In recognition of World Goth Day on May 22nd, The Community Cooperative has partnered with Re-Casting the Movies (RCtM) to present “Frankenstein” originally by Mary Shelley, and an adaptation by Alexander Utz. Listen in as Mary Shelly tells her nightmarish tale of a creature and his master. This queer reading of “Frankenstein” explores the subtext of the relationship between Henry Clearvel and Victor Frankenstein as well as the power play between Mary Shelley and her listeners. As Utz says, ”Perhaps the monsters we conjure are not always as inhuman as they seem.” Revel in Utz’s uncomfortable and strange tale of Frankenstein’s gruesome creation.
Bonus: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a trans support organization local to Brooklyn, NYC the Audre Lorde Project supporting LGBTQ+ People of Color through community organizing and capacity building. Support our friends and more Coop x RCtM performances by purchasing a $20 ticket at the checkout.
*Performance will be on YouTube Live! Link Sent at 7:45 pm EST on Saturday, May 22nd.
Queens Theatre is proud to present the fourth year of its Theatre for All Training Program, taking place in June 2021. Due to the coronavirus, this year’s workshops and events will be hosted virtually by Queens Theatre. Applications are due by Friday, May 28, 2021, at 12 pm EST.
The program is offered as part of Queens Theatre’s Theatre For All Initiative to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities in the performing arts.
Applications are now being accepted for the fourth year of the Theatre For All training exclusively for Deaf and Disabled actors, and for the first time this year, we will be offering three distinct programs: A Beginner-level Introduction to Acting program, an Early Career-level program, and a Working Actor-level. Applicants must select which of the three programs they would like to participate in. After a review of applications, Queens Theatre staff may reach out to suggest different placement. Due to the coronavirus, all programs will be hosted virtually, on Zoom. All programs are free of cost for the participants who are accepted into them. The programs are open to all actors who identify as Deaf/Disabled and who are 18 years of age or older. They do not need to be based in New York.
ASL Interpretation and Audio Description will be provided throughout.
Queens Theatre’s Summer Musical Theatre program returns IN PERSON! Rising young stars will create and perform an original pocket-sized musical play in just two weeks! Our program takes students through the entire process of creating a musical play from auditions to writing and rehearsing, culminating in a performance on our Mainstage. Working with our professional and dynamic teaching artists, students will engage their imaginations, study the process of theatre and work together as an ensemble to put on a production of their own design during this exciting and comprehensive summer experience.
QT Show Stoppers Summer Musical Theatre Program is open to all kids – no experience in the performing arts is needed to join in the fun. Acceptance into the program is on a first-come-first-served basis. Auditions for roles will take place once the play is written. Space is limited so register today!
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, with 1 Hour Break for Lunch
6 to 9 years old (Session 1A)
10 to 12 years old (Session 1B)
13 to 17 years old (Teen Session)
Session 1A/B Classes: July 5 – July 16, 2021
Teen Session Classes: July 19 – July 30, 2021
1 Session: $650 per two-week session (per child)
2+ Sessions: $600 per two-week session (per child)
Sibling Discount – Save $25 per child for registering siblings
Returning Show Stoppers – Save 10% off your total fee when returning to the program
July 2, 2021 (Register at Queens Theatre website)
Queens Theatre adheres to mitigation procedures suggested by the CDC and NYC Authorities. We use electrostatic sprayers to sanitize the building. The rooms used for the program will be sanitized after each session. We have upgraded our HVAC and we use MERV 13 air filters suggested by the CDC. We have also installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the building. We will take every precaution to keep students safe including mask-wearing, social distancing, and sanitation breaks.
All Queens Theatre teachers and staff working on Show Stoppers are fully vaccinated and will follow all safety protocols set by Queens Theatre’s Safety and Health Coordinator.
Contact: Richard Hinojosa at rhinojosa@ queenstheatre.org or call 718-971-5839.
A typical day might look like this:
10 am-10:30 am: Check-in and theatre games.
10:45 am-12 pm: Develop our musical play. We collectively brainstorm our plot, conflict, characters, lyrics, and dialogue.
12pm-12:30pm: Lunch Time!
12:30pm-1:30pm: Dance Break! We learn and practice an original dance for our show.
1:30 pm-2 pm: We continue to brainstorm our play and rehearse what we have created.
2 pm-2:45 pm: Break into Song! We develop and practice our original songs for our show.
2:45 pm-3 pm: Sum up the day and set goals for the next day.
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) musicians will play wind quintet favorites by Stravinsky and Ibert, as well as selections from Valerie Coleman’s piece Portraits of Josephine.
The OSL brass quintet weaves this program together, playing pieces by Paul Dukas, Leonard Bernstein, Malcolm Arnold, and Scott Joplin. This FREE concert (tickets required) takes place on the Outdoor Stage of the Queen’s Theatre, just yards away from our facilities in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
The Broadway show Rock of Ages was known as “Broadway’s Best Party,” and featured the greatest rock hits from the glam metal bands of the 1980s! Now for the first time, the band hits the road to perform those monster hits from the Broadway show, in concert. The show features songs by artists such as Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Styx, Pat Benatar, and many more. In fact, the musicians and lead singers in the band played with many of the original artists themselves and continue to do so. This band delivers the party. Don’t miss the chance to see and hear this exciting concert of classic ‘80’s hits, performed by the artists who rocked Broadway for over six years.
Single-Occupancy Cars: $50, Full Occupancy Cars: $100
For Tickets and Info: www.visitqpac.org.
Queens Theatre’s TFAC Summer Theatre Academy for Students with Disabilities takes students through the entire process of creating short original scenes, monologues, and songs. From idea sharing to writing and development to rehearsal and performance, our all-embracing program will help students to build confidence through collaboration and artistic expression. Working with our professional and dynamic teaching artists, students will engage their imaginations, study the process of theatre and work together as an ensemble to put on a production of their own design during this exciting and comprehensive summer experience.
TFAC Summer Theatre Program for Students with Disabilities is open to all kids of all abilities – no experience in the performing arts is needed to join in the fun. The program takes place online. Acceptance into the program is on a first-come-first-served basis. Space is limited so register today!
Monday – Friday 1:00 pM – 3:00 PM
10 to 13 years old
Two Week Course begins August 2 to August 13, 2021
Theatre for all Children is a FREE PROGRAM. Registration is required.
July 2, 2021 (Register at https://queenstheatre.org/education-theatre-for-all-children/)
For questions or more information, please contact:
Director of Education
Richard Hinojosa at rhinojosa@ queenstheatre.org or call 718-971-5839.
Braata Folk Singers Back by Popular Demand! Caribbean Folk Ensemble, the Braata Folk Singers, will grace the stage once more after a triumphant return to concert performance on Father’s Day earlier this year. Armed with an expanded repertoire, this performance will mark the New York-based group’s second live production since the pandemic began. The concert will include the much-loved inspirational, folk and reggae songs from the June 2021 concert.
The Braata Folk Singers, under the creative direction of Jamaican-born actor, singer, and producer Andrew Clarke, and the musical direction of Joel Edwards, present “Rebirth” on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $25 pre-sold and $30 at the door. Tickets can be reserved at braataproductions.org/bfsreboot. JPAC is located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, New York near the Parsons/Archer subway stop.
The concert is produced by Braata Productions, which is dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists a platform to showcase their work and talents. Their mission is to transform lives through cultural awareness and the arts and to bring Caribbean folk culture, artists, music, stories, movement, and theater into more prominent spaces while providing an opportunity for Caribbean artists to receive greater recognition. The Braata Folk Singers are proud ambassadors of Caribbean folk music. Queens County is home to one of the world’s largest communities of Caribbean expatriates.
Patrons who were treated to “Rebirth” earlier this year experienced first hand how the title of the show is a metaphor: the world emerging from the pandemic. At that show, Clarke explained that we as a city were just in the early stages of discussing the return to live performance. The program inspired our supporters and fans to safely emerge from their homes, apartments, and lofts–like butterflies from their cocoons–into a world different from the pre-Covid one they knew.
Having taken some time to retool, the Braata Folk Singers surprised concert-goers with a program unlike any ever seen before in the group’s more than 10-year performance history. One patron remarked as he left the theatre, “I am pleasantly surprised, really glad I came, the show was excellent.” That is exactly the reaction Clarke had hoped to elicit from those in attendance. Clarke said, “I am sure when most people sat down to the concert that day they expected a nice evening listening to some of their favorite folk songs. But from the sound of the opening chords, they were in for something special!” He added, “The end of the first song brought on the first of many standing ovations for the night. I think it was safe to say that the Braata Folk Singers had returned in fine style!”
Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged to minimize in-person transactions and to observe Covid protocols. For those unable to attend the concert, donations are encouraged to ensure the Braata Folk Singers’ continued existence.
The Braata Folk Singers in Concert is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
ABOUT BRAATA PRODUCTIONS
Braata Productions is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists an opportunity and platform through which they can showcase their works and talents. The company was founded in 2009 to bring Caribbean folk culture, music movement, stories, artists, and theatre to the United States. The vision is to create a world where the cultural and historical traditions of the Caribbean islands are woven into the beautiful tapestry of global arts used to teach and inspire new generations to always reach for more.
Braata Productions offers the highest quality theatrical and educational productions and programs to educate and entertain people worldwide.
For more information, to purchase tickets, or to donate to the Braata Folk Singers, visit braataproductions.org/bfsreboot.