THE QUEENâ€™S COMPANY (all female! all the time! no apologies!) presents TWELFTH NIGHTNYCâ€™S ACCLAIMED ALL-FEMALE BAREFOOT ENSEMBLE TO DELIGHT WITH A FUN AND SEXY PRODUCTION OF SHAKESPEAREâ€™S CLASSIC COMEDYPRESS INVITATION: Sat Nov 8 at 7:30pm, Sun Nov 9 at 3pm & Tue Nov 11 at 7:30pm (Press are welcome to attend shows beyond official press dates)The Queenâ€™s Company (all female! all the time! no apologies!) proudly presents William Shakespeareâ€™s classic comedy, Twelfth Night, directed by The Queenâ€™s Company Artistic Director
Rebecca Patterson. Performances will run from November 8th - 23rd, 2008 in a limited engagement at Urban Stages, located at 259 West 30th Street
between 7th & 8th Avenues in NYC. Official opening is Nov. 8th.Performances run Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm with additional matinees on Sat Nov 15 & Sat Nov 22 at 2pm. A post-show discussion will follow the Nov 15 2pm matinee with Ms. Patterson and members of the cast. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at http://www.SmartTix.com
or by calling 212-868-4444. For more info visit http://www.QueensCompany.org.
***PRAISE FOR THE QUEENâ€™S COMPANY***â€œThe Queen's Company, it seems, just wants to have fun, and fun they have. In this version of Taming of the Shrew there is no question that women ruleâ€¦Taming is anything but tame.â€ ~ Phoebe Hoban, The NY Timesâ€œBearded or barefoot, these ladies act up a storm.â€ ~ Terry Teachout, The Washington Postâ€œThe entire company is refreshing and enormous fun and a great contribution to New York Theatre.â€ ~ John Heilpern, The NY Observerâ€œNever did we have a raunchier or more spirited production of The Taming of the Shrew than the Queen's Company's current offeringâ€¦a remarkable interpretation of Shakespeare's timeless comedy.â€ ~ Irene Backalenick,
Back Stageâ€œThe rollicking new production of The Taming of the Shrew by the all-female Queenâ€™s Company is an endearing outingâ€¦a hymn to the pleasures of sex play and the sensual imagination.â€ ~ George Hunka, NYTheatre.comWelcome to Illyria, a land of blind and hungry lovers dancing an age-old dance of love & cruelty. The Queenâ€™s Company brings you an exciting and innovative production of Shakespeareâ€™s classic comedy. Featuring their celebrated all-female cast, Twelfth Night interweaves lip-synched musical numbers with Shakespeareâ€™s witty words of danger & desire. A comedic masterpiece that is bound to delight, happy ending guaranteed!The Queenâ€™s Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to innovative productions of classical plays featuring an all-female ethnically diverse company of actors which puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeareâ€™s brand of transgender casting. Their productions interweave contemporary music and movement sequences with top-notch Shakespearean performances.The Queenâ€™s Company was founded by Artistic Director Rebecca Patterson, who emphasizes that their mission also offers female artists a broader range of roles with less focus on gender and race. Says Patterson, â€œFifty percent of the actors in equity are female and they get only forty percent of the roles and the numbers are even lower for actors of color. I think itâ€™s our responsibility as a New York theater company to reflect our cityâ€™s diversity. I want to see a stage that looks like a New York City subway stop.â€Rebecca Patterson is Artistic Director of The Queenâ€™s Company (NYC), known for its innovative productions of classical plays featuring all-female casts. Past Queenâ€™s Company productions include The Taming of the Shrew, Edward II, School For Scandal, Much Ado About Nothing, The Lucky Chance, Antony & Cleopatra, The Feignâ€™d Courtesans, The Duchess of Malfi, The Rover and Macbeth. Pattersonâ€™s other NYC directing credits include Wapato (Womenâ€™s Project), Greeks & Centaurs (Womenâ€™s Project), The Gabriels (SPF) and The Imaginary Invalid (Resonance Ensemble).
The cast includes Dionne Audain, Virginia Baeta, Karen Berthel, Aysan Celik, Amy Driesler, Meredith Forlenza, Natalie Lebert, Gisele Richardson, Indika Senanayake, Carey Urban and Kari Washington.
The design/production team consists of Jeanette Aultz Look (Costume Design), Raquel Davis (Light Design), Kip Marsh (Set Design), Amanda McCroskery (Fight Director), Jane Shaw (Sound Design) and Annalee Fannan (Stage Manager).Trains: 1 to 28th St. or A,B,C,D,E,F,N,Q,R,V,W to 34th St.