The Bard is back in the Hudson Valley. At least, his spirit is. Thanks to Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, anyone can experience the poetic works of one of English literature’s greatest icons.
After hosting its final season at its longtime home at Boscobel House and Gardens in 2021, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) is ready to welcome visitors to its new, permanent home in Garrison in 2022. (P.S. It’s just down the road from Boscobel!) For those already familiar with HVSF, the theater tent will be a welcome sight, since the fest will continue to use its preexisting one while it works on plans for a permanent, open-air venue.
As for the season, which runs from July 7 to September 18, it will be one in which theatergoers can revel in the works of the Bard – and other talented playwrights – like never before. In anticipation of the opening, here’s what to know about the shows:
July 7 – September 18
Arguably the most famous of all of Shakespeare’s works, Romeo & Juliet tells the story of two star-crossed lovers in a refreshing new way this summer. The age-blind production is directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who taps the talents of HVSF mainstay actors Kurt Rhoads and Nance Williamson as the main characters in the iconic, tragic tale. Head to the tent to lose yourself in the story of deep, powerful love as it fights to overcome family tensions that threaten it all.
July 8 – September 17
Shakespeare isn’t the only attraction under the tent this summer. For fans of The Simpsons and post-apocalyptic fiction, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play is a must. The one-of-a-kind plot follows a group of survivors who band together following an event that nearly destroys society. The drama, which spans across decades, offers a unique celebration of the theater and the strength and resilience of humanity. Written by Anne Washburn, with music by Michael Friedman, Mr. Burns is directed by HVSF’s artistic director, Davis McCallum.
Open for a limited run, Where We Belong is a special collaboration between HVSF and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with Folger Shakespeare Library. The show, which is a solo piece by Mohegan theater-maker Madeline Sayet, follows Sayet during her journey to England to study Shakespeare. Throughout the spectacle, Sayet and audiences dive into a journey of self-discovery that transcends geographic borders and explores culture, history, and the Bard himself.
For the full schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, visit Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s website or call 845.265.9575.