Past Shows

    Act 3 : One Act

    The Queens Players are delighted to announce Act Three: One Act The 2008 Long Island City One Act Festival which features 12 plays in two programs from 10 writers featuring 9 different directors and a hugely talented cast of 34 NY actors.

    • 'Bonfrieg' by J. Snodgrass Director: Don Nguyen
    • 'Hi-Yo!' by Steve Wisniewski Director: Chris Jobin
    • 'A Reason For All Things' by Judd Silverman Director: Dave Fink
    • 'The Open Window' by Scott Sickles Director: Allison Smith
    • 'Past Participle' by V.E. Kimberlin Director: Michelle Pace
    • 'Broken Chains' by V.E. Kimberlin Director: Chris Jobin
    • 'Jon Katsberg' by Isaac Rathbone Director: Marc Weitz
    • 'The Famous Elephant Play' by Jack Karp Director: Katie Braden
    • 'Black Box' by Chuck Spoler Director: Rich Ferraioli
    • 'This One Time I Was...' by EJC Calvert Director: Nathan Willis
    • 'Multiple Choice' by Jack Karp Director: Marc Weitz
    • 'Apropos A Night of Falling Sleet' by Scott Gerschwer Director: Rich Ferraioli
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    A Christmas Carol

    In this multi-media contemporary adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a young woman in corporate America has lost sight of the meaning of Christmas. As Christmas Eve approaches she is haunted not only by the ghosts of Christmas but by the ghosts and shadows in her own life. The Ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come are all played by puppets and the production features live music and Christmas carols. Through this use of puppets and projections Scrooge is forced to confront the love and music she walked away from and the bleak and fatal future she is chasing in the name of success. Complete show details

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    Home James

    An original play by Jake Wood, [Eastenders/The Geico Gecko], adapted by Richard Mazda. Jake's black Comedy has been completely re-written for an American audience. Foloowing his Father's death, Jamie Beddard begins a surreal and bewildering journey of self discovery. Jamie;s road takes him through challengin situations, and some very delicat, yet laughable moments. A mysterious benefactor sends Jamie to Tiuana where he finds love and Jimmy in too timght Speedos and a green Sombrero. Complete show details

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    Theatre of Horror

    This the fourth in our series of Grand Guignol productions. We proudly present three gems translated from the original French and one original play in the classic genre of The Grand Guignol. Theatre of Horror closes on Halloween night with The Queens Players 3rd Annual Halloween Costume party. Complete show details

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    Tartuffe

    Molière's classic comedy is an insightful examination of hypocrisy and gullibility. Tartuffe, a humble religious ascetic, has come to stay at the home of a wealthy family. Orgon, along with his mother Madame Pernelle, is completely taken in by Tartuffe while the rest of the family suffers his presence. Only the faithful yet cheeky maid Dorine calls the situation what it is: an elaborate scheme by Tartuffe to defraud Orgon and his family of their estate. Tartuffe's pious charade is successful, and Orgon is so enchanted that he even offers him his daughter Marianne's hand in marriage. Like most con men, Tartuffe is barely satisfied with the riches Orgon is determined to give him and boldly attempts to seduce Elmire, Orgon's wife. Surprising twists in the final act leave the fate of the family in the hands of the hopefully merciful King. Complete show details

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    Atonement

    A famous musician, discovering that he is dying of an incurable illness, has to come to terms simultaneously with his present and past. Ludwig Zelman is a man driven both by pride in his work, and shame for a past he feels he can never undo. In his personal crisis he must find a way to deal with the death he foresees with the fortitude that might provide comfort to his young wife and son, and yet avoid seeing his acceptance as a way of "surrendering" to the inevitable.  In the process, Zelman discovers that he can "atone" both in his relationship with a long-dead father who was a victim of Nazi prosecution and a very-much-alive son, through his own understanding of his life and art. Complete show details

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    Spanish Tragedie

    The Spanish Tragedie is an Elizabethan play written by Thomas Kyd in or around 1588. This play and Kyd's lost "Ur Hamlet" play are said to be Shakespeare's primary influences for his own Hamlet. Many elements of The Spanish Tragedie, such as the play within a play used to trap a murderer, a ghost intent on vengeance, and a hero driven to madness, appear in Shakespeare's revenge play. Complete show details

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    Pirate Pete

    This family show will genuinely appeal to both adults and children alike. It is written and performed in a style which is closely allied to the traditional English pantomime that is occassionally ribald but unerringly decent. Shades of Commedia and Benny Hill may be found in a show with Pete's mother, played by a man much like Monty, Benny, Little Britain, hey just about any UK comdy show. Bruce the Lion would rather be King of Comedy than King of the Jungle, and hes channeling Dangerfield, whilst our villian, Baron Bigbutt is a real no ifs or b.. oops, just don't say the b word around 'Stingy', you thought the Grinch was grumpy, wait till you see him. Complete show details

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    Act 2 One Act

    The Queens Players proudly present the second in our ACT series of new works by New York writers. Following our successful production of 6 plays by great 'undiscovered' writers with our first production of one acts, Act One:One Act we are delighted to present 3 more thought provoking and funny plays. 'Happy Saturdays' by Steve Strangio, and two plays by Scott Sickles, 'Beautiful Noises' and 'Sarcophagus'. Complete show details

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    Return to the Grand Guignol

    An Evening of Horror, Suspense and Eroticism. Four One Act plays from the classic French Theatre of Blood and Horror. Directed By Richard Mazda & Max Ferguson Complete show details

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    A Most Peculiar Thing

    A celebration of 1940's British Grand Guignol plays featuring four plays by mid 20 Century playwright, Frederick Whitney and one new original work, The Bloomsbury Butcher by QP Artistic Director, Richard Mazda Complete show details

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    Knight of the Burning Pestle

    The Queens Players newest production revives an obscure Jacobean comedy, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, adapted by Director Kevin Dodd. As a troupe of young actors begin The London Merchant, a quaint play centering on middle-class characters, a pair of rough-and-tumble peasants and their servant Rafe interrupts the action and demands to see a play about a Grocer-Errant battling bloodthirsty giants, wooing exotic princesses, and leading armies into battle. The players do their best to maintain their dignity and continue their play as they are forced to perform impromptu scenes with the Rafe, the quixotic knight. Complete show details

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    Act One : One Act

    The Queens Players Present Act one:one Act. A play festival featuring new work from NY�s writers. A Date Under His Own Name By Paul Gibney, That Dress By Steve Strangio, Forward Movement By Danielle Abbatiello, Girl Talk By Angela Lovell, This Just In By Jay D Hanagan, and 13 Steps By V.E. Kimberlin Complete show details

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    Sextangle

    Mix the Marx Brothers, Shakespeare, Abbott and Costello, Oscar Wilde, and Rowan Atkinson and what do you get? Madness. Mayhem. Totally zany comedy the way it used to be: funny. Introducing Sextangle, a fast-paced farce about love, sex, and marriage. Loosely based on the comic tradition of commedia dell'arte -- plus any other comic tradition worth stealing from -- it is the story of a rich old miser and his dottering old friend. The daughters and son they're trying to marry off. And the clowns who get in the way. Sextangle is the product of two innovative comic minds:... Complete show details

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    Midsummer Nights Dream

    Shakespeare's timeless comedy of love, lunacy and magic comes alive in modern day NYC. There's something for everyone in this latest production by the Queens Players. SOHO hipsters, club-hopping ravers, Wall Street Execs, blue-collar tradesman and passionate baseball fans abound in a wonderful m'lange of modern day sensibilities and classical text that's suitable for all ages. So give us your hands if we be friends'. Complete show details

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    Cinderella

    The new version of Cinderella by Richard Mazda gives the classic tale a fascinating spin: The Ugly Sisters are played by men, Prince Charming and his servant Buttons are played by girls playing male characters, and Dobbin the Panto horse morphs into the King and Queen. Prince Charming seems a little fastidious and obsessed with shoes. The Fairy Godmother is a wanna be rapper whose reluctant use of her magic wand helps Cinderella bag her camp Prince. Complete show details

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    Manhattan Meltdown 3

    Scenes and monologues offering the "Best of" the Queens' Players Complete show details

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    That Way Madness Lies

    This show features an ensemble of ten actors, who have skillfully crafted a unique theatre event from the stories of Poe, King, Ogden, Shakespeare, Euripides, and the Theatre du Grand Guignol. The morbid tales presented are sometimes reminiscent of campfire stories, and the overall feeling of the show is an interesting halfway point between live storytelling and full-scale theatre. Complete show details

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    Lysistrata: Revenging the Bush

    What if women used their bush to defeat President Bush? What if men found out that they had to withdraw from Iraq in order to cum? Aristophanes taught us that sex was more powerful than bloodlust and The Queens Players� production of Lysistrata: Revenging the Bush proves that it is still true today. Dildos, lingerie, and cunning linguistics make it clear that sometimes sex is the answer to violence. Complete show details

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    Cyrano de Bergerac

    This classic French play is a exciting new version which fuses old and new. The language is a faithful English language translation which is complemented by costumes which are an imaginative combination of modern dress and period details. Complete show details

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    All the Wild Horses

    Somethings going down in the boro. And the good ole boys left their guns at the door.... Fat Tony's gone ape, Freddy Cockles ain't no mug and Jonny Handsome is dumber than a box o'hammers. When Huntsville, Alabama, Paramus, NJ, L.I.C. Queens and The Elephant and Castle, South London meet in an unholy alignment what you get is bad blood. Lots of it. Complete show details

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    7 Stories

    7 STORIES is based an original concept by Richard Mazda. The overall work is comprised of plays by the following writers; Bi Bi Baby by Savannah Mazda, Destination Unknown by Liz Longo, Mr Paranoid Takes the Subway & No 7 Train Blues by Mark Daponte, Bobi Sings The Blues Part 1 & Part 2, Bad Day for Donny Badet, Cue to Kew and Joan by Richard Mazda, A Little Lovin' by Quinc Wingstrom, Headin' Home by Sandy McKnight, Stereotypes by Lesley Mazda, The Alice Monologues by Kate McGovern, Here Kitty Kitty by Linda Delmonico-Prussen, Bliss Street by Antonio Farias, Always Gonna Be NYC by Mark Shock, Express by Colette Johnson,They Sleep With Their Solicitors by Julie Martellucci. Complete show details

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    Mise en Scene

    The Debut Performance of The Queen's Players. Mise en Scene An Evening of Monologues and Scenes. Complete show details

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