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News Astoria Theatre Company Seeks New Home The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC), the young Equity company that has operated as guests of The Presbyterian Church of Astoria for four years, is experiencing growing pains.

The growing troupe left the church in recent weeks and is seeking a new home in Astoria, the Queens community across the East River from Manhattan. Executive director Sue Scannell and artistic director Brian Swasey said in a statement they are "in search of a venue where we will have use of facilities during daytime hours in order to increase our work with youth and seniors. We will continue to provide our popular evening and weekend Equity Showcase stage productions…"

On May 11-12 the troupe opened its doors to give away items and materials it had acquired. Other materials were put in storage.

APAC thanked "the Presbyterian Church of Astoria, the community and local legislators of Queens for the tremendous amount of support shown over the years. After a short hiatus we will be back eager and ready to continue to serve you all!"

Swasey told that New York City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. has helped secure funds for the company and that the plan is to stay in Vallone's district, which includes Astoria.

Performances were made possible with funds from Peter Vallone Jr., Assembly Member Margaret Markey, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts and the JP Morgan Chase Arts and Culture Regrants Program, the Kiwanis Club of Astoria/LIC, the Ravenswood Lions Club, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, The Port Authority of NY & NJ and the support of Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, Community Board 1, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Tom LaRocca, Material for the Arts and the Astoria/LIC Community. In its four years, APAC has presented cabaret shows, revivals, Shakespeare and new works by Queens playwrights.

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