.

 

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is based on Rebecca Feldman’s improvisational play C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E and was first workshopped at Barrington Stage Company in 2004. Directed by James Lapine and choreographed by Dan Knetchges, the original New York production opened in 2005 at Second Stage. The production transferred to Broadway where it ran at the Circle in the Square for almost three years winning two Tony Awards--Best Book and Best Featured Actor. Since then the show has been performed across the country and all over the world.

 


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.

Allegro  | Open: 05/01/14 Close: 05/17/14
Life – a set of circumstances, a series of choices, leading to this moment in time. Are you where you thought you’d be? Are you proud of the decisions you’ve made? Allegro follows the journey of Joseph Taylor, Jr., the son of a small-town doctor, from birth to age 35 – from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. When he loses sight of his goals, he struggles to avoid compromising his principles in this rarely seen musical from the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein.

 


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.

The Cottage  | Open: 11/07/13 Close: 11/23/13
 The Cottage is a rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward. Set in the English countryside in 1923, this tale of sex, betrayal and, oh yes, love, unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover’s wife. The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—and potentially murderous—romantic comedy.



About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is dedicated to providing high quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable cost for the Astoria/LIC communities and to supporting local youth. APAC is a not-for-profit arts organization that couples professional theatre programming with community outreach efforts. Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians and interns together to produce major musicals, classical, and modern plays. Committed to bringing new voices to visibility in New York theatre, APAC has held 3 playwriting contests, and produced two staged readings.

Blood Brothers  | Open: 05/02/13 Close: 05/18/13
The Tony Nominated and Oliver Award Winning Best Musical BLOOD BROTHERS tells the tragic story of a mother who, unable to support her children, surrenders one of her newborn twins to a childless woman. Unaware that they are brothers, the boys grow up just streets apart in vastly different homes – one wealthy, the other poor. Despite their different upbringings, they become close friends. But when they fall in love with the same girl, their friendship is tested, and their fate sealed.

 

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
May 2-18, $18
www.apacny.org


About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is dedicated to providing high quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable cost for the Astoria/LIC communities and to supporting local youth. APAC is a not-for-profit arts organization that couples professional theatre programming with community outreach efforts. Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians and interns together to produce major musicals, classical, and modern plays. Committed to bringing new voices to visibility in New York theatre, APAC has held 3 playwriting contests, and produced two staged readings.

Billy Witch  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/17/12
THE ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is pleased to announce the World Premiere production of Gregory S. Moss’s (punkplay, House of Gold) BILLY WITCH, choreographed by Wendy Seyb (The Pee Wee Herman Show, Yeast Nation), with original music by Nathan A. Roberts, musical direction by Brenna Sage and directed by Erik Pearson (Billy Witch, Studio 42). BILLY WITCH will play a limited engagement at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road.) Performances begin Thursday, November 1 and continue through Saturday, November 17. Opening Night is Saturday, November 3 (8 p.m.).
 
In this quirky, creepy, bawdy comedy, 14-year old Oliver braves the wilderness to discover change at sleepaway camp. Miles away from home, surrounded by pubescent boys and girls, Oliver is not prepared for the life altering transformation he will soon experience. From twisted first sexual encounters, to spooky campfire stories unfolding before his eyes, Oliver's time at camp is anything but normal.

BILLY WITCH was initially written when Moss, who L.A. Weekly says “blends Eugene Ionesco with Christopher Durang,” was in residence at The Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York. It was first workshopped at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, in 2008, under the direction of Vanessa Gilbert. The play was produced at Northeastern University, Boston, in 2010, directed by Jonathan Carr. In early 2012, a developmental production was produced by Studio 42 and directed by Erik Pearson.

APAC's Artistic Director, Tom Wojtunik chose the play after missing the workshop at Studio 42 last February, which garnered tremendous word of mouth in the theatre community. He states, "as soon as I read the script I knew that the experience of BILLY WITCH would be a special one for APAC's audience. I look forward to seeing how director Erik Pearson utilizes APAC's unique space to tell the story." When asked why he first chose to develop the piece, Studio 42 Artistic Director, Moritz von Stuelpnagel said, “when you mix Ovid's Metamorphosis with classic camp horror, you get this terrific blend of high brow and low brow entertainment that is surprising and deeply satisfying. The show is an immersive theatrical experience full of sex, horror, absurdity, and straight up nostalgia for those long gone days of summer camp.”

The production features Eric Bryant* (Angels in America, Signature Theater) as Arden, Britain Gebhardt as Jenny, Aimee Howard* (Austerity of Hope, Barrow Group; Claymont, EAT) as Miranda, Dawn Luebbe* (Onasses Comedy, UCB & College Humor) as Counselor Becky, Allyson Morgan* as Sue, Seamus Mulcahy* (Killing Lincoln; Our Town, Barrow Street Theater) as Oliver, Andy Phelan* (APAC’s MilkMilkLemonade;  CSC’s Galileo) as Billy, John Patrick Doherty* as PD Lockwood, Will Roland as Michael, Hasmik Anna Saakian as Melody, Ben Schnickel as Peter, Nicholas Urda* (Private Lives, Two Rivers Theater) as Counselor James, and Liz Wisan* (Other Desert Cities) as Sandy. (*Performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.)
 
The production features scenic design by Tim Brown, costume design by Elizabeth Barrett Groth, and lighting design by Marie Yokoyama. Chris Barlow is the sound designer, Daniel Dabdoub is the props designer, Robert Westley is the fight director,  Jessa Nicole Pollack* is the rehearsal stage manager and Kristine Schlachter* is the production stage manager.

BILLY WITCH plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, November 17:
 
    Thursdays at 8 p.m.
    Fridays at 8 p.m.
    Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $18, available online at www.apacny.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Children under 14 not permitted.

PERFORMANCE VENUE
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102

Directions: Take the N or Q Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Turn left on Crescent Street. Walk one block south, then turn right onto 30th Rd. Entrance is second set of red doors on left.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Website: www.apacny.org
 

A Hard Wall at High Speed  | Open: 11/03/11 Close: 11/19/11
THE ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC)is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Ashlin Halfnight’s (Balaton, Artifcats of Consequence) A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, directed by May Adrales (Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them, Humana Festival). A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED will play a limited engagement at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road.) Performances begin Thursday, November 3 and continue through Saturday, November 19. Opening Night is Saturday, November 5 (8 p.m.). Press are invited to ALL performances.

Donnie Cole is a Floridian with the ideal existence: he’s a charter pilot who loves to fly planes – he has the perfect family, owns his home, and basks in the respect of his community.  But when he misjudges a situation at work, an unexpected burst of media attention turns an uneasy community against him. A play about one man's mistake, and how it changed the nation, A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED asks how we heal, how we forgive, and how far we've come.

A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED began as a project generated during director Kareem Fahmy's Van Lier Fellowship at Second Stage. Subsequent staged readings were held at MCC PlayLabs and NYTE's One NYTE Stands, both directed by Josh Hecht.

Tom Wojtunik, APAC Artistic Director, explains why he chose A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED as the opening show of the season: “A Hard Wall at High Speed is an electrifying and cathartic piece about what happens when we lose momentum in our lives, and how past mistakes can continue to haunt us. As an admirer of Halfnight’s work, I’m ecstatic to be introducing his work to Astoria audiences.”

A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED features Tom O’Keefe* (“CSI”, Riverside Theatre) as Donnie, Sarah Kate Jackson*(Bride Wars, Ashlin Halfnight's God's Waiting Room) as June, Johnny Pruitt*("30 Rock", Dead Man Walking premiere at NYC Opera) as Trout and Ryan Templeton(NYC debut, web series "Dank and Nank") as Marcy. *appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

The production features set design by Stephen K. Dobay(APAC's The Pillowman), costume by Becky Bodurtha, and lighting design by Cat Tate Starmer. Nathan A. Roberts is the sound designer and composing original music. Lizzy Lee is the stage manager.

A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED plays the following schedule through Saturday, November 19:

 

         Thursdays at 8 p.m.

         Fridays at 8 p.m.

         Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 

Tickets are $18,available online at www.apacny.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to the performance.

 

PERFORMANCE VENUE

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102

 

Directions: Take the N or Q Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Walk one block South to 30th Road. Turn left on Crescent Street. Walk one block south, then turn right onto 30th Rd. Entrance is second set of red doors on left.

 

Running time:120 minutes (with one ten minute intermission)

 

Website: www.apacny.org

 

 More praise for Ashlin Halfnight:

“Laws of Motionis a splendid new drama that ranks with the very best of Halfnight's work (which is to say, also, with the very best American plays of this new century)… This is a very wise, very compassionate, and unexpectedly and joltingly profound play.”

-Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

 

This fantastical drama (Artifacts of Consequence) by the gifted young playwright Ashlin Halfnight… is deliriously imaginative and talent-rich… as much pulp fiction as theater of ideas.”

-Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

 

“God’s Waiting Roomis briskly well written and highly entertaining… a cleverly deconstructed plot. Go for the concise originality.”

-Phoebe Hoban, The New York Times

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

MAY ADRALES (Director)recently directed the world premieres of Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them at Actors Theater of Louisville and Mary at The Goodman Theatre, as well as a production of Yellowman at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She has directed work at The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Williamstown Theater Festival, Partial Comfort Productions and Long Wharf Theatre. Awards: TCG New Generations grantee, Bill Foeller Fellowship at WTF, SSDC Denham Award, Van Lier Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellow; New York Theater Workshop Fellow; SoHo Rep Directors Lab and Women's Project Directors Lab. She served as Director of On Site Programming at the Lark Play Development Center (2008-2010) and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater (2006-2008). MFA, Yale School of Drama.

 

ASHLIN HALFNIGHT’S (Playwright) plays include Balaton (Nominated for Outstanding Play of 2009, NYIT Awards), Good Pictures (Outstanding New Play – 2008 Talkin’ Broadway), God’s Waiting Room (Best Play, 2005 NYFringe), Diving Normal (Plays and Playwrights 2007), and Artifacts of Consequence. He is a Fulbright Award winner, and is the recipient of a TCG Grant, a Ludwig Volgelstein Artist Grant, and the Howard Stein Playwriting Fellowship. He was an artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary in 2005/2006, received a residency at The Royal Court, is a member of MCC’s Playwrights’ Coalition, and is Resident Playwright at the Railroad Playhouse. Ashlin received a BA from Harvard and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia. His plays have been performed in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Upcoming films include Northbound and the screen adaptation of Diving Normal.

 

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER(APAC), The Astoria Performing Arts Center, Inc. (APAC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2001. Our mission is to bring high quality theatre and entertainment to Astoria/Long Island City and to support local youth and senior citizens. We are a professional theatre company that complements a full season of award-winning mainstage programming with dedicated community programming.  

 

Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians, and volunteers together to produce musical revivals and modern plays. Our mainstage productions have been recognized for their quality and exceptional production values. We have received fifteen New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and four wins (Children of Eden & Ragtime), and an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?). We are invested in bringing visibility to new voices in American theatre, through readings and workshops.

 

Our commitment to local youth and senior citizens is reflected in our annual community programming. Examples include a free annual musical theatre performance program for children ages 8-13 (Summer Stars – 9 years running) and an after school playwriting program for middle school students (Astoria Playmaking – 7 years running). In 2005, we launched Senior Stars, a performance program for Queens residents over the age of sixty. 

 
For More Information, please contact Press Agent: Katie Rosin 917-562-5670 or katie@kampfirefilmspr.com


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Listings Information:

Who: Astoria Performing Arts Center

 

What:Ashlin Halfnight’s(Balaton, Artifcats of Consequence) A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, directed by May Adrales (Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them, Humana Festival).

Featuring Tom O’Keefe* (“CSI”, Riverside Theatre) as Donnie, Sarah Kate Jackson* (Bride Wars, Ashlin Halfnight's God's Waiting Room) as June, Johnny Pruitt*("30 Rock", Dead Man Walking premiere at NYC Opera) as Trout and Ryan Templeton(NYC debut, web series "Dank and Nank") as Marcy.

 

Where: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102

 

When: November 3 – 19, 2011

 

How: Tickets are $18 www.apacny.org or 866-811-4111

 

Running time:120 minutes (with one ten minute intermission)

 

A play about one man's mistake, and how it changed the nation, A Hard Wall at High Speed asks how we heal, how we forgive, and how far we've come. 

Milkmilklemonade  | Open: 10/28/10 Close: 11/13/10
Emory is an effeminate 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm with his chain smoking Nanna and his only friend, a depressed chicken about to be processed. Nanna wishes Emory would get his head out of the clouds, stop choreographing ribbon stick dance numbers, and be more like Elliot, the boy down the road with a penchant for burning things. But Emory and Elliot have a relationship -- just not one Nanna would expect or approve of. With absurd, poignant dialog and brutal characterizations, MilkMilkLemonade is a bitterly funny exploration of gender, sexuality, life, death, and the human body.


About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is dedicated to providing high quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable cost for the Astoria/LIC communities and to supporting local youth. APAC is a not-for-profit arts organization that couples professional theatre programming with community outreach efforts. Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians and interns together to produce major musicals, classical, and modern plays. Committed to bringing new voices to visibility in New York theatre, APAC has held 3 playwriting contests, and produced two staged readings.

Children Of Eden  | Open: 05/06/10 Close: 05/29/10
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.

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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.
 

The Pillowman  | Open: 11/05/09 Close: 11/21/09
 "Energizing …[what makes] the unsettling and exhilarating new play from Mr. McDonagh…so gripping as theater is how narrative art becomes the play's and the character's very life blood." —NY Times.

"[McDonagh is] a dangerously prodigious master of theatrical form with a talent that goes far deeper than most people understand…The Pillowman [is] thoroughly startling and genuinely intimidating." —Chicago Tribune.

"McDonagh's least forgiving, bravest play." —Variety.

"A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity." —Financial Times.



Proudly Presents

THE PILLOWMAN
A blindingly bright black comedy—NY Times

Written by
MARTIN MCDONAGH

Starring
JORDAN BLOOM NATHAN BRISBY RICHARD D. BUSSER
AVERY CLARK* SETH DUERR* JUSTIN HERFEL*
ANTHONY PIERINI KAREN STANION*
*Performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. AEA approved showcase.

Directed by TOM WOJTUNIK

THREE-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
NOVEMBER 5 – NOVEMBER 21, 2009 AT THE GOOD SHEPHERD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

OPENING NIGHT IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 8 P.M.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT APACNY.ORG

Astoria Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce their production of the 2005 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, directed by Tom Wojtunik. The Pillowman will play a 3-week limited engagement at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road.) Performances begin Thursday, November 5 and continue through Saturday, November 21. Opening Night is Saturday, November 7 (8 p.m.).

Press are cordially invited to attend Thursday, November 5, Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7. (Unofficial press dates will be accommodated, upon request.)

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, The Pillowman is a dark comedy about the interrogation of a fiction writer, in an unnamed totalitarian state, whose gruesome short stories have eerie similarities to local horrific child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

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The Pillowman stars Avery Clark* (Off'-Broadway's Coronado) as Katurian, Seth Duerr* (The Acting Company: Moby Dick, Rehearsed; The Public Theatre: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth) as Tupolski, Richard D. Busser ("Hal" in APAC's Proof) as Ariel, Nathan Brisby ("JP Morgan" in APAC's Ragtime, "Uncle Ernie" in The Gallery Player's The Who's Tommy, Finalist in this year's NYMF Next Broadway Sensation contest) as Michal, Justin Herfel* (The Gallery Players: The Underpants, Man of La Mancha) as Father, Karen Stanion* (Fringe NYC: And Sophie Comes Too, NY IT Award Nominee for The Palooka) as Mother, Anthony Pierini ("Tommy Age 4" in The Who's Tommy, The Gallery Players) as Boy, and Jordan Bloom ("Little Girl" in APAC's Ragtime) as Girl.
The production features set design by Stephen K. Dobay, costume design by Emily Morgan DeAngelis, and lighting design TBD. Kristyn R. Smith is the sound designer, Ryan Homsey is the composer, Ryan Kasprzak is the fight director, Ashlee Springer is the props designer, Rebecca Lewis-Whitson is the assistant director, Katie Courtien is the dramaturg and Paul Brewster is the stage manager.

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The Pillowman plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, November 21:

Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Available online at www.apacny.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Directions to the theatre: Take the N or W Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Walk one block South to 30th Road.

Running Time: 155 minutes

Website: www.apacny.org
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BIOGRAPHIES

Martin McDonagh (Playwright) wrote and directed the feature film In Bruges, and Six Shooter, which in 2006 earned him the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. As a playwright, Mr. McDonagh has twice won the Olivier Award — for The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore — and been nominated for the Tony Award four times. His other plays include The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lonesome West, A Skull in Connemara, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The latter was the first of his plays to be produced, at Galway's Druid Theatre and London's Royal Court Theatre. Born in London to Irish parents, Mr. McDonagh's works have been translated and staged in 41 countries to date. His play A Behanding in Spokane will premiere on Broadway this spring.

Tom Wojtunik (Director) APAC: Artistic Director, Ragtime (NY IT Award Nomination for Outstanding Musical), Proof, Woyzeck: Homecoming (reading). Other NY credits: The Play About the Naked Guy, Edenville (NY IT Award Nom. for Oustanding Director, Emerging Artists Theatre); The Miss Education of Jenna Bush (FringeNYC, Best Solo Show & Audience Favorite); The Who’s Tommy (NY IT Award Nom. for Outstanding Musical), Man of La Mancha, Six Degrees of Separation, Urinetown (NY IT Award Winner, Outstanding Musical), Take Me Out (Gallery Players); I'm In Love With Your Wife (Midtown International Theatre Festival); The Good Thief and Rum and Vodka (Prospect St). Tom was a Resident Director for the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where directed workshops of Bella Via and David’s Play. Tom is a member of EAT and the LCT Directors’ Lab. BFA: Marymount Manhattan College. SSDC Member. UPCOMING: Bright Lights, Big City (MMC), Children of Eden (APAC).

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is dedicated to providing high quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable cost for the Astoria/LIC communities and to supporting local youth. APAC is a not-for-profit arts organization that couples professional theatre programming with community outreach efforts. Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians and interns together to produce major musicals, classical, and modern plays. Committed to bringing new voices to visibility in New York theatre, APAC has held 3 playwriting contests, and produced two staged readings.
APAC encourages the youth and seniors involved in their programs to participate in the main-stage work: as interns, volunteers, or performers. APAC strives to create innovative and engaging work on par with the most established and accomplished Off-Broadway New York theatre companies. APAC has been honored with awards from the Off-Off Broadway Review and the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. APAC is committed to keeping the work accessible: the programming is varied in order to cultivate a broad audience, produced regularly each season, and affordable so that theater-going can become a habit--not just a rare treat--for the people who see APAC's shows. For more information about APAC, including a downloadable media kit, visit www.apacny.org.
APAC’s production of The Pillowman is sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
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A Closer Look At Lillian Hellman & The Children's Hour  | Open: 05/31/09 Close: 05/31/09
 APAC artistic director Tom Wojtunik moderates a panel of industry professionals and Lillian Hellman experts, as we learn more about this major American playwright and her first big success as a writer seventy-five years after its Broadway premiere.

The Children's Hour  | Open: 04/21/09 Close: 05/07/09
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.

Ragtime  | Open: 02/05/09 Close: 02/22/09
This epic musical by the award-winning composer/lyricist team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, Seussical) paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime intertwines three distinct stories that poignantly illustrate history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate.

Flaherty's score is just as diverse as the Melting Pot of America that it seeks to recreate. It draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music of the immigrants, Vaudeville's outrageous style to capture the spectacle of Evelyn Nesbit, and Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit of Harlem.

With a book by Terrance McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class), this 1998 Tony award winning show for best score, book, and orchestrations, features such show stopping songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Your Daddy's Son," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day," "Back To Before," and "Make Them Hear You."
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Ragtime stars D. William Hughes (2007 Oregon Theatrical Award Winner for Best Actor as Coalhouse in Ragtime at Lakewood Theatre Company/The Civil War, Miss Saigon, Big River tours) as Coalhouse, Ricky Oliver (Mame/Titanic) as Younger Brother, Mark Gerrard ("The Comeback" HBO) as Tateh, James Andrew Walsh (Tateh in Ragtime national tour) as Father and Richard Vernon returns to APAC after playing Richard in Proof last year, as Grandfather.

The production features an award-winning time with scenic design by Michael P. Kramer (nominated for Outstanding Set Design 2008 IT Award APAC productions’ Proof and Triumph of Love), costume design by David Withrow (IT Award recipient for Bug Boy Blues), lighting design by Travis Walker and sound design by Kristyn R. Smith. Jillian Zeman is the stage manager.