Korean Theatre Festival Arrives in Queens

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Ten years ago the inaugural Korean Theatre Festival arrived in New York with founder Du-Yee Chang performing an original one-man show based on one of Franz Kafka’s novels. Chang, along with 16 other performers from various Seoul theater companies, descend on The Secret Theatre in Long Island City from June 29th through July 3rd to stage three plays as part of the fourth edition of the festival dedicated to Korean theater.

Chang sees the event as a sort of cultural exchange to introduce American audiences to traditional Korean theater. “When we do a Shakespeare play, we are not doing it in an Elizabethan style,” Chang said. “We transform it so Korean audiences can feel familiar with it. It is sort of like how in America, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ became ‘West Side Story.’”

No large-scale musicals are on tap for this year’s festival, but Chang said the three plays scheduled show the variety of what is happening in Korean theater.

“Counselor,” written and directed by Hyun Suk Cha, revolves around the owner of a coffee shop, who offers advice to emotionally and mentally wounded patrons, but who has no memory of his own past. “This is a very modern Korean play,” Chang said. “It is really an interesting psychological drama — like a Harold Pinter play.”

In “The Genius Magician, Young-Sil Chang,” a young magician is the reincarnation of a genius inventor from the 15th-century Chosun Dynasty. Living in a beautiful fictional world, the young magician uses his powers to fight those set on destroying nature.

Both plays will be performed with subtitles displaying English translations of the dialogue.

Although “Same Story, Different Day,” a piece written to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War, will be performed without titles, Chang believes the story will be understood by English-speaking audience members with its use of movement and pantomime.

Although Korean ex-patriots are most likely to attend the festival, Chang hopes to reach plenty of American theatergoers as well.

“We are aiming for both,” he said. “For New Yorkers, these are good plays for theater performances. Korean theater can introduce a different dimension or style.”

June 29 through July 3

Korean Theatre Festival in New York

Secret Theatre

44-02 23rd St., Long Island City

Cost: $10/general, $7/seniors and students

(718) 392-0722

www.secrettheatre.com

A+ Colleges Right in Your Backyard

There’s no need to leave Queens to obtain an excellent college education. Everyday, thousands of students pursue degrees in campuses across Queens. The following institutions offer two-year, undergraduate, or graduate studies right here in our borough.

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LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

LaGuardia Community College is a CUNY school in Long Island City offering two-year programs for commuter students. Called “The World’s Community College” LaGuardia enrolls 14,000 students from nearly 150 countries, speaking more than 80 languages. In 2002 the Policy Center on the First Year of College named the college an ‘Institution of Excellence in the First College Year’, one of only two community colleges in the U.S. to receive the honor. Impressive!

LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

31-10 Thomson Avenue

Long Island City, New York 11101

718-482-7200

http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu

 

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Queensborough Community College (CUNY)

Another member of the CUNY system and a commuter school, Queensborough is in residential Bayside, and enrolls 12,000 students in its two-year programs and more in its Continuing Education branch.

Queensborough Community College (CUNY)

222-05 56th Avenue

Bayside, New York 11364

718- 631-6262

http://www.qcc.cuny.edu

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Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Formerly the College of Aeronautics, Vaughn College enrolls 1,300 commuter students in bachelor and associate degree programs. It offers degrees in engineering, aviation, and management at its LaGuardia Airport campus.

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

86-01 23rd Avenue

Flushing, New York 11369

1.866.6VAUGHN

http://www.vaughn.edu

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St. John’s University

The main campus of St. John’s University is located in Jamaica Estates, and boasts 105 acres of a traditional university setting with commuter and residential students. Undergrads and graduate students of this private Catholic university number about 20,000.  St. John’s basketball team – Red Storm – is nationally competitive.  Its alumni rolls are long and distinguished, and include two former governors of New York, Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo, and a slew of NBA players. St. John’s law school has been consistently rated among the best in the state.

St. John’s University

8000 Utopia Parkway

Queens, New York 11439

888-9STJOHNS or 718-990-2000

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York College (CUNY)

A four-year college in the CUNY system, York College enrolls commuter, undergraduate students in liberal arts and professional programs, including nursing and aviation.  Founded in 1966, it’s been at its present location in Jamaica, Queens, since 1986.  NYPD Chief Raymond W. Kelly is York College alum.

York College (CUNY)

94 – 20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

Jamaica, New York 11451

718-262-2000

http://www.york.cuny.edu

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Queens College (CUNY)

Queens College is almost synonymous with Queens as a leading institute of higher education in the borough. It is one of the largest colleges in the City University of New York system, and one of the most highly regarded. Queens College has consistently appeared on the Princeton Review’s lists of best undergraduate education, and master’s programs, based on academics, tuition, financial aid and diversity on campus. Located in Flushing, the campus sports 77 acres and 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Queens College (CUNY)

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, New York 11367-1597

718- 997-5000

http://www.qc.cuny.edu

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CUNY School of Law

Though it is located on the Queens College campus, and officially known as “the CUNY School of Law at Queens College,” the CUNY School of Law deserves its own mention. Publicly funded, the law school, according to The National Jurist, produces more lawyers in public interest field than any other law school in the U.S.

CUNY School of Law

2 Court Square

Long Island City, New York 11101-4356

718-340-4200

http://www.law.cuny.edu

Residents of the newest luxury rental building in Rego Park, The Alexander, have the privilege of living within close proximity to all the above-mentioned institutions of higher learning. LaGuardia Community is the furthest, approximately 30 minutes straight down Queens Blvd. into Long Island City and the closest; Queens College is about 15 minutes east via the Long Island Expressway.

The Alexander has the very best, in real estate lingo, of location, location, location.

 

Hey, Go Fly a Kite!

Kite flyingNo, not an insult – this is actually an invitation to enjoy a kite building and flying afternoon in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

Children will build kites using recycled material and their imagination.  After selecting one of three basic designs available, the children are encouraged to personalize the kite anyway they want; they may draw from the theme of the event, which is exploring ideas of flying, freedom, and community, or be inspired from the park’s fantastic view of Manhattan, or just create a “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom” kite.

The remainder of the afternoon will reflect a display of colorful art as these beautiful kites soar high above the park.  Unfortunately, workshop space is limited and participation for this free event will be on a first come, first served basis.

Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd.

Long Island City, New York 11106

Saturday, May 9, 2015

11 AM – 3 PM

http://socratessculpturepark.org/