Miss Firecracker Contest,
March 1999; Patrick Tarpey, Pam Wilterdink, Diana Carpenter,
Jennifer Courtade, Traci Hovel, Peter Owen
Fortune Company, a Queens-based regional theatre company, was founded
in 1993 by Ronald B. Hellman, a Douglaston attorney and long-time
local theatre actor. Dedicated to producing contemporary plays of
significance, the company has presented 50 plays to date.
Fortune's 17th season was its last at Queens Theatre in the Park.
The season opened in November 2009 with Dead Mans Cell
Phone, by Sarah Ruhl, followed by Spalding Gray: Stories
Left to Tell, conceived by Kathleen Russo, and The Blue Room,
adapted by David Hare.
and directors contribute their talents to the company, attracted
by the companys professional reputation and its outstanding
play selection. The plays are
often fresh from Off-Broadway, as well as Broadway itself, have
earned good reviews and long runs, but are seldom available this
side of the East River.
dedicates the company to the memory of his late parents, Bill and
Leonore Hellman, who were avid theatregoers. A life-long Queens
resident, Hellman is a graduate of Newtown High School, Columbia
College and Columbia Law School. He is married to the artist Lois
Hellman, and has a daughter and son who live and work in Manhattan.
Beard of Avon, March 2005;
Dean Schildkraut, Mary Lynch, Joseph Hamel
playwrights are well represented among the productions of the last
17 years, including Shining City (Conor McPherson); Spinning
Into Butter (Rebecca Gilman); Anna in the Tropics (Nilo
Cruz); Buried Child (Sam Shepard); Side Man (Warren
Leight); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Martin McDonough); Joe
Turners Come and Gone (August Wilson); Arcadia
(Tom Stoppard); How I Learned to Drive (Paula Vogel); The
Miss Firecracker Contest (Beth Henley); Betrayal ( Harold
Pinter); Sylvia (A.R. Gurney); The Food Chain (Nicky
Silver); Dancing at Lughnasa ( Brian Friel); and Frankie
and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Terrence McNally).
Jerry Sterner (Other Peoples Money), Austin Pendleton
(Orsons Shadow), and David Henry Hwang (Yellow Face)
have attended OFC productions of their work, and other celebrities
often show up.
company has performed at Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Town
Hall and at Landmark on Main in Port Washington. Other venues are
open for consideration.
We have brought
you the excitement and pleasure of live theatre, of a caliber that
stays with you long after the final curtain has fallen. Hopefully
well be back soon. Call our office at 718-428-2500 for more