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Hamlet

Hamlet

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

From the acclaimed FROG & PEACH THEATRE COMPANY, William Shakespeare’s psychological thriller of murder, intrigue and the supernatural, HAMLET. Limited Engagement for this electrifying production October 17-November 10, 2013 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 3 pm $18 The West End Theatre, (above the Church of St. Paul/St. Andrew) 263 West 86th View Map Tickets Always just $18 dollars! Starring Brando Boniver as Hamlet, Jonathan Reed Wexler as Horatio, Vivien Landau as Gertrude, Brad Holbrook as Claudius, Eric Doss as The Ghost/Gravedigger, Alfred Gingold as Polonius, Megan McGarvey as Ophelia, Stephen Siano as Laertes, Ryan Dreyer as Osric, Philip Oros as Fortinbras, Roger Rathburn as The Player, Hamish Carmichael as The Captain, and featuring the lovely and diabolical Amy Frances Quint as Rosencrantz and audience favorite Ilaria Amadasi as Guildenstern. Directed by Lynnea Benson Music composed by Ian McDonald of KING CRIMSON and FOREIGNER. Lighting Design by Dennis Parichy Set Design by Andy Estep Movement by Tom Knutson, Combat Sequences choreographed by Marcus Watson. Associate Producer-Christal...

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Twefth Night Benefit 9.17.14

Twefth Night Benefit 9.17.14

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Events

One night only! September 17 A glamorous evening at the elegant and historic PLAYERS CLUB 16 Gramercy Park South (Cocktails at 6:45) TWELFTH NIGHT! Starring Tony Award Winner LEN CARIOU, Saturday Night Live’s DARRELL HAMMOND, RICHARD KIND, SUSIE ESSMAN, & ALAN ZWEIBEL of Curb Your Enthusiasm, SCOTT ADSIT & MAULIK PANCHOLY (30 Rock), RYAN TRAMONT (The Hurt Locker) and many more! With music by the legendary IAN McDONALD of the musical ensembles KING CRIMSON & FOREIGNER. Directed by Lynnea Benson Frog & Peach Theatre Company, New York’s critically acclaimed and widely beloved Shakespeare ensemble invites you to a star-studded reading of the Bard’s most hilarious comedy. Tickets are just $99! ($149 at the door) Proceeds for this Gala Benefit Reading support Frog & Peach’s Main Stage Season (opening with Hamlet, October 17 at the West End Theatre) and our Free & Discounted Student ticket program. Visit SmartTix or call Smarttix at 212 868 4444 for Twelfth Night tickets...

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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare April 25 to May 19, 2013 West End Theater, 263 West 86th St. (B’way and West End Ave.) Building, theater and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun at 3:00 PM $18 General Admission, $12 seniors and students Box Office: Smarttix (212) 868-4444, SMARTTIX CLICK TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THE SHOW Frog & Peach Theatre Company “a brave company that is a jewel of Off-Broadway” (Ronald Gross, NY Theater Buying Guide), will present a Weimar vision of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” April 25 to May 19 at the West End Theater, 263 West 86th Street. Artistic Director Lynnea Benson directs. The classic will be set in the 1930s Germany in order to comment on the corruption and hypocrisy that underlies the smug patina of modern life. In Shakespeare’s hilarious dark comedy, The Duke of Vienna pretends to leave the city, assigning his authority to Angelo while he disguises himself as a friar and stays to watch what develops. Angelo almost immediately sentences Claudio to death for seducing Juliet, but when Claudio’s sister Isabel comes to plead for him, Angelo shamelessly tries to seduce her, offering to spare her brother’s life for her virginity. The “cleric” persuades her to turn the tables by appearing to consent to the plan but sending Angelo’s abandoned fiancée, Mariana, to the rendezvous instead. Ultimately the Duke resumes his authority and sets things straight again. Production Team Cast Featuring Amy Frances Quint as Isabella, Jonathan Reed Wexler as Claudio, Erick Gonzalez as Duke Vincentio, Eric Doss as Angelo, Marcus Watson as Pompey, Ilaria Amadasi as Marianna, Vivien Landau as Mistress Overdone/Francisca and Steve Mazzoccone as Lucio. With – Brad Holborok, Oliver Conant, Stephen Siano, Megan McGarvey, Alex Simmons,Julia MacMillan, Flor Bromley, Rachel Handler and Phillip Oros. Lighting is designed by the award winning Dennis Parichy. Set design by Andy Estep. Costume design is by Asa Benally and Choreography by Tom Knutson. Director Lynnea Benson explains that visualizing the play in a familiar, pre-Nazi society is a good way to illustrate the themes of corruption and fascism in the play. The themes of corruption in the play, however, should not be unfamiliar in our modern perspective. She reflects, “We are still a very corrupt city, but with a greasy face of political correctness over everything… ..BELIEFS TRUMP SCIENCE, AND INSTANT GRATIFICATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN GOOD MANNERS. We are not thinkers any more. In that way, we resemble the world of this play. We are channeling our resources in the wrong direction.” With recent scandals among extremely conservative organizations and a fondly remembered old Times Square in mind, Frog & Peach intends a full exploration of what some call Shakespeare’s most sexually charged comedy. About the Company Frog and Peach Theatre Company (www.frogandpeachtheatre.org), now in its sixteenth season, is one of the Upper West Side’s most...

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Measure for Measure Benefit reading 2.26.13

Measure for Measure Benefit reading 2.26.13

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized

Frog & Peach Theatre Company Presents A reading of Measure For Measure, by William Shaksepeare Starring Austin Pendleton & Darrell Hammond Tuesday, February 26, 2013 At the glamorous PLAYERS CLUB, 16 Gramercy Park South View Map | Buy Tickets Bar opens at 6:45, Reading begins at 7:30 Sin & the State, Pimps & Prelates– When Love is Outlawed, what will we do for fun? When sex becomes punishable by death, who will escape judgement? Starring Austin Pendleton as the repressed and obsessed Angelo, Darrell Hammond as the hilariously illicit philosopher Pompey, Amy Frances Quint as the unwittingly lovely Isabel, and Ted Zurkowski as the degenerate wastrel Lucio. Music by Ian McDonald ONE NIGHT ONLY! Details: It’s a right wing dream come true–Total Power over loose public morals. What could possibly go...

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