The Berkshire Playwrights Lab provides an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights to find a secure berth where they can develop new work and/or explore new avenues of creativity. Founded by Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione, Bob Jaffe, and Matthew Penn, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is the area’s only theater dedicated exclusively to encouraging, developing, and presenting new plays.

Half Moon Theatre, the Hudson Valley's resident professional theatre company, will present John Cariani’s brand new play Love/Sick at the HMT Performance Space in Poughkeepsie November 1st through the 17th.

Mr. Cariani, an actor and a playwright, has been seen on and off Broadway and in numerous TV shows and films. His hit play Almost, Maine has been produced by nearly 2,000 theater companies in the United States. With Love/Sick, Cariani returns to the hilarious and heartbreaking landscape of romantic love. Christopher V. Edwards, Associate Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, directs Love/Sick for Halfmoon Theatre. Playwright and Director join us this morning

This Sunday at 7pm, Helsinki on Broadway - in association with Showstoppers New York -presents Charles Busch in a cabaret evening entitled Late Summer Magic. He performed at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY last fall and returns by popular demand. He will be joined by musical director and accompanist, Tom Judson.

Paul Fox

    The World Premier of American Hero is running on the Nikos Stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival through July 7th.

In the play - seventeen-year-old Sheri and her co-workers at a new sandwich franchise have honed their skills making everything according to the corporate manual. But when the franchise owner mysteriously disappears, they are forced to improvise.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival production starts Erin Whilhelmi, Ari Graynor, James Waterston and Omar Metwally and is directed by Leigh Silverman.

The playwright, Bess Wohl, joins us. 

Buck Lewis / Vassar & NY Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater

    There’s a riot on in Washington Square Park and a motley band of feckless, funny young men are spoiling for a fight. Against this backdrop of tribal loyalties and petty beefs, 18-year old Pnut McPartland has to pick sides and hustle his family and his friends just to stay alive.

Downtown Race Riot is a new play by Seth Svi Rosenfeld and it’s running at New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theatre through July 7th. 

    The Adirondack Theatre Festival is such a special theatre company offering new, interesting, fun and world premiere works of theatre. Their season this summer includes everything from Judy Garland, to Avenue Q, to – of course – Georgia O’Keeffe.

Mark Fleischer is the Producing Artistic Director of ATF and has been since 2007. He joins us to tell us about their upcoming productions, including their opening production: Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland.

In 1968, when he was 26, songwriter John Meyer met Judy Garland. The next two months were an emotional roller-coaster, but his life was changed forever. Inspired by his acclaimed memoir, Meyer brings to the stage the true story of his romance with a star whose flame was dying and how he attempts to rescue her from her self-destructive demons. John Meyer and the show’s director, Michael Bush, and star, Christine Andreas join us along with Mark Fleischer.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald share a famously tumultuous and public life together. In Scott and Zelda, we hear the story in their own words – drawn from novels, including The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, alongside commentary from intimates like Ernest Hemingway and others. Their edgy union, challenged by traumatic breakdowns and critical failures, found its best expression in their final letters, which are among the most moving ever written.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival will present a reading of Kay Cattarulla’s Scott and Zelda on Monday, July 1st. The reading will feature John Benjamin Hickey and Patricia Clarkson and will be directed by Maria Tucci.

  The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region is committed to educating, enriching, and empowering residents of the Capital Region through a variety of programs that raise the collective consciousness of all ethnicities to the rich and vibrant history, contribution, and culture of African Americans.

This Thursday, April 18th, The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region will hold a Gala fundraiser in the Swyer Theater at The Egg in Albany, New York.

The evening will include performances of scenes from A Soldier's Play, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Charles H. Fuller, a conversation with -and award presentation to- Fuller – and more.

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. The film’s screenplay comes from Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award Winner – Tony Kushner (Angels in America).

Tony Kushner will be a featured speaker at the next Speakers at Temple Emanuel Series on Sunday, November 18.

James Sheldon

Sep 24, 2012

A new play entitled The Bonus Room will debut at the Grange Theatre in Copake, NY, for eight performances on the weekends of September 28-30 and October 5-7. The play is a light-hearted look at white-collar crime and the loss of trust in America, by Hudson Valley playwright James Sheldon.

James Sheldon’s previous play, Shiverman, opened this spring in London, where it has been nominated as Best New Play of the Year by the Off-West End Awards.

To learn more about The Bonus Room, call 845-677-4446.