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The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

Frog & Peach Theatre Company Presents The Taming Of The Shrew Shakespeare’s Battle of the Sexes Royale! Thursday, October 11, 2012 through Sunday, November 04, 2012 Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm – Sundays at 3pm West End Theater, 263 West 86th St. (B’way and West End Ave.) Building, theater and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. View Map Box Office: Smarttix (212) 868-4444, or click SmartTix.com Runs 1:45 (one intermission); “a brave company that is a jewel of Off-Broadway” (Ronald Gross, NY Theater Buying Guide), will present a Felliniesque vision of Padua in its production of “The Taming of the Shrew” this October. Artistic Director Lynnea Bensondirects. The classic will be set in Italy in the early 1960s in order to comment on the effect of social class and money today: how they affect love, both romantic and filial. The actors include: J.B. Alexander as Pedant, Alan Altschuler as Vincentio,Ilaria Amadasi as Widow, Brando Boniver as Biondello, Lenny Ciotti as Tranio, Eric Doss as Hortensio, David Elyha as Gremio, Erick Gonzalez as Petruchio, Vivian Landau as Baptista, Alexandra Poncelet Del Sole as Bianca, Amy Frances Quint as Katherina, Jack Sochet as Grumio, Joseph Urick and Philip Oros as Baptista’s personal assistants Music for the production is by Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner) and Ted Zurkowski. Set design is by Andy Estep.Lighting design is by Duane Pagano. Costume design is by Asa Benally. Ms. Benson explains that Shakespeare probably wanted to make similar statements about contemporary English society and set the play in Italy because of the stereotype that Italians expressed themselves emotionally better than his countrymen. The conceit still works for Benson, who would hold a mirror up to New York society today by setting “Shrew” in a Felliniesque Padua of the early 1960s. .. .. It’s a period when Italy’s horrible days of World War II were finally past; the old ways were still there but there was a return of pleasure and the enjoyment of luxurious things. In this setting, she can comment on the the “eternal students” of the Upper West Side, who remain tied to their parents’ luxury rather than go out on their own, and to the sex games that young women play in our time in our city. Baptista Minola is changed from the father of Katherina and Bianca to their mother, making her a fit companion to the Widow, with both women plowing gustily through their late husbands’ money and enjoying life as best they can. The rest of the principals remain more or less true to their Shakespearean origins “The Taming of the Shrew” will be presented in repertory with a series for young audiences, “Tinkerbell Theater,” which adapts Fairy Tales to theater with a “Rocky and Bullwinkle” touch. Two productions, The West End Theater is located at 263 West 86th St. (B’way and West End Ave.). “The Taming of the Shrew” will be...

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KING LEAR -Benefit Reading 7.9.12

KING LEAR -Benefit Reading 7.9.12

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 in Events, Uncategorized

Don’t Miss! King Lear Monday, July 09, 2012 Length: 1 hr 20 mins Intermission: Yes A Gala All-Star Reading to Benefit Frog & Peach at the Luxurious Players Club, starring Jeffrey DeMunn (of AMC’s The Walking Dead), the fabulous Bebe Neuwirth, Darrell Hammond, John Rothman, Rich Sommer (of AMC’s Mad Men), Wrenn Schmidt, Peter Gerety, Ryan Tramont, Ted Zurkowski, David Wohl, Amy Frances Quint, Eric Doss, Erick Gonzalez, and Jack Sochet. With a score by Ian McDonald, ( of King Crimson and Foreigner) played live at the Players Club, July 9, at 7:30! 16 Gramercy Park South. Meet and Mingle over cocktails at 6:45, curtain up at 7:30. Running time-1 hour twenty minutes plus intermission. Tickets are on sale now at smarttix! BUY TICKETS NOW! The evening begins at 6:45 with cocktails in the Club’s magnificent Great Hall. KING LEAR begins at 7:30. Proceeds benefit the fabulous Frog & Peach Theatre Company, New York’s most cutting edge Shakespeare ensemble, with a score composed and performed live by Rock Legend IAN MCDONALD of King Crimson and...

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A midummer Night’s Dream

A midummer Night’s Dream

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Frog and Peach Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will play from April 26 to May 20, 2012 at the West End Theater, 263 West 86th St. LOVE HURTS All tickets will be $18.00. 7:30pm All Evenings, 3pm Sunday Matinees For tickets call SMARTTIX at 212-868-4444 “..An adaptation that imitates life in a celebrity couple’s entourage.” Directed by Lynnea Benson About the show: “Everybody wants to be near a star these days, except while they’re working out marital problems. “Imagine Oberon and Titania as the highest stars you could see on a weekend in New York, maybe on the level of David Bowie and Iman. They are revered but petty, earthy and accessible: fighting over human things. They, their fairies and Puck make up an entourage. Everybody wants a fairy’s job, but actually it’s a horrible position.. being a star’s assistant. Ask Puck, Cobweb, Mustard Seed, Pease-Blossom or Moth–they’ll teach you a thing or two about life in a Lauren Weisberger novel. These stars may give their blessings to mortals and do magical things to them, but everybody below them is going to have hell to pay. “The lovers–Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius–are good box office names, for right now and one notch down on the celebrity ladder. They live in a more “natural” world. Think Hugh Grant and Scarlet Johansson. They have stars’ problems. So for example, Helena had her heart broken: her boyfriend fell in love with her best friend and doesn’t want to have anything to do with her anymore. So she spends an inordinate amount of time sniffing out his intentions. Their life is typical of life among film folks, where even Harvey Weinstein has masters to serve.” About This production Directed by Lynnea Benson Assistant Director Jordan Friedman Stage Manager Kristen Renda Featuring Actors: Vivien Landau, Lenny Ciotti, Eric Doss, Alan Altschuler, Amy Frances Quint, Erick Gonzalez, Kyla D’Souza, Jonathan Reed Wexler, Treasure Davidson, Jack Sochet, Marcus Watson, David Elyha,Robert Gonyo, Alexandra Poncelet Del Sol, Ilaria Amadasi, Franziska Huber, Simon Vargas, Nozomi Kawaguchi, Brian Devera, & Stephen Siano. Music by Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner) and Ted Zurkowski. Lighting design by Leo Malkin. Costume design by Asa Benally. Movement by Tom Knutson Director Lynnea Benson has directed over two dozen Shakespeare productions for Frog and Peach including “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “Twelfth Night,” “Cymbeline,” “Macbeth,” “As You Like It” (with Sidney Williams and Emmy-winner Camryn Grimes) “Richard III” (starring Anatol Yusef of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire); “Hamlet” (with Austin Pendleton as Claudius and The Ghost); “Richard II” (with Mr. Pendleton as Richard), “Macbeth” with Jason Kuschner in the title role, “The Merchant of Venice” and “King John” (with Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno as Blanche). Ms. Benson is Artistic Director and co-founder of Frog and Peach. About the Company Frog and Peach Theatre Company (www.frogandpeachtheatre.org), now in its fifteenth season, was co-founded by Ted Zurkowski and...

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HAMLET-ALL-STAR BENEFIT 2.12.12

HAMLET-ALL-STAR BENEFIT 2.12.12

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 in Events, Uncategorized

Join The Frog & Peach Theatre Company February 21st, 2012 at the luxurious Players Club for a star studded Benefit Reading of William Shakespeare’s HAMLET, starring FRED WILLARD, AUSTIN PENDLETON, SHIRLEY KNIGHT, TED ZURKOWSKI, ANNA CHLUMSKY, DAVID MARGULIES, DARRELL HAMMOND, RYAN TRAMONT, ROSS BESHEAR, LENNY CIOTTI & ERICK GONZALEZ. Music composed and played live by Rock Legend IAN MCDONALD (King Crimson, Foreigner). Directed by Lynnea Benson. This Gala Event begins with cocktails at 6:45. The reading starts at 7:30. This special presentation of Hamlet runs about 75 minutes. There will be an intermission. Tickets are on sale now for this once in a lifetime theatrical event! For tickets, call 212 868 4444 or Click HERE TO go to smarttix.com This event is just $99 when you order on smarttix, $149 at the door. PLAYERS CLUB 16 Gramercy Park South New York,...

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