The Arsonists on stage at Denizen Theatre

Sean Cullen and Jenny Jarnagin in The Arsonists (photo by Bryan Godwin)

Following the successful runs of its first two productions, William Francis Hoffman’s Cal in Camo last October and Hannah Benitez’s Adaptive Radiation in December, the Denizen Theatre, New Paltz’s new black-box performance space in the Water Street Market, concludes its inaugural season with the regional premiere of The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger. It previews this Thursday, January 31, officially opens the following evening and runs through Sunday, February 24.

Directed by Ben Williamson, Denizen’s co-artistic director, The Arsonists is described as “a lyrical Gothic tale, inspired by Electra, in which a father and daughter – poets, musicians, singers, storytellers – on the run from the law, must learn to let go.” The cast features Jenny Jarnagin and Sean Cullen.


New evening performance times have been announced for the winter: 7 p.m. (instead of 8) Wednesdays through Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinées on Saturday, February 2 and all Sundays during the run. Ticketholders can attend a post-show talkback with the cast following every Wednesday performance, and there will be a panel discussion on Thursday, February 14.

The ticket price structure at Denizen is designed to help build younger audiences for theatrical works: $24 for general admission, $20 for seniors, $15 for people under the age of 30 and $5 for students. To reserve, call (845) 303-4136 or visit 

The Arsonists, Jan. 31-Feb. 24, Wednesday-Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $24/$20/$15/$5, Denizen Theatre, Water Street Market, 10 Main Street, New Paltz, (845) 303-4136,