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Carlisle Floyd’s “Prince of Players” At Danny Kaye Playhouse

February 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The little OPERA theatre of ny (LOTNY) will produce the New York Premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s “Prince of Players” at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues from February 23-26, 2017.  Performances:  Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $45 (limited advance student tickets for $15) and are available through the Hunter College Box Office at (212) 772-4448 or at www.hunter.cuny.edu/kayeplayhouse/tickets.

The story: Set in 17th Century Restoration England during the reign of King Charles II, Prince of Players follows the story of Edward Kynaston, a Shakespearean actor famous for his performances of the female roles in the Bard’s plays. When the King grants permission for women to appear onstage, and forbids male actors from continuing to appear in female roles, Kynaston must relearn his entire craft or face the end of his career.

Adapted from Jeffrey Hatcher’s play “A Compleat Female Stage Beauty” and the subsequent 2004 film Stage Beauty, this new American opera with music and libretto by Carlisle Floyd was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera. It received its world premiere this past March 2016 at the HGO Studio, and since, the composer has slightly revised the sections of the piece. The new version will be heard for the first time in this production.

Conducted by Richard Cordova, and directed by LOTNY Artistic Director Philip Shneidman, Prince of Players marks the third time LOTNY has produced Carlisle Floyd’s work in New York, and serves as the centerpiece of their 13th season. The same design team that created Floyd’s Slow Dusk & Markheim for LOTNY will reassemble for Prince: set designer Neil Patel (The Crucible at The Glimmerglass Festival, Norma at Washington Opera), costume designer Lara de Bruijin (Roméo et Juliette at Castleton Festival, Alcina at Boston Conservatory), and lighting designer Nick Solyom (Triple Threat at EST, Associate Designer on Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812).

Featured in the cast are baritones Michael Kelly and Shea Owens (double cast as “Kynaston”) and sopranos Jessica Sandidge and Maeve Höglund (double cast as “Margaret Hughes” / “Peg”), with Ron Loyd (as “Thomas Betterton“), tenors Marc Schreiner and Nicholas Simpson (double cast as “Charles II”), Sharin Apostolou and Angela Mannino (double cast as “Nell Gwynn”), Raùl Melo (as “Sir Charles Sedley”), Heather Hill (as “Miss Frayne”), John Kaneklides and Bray Wilkins (double cast as “Villiers”), mezzo-sopranos Elizabeth Pojanowski and Hilary Ginther (double cast as “Lady Meresvale”), bass-baritone Daniel Klein (as “Hyde”), and special guest Jane Shaulis (as “Mistress Revels”).




February 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am
February 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues
New York, NY United States
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