Congrats to everyone on Avenue Q!

iain This is Iain, the president of AFD and the guy who did the lighting for Avenue Q. And that’s the program. And a glass of champagne.

nancy - CopyThis is Nancy. She did the fabulous publicity for Avenue Q, and the house was almost full last night. That’s her glass of champagne.

gingerThis is Ginger, the producer of Avenue Q. She poured the champagne. Just one of her many duties as producer.

crowdThis is a lobby full of happy people.

Can we tell you how excited we are about our production of “Avenue Q”? Not likely.

Because we are JUMPING UP AND DOWN about it.

Don’t miss it, for reals. It’s a very very good production of a fantastically funny show. It starts this Friday and runs for three weekends.
Some offers to entice you…

Check out our fun “Q” videos. And then GET YOUR TICKETS!


Special Offer! “Avenue Q” to You Backstage Tour

Buy your ticket to “Avenue Q” for Sunday, October 26, between now and October 17 and get an exclusive tour backstage.

Sunday, October 26, following the 4 PM matinee performance

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how “Avenue Q” comes to life!

  • Step onstage and find out how the actors get to the second floor.
  • See where the puppets hang out.
  • Discover where the orchestra hides.
  • See where the stage manager calls the sound and lighting cues.
  • See our production shop where we transform lumber into a set.
  • Visit the green room, hair and make-up room, and costume area.
  • Meet the producer, set designer, puppet wrangler, and crew.

Fine print: One tour reservation per ticket holder. You will need to walk up and down two short flights of stairs. No photographs, please.

It’s easy to register! Just buy a ticket to the Sunday, October 26, 4 PM Avenue Q performance before October 17 at midnight. Keep your ticket envelope. Meet in the auditorium after the show.

Don’t delay: this offer ends Friday at midnight!

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The cast of AFD Theatre’s “Avenue Q.” Pictured from left to right: Vivian Liu-Somers, Paul Alperin, Justin McCoubry, Andrea Lyons, Lali Haines, Ruth Fontanella, and Scott Giangrande. Puppets constructed by Character Translations, Inc. for Music Theatre International. Photo credit: Courtesy Leslie Maiocco Photography

About “Avenue Q”

Our 92nd season begins with the Tony-Award winning musical Avenue Q.

Show dates are Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov 1 at 8 PM and Oct. 19, 26, and Nov. 2 at 4 PM.

Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate, Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Together, Princeton and his neighbors struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although the show addresses adult issues, it’s about a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

The Broadway production of Avenue Q ranks in the top 25 longest running shows in Broadway history. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.

AFD Theatre’s Avenue Q cast features Paul Alperin of Arlington, Ruth Fontanella of Allston, Scott Giangrande of Dracut, Lali Haines of Weston, Andrea Lyons of Malden, Justin McCoubry of Brookline, and Viv Liu-Somers of Newton. Most of the cast are “puppet actors,” each characterizing the part of a puppet resident of Avenue Q. AFD Theatre is using the same puppets as in the New York production, constructed by Character Translations, Inc. for Music Theatre International.

Parental Advisory: Avenue Q has a caution about explicit content, strong language, adult and sexual situations, and full puppet nudity. Avenue Q is not suitable for children.

Our season continues with the drama “Good People” with performances January 9-18, the spectacular musical “Nine” April 10-26, and the comedy “Quartet” June 12-21.

Where unfortunate, misguided hoodlums go to die

You cannot resist this cast

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Nor should you. They will make you laugh and laugh.

Opening night next Friday. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!


From the President’s corner…

AFD’s President, Iain Bason, is both a talented actor (last seen in “The Mai” and soon to be seen in “Good People”), and a tireless administrator for the theater. 

He writes a column for our newsletter, The Prologue (see the latest issue); here it is, since it’s informative and fun.

A few nights ago, we had our first board of directors meeting for the season. We hadn’t met in July or August, and the agenda was a little long. Nonetheless, everyone was happy to be there. We tackled our business efficiently, and had some good laughs along the way. I hate to leave my family to go to the meetings, but then at the end of the evening I’m sad to leave my AFD family.

We on the board are all excited about our upcoming season. Most of us will be working directly with several of the productions. Some will be working with all of them. And some will be working behind the scenes, just keeping the bills paid, and the building habitable. So although we’re excited, we also know we have our work cut out for us. This place keeps us busy!

So busy, in fact, that it’s difficult to take on another commitment. I have learned to say “no” to requests sometimes. Just the other day I turned down an opportunity. But it seems as though I’m far more likely to say “yes,” if I can possibly fit it into my schedule. (Having a schedule conflict for a performance kind of precludes auditioning for a show.)

Why do I do that, even when I don’t have time? Partly, it’s because I know that it will be a rewarding experience. I can’t say that I’ve never regretted taking on a new theatre job. Sometimes I wind up stretched too thin, and that isn’t fun. But even when the stress of trying to fit everything in makes me regret it, I have always enjoyed the actual work I’m doing, whether it’s onstage or behind the scenes, and I have usually learned something in the process.

Another reason for saying “yes” is that I have been on the other side. I know how hard it can be to find someone to take on a task that needs doing. You run through the list of people that you know; then you get recommendations for people that they know. Eventually you reach the end of the circle of acquaintances.

It could very well be that there are AFD members who would be interested in, for example, stage managing a production. But the production manager doesn’t know those members. They are outside of the circle of acquaintances, and perhaps feeling left out.

I hope that any members who do wish to be more involved will not feel shy. Email, or call me. Just show up on a set construction night (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings), or for the House Bee.

We also have a new membership database that will make it easier for production managers to find out about the interests that members have listed on their membership forms. So expect to be getting more calls this season!

And when you do get a call, just say “yes.”

Iain Bason, President

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Thanks to the wonderful Friend Volunteers who showed up this morning to help clean up our great space for the upcoming season. It was pretty dirty, but now it’s not!

We worked around the wonderful people who were spending their Saturday morning building the set for “Avenue Q” — great stuff all around.

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