Works by McDonagh and Schwartz Revealed for Astoria PAC Season

News   Works by McDonagh and Schwartz Revealed for Astoria PAC Season
Martin McDonagh's Tony-nominated play The Pillowman and the Stephen Schwartz musical Children of Eden have been announced for the 2009-10 season at the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

APAC artistic director Tom Wojtunik will direct both productions as part of the non-profit organization's ninth season in Queens. Wojtunik selected the productions for their different approaches to the art of storytelling on stage in order to explore "what social responsibilities, if any, we have as storytellers," he said in a statement.

McDonagh's The Pillowman, seen on Broadway in 2005, will run Nov. 5-21. The play is described as "a dark comedy about the interrogation of a fiction writer, whose short stories have eerie similarities to local horrific child murders."

Children of Eden, featuring a score by Schwartz and a book by John Caird, will be the May production. The Astoria staging marks the first full New York production. Previous incarnations included the 1998 Papermill Playhouse run and a benefit concert in 2003.

Children of Eden, according to APAC, "takes its plot from the most influential of stories, the Bible, with the first act centering on Adam & Eve and Cain & Abel and the second act involving Noah and his ark. Ultimately it's a musical about family and parental responsibility that affects the audience without being overtly religious."

APAC will also present the 15/20's staged readings series of Justin Tanner's Heartbreak Help on Sept. 24 and Alex Goldberg's The Final Jew on Dec. 10. The works are produced under the AEA reading guidelines which allow for 15 hours of rehearsal and performance time for plays and 20 hours for musicals. For tickets and further information phone (212) 352-3101 or visit APACNY.

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