Meet Tony Leone, Strong Box Theatre & The 39 Steps

Name: Tony Leone

Strongbox Theater

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.

Show Info:

July 9 -31 at Memorial Park in East Rockaway
Free Admission

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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