Escaping Queens by Capitola composer Joe Ortiz will be presented as part of Shelton Theater’s Artist Residency for October in five concert-reading performances.

A musical memoir, Escaping Queens takes place in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge. This funny, edgy, ultimately hopeful story, centers around an Italian/Puerto Rican family trying to escape the chaos and poverty of New York housing-project life. Mama rules the home with a nurturing wooden spoon but cannot control her charismatic, gambling husband.  The production’s original music draws on the same richness of traditions that the family itself does: Latin beats, Sicilian ballads, doo-wop numbers on the street corner and radio hits reminiscent of 1950s era New York.

Music & Lyrics by Joe Ortiz; Directed by Greg Fritsch; Book by Greg Fritsch & Joe Ortiz.  Musical Direction by Max Bennett-Parker.

Show runs 120 minutes with a 15 intermission. General Seating. Box Office opens at 45 minutes to curtain. House opens at 15 minutes to curtain. Bar opens 45 minutes to curtain (drinks are allowed in the theater). There is an elevator. Restrooms are on the entry level.


Showtimes: Wed-Sat 7PM & Sun 3PM


Tickets: $20. Available at the door.


When: October 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Call (800) 838-3006.