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First Folio Live = a Success!

First Folio Live = a Success!

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in Events, Uncategorized

The acclaimed Frog & Peach Theatre Company is New York’s only First Folio based Shakespeare ensemble.  Founded by members of the Actors Studio, and beloved by Shakespeare fans from all over the tri-state area, we were delighted to return to the Manhattan’s Upper West Side to take part in the New-York Historical Society’s First Folio Live event Saturday June 11! For this special event, we selected one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest scenes from Romeo & Juliet:  Act III, Scene I, featuring Collin Blackard as Benvolio, Lenny Ciotti as Mercutio, Marcus Watson as Tybalt, Jonathan Reed Wexler as Romeo, and Ellie D’Eustachio as the troupe’s lovely but terrifying Stage Manager.  The dramatic stairway and other architectural details made The Robert H & Clarice Smith Gallery perfect for this cinematic scene. After the show, audiences took part in a fun Show & Tell led by Teaching Artist & Frog & Peach Combat Choreographer Marcus Watson.  Participants got a hands-on feel for weapons like the ones Shakespeare’s actors used at The Globe. We had a wonderful time turning visitors young & old on to the excitement of Shakespeare! Enjoy some Photos from the event Below!  (photos by DFXden)   IMG_5167IMG_5187IMG_5096IMG_5197 View The Full Gallery HERE   Thanks to Everyone who came...

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First Folio Live at NYHS 6/11

First Folio Live at NYHS 6/11

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Events, Uncategorized

Frog & Peach Theatre Company brings the beauty of Shakespeare and the thrill of live combat to the New-York Historical Society with special live performances of Romeo & Juliet, starring Collin Blackard, Lenny Ciotti, Ellie D’Eustachio, Jonathan Reed Wexler, & Marcus Watson. Join us Saturday June 11th in The Robert H & Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History (First Level) at the world-renowned New-York Historical Society for a thrilling combat scene from this beloved play at 1:15, 2:15, & 3:15 pm. Each performance is followed by a fun demonstration of weapons like those used at The Globe, how Shakespeare’s First Folio “directs” the action, and a question and answer session about how stage combat has changed . All performances are FREE with Museum admission! For more information visit The New-York Historical Society. Combat choreographed by Marcus Watson. Directed by Lynnea Benson. Saturday at 1 PM – 4 PM FREE (with Museum admission) New-York Historical Society Map 170 Central Park W, New York, New York...

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“Shakespeare Noir” All Star Gala

“Shakespeare Noir” All Star Gala

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 in Events, Uncategorized

“Shakespeare Noir” All Star Gala Reading will benefit Frog & Peach Theatre Co Inc. NEW YORK- Frog & Peach Theatre Co., Inc will present an all-star benefit reading honoring Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer May 2 at The Greenwich House School of Music where a cast including Zach Grenier (“The Good Wife,” “Deadwood”), Austin Pendleton (“Straight White Men,” “My Cousin Vinnie”), and Peter Gerety (“Mercy Street,” “The Wire”) will be reading from Shakespeare’s darkest works. Frog & Peach Theatre Company (http://frogandpeachtheatre.org), founded in 1996 by members of The Actors Studio, brings modern audiences all the excitement and intrigue of Shakespeare’s plays in an accessible, entertaining way  Benefit proceeds support free and discounted tickets to Frog & Peach Main Stage productions for under-served public school students city-wide. The Greenwich House School of Music at 46 Barrow St, in Manhattan’s West Village. The gala is Monday, May 2 at 7 pm. Tickets are $49-$99 each, or a table of six for $499. Get Tickets at here: Eventbrite.com   ...

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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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Cinderella/The Tinderbox

Cinderella/The Tinderbox

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Tinkerbell, Uncategorized

The perfect outing families & audiences age four and up, starting on Saturday afternoon, Halloween 10/31 and thru Sunday, 11/15, Frog & Peach Theatre Company (known for popular & critically-acclaimed productions of Shakespearean plays), will present the fun & family-friendly fairy tale series Tinkerbell Theatre, where they have adapted “Cinderella” and “The Tinderbox” (both from the Brothers Grimm) into exciting and interactive live shows featuring sing-along songs & unique, large-scale puppets. Everyone is also invited to participate in a special Puppet Making Workshop right on stage after each show with the cast! High quality puppet kits are available ($10) or bring an old sock & make a new friend!

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Natural Magic-A Glorious Benefit

Natural Magic-A Glorious Benefit

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in Events, Uncategorized

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! Frog & Peach’s NATURAL MAGIC Natural Magic! A Glorious Benefit Evening for Frog & Peach Theatre! Austin Pendleton and other special Guests Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:00pm – 10:00pm At the beautiful Greenwich House School of Music 46 Barrow St. NY, NY 10014  View Map CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS UPDATED: View Photos From This Event Here  Wine, Magic, Romance, and Special Surprise Guests,   You are cordially invited to join us for Natural Magic–a benefit for The Frog & Peach Theatre Company at the romantic Greenwich House School of Music, 46 Barrow St, in Manhattan’s West Village. The evening will begin with wine tasting and cocktails, as gifted masters of Legerdemain dazzle with entertaining feats of magic. Then upstairs to the beautiful Recital Hall for Celebrity Readings of Shakespeare’s most magical scenes. We are delighted to be celebrating our 21st Main Stage season of Shakespeare’s plays. Earning widespread critical acclaim for its stunningly lucid, exciting productions, Frog & Peach makes Shakespeare come to life for thousands of New Yorkers of all incomes and educational backgrounds. Frog & Peach receives only modest government and foundation funding.  The lion’s share of our support comes from New Yorkers who care about the work we do–providing the special nourishment of Shakespeare to those who may feel shut out of the Cultural Conversation, who share our committment New York City’s students.  As word of our unique programs reaches the public, there is additional pressure to serve more teachers, students, and seniors–New Yorkers who are thirsting for enrichment–with free or discounted tickets.  Despite strained resources, we haven’t had to turn anyone away–yet.  To continue our important work, we need your help. We look forward to seeing you at this splendid event.  If you cannot attend, please consider becoming a Member of The Frog & Peach Family by making a donation at the Frog & Peach Website or by clicking the Donation button below. Your ticket purchase and donation will help supply ciritical funding for ticket subsidies, outreach and operating expenses to give New York students and seniors the arts enrichment they deserve.  And tickets to Natural Magic are tax deductible!  See our website for more details as they become available. ~Lynnea Benson DOWNLOAD/PRINT PDF of Flyer *design by Chris...

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