Queens Politicians Sing, Dance and Crack Jokes for Charity

By Katie Honan on November 21, 2013 9:08am 

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 "Legislative Acts" is a play by and about local politicians in Queens.
Queens Politicians Sing, Dance and Crack Jokes For Charity
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FLUSHING — This gives new meaning to political theater.

Local politicians will trade their podium for a stage to act, sing, dance, and crack jokes — sometimes at each other — in "Legislative Acts," a humorous musical about politics, on Nov. 23 at Queens College.

Producer Jeffrey Rosenstock used to put on the shows as a fundraiser for Queens Theatre in the Park, when he was the founding executive director. His last show there was in 2007.

Now working in intergovernmental affairs at Queens College, he decided to bring the show back this year to raise money for two charities at the college, Big Buddy and Women and Work.

The show is directed by Kevin R. Free, an actor, playwright, and teaching artist.

The boost to the charities is a benefit, but Rosenstock said he does it mainly to "build a sense of community."

"Civic group, community boards, all kinds of people come out to have fun," he said.

Politicians from across the borough, including Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, Councilman Danny Dromm, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker and State Senator Jose Peralta, have been rehearsing their lines and moves all week.

Dromm said that, despite holding press conferences and campaigning, the idea of performing on stage still made him nervous.

"I never had the courage to get on stage," he said, adding that this is his first time performing in a play.

"It's great, though," he said. "It lets the public see elected officials in a different light."

"Legislative Acts" starts at 7 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 23 Lefrak Concert Hall / Music Building at Queens College. For more information, please visit their site.

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