Name: Tony Leone
Where are you creating theatre? East Rockaway, Long Island
Tell us about your current project?
We are in the process of renovating an old bank into a black box theater with a bar. It is a long and expensive endeavor. In the meantime we intend to produce shows in other venues, starting with a production of The 39 Steps. This production will be free to the public and presented at East Rockaway’s Memorial Park.
What continues to inspire your art?
We are on a mission to create a new audience of theater goers in a geography that we feel is a cultural desert. Garnering more people to come to see our shows, we feel, will better the theater holistically.
Any advice for your peers?
If you are an artist and are in a dry spell, work on your own project whether it is directing, writing, or producing.
What’s next for you?
After the free show, we will look to rent a space to have a show with paid admission. After that, we hope to launch.
Tony Leone: A long time ago, Tony Leone was an actor in the Buffalo theater circuit having appeared in about 25 productions. Moving back to NYC did not work out artistically since a career, children, and then a failed marriage quickly ensued. After 23 years spent in a logistics career, Tony with his wife, have now set their new career in starting this new business of Strongbox Theater. Strongbox Theater will be a commercial, independent, theater.
July 9 -31 at Memorial Park in East Rockaway