December 22, 2016
From left to right: Queens Theatre Board Member Alfonso Quiroz, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's co-founder Juan Castano, Queens Theatre Executive Director Taryn Sacramone, Calpulli Dancers, Queens Theatre Member Amy Wong and Brant Russell, the director of our new production of The Miracle Worker.
Amy Wong is the kind of audience member that all theaters want and need: she's both adventurous and loyal. From theatre to dance to readings of new works, Amy is a frequent presence at Queens Theatre. Last year, we were touched when she made a donation to our New American Voices play development program. She included a note that read, "I must support those who give pleasure to us and hope to new writers. Yours, in love of plays." Amy's generosity - not just her financial contribution, but her generosity of spirit - was incredibly moving. Those kind words stayed with me.
At this time of year, when many of you are considering making contributions to the nonprofits that have made a meaningful impact on your life, Amy offers her thoughts on why you might support Queens Theatre.
"When I first came to live in Queens almost 17 years ago, I was thrilled to find a theater so close to my home, a theater that offered plays, readings of young and almost young playwrights, classic dance (Paul Taylor Dance Company), cultural dance (Calpulli Mexican Dance Company) and lots of comedies, my favorite.
Queens Theatre is a gem in the middle of the green fields of Flushing Meadows Park. This theater is a treasure chest of jewels, from their Fall 2015 production of To Kill a Mockingbird, to the work of company-in-residence Titan Theatre Company, which has revived my interest in Shakespeare with ninety minute gems that get the essence of The Bard.
Why should you donate, no matter how small an amount, to the Queens Theatre? Foundations and major donors like to see how many people are actively supporting the theater. Ticket sales are a fraction of budgets for theaters in New York City. Just like our democracy, the more of you vote for your local theater, the more you will benefit. If you want to see this gem not only survive but thrive, bringing you, all of us, cultural nourishment, please donate what you can.
On October 30, 2016, I attended "Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead", presented by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. At first I did not know what to expect. Death is not a favorite topic of ethnic Chinese Americans. When I was assured there was a story behind the dance, I decided to attend. Anything with a great story is good by me. Dance is not my first love but the story of young lovers parted by cruel fate, motherly La Catrina, Queen of the underworld world of the Dead, grants Lupita permission to visit her lover Raul in the world of the living, reminded me of the Greek legend of Persephone, mom Demeter and Hades, the terrifying ruler of the world of the dead. So great there are connections between this folk story in the new world and that of the myth from the old world. The audience's enthusiasm was infectious. The theater was full; young children attended, grandparents were there. The costumes were like enormous colorful fans for women and pinstripes for the men. The dancers smiled and the folks welcomed Raul back to the world of the living.
So, support, donate and bring benefits to your eyes, ears and heart. A parking place is also a luxury in the city. In his last years, my husband would only attend close by."
We are so grateful to Amy, as we are grateful to you for your friendship and support. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.
You can click here to make a donation or call our Development department at 718.971.5416.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season. I'll look forward to seeing you at the theater soon.