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Annual Halloween Costume Swap!

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Join us for the Annual Halloween Costume Swap at ACD Playspace!
We’ll be creating and performing Shadow Puppets.

Plus, Halloween finger puppets for sale!


ACD Play Space

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: ACD Play Space
Address: 31-24 38th St, Astoria, NY

Cost: FREE!

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About the venue:

ACD is a Family Owned business which opened in November 2017, after the owner, who has provided in-home child care in Astoria for over 10 years, noticed a lack of activities, classes, and play for parents and children to enjoy on a daily basis.  ACD is proud to support moms and dads who themselves are entrepreneurs in the children arts/activity fields. Our goal is to provide a safe and educational space for children to learn and grow through exploring, music, dance and, most of all, PLAY!

Spooky ShakesBEARS!

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This month we’re getting a spooky twist…

For the month of October we’ll be making spooky puppet crafts after each puppet show.

In week three, we’ll debut Shakespeare’s creepiest play, Macbeth!


Sunnyside Plays

4309 48th Ave., Queens, NY

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Tuesdays @ 4PM
October 8, 15, 22

$50 for all three shows
$20 a single show


Schedule:

Oct 8

“Love’s Labors Lost” + spooky sock puppets

Oct 15
“Much Ado About Nothing” + Day of the Dead puppets

Oct 22
*NEW!* “Macbeth” + shadow puppets


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About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

We are the makers of manners…

Henry V, V.2


Today’s quote comes from Henry the Fifth–a history play?!

Don’t worry, there’s no quiz. I’ll spare you the historical context.

All we need to know is that beloved English hero Henry V (of the famous “Band of Brother’s” speech) is trying to woo the beautiful Katherine of France…and he’s failing.

Henry wants to kiss her, but Katherine of France insists that it isn’t proper to kiss before marriage.  So our hero Henry argues simply, “We are the makers of manners…”

Basically, we make our own rules!

I love this quote because it puts the power in our own hands.  We are free to decide what serves us and what doesn’t.  We learn the traditions, but ultimately we have the power.

Next Show, Sept. 30, 2019!

Join us at Sunnyside Plays for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Date: Monday, Sept. 30, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45am
Venue: Sunnyside Plays
Address: 43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY 11377
Description: Show + workshop

Cost: $20 per child

Register here!


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About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Upcoming Show! Sept. 19, 2019

We’ll be causing much ado at Sunnyside Plays with “Much Ado About Nothing!”


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45am
Venue: Sunnyside Plays
Address: 43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY 11377
Description: Show + workshop

Cost: $20 per child

Register here!


Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare’s ultimate “will they/won’t they” story.  Long time rivals Beatrice and Benedick might just fall in love–if they can ever stop insulting each other!


About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

Thou, nature, art my goddess.”

-King Lear, I.2

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Today’s quote comes from King Lear.

Nature as a goddess, what a beautiful image!

But, this is Shakespeare…nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

Edmund (the illegitimate son of Gloucester) is the one speaking this soliloquy.  He goes on to tell us that the reason he follows the laws of nature instead of the actual law is because he wants to steal his older (legitimate) brother’s inheritance.  Not cool, Edmund!

So rather than a sentimental musing about Nature, Edmund is using the laws of Nature to justify his evil plotting.  It’s almost Darwinian.  You know, before Darwin was a thing.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

“I am sick when I do look on thee.”

– A Midsummer Night’s Dream II.1


This classic jab from A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings us to the wonderful world of Shakespearean insults! (A quick Google search will take you down the most delightful rabbit-hole of them.)

This one is pretty straightforward.  Helena is aggressively pursuing Demetrius, but of course he doesn’t share her love.  In fact, no matter how much he tries to let her down gently, Helena will not be deterred!

Finally, Demetrius has no choice but to get mean, saying in no uncertain terms, “I am sick when I do look on thee.”

But is Helena discouraged?  Oh no.  Without missing a beat she responds with, “And I am sick when I look not on you.”

Ah, young love.  So powerful.  So deep.  So irrational…

Stay tuned for your next chance to see the ShakesBEARS version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Upcoming Show! Sept. 17, 2019

Join us for “Love’s Labors Lost” at ACD Playspace in Astoria!


Love’s Labors Lost

Ferdinand (king of Navarre) and his bestie Berowne have just sworn off women in order to devote all their time and energy to the pursuit of knowledge. No sooner have they signed the terms of their three-year academic agreement than a boat full of women arrives! Will they stick to their studies? Or fall in love?

After the show we will make our very own shadow puppets to take home!


Date: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
Time: 10:00–10:45am
Venue: ACD Playspace
Address: 31-24 38th St., Astoria, NY 11103
Description: Show + workshop

Cost: $20

Register here!


About the venue:

ACD is a Family Owned business which opened in November 2017, after the owner, who has provided in-home child care in Astoria for over 10 years, noticed a lack of activities, classes, and play for parents and children to enjoy on a daily basis.  ACD is proud to support moms and dads who themselves are entrepreneurs in the children arts/activity fields. Our goal is to provide a safe and educational space for children to learn and grow through exploring, music, dance and, most of all, PLAY!

Sock Puppets at Sunnyside!

Join us for a “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this Friday at Sunnyside Plays, followed by a very special Sock Puppet workshop afterwards!

Date: Friday, Aug. 16, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45am
Venue: Sunnyside Plays
Address: 43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY 11377
Description: Show + Sock puppets workshop

Cost: $20

Register here!


About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

“Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt thou the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love.”

– Hamlet, II.2
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I love this quote from Hamlet to Ophelia.  OMG, so sweet, right?

Well…it would be.  Except that these lines are actually spoken by OPHELIA’S DAD to HAMLET’S MOM!

That’s right.  Exemplifying every teenager’s worst nightmare, Ophelia and Hamlet’s parents are standing around talking about the teenage romance.  Even worse, Ophelia’s dad has found Hamlet’s love letters and is reading them OUT LOUD to Hamlet’s parents.  #mortifying!

So, the real reason why I love this quote is because it’s beautiful, but not so straightforward.  Like many of Shakespeare’s best quotes…

Want to learn more?  You can read the entire play for FREE with Folger Digital Texts.