Astoria Performing Arts Center to Plant The Secret Garden for 2011-2012 Season

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The Innovative Theatre Award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center will stage the Tony-winning musical The Secret Garden, the drama A Hard Wall at High Speed and a workshop of the new musical Love Trapezoid.

APAC, under the artistic direction of Tom Wojtunik, has earned critical praise in recent seasons for their unique stagings of Ragtime, Children of Eden and the rarely seen Galt MacDermot musical The Human Comedy.

For the 2011-2012 season, APAC will still offer a fresh look at a musical revival, but will also dedicate a majority of its programming to new works. All performances take place at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Astoria.

The season will open Nov. 3-19 with Ashlin Halfnight's A Hard Wall at High Speed, under the direction of May Adrales, who most recently staged the premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at the Humana Festival.

According to APAC, A Hard Wall at High Speed "is about Rudy Cole, a Floridian with the ideal existence: he’s a charter pilot who loves to fly planes – he has the perfect family, owns his home, and basks in the respect of his community. But when he misjudges a situation at work, an unexpected burst of media attention turns an uneasy community against him. A play about one man's mistake, and how it changed the nation, A Hard Wall at High Speed asks how we heal, how we forgive, and how far we've come."

From Feb. 10-18, 2012, APAC will workshop the Matt Schatz musical comedy Love Trapezoid, with Wojtunik at the helm. The company will present a staged, off-book presentation, with minimal setting. Love Trapezoid "examines art, technology, and everything we use to grieve the loss of someone that we love." The Tony-winning 1991 musical The Secret Garden, featuring book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, will bloom in May. The richly-scored musical based on the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic will also be directed by Wojtunik. Complete dates of production will be announced shortly.

The creative team will include musical director Jeffrey Campos, choreographer Christine O’Grady and scenic designer Michael P. Kramer.

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