–Satirical Revue Raises Funds for Two of College’s Signature Social Service Programs–
FLUSHING, N.Y., November 1, 2013—Borough politicians will be seeking applause rather than votes when Kupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College presents the musical comedy Legislative Acts 2013 in LeFrak Concert Hall on November 23 at 7 pm. The event will benefit two Queens College initiatives that assist underserved populations: Big Buddy, which pairs homeless, at-risk children with college-student mentors; and Women and Work, which prepares victims of domestic/family violence, single mothers, immigrants, displaced homemakers, and downsized workers to secure sustainable employment.
Combining a reception, a performance, and a post-show party, Legislative Acts will build on November’s elections. “We stand to capture a whole new cohort of performers who have just won elected office and are ready to jump right into the spirit of public service by taking center stage in our fundraiser,” says Jeff Rosenstock, Queens College assistant vice president for external and governmental affairs. Writers are busy developing concepts and skits that will highlight the acting, comedic, dancing, musical and singing talents of those who are either entering or leaving office.
So far, over 30 legislators have signed on to participate, including Leroy Comrie, Joe Crowley, Elizabeth Crowley, Michael DenDekker, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, James Gennaro, Phillip Goldfeder, Melinda Katz, Ron Kim, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman, Helen Marshall, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Francisco Moya, Jose Peralta, Audrey Pheffer, William Scarborough, Claire Shulman, Michael Simanowitz, Aravella Simotas, Toby Stavisky, Eric Ulrich, Peter Vallone, Sr., Jimmy Van Bramer, Nydia Velazquez, Mark Weprin, David Weprin, and Ruben Wills. They will perform parodies of classic movies, well-known TV series, Broadway shows, and a variety of songs—with a unique Queens flair. Queens College drama and music students will be involved in the production, which will be directed by actor, playwright, and teaching artist Kevin R. Free, the producing artistic director of The Fire This Time Festival.
Complementing this stellar lineup, corporate sponsors and special guests will be seen in cameo appearances. Melrose Credit is the lead sponsor and sponsor of the pre- and post-show receptions; Investor Bank is also making a major financial contribution. Additional supporting sponsors to date include City University of New York (CUNY), Farrell Fritz, Flushing Bank, The Mattone Group, Pitta Bishop del Giorno & Giblin LLC, Queens Center, and the USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. The evening will feature a pre-performance cocktail reception and post-performance dessert reception. For tickets, which are $100, or to learn about sponsorships and journal ads, please contact Nayelli DiSpaltro at 718-997-3589 or Nayelli.DiSpaltro@qc.cuny.edu. Media planning to cover should RSVP to Joanne.Rodes@qc.cuny.edu or Maria.Matteo@qc.cuny.edu.
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