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Nora Vetter
Nora Vetter

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Nora Vetter
Nora Vetter

TitleOccupation
Actor/Playwright

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria – 6 years in June

How did you get involved in theater?
It all started in public school in Kearney, NE. I got the writing bug when I wrote (and co-performed) a puppet show for a talent show in 1st grade and the acting bug when I was cast as the Queen of Spain in a Columbus Day play in second grade. I will never forget the names of Columbus’ ships thanks to that role – “You may have the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.” (My only line.)

What do you love most about Queens?
The first word that popped into my head was “genuine”. I like that Queens isn’t Hipster Central and that it’s the home of the Mets. You don’t love Queens because it’s the cool, trendy thing to do. You love Queens almost because it isn’t the cool, trendy thing to do.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
I was using a Queens-Based Car Service (Olympic) to get to LaGuardia and the driver was asking me about where I was going. Then he told me about his travels and said that I needed to go to Greece. Adding in his endearing Greek accent, “You’ll fall in love.” Alas, I have not been to Greece yet so I’ve yet to see if he’s right. ūüėČ

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

Site (http://sitenyc.com/) – Love, love, love their Queens/Astoria inspired goods!
Soho Cafe & Grill (http://www.sottocafegrill.com/) – I’ve yet to find a better place than here for selection/quality of a “make your own” salad bar. ¬†Astor Room (http://www.astorroom.com/) – The History! The Cocktails! The Brunch!
Greater Astoria Historical Society (http://astorialic.org/) – Worth stopping by to see their small display of artifacts and historic photos (some of which Soho Cafe has copies of on their walls) and then get on their email list as they host lots of great events throughout the year. ¬†For the vistors to Queens I always recommend – Neptune Diner (although sadly some of it’s Neptune-themed charm was lost when they remodeled), Museum of the Moving Image (http://www.movingimage.us/), Bohemian Hall Beer Garden (http://www.bohemianhall.com/en/Index.php), Flushing Meadows Corona Park (http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fmcp), Queens Museum of Art (http://www.queensmuseum.org/), Astoria Park (http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/AstoriaPark/history) and Gantry Plaza State Park (http://nysparks.com/parks/149/).
And that is merely the tip of the iceberg of things to do and see in Queens…


Current/Upcoming projects?
A one-act I wrote, “The Note” will be a part of the LIC One Act Play Festival at The Secret Theatre, April 18th-21st and may advance to the finals but it will need your audience vote! ūüôā¬†¬†https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9768893

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Mariah MacCarthy

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Mariah MacCarthy
Mariah MacCarthy

TitleOccupation
Caps Lock Theatre Producing Director

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria, for three and a half years (right around the corner from the beer garden).

How did you get involved in theater?
I went to a performing arts school growing up, and I just never got rid of the “bug.” My first role was as Baby Jesus in a Christmas pageant. I don’t remember that.

What do you love most about Queens?
I never get catcalled in Astoria. Like, ever. You can also eat (and drink) REALLY well for way less than you would in Manhattan. My favorite part, though, is probably my neighbor Kiki. She’s exactly the sort of neighbor you want to have when you lock yourself out of your apartment. It seems like she’s always giving stuff away, like wine and filet mignon.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
I guess I hadn’t seen Kiki in a while, but I was hugely pregnant and exiting my apartment and she saw me. She called after me, “Excuse me! Do you have a baby in there?” As though I was smuggling the baby under my shirt, or like I was going to say, “No, I just had a big lunch.” I guess it wasn’t so much a “Queens” moment as a hilarious neighborly moment, but I seem to have only had those hilarious neighborly moments in Queens..

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

Brooklyn Bagel. Pretty much all the food at Sparrow, Sweet Afton, and Sugarfreak. Mosaic is chill, beautiful, generally pretty empty, and has lots of amazing beer and wine (and is literally less than half a block from me). Also, if you’ve never seen a show at the Secret, it’s an AMAZING venue. APAC does awesome work as well. Astoria Park is gorgeous and, if you go all the way to the water, you have an AMAZING view of Manhattan. I’m not really a runner, but Astoria Park makes me want to be one so I can go running there.


Current/Upcoming projects?

I’ve got a play being workshopped at the Players Theatre, called LYSISTRATA RAPE PLAY, in which American women decide to stop having sex with men until rape is eradicated. It’s a black comedy, probably my most ambitious play to date (which is saying something for me), and my cast and director are incredible. The workshop runs April 11-13. $15 tickets are available at¬†https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/920402/prm/ttpLRP.
I’ve also got a couple of amazing projects coming up with Caps Lock Theatre that are on the verge of being officially announced; sign up for the Caps Lock mailing list at¬†capslocktheatre.com¬†to keep up!
Mariah MacCarthy

Playwright
Read my plays for $1.29: The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret, The Foreplay Play, and Magic Trick

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Rich Ferraioli
Rich Ferraioli

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Rich Ferraioli
Rich Ferraioli

TitleOccupation
Artistic Director of Variations Theatre Group

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Long Island City – Since 2008

How did you get involved in theater?
I began my theatre career at the age of 4 when I played John Wesley in a church play where my shining moment was being carried out a window of a burning building. I knew at that point that theatre was and always would be a passion of mine. I went to college for acting and quickly discovered that I needed to direct instead. I have been directing ever since.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love Queens and especially LIC. Not only is it a city that is about to blow up but is one of the most convenient, eclectic, and energized neighborhoods. It has the hipsterness of Brooklyn with the convenience of Manhattan. I truly believe that LIC/Queens has some of the best restaurants and best residents in the 5 boroughs.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Entertainment – Obviously The Chain
Food – I love Manducatis Rustica on Vernon an Fresco Tortilla on 36th Ave
Bars – LIC Bar will always have a special place in my heart as will The Shannon Pot
Sights – Nothing beats the Gantry at anytime especially before one of these¬†reoccurring¬†Hurricanes…just¬†beautiful.


Current/Upcoming projects?

So many to count….visit¬†www.chaintheatre.org¬†for more information

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Rachel Dart
Rachel Dart

TitleOccupation
Freelance director and occasional playwright

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve lived in Long Island City since September of 2009.¬† So, three and a half years.¬† Math!

How did you get involved in theater?
I went to a high school for artsy weird kids that had a very adventurous theater department.¬† We did The Laramie Project and The Mystery of Edwin Drood and a weird interpretation of The Wizard of Oz where Glinda was some kind of swami and the Munchkins were baby chickens.¬† I acted (I played the Jim Norton role in Edwin Drood–OBVIOUS typecasting!) and stage managed and wrote plays and directed and it was all awesome.¬† Our drama teacher was very encouraging but also made us be professional, which I think held us all in very good stead.

What do you love most about Queens?
You can basically do anything in Queens: you can go to the beach, or go to a movie, or go to a play, or go to a beer garden, or go to a graffiti museum, or go to Costco.  And you never have to leave Queens!  Also, the 7 train is the subway line that feels most like the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland, once it goes above ground.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
My boyfriend and I read the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Queens” and decided that we needed to try the Uzbek food they mentioned.¬† So we went to Forest Hills one night to a place called Cheburechnaya and had these amazing fried dough empanada-like things filled with potatoes and meat, and huge kebabs on skewers.¬† I think we were the only non-Uzbek people there.¬† And the TVs were playing YouTube videos of MMA fighters.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

There are just so many good restaurants.¬† In LIC alone we have a bunch of favorites, including Cyclo (Vietnamese), Cafe Enrique (Mexican), Sage General Store (it was on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!), Manetta’s, Manducati’s (both old-school family-owned Italian), and the Transylvanian Chimney Cake place (seriously, this exists!).¬† I recently went to Sik Gaek in Sunnyside (amazing Korean food in giant pots, and soju in a carved-out watermelon), and I love SriPraPhai (Thai food) as well.¬† Try the ribs.


Current/Upcoming projects?
I’m currently rehearsing a show for The 52nd Street Project: it’s a ten-minute play in an evening of one-acts written by ten-year-olds entitled Stand By Me: The Reliable Plays.¬† The play I’m directing is called Death of a Million, and features an FBI agent and a 9-year-old ghost.¬† The shows are fabulous and free!¬† And in April I start work on There’s a Light on Yonder Mountain, a brand new play at Under St. Mark’s produced by aMios (www.amiosnyc.org) and co-written by four amazing playwrights.

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Audrey Dimola
Audrey Dimola

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Audrey Dimola
Audrey Dimola

TitleOccupation
Journalist, editor, poet, and arts event curator.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve been living in Long Island City and Astoria for my entire life!

Can you tell us a little more about Newtown Literary and the reading series you curate?
Newtown Literary (http://newtownliterary.org/) is Queens’ own literary journal – my fellow writer Tim Fredrick founded it, and I’m just an enthusiastic supporter ūüėČ The Queens literary community is really pushing forward, and it’s so exciting to me – there are now readings in Astoria, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, Kew Gardens, and LIC popping up, and both writers and curators are reaching out, becoming so much more aware of each other, what exists here, and what has the potential to exist here.¬†My “Nature of the Muse” reading and live writing events will be every couple of months – they play with the nature of inspiration and what moves us to write. Thus far – the writers I feature read their previously written work but then have to write live from a random prompt written by someone in the audience! It’s been such a fun and outrageous experience – the second edition of the event is on April 4th and you can find out more about it here:¬†http://audreydimola.com/tag/nature-of-the-muse/.

What do you love most about Queens?
I’m a local girl through and through. Queens is in my blood – I love it, am proud of it, and will continue to crusade for arts and culture here for the rest of my life. I love the diversity, the mix of city life and beautiful public spaces, the hidden gems, the diversity of the people, the voices, the neighborhoods. The arts here are incredible! Spoken word, live music, theatre, visual arts of all sorts… And overall – there’s just a different feeling here. That sense of authenticity, “realness,” that many people ascribe to Queens is absolutely true, and I feel that more and more.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
Just being able to have such special, one-off experiences Рthe first thing that comes to mind happened at Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights. I was interviewing my longtime pal, musician/curator Gus Rodriguez, for a magazine article, and he mentioned the kind of culture-blending experiences that are only possible in Queens. A little while afterwards, during the show he was playing at Espresso Рhe and his fellow musician, Jonny Meyers, who were playing rootsy rock and roll, spontaneously started jamming with African musicians playing traditional hand drums and a stringed instrument called a kora Рthey had randomly stopped in from a gig down the street! I was so happy to be there that night Рit was just so classically Queens.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

The Yoga Room in LIC and Astoria is my second home. I always go to LIC’s Socrates Sculpture Park to clear my head and sit by the river. LIC Bar is so classy with its tin ceilings and of course the amazing carriage house with the fireplace out back, and Waltz-Astoria also always feels so cozy and welcoming to creatives of all types.¬†I’ve been going to Sanfords Restaurant on Broadway in Astoria for years, and I truly believe Samaria Pizza (also in Astoria) is made in heaven. Terraza 7 in Jackson Heights is one of my new favorite places – the First Tuesdays reading series (http://jacksonheightspoetryfestival.wordpress.com/) is held there, and not only do they have a “floating” stage on the 2nd floor where incredibly diverse talent can share their words and works – but there’s also hammocks!


Current/Upcoming projects?
Writing and doing readings – always! I’m constantly connecting with creatives, art enthusiasts, local business owners, and anyone passionate about Queens – I love finding out about their passions, spreading the word about what’s going on in the borough, and helping to connect people and promote their efforts.¬†Lately I’ve been working on interviewing¬†Queens creatives for my longtime friend/collaborator Liz and I’s webzine Glitter and Doom (http://glitteranddoom.com/), curating and hosting more local events with fun and unexpected themes, and editing my second book of poetry and prose, “Traversals.” See you all ’round town – say hi! ¬†Check out Audrey’s next reading event.

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Courtney Lauria
Courtney Lauria

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Courtney Lauria
Courtney Lauria

Title/Occupation
Playwright

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I moved to Astoria in February ’07.¬† For the first five years, I lived with my best friends off of Astoria Park. On New Year‚Äôs Day of 2012, I moved with my fianc√© to a new apartment off of Steinway.

How did you get involved in theater?
As a kid I had always loved musical theater.

I sang Annie all over the house and demanded a VHS copy of Fiddler on the Roof for an Easter gift. I was a strange little thing. In high school I joined the drama club and loved going on trips to NYC to see shows. As far as writing goes — that didn’t happen until I was in college. I was a theater major, but with every play I acted in, I would get more and more frightened to go on stage.¬† I took a playwriting class on a whim and fell in love with my professor, Anna Dolan.¬† We would do a “free write” before each class and I had such a hard time with it. She would constantly wave her hand in my face and say “stop thinking.‚ÄĚ To this date, I still do that exercise; it really helps my brain expel the clutter.¬† In her class I wrote a play called “Someday You’ll Find It,” which got me a summer apprentice position with New York Stage and Film at Vassar.¬† After that summer it was time to make the move to NYC.

What do you love most about Queens?
Well, first, we have to start with how you get there. I love the N/Q train. I love that I can get a seat.¬† I love the guy that coaches basketball and asks, “If you don’t have change, at least have a smile.‚ÄĚ I love that I am 20 minutes to midtown and 20 minutes to Citi Field.¬† Astoria is a¬†real¬†neighborhood. It is such a cozy place to live. I love that no matter what time of day it is you can always smell baked bread.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
I used to sit on the roof of my old apartment and watch the Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks and it felt like it was a private show.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

Love:

Sweet Afton for Deep Fried Pickles

Sugar Freak for EVERYTHING

Monday night summer movies in Astoria Park

Walking along Steinway during Christmas to see all the lights and hear the music 

What was your inspiration for your play Bridges and Boundaries?
I started Bridges and Boundaries years ago when I lived between the RFK (then Tri-boro) and the Hells Gate Bridge. Those homes in that 6 block radius between the 2 bridges, it’s an interesting little niche. It’s a very sweet, safe, and pretty little neighborhood.¬†¬†¬†I stood outside on my stoop and noticed all of the different ways I could go.¬† Take the RFK by car; take the Hells Gate by Amtrak; take the short walk to 31st Street and jump the train to Manhattan.¬† All these different ways to get going and I could see all of them.¬† It’s a unique place to live — you can actually¬†see¬†every route available to get out of town.¬† At this same time my father was starting to develop a fear of driving over bridges.¬† This is a man who grew up in New York — first in Brooklyn and then various places on Long Island before moving down south.¬† He is a New Yorker. He never had a problem with bridges, and then one day, white knuckled as he drove over some bridge – he declared he is not driving over bridges anymore. It got me thinking, what if you let that fear take over you while you lived somewhere where you¬†had to¬†go over bridges or through tunnels to get anywhere.

Current/Upcoming projects?
I have just become a member of the Queens-based writing group The Propulsion Lab, which is very exciting. Bridges and Boundaries is getting a reading at the Chain Theater in Long Island City on April 1st.

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Kari Bentley-Quinn
Kari Bentley-Quinn

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Kari Bentley-Quinn
Kari Bentley-Quinn

TitleOccupation
Playwright/Founding Member of Mission to (dit)Mars

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I live right on the Astoria/Woodside border. My zip is Woodside but if I walk one block I’m in Astoria. I’ve lived east of Steinway off 30th avenue for almost 9 (!) years now.

How did you get involved in theater?
My first role was a Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz when I was in 6th grade. The following year, my class went on a school trip to see Les Mis. Blew my little 12 year old mind! I have been doing theater ever since. I was an actor until I was in my 20′s, and then writing took over.

What do you love most about Queens?
Queens is awesome for so many reasons, but I really think one of its biggest strengths is that the people who live here are laid back and not pretentious. You can throw on a pair of jeans and no makeup and head out to a bar with no worries. It’s affordable, safe, and extremely ethnically diverse. What we lack in brownstones we more than make up for in diversity and character. I love it here. I’ve lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Queens is by far my favorite. It’s my home.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
I was standing in line one day at Gian Piero bakery (30th avenue and 45th street, best Italian bakery in Astoria!) and I heard 5 different languages being spoken at the same time. That’s Queens in a nutshell for you.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Other than Gian Piero (and really any of the bakeries in Astoria, you can’t go wrong) my top picks are:
 
Trattoria L’Incontro¬†(Astoria) – the best Italian restaurant in the city. No question. It’s super highly rated in Zagat and half the price of comparable places in Manhattan. Don’t order off the menu. Get the specials. Trust me.

Sorriso’s Pork Store
 (Astoria) РWonderful Italian salumeria on 30th avenue. Their soppresata is made in-house, as well as their fresh mozzarella, and the warm friendly staff is more than happy to let you try before you buy.

Off the Vine
 (Astoria) Рa wonderful wine store with warm, friendly owners and a selection of smaller producers. They hold wine tastings frequently and they usually have a delicious spread of cheese and nibbles available.
 
Sugarfreak¬†(Astoria) – A little bit of New Orleans in Astoria. I have never had a bad meal there. I’m kind of obsessed.
 
Museum of the Moving Image¬†(Astoria) – Just go. It’s awesome.
Alewife (Long Island City) РGorgeous space, amazing beers on tap, good food, great staff.
 
Nan Xiang Dumpling House¬†(Flushing) – Soup dumplings. I’m just saying. And Flushing is awesome. It’s like visiting another country. Lots of great Korean/Chinese food
There are many many many more, but those come immediately to mind.

Current/Upcoming projects?
I have a workshop of my play THE UNLIKELY ASCENT OF SYBIL STEVENS opening this weekend at another great Queens institution ‚ÄstThe Secret Theatre. It‚Äôs directed by Chris Diercksen (a Mission to (dit)Mars artist!) and it runs only three performances‚Ķso get tickets now! All the info, including a description of the play, is here. Tickets are only $10. Hope to see everyone there.

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Rachel McPhee
Rachel McPhee

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Rachel McPhee
Rachel McPhee

Title/Occupation
Actor, Executive Director of On the Square Productions

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I have lived in Astoria for almost 5 years. Currently, I live by the Neptune Diner near the Astoria Blvd N/Q stop. I have been there for 2 years, which is dangerous. Because that diner is great. And its open 24 hours…

How did you get involved in theater?
My dad was the Managing Artistic Director at the Racine Theatre Guild in Racine, Wisconsin and my mom was an English teacher who moonlighted in costume design. I remember being at rehearsals with my dad¬†from the time I could toddle around. Call it cheap child care.¬†While¬†Cat Amongst the Pigeons¬†might not be appropriate for a 3 year old, I loved every moment of being there. I literally did not see another option of what to do with my life and was in my first play when I was 5. I’m still hooked!

Tell us a little more about your theater company?
On the Square has been around since 2008. Since then, we have produced 6 mainstage productions in festivals, outdoors and at The Flea and 59e59 as well as countless Write Angle readings and special events. Our mission statement has developed alot over the years. We focus on new plays, emerging writers and doing whatever we can to aid the playwright in their creation process. More can be found at www.onthesquareproductions.com

What do you love most about Queens?
I love the unfancy, unpretentious-ness of it all. I don’t have to dress up or wear a Williamsburg Halloween costume to go to Key Foods.

Do you have any “only in Queens” moments you’d like to share?
I¬†live¬†near the end of the N/Q line, so I typically get a seat on the subway. I¬†see it as a ¬†bad omen or¬†know it will be a¬†“crazy day” if I don’t get a seat in the morning…

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Bareburger- OtSP sponsors and really one of my fave restaurants of all time
Museum of the Moving Image – an absolute MUST SEE and free on Target Fridays…
Current/Upcoming projects?
OtSP is working on a physical theatre adaptation of The Snow Queen which will be presented in May at University Settlement where we are Artists in Residence. I’ll be¬†playing a multitude of roles in that. ¬†You can always find out what I am up to at¬†www.rachelmcphee.com!

 

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Scott Casper

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Scott Casper
Scott Casper

Title/Occupation
Artistic Director, taxdeductible theatre; Writer, #hero

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve lived in Astoria since 2003, it will be ten years come August!  Where does the time go?

How did you get involved in theater?
 When I was a kid, I went to a small Jewish Day School from K-4th grade.  There were only about 60 kids in the whole school.  Every week, they pulled us out of class to have a Friday Shabbat service, and as a part of it, each grade would do a short skit for the teachers and parents, etc.  Each class would do one every 6 weeks or so.  As a kid, I guess I just had a good memory for learning the words, and I ended up getting onstage and being featured a lot.  It just kind of stuck from there.

Tell us a little more about your theater company?
We are dedicated to developing the uniquely theatrical voice of our community of collaborative artists. We celebrate the theatrical event of sharing a physical space with the audience, and we honor their impact as soon as they enter our lobby until after the show and the last drink is served.

 We share new voices. We create memorable experiences. We challenge ourselves and our community to follow one basic rule: demandbold theatre.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love that the neighborhood can still feel like a¬†neighborhood, even with the amount of people and the diversity of the cultures all around us.¬† Every time I walk past my barber‚Äôs window, or my dry cleaner‚Äôs, or pass the cashier at my local wine shop in the street, and I can share a friendly smile and nod in recognition, I think to myself, ‚ÄúI really do love living in¬†Queens.‚ÄĚ

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
I’m a big fan of the Gantry Park in LIC and the neighboring bars and restaurants in that growing community. I love going out to Break on weekends for a couple of hours of pool and some beers.Of course, the Bohemian Beer Garden.  I am eager for spring to come so I can head back out to their picnic tables over too many pitchers.  Likewise, Studio Square.  Also, I’m quite fond of the new place on Broadway, the Strand.Finally, I think it’s important to know that The Chain Theatre has just opened in Long Island City, and that the venue promises to bring another home for Off-Off Broadway plays right in our backyard.  I’m very excited about the possibilities that having the space will afford to the variety of theater artists and companies who are based out of Queens. 

Current/Upcoming projects?

hero-taxdeduct#hero opened Feb 22 and runs until March 9

Wed-Saturdays at 8PM

Sundays at 2PM

at the Chain Theater

21-28 45th Road, LIC

#hero follows NYPD Officer Norman Burrows and his wife Grace. After Norman saves a woman who falls on the subway tracks, he becomes a social media sensation. As his public profile grows, their private life unravels, until the hero must expose his own myth.

Have we lost touch with ourselves in a hyper-connected world? Do our public acts define our private lives? It’s easy to connect with everyone; but is it worth it to connect with anyone?

For tickets and more info: www.taxdeductibletheatre.org

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Dev Bondarin

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Dev Bondarin
Dev Bondarin

 

Website:  www.devbondarin.net

Title/Occupation
Freeelance Director and Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
 Astoria since October 2008

How did you get involved in theater?
I got involved in theater in high school–I acted and helped build the sets. I had a drama teacher who was amazing. She was my first director and I remember when I was going to college I said I wanted to major in “being her”. That was probably the first time I articulated that I wanted to be a director!

What do you love most about Queens?
The feel of being in the city but everything feeling a little more laid back. Being able to easily walk from different areas of Astoria.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
I love dessert so Artopolis and Martha’s Country Bakery are on the top of the list. I love the views of the water in Astoria Park, and also the theater that I am able to check out in Queens!


Current/Upcoming projects?
I just directed and produced Prospect Theater Company’s annual musical theater lab: PORTRAITS.

We have 3 more performances –¬† Monday 2/25 @ 7:30, Thursday 2/28 @ 7:30, and Friday 3/1 @ 8pm.

More info is here: http://www.prospecttheater.org/2013/01/22/up-next-portraits-music-theater-lab-performances-feb-22-mar-1