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CUNY Summer Performing Arts Festival – A Talent Showcase – To Take Place at Queens, Lehman and Brooklyn Colleges

-- QC Will Offer Free Poetry, Music, Dance and Theater Events Throughout the Campus
in Its Second Annual Summer Celebration: June 13 – July

FLUSHING, NY, June 6, 2011 – Queens College will celebrate the return of the sun with its second annual Summer Performing Arts Festival from June 13 – July 3.  Part of a larger City University of New York (CUNY) initiative, the QC festival will feature poetry, music, dance and theater events showcasing the talents of its students, alumni, faculty and staff. Over 100 QC students are expected to participate in this year’s program. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lehman College in the Bronx and Brooklyn College will also hold seasonal celebrations.


This year’s program follows:

June 13: 6 pm

“A Night of Poetry”

The first in a series of three Monday Night Workshop productions (see June 20 and 27) featuring works by emerging student poets.  Hosted by program director and graduate of English Renee Flagler.  An opening night reception with light fare and beverages to follow.

Rathaus Hall, The Performance Space, Room M-11

June 17 and 18:  7:30 pm

“The Black Cat: An Evening of Cabaret Songs and Other Oddities”

The Classical Singers Career Development Club will perform tunes made famous by Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf and Eric Satie. Directed by Aaron Copland School of Music student Chad Smyser.

Aaron Copland School of Music, Room 270

June 20:  6 pm

Chain Reaction, One Saint in One Act, and The Britalian Incident

A reading of three new funny, moving and witty one-act plays that showcase the writing talents of two different QC departments.   The Britalian Incident, by Drama Theater & Dance department graduate Jase Egan, is the story of a Brazilian and an Italian family brought together by the impending marriage of their children. One Saint In One Act by Brian Blader is a poetic look at the relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice B.Toklas.  Jonathan Alexandratos’ Chain Reaction is a light-hearted romp about the building of the atomic bomb.  Blader and Alexandratos are graduates of the college’s MFA Playwriting program. A panel discussion with the playwrights and other special guests will follow the reading.

Rathaus Hall, The Performance Space, M-11

June 22 and 23: 7pm; June 24: 3 pm

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Kids and adults are invited to take a trip down memory lane with Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy and Charlie Brown in this Tony-award-winning Broadway smash musical.  Book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner.  Directed by DTD student Laura Kabelka. 

The Little Theatre, King Hall, Room 115.

June 24 and 25: 6 pm; June 26: 3pm

Measure for Measure

The Wandering Players will present Shakespeare’s hilariously scathing look at religious hypocrisy.  Directed by DTD staff member Ralph Carhart.

Courtyard between Kiely and Klapper Halls

June 27: 6 pm

Queens Stories

QC radio station WQMC will premier a new show about life in the most diverse borough in the greatest city in the world.  Tune in to: or live at:

Aaron Copland School of Music, Rm. 270

June 29 – July 1:  7 pm

 Summerworks 2011

A high-energy evening of original choreography by the Dance Union under the direction of club president Sam Beneventano. 

Rathaus Hall, The Performance Space, M-11

July 1 and 2: 7pm; July 3: 3pm

Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl

Love and politics don’t mix in this charming and hilarious early play by one of America’s greatest comedy writers.  When a beautiful Olympic swimmer moves next door to two young,

promising publishers, sparks fly in more ways than one.  A contemporary classic and fitting wrapup to the festival.  Directed by QC alum and DTD acting instructor Claudia Feldstein.

The Little Theatre, King Hall, Room 115.

Sponsored by QC’s DTD department and the Offices of the QC President and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President/Institutional Advancement, all events are free and open to the public.  For directions to the college, visit:  For more information on QC’s summer performing arts festival go to: or information on all three CUNY college festivals go to




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