Queens Theatre in the Park Presents 167 TONGUES 10/16-17

By: Oct. 05, 2010
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Queens Theatre in the Park (QTP) presents 167 Tongues, conceived and directed by Ari Laura Kreith, on Saturday, October 16 at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 3pm at Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY. Tickets are FREE and reservations may be made by phone at 718-760-0064.

In 167 Tongues, 11 playwrights and 29 actors bring to life one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the world - Jackson Heights! A panorama of characters are interwoven in this rich and rewarding tapestry of life in the streets, homes and shops of a section of a borough where 167 languages are spoken. A Nepali woman and a Mexican man, Ecuadoran and Bangladeshi girls, a Rwandan night nurse, a Dominican manicurist and her Jewish-Chinese boyfriend - all cross paths in this vibrant new play that explores the emotional geography of this rapidly-evolving community!

This performance is a part of Queens Theatre in the Park's New Play Development Program, sponsored by ConEdison.

Ari Laura Kreith is the Artistic Director of Jackson Rep. Her New York directing credits include premiere productions and workshops of Memory Play: A Fragment (starring Eli Wallach), Trip (Jig Cook Award), Double Vision (Fringe NYC Encores), The Golden Aurora (Flavorpill Fringe Highlight), Contracts (nytheatre.com "Top Ten"), Impostors, Dreamhouse, Lost and Profound, Cooperative Village, her own adaptation of Three Sisters, and 2Gether, a series of commissioned short plays inspired by a note found on the NYC subway. As the founding artistic director of California's Theatre Zoe, Ari was the recipient of three Civic Arts Commission Fellowships and directed world and regional premieres includingGrotesque Lovesongs and Total Eclipse (both starring Jeffrey Carlson), The Bug, Arts & Leisure, Eleemosynary, Trust, The American Plan, Way Back To Paradise, and When We Dead Awaken. Ari also served as artistic director of Delaware's Henlopen Theatre Project, and directed two seasons of family theatre at the Lycian Centre in Sugarloaf, NY. Internationally, Ari directed the European premiere of Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns, the new play Slices and the solo show Fargo. Regionally, Ari's work has been seen at Hudson Stage, Stamford Center for the Arts, Lycian Center Theatre, and the OldEagle Theater. She directed two national tours of The Giver. Ari is also a private acting coach and theater educator. She has taught acting, improvisation, musical theatre and playwriting to students age 5-adult, and was one of the founding acting teachers at California's Natomas Performing Arts Charter School. She currently teaches acting and theater appreciation at Barnard Pre-College, and develops educational theater simulations at NYU Medical School. Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Society of Stage Director and Choreographers.

Queens Theatre in the Park is a tax exempt, not for profit organization, funded in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Speaker Christine Quinn and the Council of the City of New York, and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Queens Theatre's programs and events are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional public funding is provided by members of the New York City Council and members of the New York State Assembly and Senate.

Tickets are available:
* By phone at 718-760-0064, Tue-Sat, 12-6pm.
* In person at Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY.

* Subscriptions: Become a Theatre or Dance Subscriber by ordering tickets to all four Theatre Series events or all four Dance Series events and enjoy significant savings off the ticket price.
* Multi Show: Order any three or more shows and earn the multi show discount price. This discount is available for any show this season. There is no limit on the number of tickets you can purchase at this discount. If you are already a Theatre or Dance Subscriber or have purchased at least two shows this season, you have already earned this discount on additional ticket purchases.
* Groups: Contact group sales associate Barbara Matovu at 718-760-0064 x128 for groups of 15 or more.

Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY.
By Subway: Take the 7 train to Mets-Willets Point stop. Exit and turn left after passing through turnstile, walk downstairs on the parking lot side and follow the theatre shuttle signs. Take free trolley to the Theatre. Trolley runs for one hour before and after all performances.
By Car: Take the Grand Central Parkway to exit 9E (from Manhattan) or 9P (from Long Island) and follow the signs for the Theatre. Free parking in adjacent lot.

About Queens Theatre in the Park
Queens Theatre in the Park is committed to presenting performing arts that provide audiences with the highest quality work. QTP also produces new plays, with a concentration on up-and-coming directors and playwrights. QTP has broadened the experience of its core audience to include works by under-recognized artists from around the world and works that tap into the diverse communities of Queens.

Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the New York State Pavilion designed for the 1964 World's Fair by Philip Johnson. The Pavilion was converted to a theatre in 1972 and was operated by various organizations until 1985. QTP was officially established in 1989 with the full support of the community and the Queens Borough President. After a $4 million renovation that brought full ADA compliance, the Theatre officially opened to the public in 1993 in a facility that allows it to stage productions equal to those of any Off-Broadway house in Manhattan in its 464-seat main stage theatre and its 99-seat Studio Theatre. What was then a small cabaret-style theater with an operating budget of under $500,000 has transformed itself into a major performing arts center with exhibition galleries with a projected operating budget of $3.5 million for FY10.

QTP became an independent nonprofit in 1997. It is a member of the Cultural Institutions Group receiving support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Theatre presents and produces 300 performances annually. QTP serves 100,000 people annually who reflect the rich demographics of its community population. Currently 75% of the Theatre's constituency is from Queens. In addition to its own season, QTP frequently provides its space for use by community arts organizations and local promoters.

QTP is soon to complete a $23 million physical transformation of the Theatre with funding provided by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and The Council of the City of New York. This major capital investment has added a 75-seat cabaret performance space with a full service cafe and kitchen facility; created a dramatic new 3,000 square foot lobby/reception area; provided new visitor amenities and improved the facility's accessibility. These improvements will transform Queens Theatre in the Park into a destination for the residents of the Borough and beyond.

Bank of America is the proud lead corporate partner for the new cabaret at Queens Theatre in the Park.

Theatre and Dance Programs are supported by The New York Community Trust.

Major Support for The Immigrant Voices Project is provided by The Greenwall Foundation
and the Jerome Foundation.

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation provides funding for the Latino Cultural Festival & year-long Latin programming.

Funding for Dance Programming is provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Additional Program Support provided by Bloomberg, the David Schwartz Foundation, RBC Wealth Management and the Shubert Foundation.

American Express is the presenting Sponsor of the American Express Cultural Heritage Series.

Con Edison is the official Sponsor of Queens Theatre in the Park's website: www.queenstheatre.org

Con Edison is the presenting Sponsor of the Immigrant Voices Project.

Queens Center is the presenting Sponsor of the Kids' Corner.

Astoria Federal Savings is the presenting Sponsor of Celebrity Events.

Funding for the Onstage Program at JHS 185 and the Westbury Middle School is provided by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

Deutsche Bank has awarded a 2-year "Art & Enterprise" Stabilization grant to Queens Theatre in the Park.

Delta Air Lines is the official airline of Queens Theatre in the Park.

Time Warner Cable is an official media sponsor of Queens Theatre in the Park.

For more information, visit www.queenstheatre.org.