Queens Theatre announces new season lineup of diverse plays, musicals

The cast for The Acting Company's Three Musketeers and Romeo and Juliet at The Queens Theatre
The cast for The Acting Company’s “Three Musketeers” and “Romeo and Juliet” at The Queens Theatre. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

Queens Theatre (QT) announced its 34th season lineup featuring a diverse array of affordable programming, including theater, dance, special events and family shows that will extend from October 2022 to May 2023. 

Whether you’re looking for joyful family shows, dance that makes your heart beat faster, or thought-provoking and timely works of theater, you’ll find it at Queens Theatre, according to QT Executive Director Taryn Sacramone. 

“After the past couple of years, I think we all have an appreciation for how uniquely enriching it is to experience live performances,” Sacramone said. “To be in an audience with friends, loved ones and total strangers — laughing or tearing up or clapping together — it’s good for the soul. That’s what’s ahead of us this year and it will be beautiful.”

Here’s a lineup of this season’s scheduled programming:

“The Three Musketeers” – Limited Engagement!

A New Adaption by The Acting Company

Directed by Kent Gash, adapted by Kirsten Childs 

Saturday, Oct. 15 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16 – 3 p.m.

Tickets: $25-$35, four for $90

The Acting Company presents the first public performances of a new adaptation of the classic tale, which draws inspiration from an astonishing secret — that Dumas’ father, General Alex Dumas, was the highest-ranking person of color in a Western military until our own time. 

“Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare – One Night Only!

A New Production by The Acting Company

Directed by Leah C. Gardiner

Friday, Oct. 14,  8 p.m. – one night only! 

Tickets: $25-$35, four for $90

The Acting Company’s fresh production breathes new life into the enduring and iconic love story, complete with gorgeous costumes and music, enchanting parties, moonlit nights, dank graveyards and blood-strewn streets.

We Will Never Reach The Shore”

A New Play Written by Tim J. Lord

Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. FREE; donation suggested

Adapted from Euripides’ “The Phoenician Women.” The twin sons of Oedipus have come of age and are fighting each other for the control of Thebes. Thrust into the heart of this tinderbox is a group of Phoenician women. Fleeing war and upheaval in their home country, they have come to Thebes seeking refuge among their distant relatives only to find themselves caught between the brothers’ indomitable wills and subsequently forced to choose a side. Family strife builds to all-out war where ultimately the innocent pay the price.

Classical Kids Fair

Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 to 4 p.m., FREE; reservations not required

WQXR is heading to Queens for a Classical Kids Fair at the Queens Theatre! Families can experience live performances, an instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, radio and dance workshops, and more! 

Parsons Dance

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25-$35, four for $90

Known for its energized, athletic, and joyous style, Parsons Dance is internationally renowned for creating and performing contemporary American dance. Their bold ensemble work and movement has solidified them as one of the world’s leading dance companies. Parsons Dance is always a Queens Theatre favorite that is sure to thrill audiences with their effortless movement and stunning dancers. 

Queens World Film Festival 

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Wednesday, Nov. 2 

Films and ticket information: queensworldfilmfestival.org

The annual Queens World Film Festival returns to Queens Theatre for opening night with an exciting roster of short films celebrating the best in indie cinema from around the world and around the corner. Join local and international filmmakers, the Queens World founders and board members, community leaders, neighbors, friends and supporters for a pre-show toast, the film and a post screening Q&A to help kick off the weeklong and boroughwide festival.

 “Debate: Baldwin vs. Buckley” – Very Limited Seating!

A Production by the American Vicarious

 Friday, Nov. 11,  8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m., 8 p.m.

Tickets: $20

“Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

 This was the topic of the historic 1965 televised debate between intellectual heavyweights, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. This historic clash reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of racial conflict that continues to haunt America. The American vicarious is committed to exploring the uniting and dividing principles that constitute our contemporary American moment, and “Debate: Baldwin vs. Buckley” is an ideal vehicle to use the long lens of history to have an immediate conversation. Restaged live for a strictly limited engagement. 

“In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson”

A Honolulu Theatre For Youth (HTY) Production

Sunday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Tickets: $18, four for $60

Follow Shirley Temple Wong and her family as they move from China to the United States in 1947, the year Jackie Robinson was breaking records and assumptions. Told through humor and rich multimedia staging, “In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson” celebrates the bravery and sacrifice of those who bring new perspectives to our country.

“The Lightning Thief”

A TheatreWorksUSA Production

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Tickets: $18, four for $60

Adapted from the book “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, this show welcomes audiences to join Percy Jackson, a student who can’t help getting into trouble, on a journey to find and return Zeus’ stolen master lightning bolt and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. 

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s “Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas”

Saturday, Dec. 10,  8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 11,  3 p.m.

Tickets: $25-$35, four for $90

 “Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas” focuses on a young person caught between two worlds — their family’s past in Mexico and their present life in New York City. Through a dream, this youngster attempts to bring the two cultures together where Aztec-inspired dance is performed to Christmas carols, and Mariachi music melds with Tschaikowsky.

“Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story” – A Glass Half Full Theatre Production

Sunday, Jan. 22 – 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Tickets: $18, four for $60 

Ten-year-old Belinda recreates the classic tale of Cinderella using everyday objects like teapots and napkins while in the basement preparing for a party upstairs. Glass Half Full Theatre from Austin, Texas, presents its award-winning “story within a story” using puppetry, Spanish and English. As Belinda confronts her stepmother and stepsisters, she’ll learn to embrace her love of poetry and stand up for herself. 

School of American Ballet

Presented by the School of American Ballet

Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

FREE; reservations open Dec. 13

Have you ever wondered how ballerinas dance on their toes? Or how dancers turn without getting dizzy? Learn the answers to those questions and more during this family-friendly performance featuring excerpts from famous ballets including “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.” Advanced students from the School of American Ballet and faculty member Katrina Killian offer a sneak peek inside the classroom to see how students train to become professional ballet dancers. Guests of all ages are invited to learn a few steps right from their seats! This hourlong presentation is an enchanting introduction to the art of classical ballet.

Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Latin Dance & Culture Fiesta

Friday, Mar. 31 – Sunday, April 1 

Three days of dynamic events and performances celebrating Latin artistry and culture. The event will feature performances by some of New York City’s most renowned Latin presenters. Ticket information and full lineup to be announced spring 2023.

“El Otro Oz”

A TheatreWorks USA Production

Sunday, April 2, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. 

Tickets: $18, four for $60 

This bilingual musical and New York Times Critic’s Pic returns in a reimagined production! Click your heels together tres veces and take a transformative journey with this salsa, merengue and Mexican folk-infused musical inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.”

“Eight Tales of Pedro”

A play with music by Mark-Eugene Garcia 

Music by Luis D’Elias

Directed by Rodrigo Bolaños

Friday, April 21 – Sunday, May 7

Tickets: $20, four for $75

“Eight Tales of Pedro” begins in 17th-century Mexico, as Pedro and his companion travel from a small port town into the fabled Veracuz, telling stories while following Pedro’s one true love. Meanwhile, in the present day, in a van full of Mexican immigrants, Peter crosses a border into an unfamiliar country, while his companions tell him stories to chase away his fears. The two storytellers risk everything, as their lives and plots intertwine.

“Back to MOMIX”

Saturday, May 6,  2 p.m., 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m.

Tickets: $25-$35

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances world-wide, MOMIX has worked in film and television. For over 30 years, MOMIX has astounded international audiences with little more than light, shadow, props and the human body. Their unique work has captivated stage, screen and television audiences. Athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent combine to create a riveting multimedia experience. 

“The MAGIC of Bill Blagg – LIVE!”

Saturday, May 13 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 14 – 4 p.m.

Tickets: $25-$35, four for $90 with code 4FOR90

“The MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE!” tour comes to Queens Theatre for one weekend only! Critics and audiences alike rave about Bill’s interactive magic and jaw-dropping illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Blagg’s show combines his mind-blowing magical talents along with his trademark off-the-cuff personality to take you on a magical journey you’ll never forget!  You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! “The MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE!” is more than a magic show, it’s an interactive magic experience!  

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit queenstheatre.org or call the Queens Theatre box office at 718-760-0064.