Photo Flash: First Look at Frog & Peach Theatre Company's TITUS ANDRONICUS at West End Theatre
Celebrating its 20th Season, Frog & Peach Theatre Company is currently presenting William Shakespeare's most deranged tragedy TITUS ANDRONICUS starring TV and Broadway actor Greg Mullavey (TV: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Nickelodeon's iCarly; Broadway: Romantic Comedy opposite Mia Farrow, Neil Simon's Rumors; and The Soap Myth with Roundabout Theater Company). The production runs through November 2 at The West End Theatre (263 W 86th St).
In Shakespeare's startlingly modern tale of madness, betrayal, beheadings, and revenge, Titus Andronicus, proud General of Rome, has defeated the Goth Tribe to the North. Returning with his sons, living and dead, and The Goth Queen Tamora among his prisoners, Titus is welcomed back with pomp, circumstance and a special task--to select the new Roman Emperor. Will he choose the suave Bassianus, or the mercurial Saturninus? Rome's future hangs in the balance. But first, Titus demands the gruesome torture and sacrifice of Tamora's eldest son Alarbus in the public square right before her eyes. By nightfall, this first victim will seem the lucky one...
Featuring direction from Frog & Peach founder and lifetime member of The Actors Studio Lynnea Benson, joining Greg Mullavey in the cast areAmy Frances Quint, Luke Edward Smith, Eric Doss, Phillip Gregory Burke, Vivien Landau, Brittany Proia, Jonathan Reed Wexler, Dan Kennett, Donna Kendall Stearns, Collin Blackard, Charles Baker, Robert Tarushka, Alec Barniskis & Matthew Velez. The creative team includes Nina Vartanian (Costume Design), Andy Estep (Set & Prop Design), Dennis Parichy (Lighting Design), Marcus Watson (Combat),Tom Knutson (Movement) & Christal Vassilyadi (Stage Manager & Associate Producer).
In its 20 years, some of the featured performers in Frog & Peach productions and readings have included Austin Pendleton, Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons, Academy Award-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Tony & Emmy Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth, Fred Willard,Shirley Knight, Rip Torn, Tom Noonan, Susie Essman, Emmy-nominee Anna Chlumsky (Veep), 30 Rock cast members Scott Adsit & Maulik Pancholy, Alan Zweibel & SNL alum Darrell Hammond.
Frog & Peach Theatre Company was founded in 1994 by Lynnea Benson & Ted Zurkowski, Lifetime Members of The Actors Studio and lifelong fans of Shakespeare's plays. Frog & Peach was born with an idea for making Shakespeare's plays accessible to everyone, regardless of income or diploma. Known for cinematic pace, thrills, and for never "dumbing down" the text, Frog & Peach has been turning regular New Yorkers into Shakespeare fans ever since. For more information please visit www.FrogAndPeachTheatre.org.
TITUS ANDRONICUS will run thru November 2 at The West End Theatre (263 W 86th St, 2nd Floor) with performances Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $18 ($12 for students with ID/seniors) and can be purchased online atwww.SmartTix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444.
Photos by Lee Wexler/ImagesForInnovation.org