Upper West Side, NY 10025
Description: The tangled plot of "The Grand Duke" (or "The Statutory Duel") involves an acting troupe engaged in a conspiracy to overthrow the miserly and mean-spirited grand duke of a small German duchy. When the troupe's leading comedian, Ludwig, accidentally discloses the conspiracy to the Grand Duke's detective, only by means of a rigged statutory duel, fought with cards rather than weapons, is a mass execution avoided -- with Ludwig installed as Grand Duke for a day. Then a series of weddings ensues for Ludwig, the first to the love of his choice and thereafter to women with legally binding and over-riding claims on the unwitting new Grand Duke, winding up with the arrival of The Prince of Monte Carlo and his daughter The Princess who was betrothed to The Grand Duke in infancy. Through his invention of roulette, The Prince has escaped from poverty and come to claim The Grand Duke's hand for his daughter. When it is revealed that the rigged statutory duel, won by an ace over a king, was incorrectly ruled upon because the statute explicitly states that the ace shall count as the lowest -- not the highest -- card, all are restored to their proper loves and a truly joyous multiple wedding celebration occurs.
Venue Description: The Peter Norton Symphony Space offers a full calendar of artistic events for all ages, as well as an affordable facility for artists and performers. Headquartered on the Upper West Side, Symphony Space consists of two theaters: a recording studio and a studio room.
Geared toward families, Just Kidding is a weekend morning multi-art series for children ages 4 and older, featuring music, theater, and dance performances. As a part of this series, the Thalia Kids Book Club allows young readers to interact with their favorite authors. Kids film series are co-presented by the New York International Children's Film Festival. And there are theatrical performances like "The Nutcracker" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," programs that reach the rest of the country through national public radio broadcasts and the sale of CDs.
Ongoing programs at Symphony Space include the Curriculum Arts Project, which combines the arts with the social studies curriculum in the New York City public schools. In addition, approximately 40 not-for-profit organizations, including the World Music Institute, American Composers Alliance, and Ballet for Young Audiences, present 125 performances at Symphony Space each year.
Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. The box office, in the main lobby, is open Tuesday-Sunday 1-6pm; and open two hours prior to all events. Prices vary by performance.