In August of 2010 The Bent Quill Players launched their first production, Susanna Centlivre’s “The Busybody.”
Last spring marked a triumphant return with Moliere’s “A Doctor in Spite of Himself.”
From Washington Heights to Brooklyn, The Bent Quill Players have been pleased to bring classic work to the modern audience in the NYC community. In 2012 we aim to follow up on that tradition with a season that will invite participation from new friends and reach a wider audience.
This campaign is to fund a historic season including new work and featuring some antiquarian classics.
The Classically Forgotten: A Collaborative Reading Series
For those who have gone wild for Wilde, devoured Congreve, pondered Sophocles, laughed at Moliere (we’re talking to you, our lovely “Doctor” audience members), cherished Shakespeare and wondered what else is out there, this reading series is for you.
The Bent Quill Players will be rescuing classic plays and playwrights from the ranks of anonymity. This 6-reading series will feature little performed plays from early theater read extemporaneously at a friendly gathering of theater professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike.
You the reader... The readings will be performed without rehearsal and on the spot. If you would like to read a part, just show up early and get a script.
You the audience... For those who would like to watch and listen, drop in anytime during the reading, grab a chair and some refreshments and settle in for a casual (and cheap!) evening of theater.
You the producer... Have a favorite play from the period that never gets performed or read? We want to hear from you throughout the process and we will consider all suggestions for future readings and projects from BQP.
The money for the reading series will go toward space rental, script copies, promotion, refreshments, script rights, and keeping the reading series affordable for all attending.
Behind the Curtain: Music Video Series
This year we will continue the tradition of investigating classic dramatic works with a new music video. For more information on what we’re talking about see our first video, “Dear Ophelia,” (also above) which asks what the melancholy Dane would have been like if he were engaged in the modern day emo rock scene.
Bent Quill’s own Meaghan Cross and Bent Quill collaborator Eli Thacker Taylor will be cooking up some catchy music and lyrics early in the year. On the docket is “A Thousand Ships” looking at the Trojan War through the eyes of Helen of Troy.
This second video will endeavor to modernize a well known story and characters in a fun and humorous way, in order to shed light on universal themes in the most ridiculous fashion possible. Once the song is written, the Bent Quill production team (along with a host of other talented folks) will be transforming it into a visually captivating music video filled with unexpected antics. This video will be posted on our website and YouTube channel for all the world to engage in the hilarity.
The money for the music video series will go toward equipment, props, film crew and actor stipends, filming permits, and editing.
The Bent Quill Players 2012 Season
The Bent Quill Players hope to continue to involve themselves in the community and the enrichment of the theatrical world. While bringing these projects to life the Bent Quill company members will be talking with our audiences, getting feedback about future projects, and working on expanding our goals in seasons to come.
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