Denizen Theatre in New Paltz will be reopening its doors for Tony-nominated Broadway playwright, Neil LaBute, this October. The world premiere True Love Will Find You in the End is about marriage and divorce; passion and obsession; and how love can find you in even the most extraordinary circumstances. It will run from October 8 to 18, Thursday through Saturdays at 6 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 4 p.m.
With their facilities indefinitely unavailable, or available on terms so reduced it is nearly impracticable, arts organizations like New Paltz’ venerable Unison Arts Center are asking and answering the toughest questions about survival — economic and creative. Where is the soul of an arts center? Does it lie in the actual physical space, with the high ceilings, wood beams, track lighting and acoustic treatment? Or does it live in the curatorial and community impulse?
If you missed Hollywoodland the first time around, you’ll get another chance on Tuesday, August 18, when the fabulous Greenville Drive-In Cinema plays host to a screening presented by the Woodstock Film Festival in collaboration with Radio Woodstock. In case you missed it, drive-ins are the only safe place in these pandemic days to go see a movie the old-fashioned way: on a big screen shared with a big audience.
The theme was inspired by memories of stories read aloud in childhood, with the participating artists translating that experience into visual media. “When someone read you a story, that information got transmitted and interpreted by whoever was going to read to you,” said Hicks. “There was a kind of comfort in that community aspect. Sharing and transmitting information in art can be literal or abstract. ‘Read to Me’ is also a demand – a cry for help, or a cry for information.”
Here’s a piece of good news for homebound cinema buffs: The newest opus by Kelly Reichardt, who teaches in the film and electronic arts program at Bard College, is available for streaming after nearly a year in commercial limbo.
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.