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Kayla Coleman, Britney Simpson, Tyler Fauntleroy and Howard Overshown in the 2021 HVSF Production of "The Tempest" - PHOTO BY T. CHARLES ERICKSON

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  • Kayla Coleman, Britney Simpson, Tyler Fauntleroy and Howard Overshown in the 2021 HVSF Production of “The Tempest”

“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

(July 17th)

Presented under the outdoor marquee at the Garrison location of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, “Mr. Burns, a post-electric work” refers to “a not too distant future where the network has failed, society has collapsed and memories can no longer be stored on hard drives, a group of survivors come together to recreate their world disappeared through the vital act of telling stories under the stars”. Also booked: “Romeo & Juliet” (July 15-September 18) and “Where We Belong” (Aug. 14-22).

Powerhouse Theater Summer Season

(June 26-July 30)

Powerhouse Theatre, on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, the celebrated incubator of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning “Hamilton,” “Bright Star” and “The Humans,” has lined up for another brilliant summer season. Beginning with a reading of “aNNA,” based on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (June 26), the schedule continues with a reading of “Last Boarding Call” (July 2) and productions of “Luna and the Star Bodies” ( July 8 and 9). ), “Things to do when no one can see you” (July 7, 14, 21, 28), “The Tempest” (July 15-17), “The Trojan Women” (July 22-24), “NYC: 1975” (July 24-25) and “Shakespeare: Unplugged” (July 29-31) and concludes with the New Works Play Festival (July 30). A New York Stage and Film company residency includes “The World is Not Silent” (July 15-17), “Sweet Chariot” (July 22-24), and “Tell Them I’m Still Young” ( from July 28 to 17). 30).

“Grounded” at Denizen Theater

(June 9-July 10)

The New Paltz black box theater at Water Street Market has a new creative team at the helm. International theater veterans Andy and Kirsty Gaukel kick off the 2022 season with George Brandt’s “Grounded,” a story based on the current workings of the US military. An unexpected pregnancy ends the career of an ace fighter pilot in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, he hunts terrorists by day and returns home every night. As pressure mounts to track down a high-profile target, the lines begin to blur between the desert he lives in and the one he patrols half a world away. Denizen’s staging of the one-man show stars Emmy Award-winning poet, writer, actor, and activist Suzen Baraka. As a black Korean actress, Baraka says she took on the role in part because “ideas about surveillance and being watched are huge in my community, so I thought it would be interesting to explore.”

New York Theater and Film Workshops at Marist College

(July 9-August 7)

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Naomi Honig at the 2019 Powerhouse Training Company Production of "Romeo and Juliet." - PHOTO BY BUCK LEWIS/VASSAR AND NEW YORK STAGE AND FILM

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  • Naomi Honig at the 2019 Powerhouse Training Company Production of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Theater development company Vital New York Stage and Film has expanded its program this year to Poughkeepsie’s Marist College, where a trio of music workshops will be held, as well as two weekends of open readings. Workshops include “The Return of Young Boy” (July 23-24), “The Potluck” (July 29-30), and “Sun Songs” (Aug. 5-7). The number one weekend reading has “My brother is better at loving than me” (July 9), “Our Planet: Colombia Project” (July 9), and an untitled work by Josh Radnor (July 9). July). The second reading weekend features “Modern Gentleman” (Aug. 6), “Demons” (Aug. 6), and “Love All” (Aug. 7). newyorkstageandfilm.org

New York Stage & Film Summer Season 2022: Presenting over 25 public performances in Poughkeepsie

Vasser College's Martel Theater.

New York Stage & Film Summer Season 2022

Presenting over 25 public performances in Poughkeepsie

New York Stage and Film announces its summer season with emerging and established playwrights at Marist and Vassar Universities between July 9 and August 7.

By Michelle Warren

Theater

“Public Speaking 101” at the Great Barrington Public Theater

(June 14-24)

The Great Barrington Public Theater Company presents productions at the Daniels Art Center of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. This month at downtown’s McConnell Theater, local playwright Mark St. Germain’s new comedy “Public Speaking 101” follows “a neurotic amateur actress [who] leads his community theater class of terrified adults to compete in his county’s first annual public speaking competition.” They will also perform: “Grief, the Musical…a Comedy” (June 3-12), “The Bard That Beat the Blues” (June 8-26), “The Shot” (June 16-19), “Leave Your Fears Here” starring James Morrison (June 30-July 10) and “Things I Know to Be True” (Aug. 4-14).

Greatbarringtonpublictheater.org

Moliere’s “Dom Juan” at Bard SummerScape

(June 23-July 16)

One of the many exciting events at Bard College’s SummerScape during its 19th season is director Ashley Tata’s (‘Mad Forest’) adaptation of Moliere’s classic ‘Dom Juan’. Presented at the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater, Tata’s version subverts this already subversive comedy by casting actresses in the roles of Dom Juan (Amelia Workman) and, in this case, his partner, Sganarelle (Zuzanna Szadowski), and “sets up the story set in a fantasy world where 17th century France meets late 1970s America.” Another SummerScape 2022 pick is Richard Strauss’s comic opera “The Silent Woman (Die Schweigsame Frau)” with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein (July 22-31).

Fishercenter.bard.edu

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Catskill Mountain Shakespeare

(July 16-31)

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One of the Bard’s most beloved comedies gets an outdoor staging befitting its wooded surroundings with this tent production by the Catskill Mountain Shakespeare Company at the Emerson Resort and Spa in Phenicia. Directed by Peter Andersen, the show’s riotous run will feature a special pay-what-you-can feature on July 15 and includes both matinee and evening performances; For new parents, the program even includes several “chill-out” matinees with babysitting.

catskillmountainshakespeare.com

“Invasion!” at the Ancram Opera

(August 5-21)

Built in 1927 as a Grange Hall for the Columbia County farming town of Ancram, the Ancram Opera House provides a wonderful setting for a performing arts venue. Among its offerings this summer is the satirical comedy by Swedish novelist and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri “Invasion!”, whose main character, Abulkasem, is “an uncle who comes to visit from Lebanon, a renowned theater director, a collector of apples seeking asylum, [or] the most dangerous terrorist in the world. Get your tickets for this fun story and find out.

Ancramoperahouse.org

“Shelley’s Shadow” at the Bridge Street Theater

(September 8-18)

Brad Fraser’s “Shelley Shadow” is the first new play commissioned for the Bridge Street Theater in the Catskill. Out of a job, out of money, and out of ideas, David, a writer in his 60s, leaves his apartment and moves into a dilapidated high-rise apartment building in downtown Toronto. “There, his life becomes inexorably entangled with that of his upstairs neighbor, Shelley, a sociable lesbian in her 80s with Alzheimer’s-related dementia, and her longtime canine companion, Shadow.” This month sees the East Coast premiere of Eric Pfeffinger’s “Fourteen Funerals” (June 2-12).

New York Stage & Film Summer Season 2022: Presenting over 25 public performances in Poughkeepsie

Vasser College's Martel Theater.

New York Stage & Film Summer Season 2022

Presenting over 25 public performances in Poughkeepsie

New York Stage and Film announces its summer season with emerging and established playwrights at Marist and Vassar Universities between July 9 and August 7.

By Michelle Warren

Theater

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