Stage & Screen

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Fest is back with The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Fest is back with The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

Both in content and language, Miz Martha Washington segues from historical past to pop-culture present and back again with easy fluidity. But for all the modern references, the obvious literary framework, given the Christmas Eve setting and the series of spectral visitations, is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s meant to evoke in the viewer a hope for a redemption arc for Martha Washington as heartfelt as that of Ebenezer Scrooge. Alas, this protagonist falls short, veering desperately between guilt and denial, dependency and even a little rebellion of her own.

Filmmaker David McDonald reanimates legendary club-owner Joe Zelli in The Royal Box

Filmmaker David McDonald reanimates legendary club-owner Joe Zelli in The Royal Box

When Hudson Valley One last caught up with Columbia County-based filmmaker David McDonald in early 2019, he was looking for backers to make a movie out of his screenplay Ella the Ungovernable. It was a juicy story about the horrific period in 1933-34 when 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald was an inmate at the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson when she escaped and within a few months got “discovered” on Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater.