Our 29th Season is here

Dear Friends,

 

We believe our 29th season will feature some of the most exciting work ever on our stages!

In October, the 2017-18 Theatre Series will include the beloved Jane Austen classic, "Sense and Sensibility", presented by Aquila Theatre Company. 

In November, Queens Theatre will present "Frida Libre", a fascinating exploration of the life of Frida Kahlo, one of the most influential women in Latin American history, written by and starring Canadian-Colombian actress Flora Martínez. Ms. Martínez will perform the show in both Spanish and English on alternating nights. 


Flora Martínez as Frida Kahlo

Additional theatrical productions include Katori Hall’s internationally acclaimed "The Mountaintop" from L.A. Theatre Works, which takes place the night before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and two world premiere plays, produced by Queens Theatre: "Jimmy and Carolyn" by James Walsh and "Brooklyn ’55" by Jeff Mandels. Both are funny, poignant new plays about complex family dynamics, and the choices people make as they strive to move ahead with their lives.

This season, Queens Theatre’s Dance Series includes electrifying performances from "Pilobolus"; the "Tango Fire" company of Buenos Aires; the return of "RIOULT Dance NY" featuring the exquisite work of Pascal Rioult; and "BODYTRAFFIC", recently named “the company of the future” in Dance Magazine’s“25 to Watch.”

Tango Fire

The Family Series will feature five shows to delight children and parents alike, including "A Very Electric Christmas" from Lightwire Theater; "The Lightning Thief" from Theatreworks USA; "Doktor Kaboom’s Look Out! Science is Coming!", a science spectacular; and ArtsPower’s "From the Mixed Up Pages of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiller", based on the Newberry Medal-winning classic book about a girl’s magical overnight adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Doktor Kaboom’s Look Out! Science is Coming!

The Special Events in store this season include the return of some Queens Theatre favorites, as well as original productions. After astonishing audiences last year with their "Dia de los Muertos" ("Day of the Dead"), Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will bring it back again this year, for one performance only. Steve Solomon will bring his signature stories and humor back to Queens Theatre with "My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays". Queens Theatre is collaborating with producer Stephen DeAngelis for two special concert events, "Broadway Valentine" and "Broadway Kids", featuring some of New York City’s most talented performers. Also included as a special event will be Queens Theatre’s 3rd Annual "Latin Dance Fiesta". This year, the Fiesta will feature the music and dance of Spain, Argentina, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Titan Theatre Company, in residence at Queens Theatre for a fourth season, will present Shakespeare’s tragedy, Richard III; Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; Euripides’ Medea; and Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. 

Queens Theatre has a proud history of developing new works of theater, and its New American Voices Reading Series will continue in 2017-18. All events in the Series are free.

Subscriptions go on sale Monday, August 21st. Single tickets are available beginning Tuesday, September 5th. 

Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased at www.queenstheatre.org or 718-760-0064.

 

Valentine’s Rai Concert

Featuring Kader Japonais

Raï: a kind of North African music with roots in traditional Folk, it was known first in the west of Algeria "Oran". Taken literally, Raï translates to "Opinion".

Raï music sings love, openness and peace.

We invite you celebrate with us Love and Peace  with Kader Japonais, his songs describing with emotion and reality, the daily life of the current Algerian youth, his personal creations mixing Raï, R'n'B and Rap is charming an ever- growing audience, this last is crossed the Algerian borders.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9PM 

 

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Save the date!

Each year, Queens Theatre’s Gala brings together community members, business leaders, and elected officials celebrate another year of extraordinary theatre. Join us for dinner, drinks, and a spectacular show of live entertainment on our Mainstage!

For more information about sponsorship, click here.

Gift Cards!

Give the gift of the performing arts!

Our Gift Cards come with the amount you choose and they never expire. They are the perfect gift for performing arts lovers or for those who need maximum flexibility to discover our programming.

They are good for purchases towards our Theatre, Dance, and Family Series, as well as some of our Special Events.

Note that Gift Cards cannot be used towards Titan Theatre series or rental events at Queens Theatre.


Click here to purchase a gift card or call our Box Office at 718.760.0064 if you need assistance.

Gift Cards

Give the gift of the performing arts!

Our Gift Cards come with the amount you choose and they never expire. They are the perfect gift for performing arts lovers or for those who need maximum flexibility to discover our programming.

They are good for purchases towards our Theatre, Dance, and Family Series, as well as some of our Special Events.

Note that Gift Cards cannot be used towards Titan Theatre series or rental events at Queens Theatre.


Click here to purchase a gift card or call our Box Office at 718.760.0064 if you need assistance.

Park Plays Festival

Following the success of our World’s Fair Play Festival, Queens Theatre is undertaking Park Plays.
 
Park Plays is a festival of ten short plays exploring and celebrating the events, environs, and denizens of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  Five plays will be commissioned from internationally known playwrights, and half will be selected from an open submissions process.
 
Performed by an ensemble of eight actors, Park Plays will celebrate some of what makes Flushing Meadows Corona Park unique: from the Unisphere, the US Open and Arthur Ashe Stadium, Citi Field, the Playground for All Children, the Hall of Science, and the NY State Pavilion to wheelchair basketball and dragon boat races.  Flushing Meadows Corona Park represents much of what the borough of Queens and the city of New York aspire to be: a commons for all, a place for learning and relaxation, an inclusive and nurturing playground for young and old.
 
Playwrights interested in submitting their work for consideration should send their play and a short bio as two PDFs to parkplays@queenstheatre.org.  Plays must be no longer than ten pages.  Previously produced plays will not be accepted.  Submissions will close February 12, 2017.  We encourage all writers to visit the park and investigate its many traditions and cultures.  You can find more information about the park online at https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/flushing-meadows-corona-park/

A Gem in FMCP

From left to right: Queens Theatre Board Member Alfonso QuirozCalpulli Mexican Dance Company's co-founder Juan Castano, Queens Theatre Executive Director Taryn Sacramone, Calpulli Dancers, Queens Theatre Member Amy Wong and Brant Russell, the director of our new production of The Miracle Worker.
 
 
Dear Friend,
 
Amy Wong is the kind of audience member that all theaters want and need: she's both adventurous and loyal. From theatre to dance to readings of new works, Amy is a frequent presence at Queens Theatre.  Last year, we were touched when she made a donation to our New American Voices play development program. She included a note that read, "I must support those who give pleasure to us and hope to new writers. Yours, in love of plays." Amy's generosity - not just her financial contribution, but her generosity of spirit - was incredibly moving. Those kind words stayed with me. 
 
At this time of year, when many of you are considering making contributions to the nonprofits that have made a meaningful impact on your life, Amy offers her thoughts on why you might support Queens Theatre.
 
 
"When I first came to live in Queens almost 17 years ago, I was thrilled to find a theater so close to my home, a theater that offered plays, readings of young and almost young playwrights, classic dance (Paul Taylor Dance Company), cultural dance (Calpulli Mexican Dance Company) and lots of comedies, my favorite. 
 
Queens Theatre is a gem in the middle of the green fields of Flushing Meadows Park. This theater is a treasure chest of jewels, from their Fall 2015 production of To Kill a Mockingbird, to the work of company-in-residence Titan Theatre Company, which has revived my interest in Shakespeare with ninety minute gems that get the essence of The Bard.
 
Why should you donate, no matter how small an amount, to the Queens Theatre? Foundations and major donors like to see how many people are actively supporting the theater. Ticket sales are a fraction of budgets for theaters in New York City. Just like our democracy, the more of you vote for your local theater, the more you will benefit. If you want to see this gem not only survive but thrive, bringing you, all of us, cultural nourishment, please donate what you can.
 
On October 30, 2016, I attended "Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead", presented by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. At first I did not know what to expect. Death is not a favorite topic of ethnic Chinese Americans. When I was assured there was a story behind the dance, I decided to attend. Anything with a great story is good by me. Dance is not my first love but the story of young lovers parted by cruel fate, motherly La Catrina, Queen of the underworld world of the Dead, grants Lupita permission to visit her lover Raul in the world of the living, reminded me of the Greek legend of Persephone, mom Demeter and Hades, the terrifying ruler of the world of the dead. So great there are connections between this folk story in the new world and that of the myth from the old world. The audience's enthusiasm was infectious. The theater was full; young children attended, grandparents were there. The costumes were like enormous colorful fans for women and pinstripes for the men. The dancers smiled and the folks welcomed Raul back to the world of the living. 
 
So, support, donate and bring benefits to your eyes, ears and heart. A parking place is also a luxury in the city. In his last years, my husband would only attend close by."
 
We are so grateful to Amy, as we are grateful to you for your friendship and support.  Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.
 
You can click here to make a donation or call our Development department at 718.971.5416.
 
We wish you a wonderful holiday season. I'll look forward to seeing you at the theater soon. 
 
Warmly,

 
Taryn Sacramone
Executive Director
Queens Theatre

Cyber Monday Sale!

Our Cyber Monday Sale is now active on our website and will end tonight at 2:00am ET! For all Queens Theatre shows, enter promotional code CYBERMONDAY after selecting your seats in our ticketing system to get 20% off tickets. For Titan Theatre shows, enter promotional code CYBERTITAN to get $2 off tickets. Act fast!

A word from Joni Fritz

I write what I know.  And what I know is my family. I don’t think I would be a playwright without them.  I write about family relationships – how we work through them and, hopefully, how we get to the other side.  

 

In the Car with Blossom and Len is based on a crisis my sister and I went through with my dad a few years ago.  As it was happening, I remember thinking no one would believe it— the situation was heartbreaking, yet my parents were hilarious.  So I started taking notes and throwing them into a file.  And then one day, a couple of years later, I knew it was time to write.  So I sat down—and the play sort of wrote itself.  

 

I think the reason why this play has resonated with audiences is because so many people are going through this now— taking care of their aging parents and all the conflicting, overwhelming feelings and emotions that go with it – the love, the guilt, the anger, the frustration, the humor, the complicated sibling relationships.  I discovered during early readings of the play that people really relate and want to talk about the subject.  “Were you peeking in my window, recording our conversation?” a woman asked before telling me her own story.  A young man of eighteen told me it helped him understand more clearly what his parents and grandparents were experiencing.  Another audience member wrote me a letter to say she and her friends talked about the play on their long ride home.  She said it really started a conversation.  And that is so important to me. 

 

For years, my dad, who loved the theatre, was upset because I only wrote about the women in my family.  He kept asking, “When are you going to write about me?  The father character is always on the phone, or out of town, or has disappeared.”  One day I turned to him and said, “I wrote a play about you but you may not like it.”  He said, “Is it funny?  I said yes.  “Is it sad?” I said yes.  He said, “Then that’s fine.  Every piece of theatre needs a mix of comedy and drama.  I’m good with it, whatever you wrote.”  I asked him if he wanted to read it and he said, no, he wanted to see it.   He passed away shortly after.  But I think —no, I know— he would have been pleased.

 

 

- Joni Fritz

The Cast is in the car!

We are pleased to announce the extraordinary cast of our upcoming production of In the Car With Blossom and Len by Joni Fritz!

It will include three-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne (TV: "As The World Turns"), Emily Jon Mitchell (Regional: THE TALE OF THE ALERGIST'S WIFE), Peter Levine (World Premiere: IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN) and Patricia Randell (HBO's TOO BIG TO FAIL). The play will be directed by Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Broadway's SWING!).

Performances will run from Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 20.  

Click here for the full schedule and to purchase tickets!

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