George Barthel's ALLEY OF MASKS at Wings Theatre Now thru 2/21 (NYC) — Wings Theatre — AAPEX

Friday, January 30, 2009

George Barthel's ALLEY OF MASKS at Wings Theatre Now thru 2/21 (NYC)

By George Barthel
Directed by L. J. Kleeman & Raymond O. Wagner

1877 - In a dark, misty alley of Old New York, a teenage gang leader robs a society man - and both learn that no one, including themselves, is quite what they appear.

January 24 - February 21, 2009, Mon, Thurs, Fri & Sat at 8, Sundays at 3:30
(No performance President's day, Feb 16)
Purchase Tickets On Line at

In 1871 in New York City's notorious Five Points slum, a gang of newsboys, bootblacks and homeless street urchins did an amazing thing - they started a theater company in the basement of an old run down tenement building. Their theater went on to thrive for 10 years, and was purportedly visited by Alexis, the Grand Duke of Russia (which gave the theater its' name, The Grand Dukes Opera House).
The theater's props, costumes and set designs were acquired by questionable means, and some of the boys may have funded their artistic endeavors by picking pockets. Yet, "The Grand Dukes" provided an important community service for this group of youngsters who otherwise lived lives of extreme poverty and hardship. It prevented them from getting involved in more serious crimes or from caving in to the hopelessness of their surroundings. The theater company was the only family many of them had.

Come join us for this amazing play -- true to history -- about a fascinating time long gone.
And remember, make online reservations and use your member number for a 20% discount for your entire party!

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