Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23: Lisa Channer, who grew up in New Paltz in the 1970s in a household that was a sort of hippie arts salon, experienced an epiphany in her mid-teens as a result of reading Isadora Duncan’s autobiography. It changed her path and her life. Now she’s portraying Duncan in Dancing on the Edge, a new drama by much-anthologized playwright Adam Kraar about the brief, stormy marriage of the “mother of modern dance” to Russian Imaginist poet Sergei Esenin in the early 1920s.
Mario Cantone, whose rapid-fire, over-the-top humor entertained audiences at the first Woodstock Comedy Festival, returns on Saturday, September 16, to headline this year’s event, the fifth annual comedy fundraiser for Family of Woodstock and the Polaris Project against human trafficking.
There’s more humor than horror in this one.
Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, which has been performing at Tina Chorvas Park for the last 15 years, would use some property it owns near the Mill Senior Housing Complex, also near the Esopus.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17: Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart star in Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller Vertigo, cited by the American Film Institute as the country’s greatest mystery film. Screening the film classic with a live performance of Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score is the brainchild of film and television director Allen Coulter, known for his work on HBO’s The Sopranos.
Friday, Sept. 8: The troupe’s giant papier-mâché and cardboard characters are recognized all over the world. With this outing, Bread & Puppet hopes to inspire the public to rebel and “underthrow the current system from the toes up.” The troupe’s founder and director, Peter Schumann, says that they want to create the “possibilitarian models of the new: the sourdough, the potato patches of the new.”
Opening on Friday, Sept. 8: This marks the group’s 60th anniversary season.
Saturday, Sept. 9: After a couple of decades as a world adventurer, author and filmmaker who documented Antarctica and other far-flung parts of our ocean planet on National Geographic expeditions, the Stone Ridge resident simply wants to save the world’s waterways — in particular the one closest to home.
For Josh and Benny Safdie, indie co-directors who grew up in Queens, its harshly neon-lit boulevards lined with strip malls, car dealerships, check-cashing joints and White Castles are the perfect setting for their über-edgy new caper movie.
Works for the festival, which runs through Sept 4, will be coming from Canada, Japan, India, France, the UK, Iran AND Irag, Italy, Brazil, Sweden, Ireland, Bulgaria, Australia, Denmark, Greece The Netherlands, Palestine, Singapore, Turkey, South Africa, and all over the U.S. and Northeast.