British actress/model Lily Cole portrays a promiscuous small-town woman who meets a terrible fate at the hands of a vigilante mob in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ video “Sacrilege,” filmed in Rosendale.
The first play of Shadowland’s season is a new drama by D. W. Gregory, Memoirs of a Forgotten Man. Based on true events, it chronicles the tale of Alexei S., a Soviet journalist with perfect memory who is seen as a threat by Stalin’s propaganda machine and targeted by a government censor.
It’s always tough to decide which shows to catch at any new summer season of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, but 2019 – its 33rd year – is shaping up to be tougher than most.
If you’re not gifted with precognition, the surest way to anticipate what stage hit is in the making is simply to attend plenty of each summer’s offerings on the Vassar College campus. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit show Hamilton got its start at Powerhouse Theater at Vassar.
Friday, June 14: Hudson Valley cinephiles and boosters of the regional economy alike have reason for excitement this week: A star-studded feature film shot locally, whose director is responsible for a long string of iconically quirky indie productions going back to the 1980s (Stranger than Paradise, Down by Law, Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson), hits the big screen this weekend. And Upstate Films in Rhinebeck is hosting a truly homegrown red-carpet event this Friday evening by inviting an unusual group of special guests for a photo op at the late show.
For all the focus of this clever screenplay on topical issues of our digital-driven society, it dawns on the viewer by the end of the second act that what we’re enjoying here is fundamentally a French sex farce in highbrow clothing.
Wednesday, June 12: Depicted are six pooches that open and close drawers, turn their mistress over in bed, remove paper from the computer printer, push a syringe into flesh, put on a woman’s socks and pull up her blanket. They soothe a veteran with PTSD and a severely autistic child.
They’re politically “woke,” break no rules and look down on all their less-serious age peers. Picture a couple of Californian Hermione Grangers and you’ve got the gist.
Friday, May 31: This new documentary – directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman, produced by Jamila Ephron and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy – promises 96 minutes of “that teeming mass of humanity, the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half a-million-strong throng of young people [that] was nothing less than a miracle of unity.”
May 31-June 16: The first play on this year’s list at the charming former vaudeville theater is a new drama by D. W. Gregory. Based on true events, it chronicles the tale of Alexei S., a Soviet journalist with perfect memory who is seen as a threat by Stalin’s propaganda machine and targeted by a government censor.