QCulture: The Whole Borough’s A Stage

Staff Writer

Experimental or tried and true, local or international – if it is happening in theater, it is happening in the Borough. Across Queens, community theater groups, performance art spots, black box venues and grand stages bring the best in drama, dance, song and film. Call up the box office at any of the following theaters for a ticket to some of the most innovative shows in the City.

5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City
(718) 482-7069

The Chocolate Factory was founded with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration and new technology. The theater practices storytelling across a range of media, from movement to music to video. In choosing its more than 100 visiting artists each year, the Chocolate Factory similarly focuses on work that spans genres and employs innovative methodology.

Upcoming at the Chocolate Factory
“More Than Just A Piece Of Sky,” Marissa Perel. Based on the story of “Yentl,” Perel’s piece examines cultural, religious and nationalist narratives to explore gender, sexuality, power and the self. The performance runs from Sept. 17 through Sept. 20. Admission is $15.

21-28 45th Road, Long Island City
(646) 580-6003

Established in 2012, the Chain Theatre brings new and independent work to Western Queens in an intimate setting. The black box venue is dedicated to providing space for artists to hone their craft, with a special emphasis on multidisciplinary work. The performance space can be adjusted to accommodate a variety of productions and seats an audience of 50 to 75.

Upcoming at Chain Theatre
Chain NYC Film Festival. This international film festival runs Aug. 4 through Aug. 17. Screenings will feature new work, personal stories, documentaries, shorts and web-series. Tickets are $10.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
14 United Nations Avenue South
(718) 760-0064

The Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The Queens Theatre’s history begins with the 1964 World’s Fair, where it was Theaterama, a structure designed alongside the Astro-View towers and the Tent of Tomorrow to comprise the New York State Pavilion. Today, it is one of the City’s premier stages, bringing economically and geographically accessible productions and artists – emerging and established, local and national – to the Borough’s residents.

On Stage at the Queens Theatre
The 2014 Latino Cultural Festival. This year’s festival theme is “Extraordinary Women, Illuminated.” The roster of all-female performers includes dance group Glamour Tango, Mariachi Flor de Toloache and Colombian musicians celebrating traditional music in World Beat Folklore Colombia. Tickets range from $14 to $30.

Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
(718) 631-6311

The Queensborough Performing Arts Center aims to make high-quality, world class entertainment accessible to the Borough. QPAC also aims to reflect Queens’ great diversity with a wide range of multi cultural shows. During its nearly five-decade history, the center has produced more than 1,200 performances and served nearly one million audience members.

Upcoming at QPAC
“Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…played that part,” Patti LuPone, Scott Wittman, Dick Gallagher. Tony and Olivier award-winner Patti LuPone performs songs from musicals that she could have played, should have played, did and will play in. LuPone will bring pieces from “Funny Girl,” “West Side Story,” “Evita” and “Gypsy” among others to the QPAC stage. Curtain is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Tickets are $55-$65.