QUEENS THEATRE and TITAN THEATRE COMPANY Proudly Present the Theatrical Event of the Holiday Season Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL Adapted by EMILY TRASK & LENNY BANOVEZ, Directed by LENNY BANOVEZ, DECEMBER 11-21, 2014
Queens Theatre (QT) and its resident theatre company, Titan Theatre Company, join forces to present a soaring, WORLD PREMIERE adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL adapted by Titan Literary Director Emily Trask and Titan Artistic Director Lenny Banovez. A CHRISTMAS CAROL will play a two week limited engagement at Queens Theatre (14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park). Performances begin Thursday, December 11 an
Titan, known for its adventurous and innovative takes on classic texts, brings the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge alive onstage with a cast of 12 adults and 6 children. This fresh and fast paced production transports audiences to Victorian England where they journey with the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three transformational spirits from his past, present, and future who change his life forever. A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is the perfect theatre experience for everyone this holiday season.
“I consider this show to be our gift to audiences this holiday season. It is both original and familiar – I know that the families and groups of friends who come to see it together will have a special experience,” said Queens Theatre Managing Director Taryn Sacramone. “This is an extremely exciting project for Titan to be a part of,” said Titan Managing Director and Producer Kevin Beebee. “We could not be more thrilled to continue to strengthen our relation with Queens Theatre, as well as the Queens community.”
The production stars Broadway’s Kevin Loomis (Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, Inherit the Wind) as Ebenezer Scrooge; John Taylor Phillips (Titan Resident Acting Company, American Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare, Utah Shakespeare) as Bob Cratchit; Laura Frye* (Titan Resident Acting Company, Virginia Shakespeare, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Teatro Franko Parenti) as Christmas Past/Mrs. Cratchit; Michael Selkirk* (Titan Resident Acting Company, Workshop Theatre, Hudson Warehouse) as Mr. Fezziwig/Christmas Present; Dylan Whitrock (Shakespeare & Company) as Fred/Young Scrooge; Andy Baldeschwiler (The Pearl, Shakespeare Theatre on NJ) as Jacob Marley; Bailey Seeker (Titan Young Company, Cherry Lane, Secret Theatre) as Belle/Emily; Shayna Schmidt (Cincinnati Playhouse, Theatre for a New City) as Fan/Martha Cratchit; Ashton Crosby; Tom Morin; Wilmari Myburgh and Andrew Mazer. The children’s cast includes Layla Moon Blatz, Violet Wade, Quinn Theobald, Moore Theobald, Sohia Fiallo, and Sophie Carpa.
The Assistant Director/Choreographer is Nicholas Sotack, Technical Direction/Scenic Design is by Jasmine Nicole. Costume design is by Becky Willet. Lighting Design is by Alan Piotrowicz. Weston Wetzel is the Sound Designer. Katie K. White is the Props Designer. The Production Managers are Annie Jacobs and Alyssa Van Gorder. Ashley Zednick is the Production Stage Manager. Publicity is by John Capo/John Capo Public Relations and Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR.
A Christmas Carol performs on the following schedule:
Thursday December 11th @7:30pm (Preview)
Friday December 12th@2pm (Preview)
Friday December 12th@7:30pm
Saturday December 13th@2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday December14th @1pm & 5pm
Friday December 19th @7:30pm
Saturday December 20th @2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday December 21st @1pm & 5pm
Tickets ($30 each or 4 for $100) available online at www.queenstheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 718-760-0064. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Queens Theatre Box Office, Tuesday through Friday 12pm to 6pm, and two hours before showtimes on weekends. Senior discount available.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
14 United Nations Avenue South
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
Car: Queens Theatre is accessible by all major highways that traverse Queens and is minutes away from Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Westchester. And the best part? Parking is always FREE. http://queenstheatre.
Subway: 7 train to the Mets-Willets Point station. Follow signs to LIRR/Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free Shuttle Service runs one hour prior to curtain and stops outside Mets-Willets Point station.
Running Time: 100 minutes with 1 intermission
LENNY BANOVEZ (Director, Co-Adapter, Titan Artistic Director) holds an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at Ohio University and a BA in Theater Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. As an actor and director has worked at: Cherry Lane Theatre NYC, Theatre Row NYC, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, PCPA Theaterfest, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Hyperion Theater Project NYC, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Huron Playhouse, Secret Theater NYC, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre NYC, Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod, and as a guest artist at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Wayne State University, Marshall University, & University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. TITAN credits include: Hamlet and Love’s Labours Lost, as well as directing productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Henry V, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage
EMILY TRASK (Co-Adapter, Titan Literary Director & Resident Acting Company Member) Originally from Wisconsin, Emily holds an M.F.A. in Acting from The Yale School of Drama, and a B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Literature from Grinnell College. As an actress Emily has worked with The Folger Theatre, The Bay Street Theatre, The Pioneer Theatre Company, The Hope Summer Rep, Montana Shakespeare, The Colonial Theatre, Next Act Theatre Co, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, The Yale Rep, Yale Cabaret, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. In NYC, she has participated in productions, workshops, and readings at The Lincoln Center, The Lark, The Shakespeare Society/The Public, E.S.T./nym, WNYC/The Greene Space, and Three Day Hangover. She can be heard as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Ophelia in Hamlet on The Folger Library’s audiobooks/Shakespeare app. Emily is also a Director (most recently in NYC – Phaeton at Stella Adler) and Dramaturg, and is a published contributing scholar to The Folger Luminary on-line Shakespeare Texts. Titan Credits Include: a staged reading of The Edwin Booth Company Presents, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
CHARLES JOHN HUFFAM DICKENS (Writer) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented popularity, and by the twentieth century he was widely seen as a literary genius by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be popular.
About Titan Theatre Company:
Conceived by Kevin Beebee, Lenny Banovez and Laura Frye with the goal of breathing new life and clarity into classical works of theatre through visceral, challenging, ensemble-driven productions, Titan Theatre Company began performing in 2009 in a Tex-Mex Bar and Restaurant in Long Island City, Queens. Since that time, Titan’s signature work – which includes distinguished takes on Shakespeare’s King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Macbeth – has been embraced by audiences from all walks of life. TITAN is a proud contributing member to the exciting and innovative hotbed that is the Queens theatre scene, and is current a resident company at Queens Theatre.
Titan Theatre Company is dedicated to breathing new life and clarity into classical works, while also branching out and exploring new and contemporary language plays that evoke emotion and passion, while at the same time staying true to Titan’s mission of delivering gritty, visceral, intelligent, challenging, and adventurous works to a modern audience.
About Queens Theatre:
Queens Theatre (QT) is the premier performing arts venue in Queens. QT’s mission is to provide quality and diverse live performances that are economically and geographically accessible to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, and the surrounding metropolitan region. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and feature international, national and local artists.