|Rockabye Hamlet returns to New York After 30 Years(May 2014)
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Ophelia Theatre Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Music, Lyrics, and Book by Cliff Jones
Directed by Pep Speed
May 9th thru May 24th
Performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 pm
21-12 30th Road
Astoria, NY 11102
Train: (N or Q, 30 Ave. Stop)
Rockabye Hamlet Returns to New York After 30 Years
Astoria-based theater company Ophelia Theatre Group announced Feb 10th that the cult-classic Broadway rock-opera “Rockabye Hamlet” will be receiving its first NYC revival at the Broccoli Theater in Queens beginning May 9.
Featuring music and lyrics by Cliff Jones, Rockabye Hamlet has not been seen in NYC since its original Broadway run in 1976. Directed by Pep Speed and featuring music direction by Ryan Kimble, California-transplants OTG are excited to bring this distinctive rock opera to a new generation of theatergoers.
“It’s the summer of 1971, and Haight-Ashbury’s favorite theater troupe have just arrived on a Chevy van to share their unique take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, loss, and finding your place in a world gone “rotten.” After enjoying sell-out runs in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Los Angeles and winning eight international awards in the 1970′s and 1980′s, this legendary re-imagining of Hamlet has been revised and updated for the 21st Century. Filled with memorable rock grooves and a heart as big as its hair, Rockabye Hamlet is a cult and critical mega-hit not to be missed.”
Media Contact: John Hoffman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (951) 285-6467
Director: Pep Speed
Musical Director: Ryan Kimble
Stage Manager: Tyler Winthrop
Associate Director: Matt Crane
Assistant Musical Director: Sean Andrews
Scenic Designer: Harrison Lockhart
Lighting Designer: Christina Watanabe
Choreograher: Layla Dean
Dance Captain: Brittney Moss
Fight Choreographer: Chris Payseur
Costume Coordinator: Michael Anthony
Samantha Elizabeth Turlington
The Ophelia Theatre Group was founded in 2003 by playwright/producer, Sarah Bennett, in her hometown of Lake Elsinore, California. Composed of a group of young actors who performed original works as well as classic favorites. It wasn’t long before they were able to expand and begin doing larger budget dramas, Shakespeare, and even take on large scale musicals. Over the years the company became a staple of the community working with the local Woman’s Club, Elks Lodge, and the public school system by providing entertainment for fundraisers, benefits, and educational programs.
By 2010 the Ophelia Theatre Group had produced dozens of full length productions and was looking to tackle a new challenge. Four of the group’s key members moved to New York and in 2011 ten more of Ophelia’s members uprooted and made NYC their new home.
Ophelia developed a sketch comedy show presented in their neighborhood Astoria, Queens. Since then they’ve already produced one published piece and two originals in Manhattan and Queens. New York productions include: Hamlet, The Cast Party by Sarah Bennett, God Chairs and the Infinite Burrito by Jon Schaller, Reasons to be Pretty by Neil Labute.
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