Macbeth is a part of Humanist Project’s TYRANT SERIES. The series began in April of 2016 with a workshop production of Titus Andronicus, which played to full houses and standing ovations. Our investigation continued in the fall of 2016, with a week-long study of Richard III, in partnership with The Shakespeare Society, culminating in a public reading of the play on the night before the presidential election.
Rehearsals have begun on this trim 5-actor production of Macbeth. Founding members Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and Michael F. Toomey, will be directing and playing Macbeth, respectively. They have a firm rooting in classical Theatre and are both long-time company members of Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, MA. Joining them will be Claire Warden, a faculty member of the Shakespeare Forum and Shakespeare & Co; Josephine Wilson, a company member of Shakespeare & Co and faculty at New York Film Academy; Welland Scripps, founding member of Letter of Marque Theatre Company, and Fat Maggie Productions, and Zach Libresco, company member of the Humanist Project.
Featuring: Michael F. Toomey*, Claire Warden*, Welland Scripps, Zach Libresco* and Josephine Wilson*
*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
*Equity Approved Showcase
Directed by: Andrew Borthwick-Leslie (dir. Double Falsehood)
Stage Manager: Gina Costagliola
Produced by: Sheila Bandyopadhyay
Costumes: Claire Townsend (SNL)
Sets: Emmie Finckel
Lights: Megan Lang
Music: Nolan Kennedy
Fights: Tramp Thompson (stunts: Birdman and Pirates of the Carribean)
Voice and Text: Jenna May Cass
Assistants: Sara Ryan and Laurel Liveseya
The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101
Dates and times:
April 14-16, 19-23, 26-29 at 7:30pm
And April 30th at 3:00pm
To arrange press interviews or reviews, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St., Long Island City, NY 11101
Friday 14 7:30pm OPENING
Saturday 15 7:30pm
Sunday 16 7:30pm
Wednesday 19 7:30pm
Thursday 20 7:30pm
Friday 21 7:30pm
Saturday 22 7:30pm
Sunday 23 7:30pm
Wednesday 26 7:30pm
Thursday 27 7:30pm
Friday 28 7:30pm
Saturday 29 7:30pm
Sunday 30 3:00pm CLOSING
About the Humanist Project
A Brooklyn-based company, the Humanist Project was created by Michael F. Toomey and Andrew Borthwick-Leslie. They use classes, performance and devising to explore what it means if life is the greatest piece of art. They are committed to exploring what it means to be an artist in New York City and bring your full self to your work, life and play. For bios and more information, visit www.thehumanistproject.org
The Humanist Project is proudly sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts service organization
Sophie and Marisol live together, love together, and run their business together, all out of one DUMBO loft. But their relationship is about to be tested beyond all imaginable limits when they meet their upstairs neighbor... a strange, reclusive woman named Victoria Frankenstein.
About the Company: Gideon Productions, Llc
GIDEON PRODUCTIONS crafts lively, engaging plays that explore what's strange about being human and what's human about being strange, using familiar genres and cultural touchstones as a springboard to something wholly unexpected. Gideon primarily produces work by playwright Mac Rogers, including Viral (Outstanding Production of a Play, FringeNYC 2009; 2010 ITBA Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Show; two ITBA citations for Individual Performances), Universal Robots, co-produced with Manhattan Theatre Source (4 2009 NYIT Award Nominations, including Outstanding Playwright and Production of a Play), and Hail Satan (Outstanding Playwright, FringeNYC 2007; Backstage "Performance to Remember"). Gideon has also produced several musicals by Williams/Rogers/Williams, including Fleet Week (Outstanding Musical, FringeNYC 2005), Air Guitar (FringeNYC 2006), and The First Annual St. Ignatius Channukah Pageant (Theatre Row, 2005). Gideon and Mac Rogers spent three years in residence at the Vampire Cowboys' monthly episodic workshop, The Saturday Night Saloon. Gideon's own Blueprint Project presented four playwrights' (Mac Rogers, August Schulenburg, Crystal Skillman, and Catherine Trieschmann) profoundly different takes on the exact same plot.
When the young king of Thebes outlaws the worship of his cousin, the half-human god Dionysus, the deity returns to Earth to extract revenge on the family that has shunned him. Severed heads and cross-dressing kings populate this mysterious masterwork from 405 BC.
The Queens Players in association with Femme Fatale Theater present Euripides’ timeless tragedy The Bacchae, in a production dripping with a sense of foreboding dark comedy this March 28th through April 13th at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens. Femme Fatale Theater Co-Founder Robert Ribar directs a cast lead by Peter Oliver ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as the seductive god Dionysus and Michael Axelrod (The Flea’s Restoration Comedy) as the doomed king Pentheus in a production that features an all-male chorus and original ambient music employing viola, clarinet and chanting.
The Bacchae features Harlan J. Alford, Michael Axelrod, William Barnet, Stan Buturla, John Graham, John C. Hume, Alexander Kveton, Blake Merriman, Melinda Nichols, Peter Oliver, Stacy Salvette and LatticeWorks Dance Collective, who also contribute choreography.
The production features scenic and lighting design is by Jonathan Cottle (The Flea's Job, Bushwick Starr's The House of Von Macrame), costumes by Naomi Raddatz (Half Straddle's Seagull [Thinking of You]), original music by Ryan Marino (who records as ambient artist Remnants) and projections designed by Daniel Destefano (AMC's "Story Notes"). The production stage manager is Jasmin Sanchez. The Bacchae is produced for Femme Fatale Theater by Stephen Gribbin.
For more information about The Secret Theatre, visit www.secrettheatre.com.
For more information on the production, visit www.femmefataletheater.com or for press tickets or all other inquiries, please email Stephen Gribbin at email@example.com.
Balthazar is played by Jamey Grisham* who is also our musical director. The songs and music fuse Elizabethan madrigal, bluegrass and classical elements
Mazda's Much Ado takes us to a street strewn with boxes where Leonato's cardboard dwelling is the best on the street and where everyday objects are casually thrown away.
In our repurposed world everyday scrap becomes a crucial letter and the abstracted background compliments dazzling verbal duels between Benedick and Beatrice. The language of the play reveals hilarious double-entendre's that drop at a cracking pace which shows us Shakespeare's keen sense of humor.
The Queens Players’ production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING features noted Director/Actor Alberto Bonilla* [Benedick/Clown consultant], Rebecca Hirota [Beatrice], Connie Castanzo, Andy Derado, Sabrina Friedman-Seitz, Jamey Grisham*, Josh Laird, Cari McHugh, Blake Merriman, John C. Nagy III, Joseph Parks*, Cliff Miller, Ralph Petrarca*, Blaine Smith, Alexander Stine, C.L Weatherstone & Megan Greener.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association in an Equity approved showcase.
Performances of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING are
February 14th – March 2nd, Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday, 2/17 @ 7pm
Additional performance on Sunday, January 27th @ 3pm
The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd St. (at 23 St. and 44th Avenue)
LIC, NY 11101
At Court Square on the E, M, G and 7 train
Tickets are $18.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.secrettheatre.com.
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.
Winner of three Tony® Awards and one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWNis a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWNis an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWNcatapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
Secret Theatre Musicals’ production of URINETOWN features Will Sevedge as Bobby Strong and Brittney Santoro as Hope Cladwell. The cast is completed by Jan-Peter Pedross (Cladwell), Lindsay Naas (Pennywise), Brandon Schraml (Lockstock), Macaela Sears (Little Sally), Jodi Bluestein, Spencer Case, Marc Cornes, Jake Levitt, Terry Olear, Matt Savoca, Trevor Sideris, Charlie Stoop, Lauren Turner and Jill Twiss. Musical direction is by Andy King and choreography is by Caitlin Labadini. The production team also includes Helen Ammon (scenic design), Dan Jobbins (lighting design), John Creenan (costume design), Alyssa Van Gorder (associate director/producer), Richard Mazda (producer) and Sarah Van Fossen (assistant stage manager).
Hearts Like Fists is a superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love. The city's heart beats with fear: Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison. Lisa's heart beats with hope: now that she's joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And every beat of Peter's wounded heart brings him closer to death, but he's designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Can the Crimefighters stop Doctor X? Do Peter and Lisa have a chance at love? And who is the girl with a face like a plate?
Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists received its World Premiere in August 2012 with Theatre of Note in Los Angeles. The inaugural production won the StageSceneLA Scenie Award for “Best World Premiere Play of 2012.”
“A trio of buxom superhero babes is taking names and kicking butt in Adam Szymkowicz’s graphic novel come to irresistible life… exhilarating, nerdy-sexy, and silly-smart. Try finding that on Fandango.” LA Times, Critics Choice
“Fun well done… [a] silly and irresistibly funny show.” LA Weekly, Pick of the Week
“A chop-socky cartoon on stage… an action-packed adventure romance set in the surreal world of female crime-fighting superheroes… Don’t miss this show!” Arts Beat LA
“An homage to Film Noir and Marvel Comics when blended together produces a hilarious theatrical experience!” NPR Station KPCC
“A play that is both campy and clever, but also full of heart and hope, another notch on this prolific young playwright’s belt.” StageSceneLA
About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble
FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.
Buchner’s timeless play explores the brutal breakdown of one man, the soldier Franz Christian Woyzeck, at the hands of those around him. As they gradually wall him in over the course of the performance, he struggles to free himself from the punishing restraints of his society through any means necessary.
Through the use of video and a physically charged staging, this new adaptation, by director William Lewis and writer Charlie Biscotto, suggests that his disintegration is part of an “endless cycle” of past, present and future. We are forced to ask, "Can the cycle be broken?"
Featuring actors Tim Cusack in the title role, and Annie Harper Branson of Tin Lily Productions.
Additional performances by Laura Aristovulos, Daigoro Hirahata, Jared Miller, Jonathan Harper Schlieman, Jillian Stevens,, and Benjamin Watson.
The production will also feature video design by Anthony Nero and Daigoro Hirahata and original music by Jason Bell. Designers include Candace Lawrence and William Lewis. Dramaturgy by Giselle Garcia.
About the Company: Tin Lily Productions
Tin Lily Production is a new socially charged, physically generous live performance company founded in September of 2009. We believe theatre exists to broaden views, spark conversation and overall be a moving experience. Our production scope is to focus on rarely produced or original works that utilize a diversity of artistic mediums and atypical performance spaces to instigate charged conversation.
In 2008, a Midwestern family of would-be intellectuals and frustrated artists are facing the possibility of economic ruin, when they are unexpectedly visited by a company of soldiers returning from Afghanistan. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s classic drama Three Sisters, By Rights We Should Be Giants sheds light on the dwindling American middle class and the challenges of starting anew in a rapidly changing world.
About the Company: Lunar Energy Productions
LUNAR ENERGY is a New-York based theater company dedicated to transformation and re-imagination. In a culture of habit, routine, and been-there-done-that fatigue, we believe it is vital to seek out the surprising in the familiar. To that end, our productions play with perspective and context in order to reveal unexpected aspects of stories and situations we thought we knew.
Previous productions include Katharine Sherman’s christopher marlowe’s chloroform dreams at The Red Room (April 2012), Before Placing Me On Your Shelf, adapted and directed by Philip Gates from poems by James Tate, (FringeNYC 2011, Manhattan Theatre Source) and like the night by Katharine Sherman at The Tank (April 2009). Lunar Energy also produces MOONSHINE, a reading series geared towards new play development.