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Photo Flash: 5 Dutch Plays Festival with 'New Amsterdames'

Flying Fig Theater presents a limited engagement of New Amsterdames, written by Ellen K. Anderson and directed by Heather Ondersma. Performances will run from December 1 - 16, 2007 at HERE Arts Center (145 6th Ave.). Previews begin December 1 for a December 3 opening.

"New Amsterdames reveals the diversity of the women and industries that made up the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, taking a satirical look at early ventures in New York Commerce, including the beaver trade. Circa 1659, the land deed to Manhattan (legend says Peter Minuit bought it from the Lenape for $24 and some beads) is nowhere to be found. Will anyone be able to unearth it? Enter a diverse cast of historically based figures from the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, including doughnut inventor Anna Joralemon, first generation African-American farmer Dorothy Angola, entrepreneur/shipping magnate Margriet Hardenbroeck and an army of beavers. A frantic search for the deed ensues, with ever-changing alliances and motives, culminating magically in an astonishing natural phenomena arising some 350 years later in the Hudson River, covered by fictitious NY TV reporter, Sweetie Chin," explain press notes.

HERE Arts Center 145 6th Ave. (between Spring & Broome, enter on Dominick) in NYC. Limited Engagement: December 1 - 16, 2007. Previews begin Dec. 1 for a Dec. 3 opening. Performances run Thursdays-Sundays at 7pm, except Sun 12/16 at 2pm. Special opening night performance on Mon 12/3 at 7pm. Tickets: $18. For Tickets & Information: Call 212-352-3101 or visit www.here.org. For more info on the company visit www.FlyingFig.org. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Trains: C/E to Spring St.; 1/9 to Houston St.; N/R to Prince St.

Plus two additional shows at Queens Theatre In The Park (located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) in Queens, NY. Tue. Dec. 18 & Wed. Dec. 19, 2007 at 8pm in the Studio Theatre. Tickets only $10. To purchase call 718-760-0064 or visit www.QueensTheatre.org

Photos by David Gibbs


Flying Fig Theater Co-Artistic Director Michaela Goldhaber, Flying Fig Theater Co-Artistic Director Heather Ondersma and New Amsterdames playwright Ellen K. Anderson


The cast of New Amsterdames: "A frenetic scramble for the land deed to Manhattan"


The cast of New Amsterdames

Photos by Paula Marie Susi


Flying Fig Theater Co-Artistic Director Michaela Goldhaber (as Peter Stuyvesant), famous statue of Peter Stuyvesant at St. Mark's Church and Jeannie Dalton (as Margriet Hardenbroeck) at Stuyvesant's gravesite


Abigail Ramsay (as Dot Angola) and Nathaniel P. Claridad (as Knickerbocker the beaver)


Kai Dreicer, Flying Fig Theater Co-Artistic Director and mom Heather Ondersma and Alula Dreicer

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