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Fall 2016 Benefit Reading and Auction

Posted on Nov 29, 2016

View The Full Gallery HERE What a night!  THANK YOU!! Your tax-deductible support gives lower income young people Shakespeare year-round!Click here to make a donation, or send toFrog & Peach Theatre Co., c/o Lynnea Benson 19 Cumming St, #4M New York, NY   10034 Frog & Peach. Because you know what Shakespeare is worth. Watch for more photos in our newsletter and on Facebook! Celebrating our Donors       Framed program of EQUUS, signed by Alec Baldwin Lunch, Dinner or Drinks with The One & Only Austin Pendleton Combat Event, Corporate Team Building, or Party Event with Marcus...

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Sin & Virtue – Star Reading Gala

Sin & Virtue – Star Reading Gala

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Frog & Peach Theatre Co presents their Annual Fall Gala Reading! Starring Lois Smith (True Blood) and Zach Grenier (The Good Wife) lauded as two the finest actors ever to grace the American stage and  screen.   With musical accompaniment by the wonderful Bruce Baumer! More Details to come soon! Tuesday Sept 27, 2016 7:30 -10 pm Guest Honoree Pending  GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL- 46 Barrow St New York NY  10014 “Sin & Virtue” Starring True Blood’s Lois Smith The Good Wife’s Zach Grenier (more performers pending)   A Spectacular Evening of Light Buffet, Wine, Signature Cocktails, Auction followed by Celebrity Readings of Shakespeare’s Plays Music by Bruce Baumer Tickets on Eventbrite -$49, $69 for two, $129 Party of Four, $179 Party of Six Proceeds to Support Free Student Tickets to Frog & Peach Theatre’s Main Stage Season of Shakespeare  And Family program,  Tinkerbell Theatre at The Sheen Center 18 Bleecker St, NY NY 10012 in 2017 Questions? Contact: 646 3517450 Buy Tickets...

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First Folio Live = a Success!

First Folio Live = a Success!

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

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

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

“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

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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