Stage & Screen

Hollywood-on-Hudson: Mohonk hosts Billions as local filmmaking ramps up

Hollywood-on-Hudson: Mohonk hosts Billions as local filmmaking ramps up

This week Mohonk Mountain House served as a set for a party scene in the fifth season of the Showtime series Billions, which stars Paul Giamatti as a US attorney (loosely based on Preet Bharara) and Damian Lewis as the hedge fund tycoon he’s pursuing. In Hudson Valley Film Commission director Laurent Rejto’s view, 2019 has quite simply been “the most successful year to date for regional film and TV production.”

Old Dutch Church hosts Dzieci Theatre’s Fools Mass in Kingston

Old Dutch Church hosts Dzieci Theatre’s Fools Mass in Kingston

Sunday, Dec. 8: The Roman custom of celebrating Saturnalia with a temporary topsy-turvy social order, during which servants were permitted to lord it over their masters, persisted well after the Christianization of Europe. In his Anatomy of Abuses in England in Shakspere’s Youth (1583), the pamphleteer Phillip Stubbes railed against the ongoing practice of a Lord of Misrule being appointed by a mob to take over a country church at Christmastime. That odd tradition has largely been forgotten, but the Brooklyn-based Dzieci Theatre – known hereabouts for its performances of Makbet at Opus 40 – does its best to keep the memory alive.

Kaatsbaan names Stella Abrera artistic director

Kaatsbaan names Stella Abrera artistic director

She joins executive director Sonja Kostich at the helm of the prominent 30-year-old Hudson Valley dance organization. Says Kostich, “Stella is an extraordinary figure in the cultural world and an inspiring advocate for Kaatsbaan, both as a female Filipino-American leader and as an artist, and I’m elated to welcome her as my new partner at Kaatsbaan.”