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Press Releases Mainstage 2013:
<Stockholm> <Looped> <Play By Play: Unchained> <Mainstage Season>

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For Immediate Release

August 4, 2013

For interviews and features contact:
Phil Elman, General Manager
518.828.7843
contact@stageworkshudson.org

Photos for STOCKHOLM:
http://stageworkshudson.org/photos_stockholm.html

Stageworks/Hudson Presents
The American Premiere of Stockholm
by Award Winning Playwright, Bryony Lavery

August 14 to September 1

STOCKHOLM
By Bryony Lavery
Directed by Laura Margolis
Choreography by: Jennifer Weber

Previews: August 14 and 15
Opens: August 16
Closes: September 1

August 6, 2013 – Stageworks/Hudson continues its 2013 season with the American premiere of STOCKHOLM by Tony nominated (FROZEN) Bryony Lavery Friday, August 16, 2013. Preview performances are Auguest 14 and 15. STOCKHOLM runs Wednesdays through Sundays through September 1 at Stageworks' Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, New York.

STOCKHOLM features Broadway veteran, Jason Babinsky and newcomer, Emily Gardner Hall. The play is directed by Laura Margolis, artistic director of Stageworks and is choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of Decadancetheatre.

"We are honored to be producing the American premiere of Bryony Lavery's celebrated play, Stockholm and to have Bryony here with us during our rehearsal period," comments Laura Margolis. "The world premiere of the play was produced by the renowned UK theater company, Frantic Assembly, receiving numerous awards for its brilliant writing and the way in which it weaves theater and dance/movement into a highly compelling journey through two people's lives."

Incorporating theater and movement, STOCKHOLM is a visual, physical and poetical exploration of one day in the life of Todd and Kali, an exuberant couple who have, for all appearances, made it. They are emotionally open, sexually charged and their designer home is perfect. It's Todd's birthday and in a few days they leave for vacation in Stockholm. But peel away the flawless surface and underneath are two people held hostage to a cycle of love and destruction from which neither can escape. Immediate, beautifully poetic and intensely physical, Stockholm is a sensual thriller – a lovers' rhapsody that is at once passionate and dangerous. "Up there with the very best of the year...terrifyingly erotic and haunting..." -Guardian, UK

Playwright Bryony Lavery's play FROZEN, commissioned by Birmingham Rep, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award and was produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. STOCKHOLM won the Wolff-Whiting award for Best Play of 2008. Bryony's most recent work includes BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT (awarded a Fringe at Edinburgh) for the National Theatre of Scotland/Frantic Assembly, KURSK with Sound and Fury at The Young Vic UK and Sydney Opera House, A CHRISTMAS CAROL at West Yorkshire Playhouse and an adaptation of THE £1000000 BANK NOTE for BBC Radio 4. Her earlier plays include HER ACHING HEART (Pink Paper Play Of The Year 1992), LAST EASTER and A WEDDING STORY which received its US premiere at Stageworks/Hudson. Future productions include: BECAUSE for ETT/Brink, CESARIO for The National Theatre, and an opera, 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE, with John Keane, Peter Wyer and Phyllida Lloyd.

Stageworks is please to welcome choreographer Jennifer Weber to its creative team. Jennifer is the founder and artistic director of Decadancetheatre. "Decadance Vs. The Firebird," her urban re-imagination of the classic Stravinsky ballet was presented at the 2004 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival where the hip-hop ballet mash up received the "Excellence in Choreography" Award. "Behind the Beat," her previous work examining lost identity in contemporary club culture at the Williamsburg Art NeXus, was nominated for a 2004 Bessie Award (Time Out New York Audience Choice Award). Outside of DECA, Jennifer has choreographed for Reebok, the ACLU, Dance Spirit Magazine, Direct Effect (MTV), Beatstock (WKTU 103.5), Bloomberg, DJ Spooky, DB, Contrapasso Modern Dance, and Pras of The Fugees. She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. She recently worked with Tony Award winner George Faison (THE WIZ) on the Sankofa Dance Project. Trained in NYC, Philadelphia, and London, Jennifer is a student not just of dance technique, but of the larger cultural meanings of urban movement.

Playing the role of Todd is veteran Broadway, television and film actor, Jason Babinsky. Jason's Broadway and First National Tour credits include: GHOST, BILLY ELLIOT and DR. DOLITTLE. He most recently appeared Off-Broadway in CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (Classic Stage Company) and has performed regionally in numerous theaters including: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Co., Syracuse Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Goodspeed Opera House, Hangar Theater, Adirondack Theatre Festival, North Carolina Theatre, Pioneer Theater, North Shore Music Theater and St. Louis Repertory Theatre where he received the Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in the play, BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS. For film and TV, Jason has appeared in "House of Cards," "Person of Interest," "Contagion," "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO) and "Law Abiding Citizen."

Emily Gardner Hall, who plays the role of Kali, has performed at NYU/Tisch in THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Anya), RESTORATION (Ann/Mrs. Wilson), MACBETH (Lady Macduff/Third Witch/Lennox) and FREEDOM HOUSE where she originated the role of Sonia. Additional credits include: CYMBELINE (Imogen), EURYDICE (Eurydice), HAMLET (Ophelia), THE WINTER'S TALE (Paulina/Autolycus), HAMLET (Hamlet) and the NYU short film: "Frank and Azalee Austin" (NYU short). She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University and received her professional training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting MFA.

Talk-backs with the cast, director will occur directly after the performances on August 22 and 29. For ticket information and purchase, call 518-822-9667, or visit www.stageworkshudson.org.

Stageworks' 2013 season is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Ernest O'Reaugh Fund and the Shubert Foundation.

FACT SHEET

Playwright, Cast, Choreographer and Director:

BRYONY LAVERY (Playwright): Bryony Lavery's play FROZEN, commissioned by Birmingham Rep, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award and was produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. STOCKHOLM, which was developed and produced by the renowned UK theater company, Frantic Assembly, won the Wolff-Whiting award for Best Play of 2008. Bryony's most recent work includes BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT (awarded a Fringe at Edinburgh) for the National Theatre of Scotland/Frantic Assembly, KURSK with Sound and Fury at The Young Vic UK and Sydney Opera House, A CHRISTMAS CAROL at West Yorkshire Playhouse and an adaptation of THE £1000000 BANK NOTE for BBC Radio 4. Her earlier plays include HER ACHING HEART (Pink Paper Play Of The Year 1992), LAST EASTER and A WEDDING STORY which received its US premiere at Stageworks/Hudson. Future productions include: BECAUSE for ETT/Brink, CESARIO for The National Theatre, and an opera, 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE, with John Keane, Peter Wyer and Phyllida Lloyd. Bryony is an honorary doctor of Arts at De Montfort University and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

JASON BABINSKY (Todd): Broadway: GHOST; BILLY ELLIOT. First National Tour: BILLY ELLIOT; DR. DOLITTLE. Off-broadway: CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (Classic Stage Company). Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Co., Syracuse Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Goodspeed Opera House, Hangar Theater, Adirondack Theatre Festival, North Carolina Theatre, Pioneer Theater, North Shore Music Theater, St. Louis Repertory Theatre (Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a play, BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS). Film/TV: "House of Cards," "Person of Interest," "Contagion," "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO), "Law Abiding Citizen".

EMILY GARDNER HALL (Kali): Tisch/NYU: THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Anya), RESTORATION (Ann/Mrs. Wilson), MACBETH (Lady Macduff/Third Witch/Lennox), FREEDOM HOUSE (originated Sonia). University: CYMBELINE (Imogen), EURYDICE (Eurydice), HAMLET (Ophelia), THE WINTER'S TALE (Paulina/Autolycus), HAMLET (Hamlet). Film: "Frank and Azalee Austin" (NYU short). Education: Wellesley College and Columbia University. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, NYU Graduate Acting MFA.

JENNIFER WEBER (Choreographer) is the founder and artistic director of Decadancetheatre. "Decadance Vs. The Firebird," her urban re-imagination of the classic Stravinsky ballet was presented at the 2004 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival where the hip-hop ballet mash up received the "Excellence in Choreography"Award. "Firebird" has toured all across the US and UK. "Behind the Beat," Jennifer's previous work examining lost identity in contemporary club culture at the Williamsburg Art NeXus, was nominated for a 2004 Bessie Award (Time Out New York Audience Choice Award). More recently, she was a semi-finalist for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Dance Break Award and received a SSDC Observership under Marcia Milgrom-Dodge as well as a 2008 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant.

Outside of DECA, Jennifer has choreographed for Reebok, the ACLU, Dance Spirit Magazine, Bloomberg, Direct Effect (MTV), Beatstock (WKTU 103.5) Bloomberg, DJ Spooky, DB, Contrapasso Modern Dance, and Pras of The Fugees. She also starred in Cheryl Dunn's award-winning dance film, "Come Mute" which was showcased as part of the exhibit "Beautiful Losers" at Yerba Buena and Orange County Museum of Art. Her own dance short, "Big City Lover" was shown as part of the Captured: Video Dance Series at Dance Theatre Workshop. Weber holds a BA in Communications (Cum Laude, 2000) from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a visiting artist at Mt. Holyoke College. Jennifer has also taught all over the US, UK and for Team Toshiba/National Basketball League of Japan (Tokyo). She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. In addition, she recently worked with Tony Award winner George Faison (The Wiz) on the Sankofa Dance Project.

Trained in NYC, Philadelphia, and London, Jennifer has always been a student not just of dance technique, but of the larger cultural meanings of urban movement. As an artist, she explores hip-hop as the key emerging language of a global youth culture. Since founding Decadancetheatre in the Summer of 2001, Jennifer has choreographed six original, evening-length, hip-hop ballets: I Dance (2001), Heroin(e) (2002), Behind the Beat (2003), Decadance Vs. The Firebird—a Hip-Hop Ballet (2004), Gamon (2005) and MAX338 (2008).

LAURA MARGOLIS (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Stageworks/Hudson. Her directing credits for Stageworks include: LOOPED, TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE (World Premiere), TENNIS IN NABLUS (East Coast Premiere), IMAGINING MADOFF (Premiere), NOWHERE ON THE BORDER (World Premiere), CAR TALK (World Premiere), FALLING: A WAKE (American premiere), A WEDDING STORY (American premiere), DOG STORIES (World premiere) and many regional premieres such as OMNIUM GATHERUM, LEBENSRAUM, BRUTAL IMAGINATION and WIT. Highlighting her career are the plays she has directed for Stageworks' annual Play by Play Festival of New One-Acts. Regionally, she has directed at Capital Rep, Proctors, SUNY/Albany, among others. Laura has received the Certificate of Recognition from the Columbia County Board of Supervisors for providing original and creative opportunities to the community and the Columbia County Arts Award for Artist "for excellence in developing and fostering the arts in Columbia County." She has served on the NYSCA Theater Panel. Laura attended Brooklyn College's MFA in Arts Administration program and has taught as an adjunct professor of theater at SUNY/Albany.

Design Team:
The design team includes: Randall Parsons (Set Design), Deena Pewtherer, (Lighting Design), George Veale (Costume Design), Ben Heyman (Sound Design) Phil Elman (Technical Director). The Stage Manager is Jen Dobies.

About Stageworks/Hudson
Stageworks has established a reputation for its ambitious programming and adventurous productions. The company is especially known for producing the bold, risk-taking work of new dramatic voices. Central to its vision is Futures, an integrative program designed to move Stageworks to the forefront of new play development. Stageworks is both the experiment and the resource to infuse the whole life of the theater with a creative process that produces new ways of expressing, interpreting and sharing the human experience.

Stageworks is a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Perform Columbia. It is the recipient of a Proctors Regional Arts Award inaugurated by Proctors Theatre in 2008 to honor the outstanding work of performing arts organizations. For four consecutive years, Stageworks was distinguished in Metroland Magazine as "Best Theater Company." Stageworks is recipient of the Crystal Apple Award from the Chamber of Commerce for providing a positive effect both culturally and economically on the quality of life in our community.

Plays are for everyone, whether written by students, established authors or emerging dramatists. Theater illuminates, expresses and interprets the human experience and profoundly serves as a global stage for social exchange and enrichment. Stageworks complements its main season with a series of programs to encourage and engage young people, traditional theatergoers and new audiences. Stageworks continues to actively take a leadership role in establishing the Hudson Valley as a cultural destination by exploring and expanding its reputation for developing new theatrical works, forms and programs.

Calendar of Events
Previews: August 14 and 15
Opening: Friday, August 16
Closing: Sunday, September 1

Performance Calendar
STOCKHOLM at Stageworks/Hudson
Wednesday at 7:30 pm: August 14, August 21, August 28.
Thursday at 7:30 pm: August 15, August 22, August 29.
Friday at 8:00 pm: August 16, August 23, August 30.
Saturday Matinees at 2:00 pm: August 17, August 24, August 31.
Saturday Evenings at 8:00 pm: August 17, August 24, August 31.
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm: August 18, August 25, September 1.
Sunday Evenings at 8:00 pm: August 18, August 25, September 1.

Talk Back with the cast and directors post-performance: August 22 & 29.

Cast:
Jason Babinsky and Emily Gardner Hall

Playwright: Bryony Lavery

Production Team: Laura Margolis, Director; Jennifer Weber, Choreographer;
Randall Parsons (Set Design); Deena Pewtherer (Lighting Design); George Veale (Costume Design); Ben Heyman (Sound Design); Phil Elman (Technical Director). The Stage Manager is Jen Dobies, Assistant Stage Managers are Greg Cross and Kristaps Butners and Sergio Rico.

Tickets
For tickets or information, contact Stageworks by mail at 41-A Cross Street, Hudson, NY 12534 or call the box office at (518) 822-9667. For further information, visit the website at www.stageworkshudson.org.

Single ticket prices are:
$18 for preview performances
$24 for Weekdays, Matinees and Sundays
$29 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and there are special rates for students and seniors.


Press Release for Play By Play Unchained

For Immediate Release
5/30/2013

For interviews and features contact:
Phil Elman, General Manager
518.828.7843
contact@stageworkshudson.org

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STAGEWORKS/HUDSON CELEBRATES
THE 17th ANNUAL PLAY BY PLAY FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACTS
June 12 to June 23, 2012

Hudson, NY- Artistic Director, Laura Margolis, announces the 17th annual PLAY BY PLAY FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACTS, produced at the company's home in Hudson, New York. Columbia County's award winning theater company will produce the festival from June 12 through June 23. Preview performances are June 12 and 13. Opening night is June 14 at Stageworks/Hudson's Max and Lillian Katzman Theater.

For the past sixteen years, Stageworks/Hudson's critically acclaimed PLAY BY PLAY Festival of New One Acts has been a staple of the season. Comprising four actors and a six to eight new one-act plays, PLAY BY PLAY has become the cornerstone of our growing reputation for developing and producing adventurous new works that speak to a diverse audience. Stageworks has been hailed as a risk-taker in its refusal to shy away from producing new plays that illuminate the challenges faced in our contemporary world. This year the 2013 Festival titled PLAY BY PLAY: UNCHAINED, is no exception.

PLAY BY PLAY UNCHAINED features actors Kathryn Danielle, Maggie Delgadillo,
Suzy Miller, Cliff Miller and Buzz Roddy in seven new plays by Kieron Barry, Jeff Carter, Hal Corley, Lucile Lichtblau, James McLindon, Cathy Tempelsman, Ken Urban. The Festival is directed by Jeff Mousseau and Laura Margolis.

PLAY BY PLAY: UNCHAINED is bedeviled by life's constraints – and who better to break the spell than the incantatory playwrights of this year's festival of world premiered. Some of the country's best contemporary dramatists brave the risky, inspiring, and often humorous ways we loosen the chains we've forged … and sometimes tighten their grasp.

In AS YOU LOATHE IT by Cathy Tempelsman, William Shakespeare, Kit Marlowe, and John Webster engage in a battle wits while making sure their legacies are upheld – after all, they are dead! PERSPECTIVE by James McLindon is a humorous look at the relationship between The Virgin Mary and The Archangel Gabriel as they are on display at the famous Louvre and threatened by Mona Lisa's adoring crowd. Ken Urban's EDGAR AND PATRICK tells the story of a young gay man who lives with constant bullying in school and the jock who eventually defends him and discloses his true desires and sexuality. THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME by Kieron Barry, beautifully depicts winter in the landscape of three lives. In TWO SUMMER EVENINGS by Jeff Carter, we follow the relationship of a young couple held together by hope and promise, and then torn apart by war. Hal Corley's DEFLATING traces back the past events of two people who connect with their love of a balloon's promise for rebirth. In THE INTRODUCTION by Lucile Lichtblau, caring, but perhaps over concerned parents meet their son's girlfriend for the first time.

Funny, poignant and on the edge, PLAY BY PLAY UNCHAINED vibrantly unveils those life changing moments that bring us together, break us apart or simply drive us crazy!

PLAYWRIGHTS

KIERON BARRY (THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME) Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Kieron is the recipient of three Peggy Ramsay Foundation awards and a Norman Mailer Fellowship. He was also nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for his play STOCKWELL, which enjoyed two sell-out runs in London and was described by The Times in its five-star review as 'more gripping than anything else to be seen in the London theatre.' His other plays include TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE, which received it's world premiere at Stageworks/Hudson last year, MAHLER & RACHMANINOV, CUMQUATS – developed with the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain – the verse play THE WIND JOSTLES THE DUCKS AWAKE and GRASSHOPPER LEGS: CASE CLOSED.

JEFF CARTER (TWO SUMMER EVENINGS) Carter's plays have been produced in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Houston and Toronto as well as other cities. His play HOMELAND PRAYER won the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award and has had productions in California and Minneapolis. His play LA HONDA, won the Pacific Repertory Theatre's Hyperion Award and was later produced there. He is a winner of the Nantucket Short Play Prize, the Goshen Peace Play Prize, and a five time finalist for the Heideman Award. His one-acts have been produced throughout the country.

HAL CORLEY (DEFLATING) Plays: AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION and FINDING DONIS ANNE (Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, the Walnut Street, Westbeth; Atlanta, LA, Boston, Charlotte), IN THE CHARGE OF AN ANGEL (Stageworks/Hudson), MAMA AND JACK CAREW, EASTER MONDAY and ODD (published by Samuel French),1959 and IL NIDO È BELLO (finalists for the Heideman Award). Recent one-act productions: Washington, DC's Source; LA's Eclectic Co.; Santa Ana's Theatre Out; Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, NY; Flush Ink, Ontario, and Brooklyn's Gallery Players.

LUCILE LICHTBLAU (THE INTRODUCTION) Lucile's play CAR TALK had its world premiere at Stageworks, where it was commissioned and developed and its regional premiere at And Toto Too Theater in Denver, CO. Her play THE ENGLISH BRIDE, winner of the Susan Glaspell Prize, the Israel Baran Award And an ATCA/Steinberg nominee had its first rolling world premiere at Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, PA and its second at Centenary Stage, Hackettstown, NJ. It is scheduled to open at 59 East 59th Street Theatre, NYC in October. Her play THE HEMINGS DIARY, was developed by invitation at the Southern Writers Project of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and had a reading at Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ. An upcoming reading is at Penguin Repertory, Stony Point, NY this August. Lucile has had seven short plays in Play By Play at Stageworks.

JAMES MCLINDON (PERSPECTIVE) is a Dramatists Guild Fellow in New York. His play, SALVATION, premiered in New York, Giovanna Sardelli directing, to critical acclaim in the New York Times and elsewhere. COMES A FAERY was developed at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Sean Daniels directing, and was a finalist for the Humana Festival. Mr. McLindon's plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the PlayPenn, Victory Gardens, Lark, Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, Samuel French Festival, New Rep, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Seven Devils. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing and Smith & Kraus.

CATHY TEMPELSMAN (AS YOU LOATHE IT) is new to playwriting. Her full-length work about George Eliot, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, was a finalist for the 2013 Terrence McNally New Play Award, given to an American script that celebrates "the transformative power of art," and will have its world premiere in September at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. The script was also a winner of the Echo Theatre (Dallas, Texas) national playwriting competition. DOG DAYS, a one-act, was recently produced by Luna Stage, and another short play, MISSING (published by Smith and Kraus), was produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre and New York's Barrow Group.

KEN URBAN (EDGAR AND PATRICK) Urban's plays have been produced and developed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Summer Play Festival @ The Public, Donmar Warehouse (London), The Flea, Studio 42, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Rep, Primary Stages, and The Huntington. Upcoming: THE CORRESPONDENT at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, directed by Stephen Brackett. Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, Huntington Playwriting Fellowship, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowships, the Lark Play Development Center's Romania Exchange and SPF/Donmar Warehouse Residency. The feature film adaptation of his play THE HAPPY SAD, with a screenplay by the author and directed by Rodney Evans, premieres at film festivals this summer. Ken has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Rutgers University, Bucknell University and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts at Primary Stages. He is in the band, Occurrence, and their releases are available for free from their bandcamp site.

CAST

KATHRYN DANIELLE (THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, DEFLATING, AS YOU LOATHE IT, THE INTRODUCTION) After having spent 15 years in L.A. working in TV ("Frasier," "Dear John," and "Knots Landing"), film (Brian DePalma's "Bonfire of the Vanities"), theater (QUEEN OF SWORDS AND TAXES), numerous commercials, Kathryn returned home to New York where she was a member of the Circle Rep Lab, Art & Work Ensemble, Double Image and had been in numerous plays. She recently was seen in THE PRICE directed by Austin Pendleton,THE BAR MITZHVAH OF JESUS GOLDFARB at the American Globe and STAYING AFLOAT at the Ohio theatre.

MAGGIE DELGADILLO (PERSPECTIVE, TWO SUMMER EVENINGS, THE INTRODUCTION) A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Circle in the Square Theatre School, Maggie has been working and studying in New York for the past four years. Credits include: AFTER THE FALL (Circle in the Square), THREE BY THE SEA (Looking Glass Theater), BREAKDOWN (KAOS productions), 5 METER SPREAD (Manhattan Repertory Theater), THE DOG LOGS (Adam Roebuck Productions), MEZZULAH, 1946 (The Playwright's Center, MN), and SHERLOCK'S LAST CASE (Minnesota Centennial Showboat).

SUZY KIMBALL (THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, EDGAR AND PATRICK) received her MFA from Actors Studio Drama School, and has studied improv at Upright Citizen's Brigade, as well as scene study with Larry Moss. Credits include: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (White Plains Performing Arts Center), ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN (Attic Ensemble), THE LADIES MAN (Cortland Repertory Theatre), ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (Synapse Theatre Ensemble), MOBIUS, CHAGRIN, NIGHT OF THE AUK (all at Fringe NYC), KING LEAR (Gallery Players), and THE BALD SOPRANO (ASDS).

CLIFF MILLER (EDGAR AND PATRICK, DEFLATING, AS YOU LOATHE IT, TWO SUMMER EVENINGS, THE INTRODUCTION) has worked regionally at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (HENRY IV, Part One); the Dallas Theater Center (THE TEMPEST, HENRY IV, DEATH OF A SALESMAN); Capital T Theatre (I GOOGLE MYSELF); the Austin Playhouse (A TEXAS ROMANCE, HOUSE AND GARDEN) and The Secret Theatre (MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING) in NYC. He received his MFA from SMU in Dallas, TX.

BUZZ RODDY (THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, PERSPECTIVE, EDGAR AND PATRICK, AS YOU LOATHE IT, THE INTRODUCTION) is now in his fourth decade as a professional actor. He has performed in 36 of the 50 states and many of the great theatres of Europe. A selection from the last year or so: SKIN DEEP - Majestic Theatre; Mark Rothko in RED - New Century Theatre (both in Massachusetts). He was artist in residence at USI/New Harmony Theatre in Indiana where he played Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN and Horace Vandergelder in THE MATCHMAKER. LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS - Cider Mill Playhouse; Off-Broadway in LIFELINE at Abingdon Theatre. Buzz is a familiar face on TV, and in the movies: THE COWBOY WAY; QUICK CHANGE; THE TAXMAN, THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED; all the various LAW & ORDERs, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, 30 ROCK and the new 9/11 memorial film, 8:46. Buzz is a proud member of Actors' Equity (happy 100th birthday!) and is married to actress Laurie Dawn, with whom he shares a palatial estate in The Bronx.

DIRECTORS

Jeff Mousseau (Director) Previous credits at Stageworks/Hudson include I AM MY OWN WIFE, OR, and with Hudson Opera House, AUNT LEAF, which premiered at HERE in NYC where Jeff has been a resident artist and curates, startHERE: Innovative Theatre for Young People. Other directing include numerous productions as founding artistic director with The Coyote Theater/Boston as well as plays at Proctors Theater, American Southwest Theater Company, Provincetown Rep, Florida Studio Theatre and, in NYC, Tribeca PAC, West Bank Café, Theatre at 224 Waverly Street, Baruch PAC. With collaborator Barbara Wiechmann, he is currently creating an adaptation of THE SNOW QUEEN developed, in part, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

Laura Margolis (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Stageworks/Hudson. Her directing credits for Stageworks include: TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE (American premiere), TENNIS IN NABLUS (world premiere), THE AMISH PROJECT, IMAGINING MADOFF (premiere), NOWHERE ON THE BORDER (world premiere), CAR TALK (world premiere), FALLING: A WAKE (American premiere), A WEDDING STORY (American premiere), DOG STORIES (world premiere), TENNIS IN NABLUS (2nd production) and many regional premieres such as OMNIUM GATHERUM, LEBENSRAUM, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, BRUTAL IMAGINATION and WIT. Highlighting her career are the plays she has directed for Stageworks' annual PLAY BY PLAY festival of original one-acts. Regionally, she has directed at Capital Rep, Proctors, SUNY/Albany, among others. Laura has received the Certificate of Recognition from the Columbia County Board of Supervisors for providing original and creative opportunities to the community and the Columbia County Arts Award for Artist "for excellence in developing and fostering the arts in Columbia County." She attended Brooklyn College's MFA in Arts Administration program and has taught as an adjunct professor of theater at SUNY/Albany.

DESIGN TEAM

The design team includes: William J. Domack (Lighting Design), Phil Elman (Sound Design/Technical Director), George Veale (Costume Design). The Stage Manager is Jennifer Dobies, the Assistant Stage Managers/Understudies are Gregory Cross and Katelyn Pekrul.
About Stageworks/Hudson

Stageworks has established a reputation for its ambitious programming and adventurous productions. The company is especially known for producing the bold, risk-taking work of new dramatic voices. Central to its vision is Futures, an integrative program designed to move Stageworks to the forefront of new play development. Stageworks is both the experiment and the resource to infuse the whole life of the theater with a creative process that produces new ways of expressing, interpreting and sharing the human experience.

Stageworks/Hudson recently launched five of the plays the company premiered into the next phase of their development. In 2011, FALLING: A WAKE (American premiere, 2008) was optioned by Daryl Roth Productions for a commercial run in New York, TENNIS IN NABLUS (East Coast premiere, 2nd production, 2011) was slated for a non-profit Off-Broadway run at the Culture Project in 2012, IMAGINING MADOFF (premiere, 2010) was regionally produced in Washington, D.C. and two plays from the 2011 season's PLAY BY PLAY Festival of New One Acts were chosen for publication in Smith & Kraus' 2012 best ten minute plays anthology. These recognitions are a measure not only of the quality of the plays Stageworks produces, but of the attention that the industry is paying to the gifted playwrights Stageworks has supported.

Stageworks is a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Perform Columbia. It is the recipient of a Proctors Regional Arts Award honoring the outstanding work of performing arts organizations and is the recipient of the Crystal Apple Award from the Chamber of Commerce for providing a positive effect both culturally and economically on the quality of life in our community.

Plays are for everyone, whether written by students, established authors or emerging dramatists. Theater illuminates, expresses and interprets the human experience and profoundly serves as a global stage for social exchange and enrichment. Stageworks complements its main season with a series of programs to encourage and engage young people, traditional theatergoers and new audiences. Stageworks continues to actively take a leadership role in establishing the Hudson Valley as a cultural destination by exploring and expanding its reputation for developing new theatrical works, forms and programs.

FACT SHEET

Performance Calendar
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm: June 12, June 19
Thursdays at 7:30 pm: June 13, June20
Friday at 8:00 pm: June 14, June 21
Saturday at 8:00 pm: June 15, June 22
Saturday Matinee at 2:00 pm: June 22
Sunday Matinee at 2:00 pm: June 16, June 23

Talk Back with the cast and directors post-performance: Thursday, June 20

Cast (Ensemble):
Kathryn Danielle, Maggie Delgadillo, Suzy Kimball, Cliff Miller, and Buzz Roddy.

Playwrights:
Kieron Barry, Jeff Carter, Hal Corley, Lucile Lichtblau, James McLindon, Cathy Tempelsman, Ken Urban.

Production Team:
Laura Margolis, Director
Jeff Mosseau, Director
Phil Elman, Sound Design/Technical Director
William J. Domack, Lighting Design
George Veale, Costume Design
Jennifer Dobies, Stage Manager
Gregory Cross, Assistant Stage Manager
Katelyn Pekrul, ASM/Understudy

Tickets
For tickets or information, contact Stageworks by mail at 41-A Cross Street, Hudson, NY 12534 or call the box office at (518) 822-9667 . For further information, visit the website at www.stageworkshudson.org.

Single ticket prices are:
$18 for preview performances
$24 for Weekdays, Matinees and Sundays
$29 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and there are special rates for students and seniors.

Visit Stageworks' home page for more details at www.stageworkshudson.org

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Press Release for LOOPED

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2013

For interviews and features contact:
Phil Elman, General Manager
518.828.7843
contact@stageworkshudson.org

Photos for LOOPED:
http://stageworkshudson.org/photos_looped.html


STAGEWORKS/HUDSON PRESENTS THE REGIONAL PREMIERE OF
LOOPED BY MATTHEW LOMBARDO
STARRING EMMY NOMINATED ACTRESS COLLEEN ZENK

July 10 to 28

 

LOOPED
By Matthew Lombardo
Directed by Laura Margolis
Previews: July 10 and 11
Opens: July 12
Closes: July 28

 

June 23, 2013 – Stageworks/Hudson continues its 2013 season with the regional premiere of the new play, LOOPED by Matthew Lombardo on Friday, July 12, 2013. Preview performances are July 10 and 11. LOOPED runs Wednesdays through Sundays through July 28 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, New York.

LOOPED features veteran film, television and stage actors, Colleen Zenk, Michael Rhodes and Steven Austin Young. LOOPED is directed by Laura Margolis, artistic director of Stageworks.

“Inspired by a true story involving the great actress, Tallulah Bankhead, “Looped” is a scathingly funny and delicately touching journey of two lives as they twist and turn to a surprising and unforgettable finish,” comments Laura Margolis. “We are honored to be one of the first regional theaters to produce this hilarious and moving new play and delighted to have Emmy nominated actress Colleen Zenk take on the role of Tallulah.”

“Looped” finds Tallulah Bankhead, the internationally celebrated actress, being called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue for what, in the end, would be her last film – the thriller "Die, Die My Darling." Given her inebriated state and inability to loop the line properly, what ensues is an uproarious showdown between an uptight film editor and the outsized legend.

Stageworks is pleased to welcome Colleen Zenk to its stage in the role of Tallulah Bankhead. Colleen is a veteran theater and film actor who is also known to daytime television fans as fashionista-heroine turned homewrecker-evil mother from hell-diva-cougar "Barbara Ryan" on the iconic daytime drama “As the World Turns,” a role she played continuously from 1978 until the show left the airwaves in 2010. Her portrayal earned her three Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding Lead Actress in 2002 and 2011, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2001. Colleen’s film credits include: “Annie” (dir, John Huston), “Libby,” “Woman on the Ledge” and “You’d Better Watch Out.” She has appeared on Broadway in BRING BACK BIRDIE (opposite Chita Rivera, Donald O'Connor) and Off Broadway in ODYSSEY-THE EPIC MUSICAL, SUMMER STOCK NYC, MARRYING GEORGE CLOONEY and MAMA & HER BOYS. Her regional theater credits include FOLLIES, HELLO DOLLY!, APPLAUSE, LOVE LETTERS, PORTRAITS, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, CAN-CAN, WHERE'S CHARLEY?, MY FAIR LADY, MUSIC MAN, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, and among many others. Colleen has written and developed a new one-woman show “STILL SASSY” which incorporates her lifelong career as an actress and her very public battle as an Oral Cancer survivor. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her activism including the NYU Strusser Humanitarian Award, American Cinema Humanitarian Award and the March of Dimes-Mother of the Year. She is a member of Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In the role of Danny, the film editor who got roped into looping Tallulah’s one line is Michael Rhodes. Michael is the Artistic Director of Tangent Theatre Company in Tivoli, NY, where he most recently directed their Spring production of Donald Margulies' SIGHT UNSEEN. Acting credits with Tangent include the American Premiere of THE GOOD FATHER, THE ZOO STORY, DOUBT: A PARABLE, WAITING FOR GODOT, SUBWAY SERIES and WANDERERS. Other plays: GOOD PEOPLE and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION with Half Moon Theatre Company, THE DANGERS OF ELECTRIC LIGHTING with Shadowland Theatre, GOD OF CARNAGE with River Valley Rep and Edward Albee’s THREE TALL WOMEN (American, Off Broadway premieres).

Steven Austin Young appears as Steve, the sound technician caught between these dueling personalities. Steven is a both an actor and writer. As a young actor, he performed in numerous productions at Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa and the WPA Theatre. His early TV credits include manipulating one of the two puppet babies in the original “Free to be You and Me” and in corporate films with the Muppets. His career includes work in corporate theatre where his writing earned him two Telly awards. Locally, he has performed with the Tangent Theatre Company in Tivoli, appeared as the Stage Manager in the Red Hook Performing Arts production of OUR TOWN and recorded radio spots for WKZE.

Playwright Matthew Lombardo made his Broadway debut with LOOPED. The play, which had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse, was subsequently performed at the Cuillo Center for the Arts in West Palm Beach, Arena Stage in Washington DC and a current national tour. He is also the author of TEA AT FIVE, the Katharine Hepburn bio-play which starred actress Kate Mulgrew. That production (which won the IRNE Award for Best Solo Play) had a successful run Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre and continues to tour the country. Other New York credits include directing END OF THE WORLD PART by Chuck Ranberg at the 47th Street Theatre; MOTHER AND CHILD at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre; and GUILTY INNOCENCE at the Actors' Playhouse, serving the latter two productions as both playwright and director. Regionally, he has directed the 20th anniversary production of Harvey Fierstein's TORCH SONG TRILOGY at the American Stage Company and the West Coast premiere of MOTHER AND CHILD starring Tony Award-winning actress Ann Wedgeworth at the Coast Playhouse. His work has been performed at regional theaters across the country including Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House and Seattle Rep. He has most recently completed a new drama entitled HIGH, starring actress Kathleen Turner. Matthew is the recipient of a Writers Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement.

Talk-backs with the cast, director will occur directly after the performances on July 18 and July 25. For ticket information and purchase, call 518-822-9667, or visit www.stageworkshudson.org.

Stageworks’ 2013 season is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Ernest O’Reaugh Fund and the Shubert Foundation.

FACT SHEET

Cast, Playwright and Director:

COLLEEN ZENK (Tallulah Bankhead) is a veteran theater and film actor who is also known to daytime television fans as fashionista-heroine turned homewrecker-evil mother from hell-diva-cougar "Barbara Ryan" on the iconic daytime drama “As the World Turns,” a role she played continuously from 1978 until the show left the airwaves in 2010. Her portrayal earned her three Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding Lead Actress in 2002 and 2011, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2001. Colleen’s film credits include: “Annie” (dir, John Huston), “Libby,” “Woman on the Ledge” and “You’d Better Watch Out.” She has appeared on Broadway in BRING BACK BIRDIE (opposite Chita Rivera, Donald O'Connor) and Off Broadway in ODYSSEY-THE EPIC MUSICAL, SUMMER STOCK NYC, MARRYING GEORGE CLOONEY and MAMA & HER BOYS. Her regional theater credits include FOLLIES, HELLO DOLLY!, APPLAUSE, LOVE LETTERS, PORTRAITS, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, CAN-CAN, WHERE'S CHARLEY?, MY FAIR LADY, MUSIC MAN, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, and among many others. Colleen has written and developed a new one-woman show “STILL SASSY” which incorporates her lifelong career as an actress and her very public battle as an Oral Cancer survivor. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her activism including the NYU Strusser Humanitarian Award, American Cinema Humanitarian Award and the March of Dimes-Mother of the Year. She is a member of Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

MICHAEL RHODES (Danny) is the Artistic Director of Tangent Theatre Company in Tivoli, NY, where he most recently directed their Spring production of Donald Margulies' SIGHT UNSEEN. Acting credits with Tangent include the American Premiere of THE GOOD FATHER, THE ZOO STORY, DOUBT: A PARABLE, WAITING FOR GODOT, SUBWAY SERIES and WANDERERS. Other plays: GOOD PEOPLE and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION with Half Moon Theatre Company, THE DANGERS OF ELECTRIC LIGHTING with Shadowland Theatre, GOD OF CARNAGE with River Valley Rep and Edward Albee’s THREE TALL WOMEN (American, Off Broadway premieres).

STEVEN AUSTIN YOUNG (Steve) is a both an actor and writer. As a young actor, he performed in numerous productions at Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa and the WPA Theatre. His early TV credits include manipulating one of the two puppet babies in the original “Free to be You and Me” and in corporate films with the Muppets. His career includes work in corporate theatre where his writing earned him two Telly awards. Locally, he has performed with the Tangent Theatre Company in Tivoli, appeared as the Stage Manager in the Red Hook Performing Arts production of OUR TOWN and recorded radio spots for WKZE.

MATTHEW LOMBARDO (Playwright) made his Broadway debut with LOOPED. The play, which had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse, was subsequently performed at the Cuillo Center for the Arts in West Palm Beach, Arena Stage in Washington DC and a current national tour. He is also the author of TEA AT FIVE, the Katharine Hepburn bio-play which starred actress Kate Mulgrew. That production (which won the IRNE Award for Best Solo Play) had a successful run Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre and continues to tour the country. Other New York credits include directing END OF THE WORLD PART by Chuck Ranberg at the 47th Street Theatre; MOTHER AND CHILD at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre; and GUILTY INNOCENCE at the Actors' Playhouse, serving the latter two productions as both playwright and director. Regionally, he has directed the 20th anniversary production of Harvey Fierstein's TORCH SONG TRILOGY at the American Stage Company and the West Coast premiere of MOTHER AND CHILD starring Tony Award-winning actress Ann Wedgeworth at the Coast Playhouse. His work has been performed at regional theaters across the country including Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House and Seattle Rep. He has most recently completed a new drama entitled HIGH, starring actress Kathleen Turner. Matthew is the recipient of a Writers Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement.

LAURA MARGOLIS (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Stageworks/Hudson. Her directing credits for Stageworks include: TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE (World Premiere), TENNIS IN NABLUS (East Coast Premiere), IMAGINING MADOFF (Premiere), NOWHERE ON THE BORDER (World Premiere), CAR TALK (World Premiere), FALLING: A WAKE (American premiere), A WEDDING STORY (American premiere), DOG STORIES (World premiere) and many regional premieres such as OMNIUM GATHERUM, LEBENSRAUM, BRUTAL IMAGINATION and WIT. Highlighting her career are the plays she has directed for Stageworks' annual Play by Play Festival of New One-Acts. Regionally, she has directed at Capital Rep, Proctors, SUNY/Albany, among others. Laura has received the Certificate of Recognition from the Columbia County Board of Supervisors for providing original and creative opportunities to the community and the Columbia County Arts Award for Artist “for excellence in developing and fostering the arts in Columbia County.” She has served on the NYSCA Theater Panel. Laura attended Brooklyn College's MFA in Arts Administration program and has taught as an adjunct professor of theater at SUNY/Albany.

Design Team:
The design team includes: Randall Parsons (Set Design), Frank DenDanto, (Lighting Design), George Veale (Costume Design), Phil Elman (Sound Design/Technical Director), Dan Udell (Video Design). The Stage Manager is Jen Dobies.

About Stageworks/Hudson
Stageworks has established a reputation for its ambitious programming and adventurous productions. The company is especially known for producing the bold, risk-taking work of new dramatic voices. Central to its vision is Futures, an integrative program designed to move Stageworks to the forefront of new play development. Stageworks is both the experiment and the resource to infuse the whole life of the theater with a creative process that produces new ways of expressing, interpreting and sharing the human experience.

Stageworks is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Perform Columbia. It is the recipient of a Proctors Regional Arts Award inaugurated by Proctors Theatre in 2008 to honor the outstanding work of performing arts organizations. For four consecutive years, Stageworks was distinguished in Metroland Magazine as “Best Theater Company.” Stageworks is recipient of the Crystal Apple Award from the Chamber of Commerce for providing a positive effect both culturally and economically on the quality of life in our community.

Plays are for everyone, whether written by students, established authors or emerging dramatists. Theater illuminates, expresses and interprets the human experience and profoundly serves as a global stage for social exchange and enrichment. Stageworks complements its main season with a series of programs to encourage and engage young people, traditional theatergoers and new audiences. Stageworks continues to actively take a leadership role in establishing the Hudson Valley as a cultural destination by exploring and expanding its reputation for developing new theatrical works, forms and programs.

Calendar of Events
Previews: July 10 and 11
Opening: Friday, July 12
Closing: Sunday, July 28

Performance Calendar
LOOPED at Stageworks/Hudson

Wednesday at 7:30 pm: July 10, July 17, July 24.
Thursday at 7:30 pm: July 11, July 18, July 25.
Friday at 8:00 pm: July 12, July 19, July 26.
Saturday at 8:00 pm: July 13, July 20, July 27.
Saturday Matinee at 2:00 pm: July 27.
Sunday Matinee at 2:00 pm: July 14, July 21, July 28.

Talk Back with the cast and directors post-performance: July 18 & July 25.

Cast:
Colleen Zenk, Michael Rhodes and Steven Austin Young.

Playwright:
Matthew Lombardo

Production Team
Laura Margolis, Director
The design team includes: Randall Parsons (Set Design), Frank DenDanto, (Lighting Design), George Veale (Costume Design), Phil Elman (Sound Design/Technical Director), Dan Udell (Video Design). The Stage Manager is Jen Dobies, Assistant Stage Managers are Greg Cross and Matt Michael.

Tickets
For tickets or information, contact Stageworks by mail at 41-A Cross Street, Hudson, NY 12534 or call the box office at (518) 822-9667. For further information, visit the website at www.stageworkshudson.org.

Single ticket prices are:
$18 for preview performances
$24 for Weekdays, Matinees and Sundays
$29 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and there are special rates for students and seniors.

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Press Release for STOCKHOLM (coming soon)

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Press Release for the Mettawee River Theatre's TALIESIN

For Immediate Release

July 15, 2013

For interviews and features contact:

Phil Elman, General Manager 518.828.7843

contact@stageworkshudson.org

Photos for METTAWEE: http://stageworkshudson.org/photos_mettawee2013.html

Stageworks/Hudson and Art Omi present the Award-Winning Mettawee River Theater Company in a free outdoor performance at Omi Friday, July 19

Hudson, New York- Stageworks/Hudson and Art Omi will present a free performance of the Mettawee River Theatre Company's production of TALIESIN. The performance will take place in The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center on Friday, July 19 at 8 PM. Admission is free and guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Picnicking in advance of the performance is encouraged. Attendees can either bring their own picnic dinner or Café Omi will be open from 6-8pm to purchase a box dinner, beverages and dessert. To reserve a box dinner, please call 518-392-4747.

The performance is part of Mettawee's summer tour of outdoor performances in upstate New York, New England and New York City. The company has been dramatizing myths, folk tales and legends from diverse cultures for over 35 years with their original theatre productions that incorporate masks, puppets and giant figures with music, movement and text.

In TALIESIN, fantastic giant figures, puppets and masks are used to tell this Welsh tale of transformation and imagination. Children of all ages and adults will enjoy this story of sorcery and court intrigue in which power is accidentally bestowed on an unlikely kid who suddenly sees beyond everyday reality and goes on to use his extraordinary gifts to challenge the stale conventions and treacherous intrigues at King Maelgwyn's court.

Founder of the Obie Awards, Ross Wetzsteon, has praised Mettawee's productions, saying "In an age of over-priced, high-tech spectacle, it is a delight and a charm to come across a theatre company that touches our sense of wonder with dazzling modest means, a theatre that spins gold from straw."

TALIESIN is directed by Ralph Lee, who designs the masks, puppets and set. New company members Sarah Bedard, David DeSantis , Patrick Horn, Una Osato, Eddie Shields and Mettawee veteran Rob McFadyen play multiple roles. The script is adapted from the original legend by poet Robert Bagg and will feature an original musical score composed by Neal Kirkwood for hammered dulcimer and saxophone, played by Ed Rosenberg. Costumes are designed by Casey Compton.

About the Mettawee Theatre Company
Under the Artistic Direction of mask maker, designer and director Ralph Lee, the Mettawee River Theatre Company, founded in 1975, creates original theater productions that incorporate masks, giant figures, puppets and other visual elements with live music, movement and text, drawing on myths, legends and folklore of the world's many cultures for its material. Mettawee is committed to making theater accessible to the widest possible audience through its outdoor performances. With their array of creatures and characters, from sublime gossamer deities to heroic peasant women, Mettawee has presented annual tours to rural communities as well as such venues as the New York Botanical Garden, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Central Park Summerstage, and many others. Mettawee productions have been honored with American Theatre Wing Design Awards, a 1991 Village Voice OBIE Award and two Citations for Excellence from UNIMA, the international puppetry organization.

For more information about the Mettawee River Theatre Company, including a full schedule of this summer's outdoor tour, visit the company's web site at www.mettawee.org.

About Stageworks/Hudson
Stageworks has established a reputation for its ambitious programming and adventurous productions. The company is especially known for producing the bold, risk-taking work of new dramatic voices. Central to its vision is Futures, an integrative program designed to move Stageworks to the forefront of new play development. Stageworks is both the experiment and the resource to infuse the whole life of the theater with a creative process that produces new ways of expressing, interpreting and sharing the human experience.

Stageworks is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Perform Columbia. It is the recipient of a Proctors Regional Arts Award inaugurated by Proctors Theatre in 2008 to honor the outstanding work of performing arts organizations. For four consecutive years, Stageworks was distinguished in Metroland Magazine as "Best Theater Company." Stageworks is recipient of the Crystal Apple Award from the Chamber of Commerce for providing a positive effect both culturally and economically on the quality of life in our community.

Plays are for everyone, whether written by students, established authors or emerging dramatists. Theater illuminates, expresses and interprets the human experience and profoundly serves as a global stage for social exchange and enrichment. Stageworks complements its main season with a series of programs to encourage and engage young people, traditional theatergoers and new audiences. Stageworks continues to actively take a leadership role in establishing the Hudson Valley as a cultural destination by exploring and expanding its reputation for developing new theatrical works, forms and programs.

Visit Stageworks' home page for more details at www.stageworkshudson.org.

About Omi International Arts Center
Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians and dancers. The 300 acre campus is also the site for The Fields Sculpture Park, a public exhibition space with nearly 80 contemporary sculptures; Architecture Omi, exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape; and Education Omi, an arts education programs for children. Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. Through our programs and resulting public events-including a variety of Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi - Omi contributes to the vibrant culture of the Northeast region.

For more information visit: www.stageworkshudson.org or www.omiartscenter.org.

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