The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) is set to present an APAC Workshop of Matt Schatz's Love Trapezoid, directed by APAC Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik. Love Trapezoid will play four performances only at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road.) Performances are February 10-11 and February 17-18.
About the show: Betty Lou Mandell's life was gaining momentum; she just wrote a musical and met a special someone. When her beloved collaborator suddenly dies, she finds herself unable to endure or write. Her new boyfriend, in an effort to rescue the situation, invents a robot composer. Betty Lou uses the robot to bring her late composer back from the dead-sort of. When this new "collaboration" begins to affect her other relationships, Betty Lou must choose between being a writer and being a girlfriend. Love Trapezoid is a musical comedy that examines art, technology, and everything we use to grieve the loss of someone that we love.
Love Trapezoid was originally commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/ Alfred P. Sloan Science and Technology project, Love Trapezoid has been developed and presented in readings by EST/Sloan, EST/Southampton Arts, Page 73 Productions, Creative Destruction, and in concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. It has been a finalist for the O'Neill National Music Theater Conference and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre.
According to Wojtunik, Love Trapezoid "is one of the most original and fresh non-musical musicals I've ever encountered. The sensibility of the piece is so unique that I knew I wanted APAC to be a part of its development. We will be producing a full workshop of the musical: actors will be off-book and rehearsed, and the presentation will be staged using rehearsal props and set pieces. As a work-in-progress, audiences will have the opportunity to witness the evolution of the piece, even through the final performance."
Love Trapezoid stars Ian Lowe* (TheatreWorks' Paul Revere), Lauren Marcus* (APAC's The Children's Hour, and Rewrite at Urban Stages), David Perlman* (Broadway's Baby It's You! and Off-Broadway's Yank!) and Kimberly Lewis is the production stage manager.
The production features musical direction by Eli Zoller and lighting design by Evan Roby.
Love Trapezoid plays four performances only
Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11
Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18
Tickets are a suggested donation of $10. Reserve by emailing email@example.com (please write "Love Trapezoid" in the subject line). Tickets will also be available in person at the theater box office, 1 hour prior to the performance.
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102
Directions: Take the N or Q Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Turn left on Crescent Street. Walk one block south, then turn right onto 30th Rd. Entrance is second set of red doors on left.
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
An APAC Workshop
An APAC Workshop is a presentation of a new play or musical, produced under the AEA Showcase Code, for the purpose of developing the script. The intention is to provide the writer with an opportunity to fully explore the material with actors and a director. The workshop is fully staged and off-book, but the physical and technical production values are kept to just the essentials to tell the story.
Matt Schatz (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a playwright, bookwriter, lyricist and composer who was a finalist for the 2009 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting. Matt's plays and musicals include The Tallest Building in the World (Luna Stage), Love Trapezoid (Developed with EST/Sloan, Southampton Arts, and P73), Pinning Hope (Creative Destruction's "Obama Drama" Festival) and The Baby is Blue (Incumbo Theater Company/Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival). He has written music and lyrics for Roanoke (Actors Theater of Louisville, Heideman Finalist, published as part of Humana Festival 2009: The Complete Plays), Co-op (EST), Before the Moment (EST/Sloan, 2008 AFI Sloan Summit in Los Angeles), book and lyrics for Exchanges (music by Michael Kooman, commissioned for the American Cancer Society's "Evening of Elegance" in Altoona, PA) and music for Me First! The Pioneer Plays (The 52nd Street Project). Matt is a three-time recipient of an EST/Sloan Commission, a two-time Shubert Fellow, and has been a finalist/semi finalist for the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship, the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship and the Magic Theatre's Sloan Initiative. Member: the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop and the Dramatist Guild. Alumnus: P73's "Interstate 73," Youngblood Playwrights Residency at EST. MFA: Carnegie Mellon University.