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Macbeth

Macbeth

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

Frog & Peach Theatre Company Presents: Macbeth By William Shakespeare Thursday, January 19, 2017–Sunday, February 12, 2017 Black Box Theater Sheen Center for Thought and Culture 18 Bleecker St – NY, NY 10012 – Box Office: (212) 925-2812 GET TICKETS   The renowned Frog & Peach Theatre Company present Shakespeare’s most terrifying tale of blood, war, and witchcraft: MACBETH. Don’t see it alone.   Founded by members of The Actors Studio, Frog & Peach Theatre Company has been turning New Yorkers of all incomes and backgrounds on to the pleasures of Shakespeare with breathtaking performances, cinematic pace, and gorgeous production values. Frog & Peach takes a very different, thought provoking view on Shakespeare’s best known work. – DJR Bruckner, The New York Times Every one of the players proves that in the right hands Shakespeare can be laugh-out-loud funny–the text often feels as if it could have been written today. – Ethan Kanfer, Show Business Weekly Macbeth stars Erick Gonzalez & Kate T. Billingsley, Alec Barniskis, Ellie D’Eustachio, Alyssa Diamond, Kevin Hauver, Colin Hinckley, Vivien Landau,  Chris Leberger, Bess Miller, John L Payne, Richard James Porter, Rita Posillico, Niall Powderly, John Ramaine, Patrick Roberts, Rick Roemer, James T Stanton, Marcus Watson, & David Whittington Jr. Lynnea Benson – Director Jean Kim – Set Design Asa Benally – Costumes Johanna Ring – Stage Manager Hannah Lee – Assistant Stage Manager Ali Hall – Lighting Tom Knutson – Movement Marcus Watson – Combat Choreography Upcoming Performances Thursday, January 19, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Friday, January 20, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 pm GET TICKETS Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Friday, January 27, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:00 pm GET TICKETS Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Friday, February 3, 2017 7:00 pm GET TICKETS Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Sunday, February 5, 2017 3:00 pm GET TICKETS Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Friday, February 10, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:30 pm GET TICKETS Sunday, February 12, 2017 3:00 pm GET TICKETS Tickets: $15 (Jan 19 – 20) $24.99 (Jan 21 – Feb 12) Students, Seniors, and Military Veterans: $18 February 3 Gala Performance –...

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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

Frog & Peach Theatre Co. to Present Shakespeare’s Much ado About Nothing Running October 22–November 15 at The Workshop Theatre (312 W 36th St. 4th Floor), Thur.–Sat. at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets Available at SmartTix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444 The Battle of the Sexes just got Sicilian! This Fall in NYC, renowned Frog & Peach Theatre Company is guaranteed to delight and excite audiences with Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s sexiest  comedy of unlikely romance, police incompetence, and the hilarious war of words between the enchantingly lovely Beatrice and charming Ladies’ Man Benedick. Can anything bring these two foes together? Set against a backdrop of sun-washed, bloodstained Sicily, Much Ado About Nothing opens with Don Pedro and his platoon of courtly soldiers returning from war. Shakespeare strikingly describes what modern medicine calls PTSD, particularly in the embodiment of Count Claudio. With a Masquerade Ball planned in celebration of the end of the war alongside surprises, betrayal, and non-stop hilarity, you’ll wish Much Ado would never end! Running time is One hour 50 minutes, plus intermission. Featuring direction from Frog & Peach founder and lifetime member of The Actors Studio Lynnea Benson, the cast will feature Amy Frances Quint as Beatrice, Lenny Ciotti as Benedick, Marcus Watson as Claudio, in addition to David Elyha, Ilaria Amadasi, Vivien Landau, JP Makowski, Alyssa Diamond, Matthew Velez, James Foster, Jr., John Lampe, Alec Barniskis, Liz Tancredi, David Personne, Paul Battiato, Steve Fogelman, Samuel Douglas Clark, Jamar Brathwaite, and Vicki Kulkin. The creative team includes Nina Vartanian (Costume Design), Ashley Cusack (Set & Design), Award Winning Dennis Parichy (Lighting Design), Tom Knutson (Movement), Ellie D’Eustachio (Stage Manager)  Sara Parcesepe (Asst. Stage Manager), and Nannan Gu (Design Intern). Original Music by Ted Zurkowski. In its 20 years, some of the featured performers in Frog & Peach productions and readings have included Austin Pendleton, Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons, Academy Award-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Tony & Emmy Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth, Fred Willard, Shirley Knight, Rip Torn, Tom Noonan, Susie Essman, Emmy-nominee Anna Chlumsky (Veep), 30 Rock cast members Scott Adsit & Maulik Pancholy, Alan Zweibel & SNL alum Darrell Hammond. Frog & Peach Theatre Company was founded in 1994 by Lynnea Benson & Ted Zurkowski, Lifetime Members of The Actors Studio and lifelongfans of Shakespeare’s plays. Frog & Peach was born with an idea for making Shakespeare’s plays accessible to everyone, regardless of income or diploma.  Known for cinematic pace, thrills, and for never “dumbing down” the text, Frog & Peach has been turning regular New Yorkers into Shakespeare fans ever since.  DETAILS MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING will run from October 22 – November 15 at The Workshop Theatre (312 W 36th St. 4th Floor) with performances Thursday–Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $18 ($12 for students with ID (use discount code VERGES) and Seniors (65+ use code HERO) for performances OCTOBER 22...

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Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

Celebrating 20th Season, Broadway & TV’s Greg Mullavey to Star in Frog & Peach Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s TITUS ANDRONICUS . October 9 – November 2, 2014 The West End Theatre 263 W 86th St, View Map Evenings at 7:30pm Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $18 SmartTix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444 Frog & Peach Theatre Company is proud to announce their fall production, William Shakespeare’s most deranged tragedy TITUS ANDRONICUS which will star TV and Broadway actor Greg Mullavey (TV: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Nickelodeon’s iCarly; Broadway: Romantic Comedy opposite Mia Farrow, Neil Simon’s Rumors; and The Soap Myth with Roundabout Theater Company). In Shakespeare’s startlingly modern tale of madness, betrayal, beheadings, and revenge, Titus Andronicus, proud General of Rome, has defeated the Goth Tribe to the North. Returning with his sons,living and dead, and The Goth Queen Tamora among his prisoners, Titus is welcomed back with pomp, circumstance and a special task–to select the new Roman Emperor. Will he choose the suave Bassianus, or the mercurial Saturninus? Rome’s future hangs in the balance. But first, Titus demands the gruesome torture and sacrifice of Tamora’s eldest son Alarbus in the public square right before her eyes. By nightfall, this first victim will seem the lucky one… Featuring direction from Frog & Peach founder and lifetime member of The Actors Studio Lynnea Benson, joining Greg Mullavey in the cast will be Amy Frances Quint, Luke Edward Smith, Eric Doss, Phillip Gregory Burke, Vivien Landau, Brittany Proia, Jonathan Reed Wexler, Dan Kennett, Collin Blackard, Charles Baker, Donna Kendall Stearns, Robert Tarushka, Alec Barniskis & Matthew Velez. The creative team includes Nina Vartanian (Costume Design), Andy Estep(Set & Prop Design), Dennis Parichy (Lighting Design),Marcus Watson(Combat), Tom Knutson (Movement) & Christal Vassilyadi (Stage Manager & Associate Producer). In its 20 years, some of the featured performers in Frog & Peach productions and readings have included Austin Pendleton, Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons, Academy Award-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Tony & Emmy Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth, Fred Willard, Shirley Knight, Rip Torn, Tom Noonan, Susie Essman, Emmy-nominee Anna Chlumsky (Veep), 30 Rock cast members Scott Adsit & Maulik Pancholy, Alan Zweibel & SNL alum Darrell Hammond. About THe Company Frog & Peach Theatre Company was founded in 1994 by Lynnea Benson & Ted Zurkowski, Lifetime Members of The Actors Studio and lifelong fans of Shakespeare’s plays. Frog & Peach was born with an idea for making Shakespeare’s plays accessible to everyone, regardless of income or diploma. Known for cinematic pace, thrills, and for never “dumbing down” the text, Frog & Peach has been turning regular New Yorkers into Shakespeare fans ever since. TITUS ANDRONICUS will run from October 9 – November 2 at The West End Theatre (263 W 86th St, 2nd Floor) with performances Thursday–Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $18 ($12 for students with ID/seniors, valid for first 3 weeks...

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King John

King John

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

NEW YORK, March 27 – “If you like action-packed thrillers,” writes Lynnea Benson, Artistic Director of Frog and Peach Theatre, “you are going to love King John.” She calls the seldom-produced history play “Game of Thrones, Shakespeare style,” being filled with wars over crowns, gold and power; craven courtiers, bickering in-laws, a greedy, power-mad Cardinal; illegitimate relatives and two very ambitious Queen Mothers. She will direct the classic April 24 to May 18, 2014 featuring a cast of Frog and Peach stalwarts including Karen Lynn Gorney (“Saturday Night Fever,” “All My Children”) as the ruthlessly clever Queen Elinor. The Crusades are over and King John is on England’s Throne–but for how long? The despot’s best friend is his mother, the wily, seductive, ruthless Queen Elinor. The brains behind the Crusades, she is well known for her lethal charm, both on and off the field of battle (she is said to have famously battled the Infidels wearing little more than a negligee and a smile). John is her youngest son, and she is determined he stay in power. Her eldest, Richard the Lion-Hearted, has died in the Crusades; another, King Geffrey, died shortly after siring a son, Arthur, who is now a smart teen. Across the sea in France, Arthur’s mother, Constance, is hell bent to put Arthur in John’s place, and has used her considerable powers of seduction and hysteria to persuade King Philip of France and Limoges, Duke of Austria to bring destruction to her dead husband’s family. Who should rightly inherit England’s throne, Brother or Son? Into this sordid war steps a stranger, the handsome Philip Faulconbridge. Though raised by a high born Lord, Philip the Bastard bears an uncanny resemblance to King John’s beloved brother, Richard the Lion Hearted. In one of the play’s most touching and funny scenes, Philip’s mother, Lady Faulconbridge, confesses all her sins and The Bastard becomes England’s great Champion. On to the battle of Angiers, where a modest but extremely clever citizen, Hubert, has to think fast if he wants to save his city from ruin– but at what cost? Can the fat dowry of an arranged marriage between the battle-toughened Blanche and the effete Lewis end the bloodshed? And what about the fearsome Cardinal Pandulph? Furious with King John for plundering Church coffers, this cold-blooded cleric demands a voice in this drunken, bloody face-off–if he gets his way, the bloodshed will never end. With secret orders of gruesome execution, rapidly shifting loyalties, and cries for revenge from both within and without, King John puts audiences on the edge of their seats, roaring with laughter, and breathless at its thrilling scenes of mutilation, battle, and mayhem. The cast will feature Eric Doss as King John, Karen Lynn Gorney as Elinor, Amy Frances Quint as Constance, Hamish Carmichael as Arthur and Luke Edward Smith as the Bastard of Faulconbridge.-The actors also include...

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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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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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