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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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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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