Fairies to Run Amok in La Strada's THE FAIRY PLAYS in Ocean Grove

Fairies to Run Amok in La Strada's THE FAIRY PLAYS in Ocean GroveLa Strada Ensemble Theater presents The Fairy Plays, six interconnected plays by A.J. Ciccotelli, on Friday August 18 at 8pm, Saturday August 19 at 8pm, and Sunday August 20th at 2pm (with a Q&A with cast, director and playwright) at Jersey Shore Arts Center (Herbst Theater on 3rd Floor), 66 South Main Street in Ocean Grove.

Consisting of six one acts centered on unexpected reveals, revenge, coming out of the closet, marriage and redemption, The Fairy Plays asks pointed questions like, "Can a fairy go to A.A.?"; "Can mortals and fairies change powers?"; "Is my daddy a fairy?"; and, "can mortals go to Fairyland after they die?"

The play centers on Emperina, the Queen of the Fairies, who couples with a mortal and produces three half-fairy/half-human children. Banished from Fairyland, Emperina tries to make amends to her father so her children can be restored to full fairy status and humans can go to Fairyland after they die.

The Fairy Plays explores the themes of what makes us human and what makes us greater than the sum of all our parts, says playwright and artistic director of La Strada Ensemble Theater A.J. Ciccotelli. He adds that the play is also sheer fun because these are definitely the stories your Kindergarten Teacher never told you. So put on those pairs of wings and take out that magic wand, close your eyes, adjust your fishnets and make a wish!"

The production is directed by Veda Rouze and stars Taylor Bongarzone, Rita Esposito, Ashley Friedman, Laurel Henk, Griffin Holland, Rebecca Lettice, Nathan Magno, CharLee Mares, Alexa Spinowitz, and Allison Truax.


The Fairy Plays by A.J. Ciccotelli

Performances: August 18 at 8pm, August 19 at 8pm and April 20th at 2pm (w/ Q&A with the playwright, cast and director)

Jersey Shore Arts Center (Former Neptune High School)

Herbst Theater on the 3rd Floor

66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove

Tickets: $18/$15 for students and senior citizens with I.D.

La Strada Ensemble Theater is 501(c)(3) theater company and resident theater company of Jersey Shore Arts Center. Since their inauguration in 2014, they have been a mover and shaker of the theatrical scene in Monmouth County producing full lengths, workshop productions, one act evenings, staged readings, a monthly writer's group and a Monday Night acting class. La Strada translates from Italian to 'The Road' or 'The Street.' It is our passion to bring world and regional premieres to our street in Ocean Grove.

Visit www.lastradaensemble.org, call 732-455-2748 or email at lastradaensembletheater@gmail.com for more information, to purchase tickets, and for information on La Strada's technique and scene study class for actors of all levels taught by founding members Dr. Donna Ault-Jacobson and A.J. Ciccotelli, M.F.A.

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