HFPP reaches 20! Full season marks event!

The HFPPlayers celebrate 20 YEARS as one of

HFPP XX Three Cheers on One Score!!

Once Upon A Mattress

Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 @ 8:00 pm; matinee on Sunday, May 15 @ 3:00 pm

Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 8:00 pm and Saturday, May 21 @ 3:00pm & 8:00 pm

HFPP @ Msgr. Glynn Theater

366 Watchogue Road, Staten Island, NY 10314 (corner of Watchogue Road and Woolley Avenue)

Tickets $15 – Reserved Seating

(718) 761-6663



Across the Verrazano Bridge, nestled in a cozy community center resides the HFPPlayers who – for 20 years – have brought quality entertainment to Staten Island. They begin their 20th season with a revival of Mary Rodgers, Marshall Barer, and Jay Thompson’s uproarious musical comedy, Once Upon a Mattress.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, the search for a true princess of royal blood takes many wild turns in this production directed by Eric Stein with musical direction by Christina Kenny and choreography by Michael Whelan, Kristin O’Blessin, and Christina Lorenz. The award-winning company will also present a series of radio play adaptations, a holiday production in December, and has already begun collaborations with companies off-Broadway.

“For a generation, we’ve been proud to enrich our borough with the lively arts” says co-founder and managing producer, Kathryn Whelan Stein, “we are very excited about this season, we are setting the bar higher, taking more risks, presenting a more diverse program, and even have plans to take productions on tour,” she continued. “It’s about sharing our love and respect for the arts with our neighbors” says Michael Whelan, co-founder, (here pictured in the company’s acclaimed production of The Music Man and with John Stillwaggon in last season’s The Odd Couple) “… and bringing professional work right here to Staten Island,” concluded Eric Stein. The Whelan (and Stein) families has been at the forefront of this performing arts center since its inception and continue to be a major force to this day.

John Stillwaggon, who created the role of Dick in the off-Broadway musical, The Deciders, and professional dancer, Kristin O’Blessin appear in this production. Ms. Stein appears in the role of Winnefred the Woebegone.

Once Upon A Mattress features a whole company of talented artists from across the borough – and the country. The cast includes Kevin Daly, Richard Piedra, Christine Conway, Dayna-Marie Palma, Michael Nucciarone, Joseph Conway, Christina Lorenz, Alexandra Marrano, Sabrina Bogen, Lisa Fiore, Tiffany Raile, Alexandra Stein, Nancy Bates, Kristin Kaelber, Charlie Laquidara, Joseph Motola, Denise Sosa, Sabrina Bogen, Francesca Compagno, Christina Helgesen, Jared Holness, John Mancuso, Josephine Mauro, Marissa Mauro, Angela Nouvertne, Julia Nouvertne, Jack Obichinetz, Melissa Stuck, and Marylou Veasey.

HFPP's The Music Man
Oscar & Felix, respectively. HFPP's The Odd Couple.

Former police officer premieres first film at the Soho International Film Fest.

Brooklyn born filmmaker and former police officer, Eliana Ujueta, premieres her first film at the Soho International Film Fest.

Beneath the Rock
1:00 p.m.,
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street
New York City

The film trailer: http://vimeo.com/20888752

Excerpts from the promotional information on “Beneath The Rock”

Eliana Ujueta was raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn and attended High School in Fort Greene. She became a police officer in the east village and retired right before 9-11.

“As an officer in the east village, I saw how the officers were dispersed within the parameters of the precinct. Most officers were assigned to the west side of the command vs. the east side. As a light skinned Latina I instantly thought this was some sort of internal institutional discrimination. When the east village was mostly Hispanic populated, I realized that the lack of police presence was mostly due to the communities’ lack of involvement.  The police department acts on complaints. So if no one expresses a complaint to the police precinct they in turn will not act.I used a real incident from when I was a police officer at the 9th Precinct as the foundation of “Beneath the Rock.” A man named Santiago controlled drug sales from where he lived on E7th Street between Avenue B and C. Most of the people that lived on the block either worked for him or were silenced by him. In “Beneath the Rock,” I substituted drugs for gambling. Also, in my movie I used a myth circulated on my block in Bushwick about a girl named Cherry who died in the police alley/lot. Now I believe it was started by parents on the block to prevent us from playing in that police area.”