By Merle Exit
Queens Theatre will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in style.
The venue announced its upcoming season will include the birth of some new works and will give subscribers the pick of the litter. Subscriptions and individual tickets went on sale Aug. 17 and are available for purchase at www.queen
“In this anniversary year, we wanted a season that reflects Queens Theatre at its absolute best. From new works of theatre to folkloric dance, works that feature legendary international artists and those that showcase emerging local artists, this year promises memorable, deeply affecting performances — and a lot of fun,” said Executive Director Taryn Sacramone.
The 2018-2019 Theatre Series begins Oct. 5 with the New York premiere of Jeff Mandel’s “Leaving Brooklyn.” The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees battle it out on the field while a family fights for its survival on its Brooklyn home front. Dad, a blue-collar worker, wants his sons to go to college rather than have either accept an invitation to training camp. Performances run through Oct. 21.
Radio-play form replaces classical theatre when L.A. Theatre brings its take on the comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias,” a story of six Louisiana women who discover that their lives are increasingly dependent upon the existence of each another. Theatergoers will have an opportunity to participate in a talk-back on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.
“Frida Libre,” last year’s big hit, returns from Nov. 8 to Nov. 18 as Canadian-Colombian writer-director-performer Flora Martinez presents a newly expanded version. The performance is done through dialogue and song as Martinez explores the art, success and passions of a most influential Latin American woman and her relationship with Diego Rivera.
Queens Theatre will be hosting the final two dates of Queensboro Dance Festival, set for Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. The venue will also host the closing reception Oct. 14.
“Our 26 diverse-Queens based companies represent 11 different neighborhoods all across our borough,” said Executive Director Karesa Batan. “We are honored to be a partner with Queens Theatre.”
Companies performing on Oct. 13 are: the Vissi Dance Theater, Q&A Productions, Flamenco Latino, SUNPROJECT, the Rastro Dance Company, Mala’s Odissi, Cole Collective, and The Kingdom Dance Company.
Performing companies scheduled for the final performance include Yamini Kalluri, Spaces of Fontana, Cole Collective, Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre, Nicole Kadar and dancers, Barbara Mahler’s Dances, Dugal Dance Projects, Dancing Fish, Tango for All, and Rioult Dance NY. The performance will be followed by a brief talkback with the choreographers. Tickets for the Queensboro Dance Festival performances will go on sale in September when the 2018-2019 Dance Series opens with the Queens Theatre debut of Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, one of the premier all-female Indian classical dance companies. Performance dates are Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.
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