Friday, Aug. 7: Written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, William Shakespeare’s Long-Lost First Play (Abridged) is a wild romp whose premise is that “They found a manuscript in a hole in a parking lot” – a reference to the 2012 discovery of the mortal remains of King Richard III buried underneath a car park in the English city of Leicester.
Every year at this time, chef Youko Yamamoto – former proprietor of Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Escape in New Paltz, known for hosting authentic Japanese cultural events such as the annual mochi-pounding party – organizes the Bon-Odori Dance Festival for Peace. In summers past it has been held at New Paltz’s Hasbrouck Park and Kingston Point Park. This year, the commemorations will go on, spread over a week instead of a weekend, and attendance will happen online.
The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz will replace its traditional model of full-scale stage productions with a series of smaller staged readings this fall, allowing students and faculty to gather and perform while safely adhering to social-distancing practices.
What to watch on the small screen next, while we wait for the big one to open back up? Well, what could be timelier in these days of Black Lives Matter protests than a new Spike Lee Joint? It’s called Da 5 Bloods, Netflix has got it and – like most any Lee creation – it’s amply deserving of your attention.
The Bardavon will launch its free online series — The HVP Virtual Concert Hall — curated by Hudson Valley Philharmonic maestro Randall Craig Fleischer and featuring intimate performances by Hudson Valley Philharmonic musicians playing some of their favorite pieces on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m.
Slated for release on July 10 via a variety of cable on-demand platforms, including iTunes, Google and Amazon Prime, is a new independently produced supernatural thriller titled A Deadly Legend. It was filmed in Sullivan and Greene County, and producers Kristen Anne Ferraro and Eric Wolf – d/b/a REMcycle Media, Inc. – are based in Wurtsboro. It’s their first feature-length effort.
The Woodstock Film Festival will hold a special summer drive-in screening of Katherine Dieckmann’s 2006 film Diggers at the Greenville Drive-In followed by an in-depth filmmaker Q&A.
The need for social distancing is putting unprecedented strain on arts venues and organizations that normally rely on the ability of performers and audiences to share physical space. But the challenge to find alternative ways to teach skills and engage the public has led to innovative applications of digital technologies. These seem likely to reshape cultural offerings post-pandemic.
Much of the wicked fun of this movie lies in guessing who’s manipulating whom, when and why. Some reviewers have been comparing Stanley and Shirley to the cynical George and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? but the relationships here are rather more complicated than that.
It has been speculated that part of the attraction of this story for Ruffalo may be grounded in personal history: The actor’s younger brother Scott died of a gunshot wound in 2008, under circumstances never fully explained. In I Know This Much Is True he plays twin brothers, one of whom, Thomas Birdsey, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. The other twin, Dominick, is the protagonist, the ordinary complications of his life multiplied exponentially by his brother’s delusions and self-destructive behavior.