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City Girls and Desperadoes
The Secret Theatre
Long Island City, Queens, NY
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City Girls and Desperadoes
Life is what happens to other people in the daylight...

The Secret Theatre's Artistic Director, Richard Mazda (Richard III, Hair) directs this WORLD PREMIERE run for a strictly limited 10 dates only from January 7th through January 17th, 2016.

City Girls and Desperadoes - NYC 1977, a rag tag band of accidental outlaws at war with their pasts explodes with high rolling, high risk relationships and the altered state that love in its most extreme form engenders, an intoxication that is as mind altering as any pharmaceutical.

Set in the world way before just say 'No' simplistic moralizing, it portrays people willingly lost in the world of drugs and dealing, more to stay connected to each other than some compulsive economic hardship.

This tribe of broken-hearted hipsters include, Dani (Julie Atlas Muz), a fragile reject of the "American Dream," whose flight from suburbia has led her into the arms of Arthur (Austin Pendleton), a middle-aged Jewish man trying to avoid both himself and his culpability in the death of a young woman; Susan his wife (Annette Benda-Fox), who has failed to provide the emotional refuge she'd promised and Gary (Peter Collier), an oh-so-much younger actor who believes it is his job to save them all. Rounding out the crew (Karina Ortiz) is a Latina powerhouse who with her sidekick lady love (Connie Castanzo) plays with unquestioned stereotypes to acquire power she glamorously wields in heels.

Richard Mazda is a writer, director actor and musician.   In early 2005, he founded The Queens Players, an acting troupe that would go on to produce over 40 main-stage productions, including Macbeth, Cyrano De Bergerac, Edward II, As You Like It, Othello, The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as many original plays by Mazda.

In 2007, he founded and built The Secret Theatre in LIC, Queens, now a thriving fixture in the local arts scene and the performance space for classical works, various musicals, contemporary and original plays, concerts, dance performances, and children's shows.

Pamela Enz has won three PEN grants, two Edward Albee Fellowships and a Franklin Furnace Emerging Performance grant.  Her work has been performed at Circle Rep, Ensemble Studio Theater, The 92 St. Y Theatre, and on WBAI radio.  Recently, artslant named her a writer2WATCH.  Fractured Hearts and Lurid Details won the Tennessee Williams One Act Play Award at the New Orleans Literary Festival. SqueakyWheel (Buffalo, NY) presented Pamela's 3D-HhoooOWLING poems as a solo show.  Performance credits include Ron Athey's Gifts of the Spirit and a memorable performance with Anna Deavere Smith.

Luis Mojica

Christopher Trujillo, Matthew Aquilone

Artwork by Daria Deshuk.
Click HERE for more of her pieces!

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The Secret Theatre (View)
44-02 23rd Street (between 44th Road and 44th Avenue)
Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101
United States

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Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 13
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Secret Theatre
On BPT Since: Mar 22, 2012
The Secret Theatre Box Office
718 392 0722

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