Titan Theatre gears up for 2016/2017 season
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Nov 01, 2016 | 10150 views | 0 0 comments | 566 566 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After several successful productions last year, Titan Theatre Company is returning for its 2016/2017 season with a bang.

Continuing its partnership with The Museum of Metropolitan Art, Titan will take part in the World Culture Festival this Saturday, November 5th from 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Titan’s performance will be Tom Stoppard’s “The Fifteen Minute Hamlet” at The Charles Engelhard Court in the museum.

Moving from #TheTraditionBegins to #TheTraditionContinues, Titan’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” in December is not to be missed. The show will be in its third year at Queens Theatre, and if you haven’t seen it yet, make it a priority to do so as it has become embedded as a staple not just in Queens but in all of New York City.

With rewrites, new cast members and subtle differences, the audience is in for something fresh. But as a holiday treat, the talented actor Michael Selkirk returns as the cold-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge.

While many regional theaters may put on “A Christmas Carol” because of the crowds and money it brings in, Artistic Director Lenny Banovez and Titan’s production crew wholly encompasses you into the world Charles Dickens brought to life. Their love of the story shows through in every detail of the feel-good tale, from the talent to costumes to stage design.

Back in March, Titan went off the beaten path with their rendition of “Julius Caesar.” And it paid off. Fast forward to next spring and Shakespeare is back in the form of the comedy “Twelfth Night.” Audiences will be enamored with Sierra and Lauren Tothero, identical twins who will play the roles of Viola and Sebastian.

While speaking with Banovez, he joked that he initially thought the two women were the same person who auditioned twice during a general audition a while ago. It’s not hard to see why. The two gifted actresses are as identical as identical can be, and this only adds to the anticipation for the production.

Actors from Titan are amidst performing Shakespeare at various Queens Library branches around the borough. The project is in its second of three years with Queens Library. At the end of three years, once all of his works are completed, the public will be able to vote on their favorite performance. Titan will then produce the play.

Upcoming library performances include “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at Fresh Meadow Library (193-20 Horace Harding Expressway) on November 7th at 5:30 p.m. and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Windsor Park Community Library (79-50 Bell Boulevard) on December 5th at 5:30 p.m.

Banovez will host “Talking Shakespeare” on December 12th at Flushing Community Library (41-17 Main Street) at 6 p.m. There, Banovez will take a look at “Macbeth,” “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and discuss their modern interpretations. Then, in January and February, Shakespeare’s English history plays will be carried out on a weekly schedule.

While Shakespeare is in the company’s bones, Titan has proved that it can do a little bit of everything. In the future, they hope to do more variety while staying true to the identity that has made them so effective thus far.

The nonprofit has also entered into a new, yearlong partnership with The Ronald McDonald House, which will allow them to put on performances for children and families facing difficult times. Back in September, Titan kicked off the partnership with a performance of Jason Richards’ “The Princess and The Players.”

The production, directed by Banovez, featured Titan Young Company Member Grae Greer. Similar productions using a rotating cast of Titan Company Members will be utilized throughout the year.

Working alongside The Ronald McDonald House, and conducting other outreach programs to provide the magical world of theater, has brought Titan full circle. They started from a Tex/Mex restaurant/comedy club and now they’re here. Not bad at all.

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