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Carefully Designing a Set – By Justin and Christopher Swader

After living in Astoria for three years, the two of us are really excited to finally be working with APAC on this production of CAREFULLY TAUGHT. We have enjoyed unlocking the visual world with the creative team of this new play. Working together as a team, there is definitely an instinctual sense of collaboration between us that […]

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Writing a World Premiere

By Cheryl L. Davis I wrote Carefully Taught some years ago, when a director friend learned about a theater with a dark weekend in between productions. I’d already been kicking around the idea – but now there was a space and a deadline, so it was time to go to work.  The White and African-American […]

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Three Weeks Down

Erin Moore, APAC’s New Executive Director started her position at APAC just over three weeks ago. She began it during one of the busiest times of our season and had to hit the ground running. She wanted to share some of her perspective from the first three weeks on the job.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tonight is our […]

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Journey to Allegro

Tomorrow night actor’s take the stage under lights for the first time, in what we refer to as Tech, all the pieces of Allegro will start to come together. As we enter this last week before audiences will start seeing our work, we wanted to share another behind the scenes perspective. Mark Falconer first came to […]

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Dancing ‘Til Your Feet Hurt

With Allegro in full swing, we wanted to share some more perspectives from our creative team. From the first meeting, it was clear with this show that dance would play an important role in this production. With this large dance show, it seems most appropriate to spend time hearing from Choreographer, Christine O’Grady. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ I’m […]

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Playmaking Round Two

On Thursday, a second group of Middle Schoolers from IS-10 will see the plays they created through Astoria Playmaking come to life onstage with the help of some professional actors and directors.  Susan Willerman, who is the force behind this great program, wanted to share some of her perspectives on this session of Astoria Playmaking. […]

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Creating a Set

When the pre-production process begins on a show, one of the first things that needs to be hashed out is the set design, it can set the location, create a color palette for the other designs, dictate what movement is possible, and tell a story on it’s own.  As we start rehearsals this week and […]

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The Dramaturg’s Point of View

Ben Coleman signed on as our Dramaturg on Allegro early in the process. We asked him to talk about the show and why he was so excited to be a part of it. The final result was a post full of the historical significance of this elusive show. __________________________________________________________________ In March of 1943 Richard Rodgers and Oscar […]

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Tom’s Perspective on Allegro

After our successful fall run of The Cottage, APAC is now looking ahead to our Spring Mainstage, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro.  As a musical which hasn’t had a full production in New York City since it’s Broadway run in 1947, it might not be the most well known musical, definitely not the best known of […]

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Recommended Restaurant: Sweet Afton

As we come into the first days of Spring and the Spring Mainstage, Allegro, is right around the corner, we wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about one of the favorites on the Recommended Restaurant List. Jenny Lando took a moment to let us know about Sweet Afton. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sweet Afton had barely opened […]

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