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King Arthur live at Bard SummerScape

King Arthur live at Bard SummerScape

King Arthur, featuring baritone Norman Garrett and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke in an original staging by Princess Grace award-winner Louisa Proske, will run for four performances on July 25, 28 and 30 and August 1 at Bard SummerScape.

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.

White Feather Farm is incubator for Woodstock Film Festival’s first residency program

White Feather Farm is incubator for Woodstock Film Festival’s first residency program

There’s some serious creativity taking root this spring at an organic farm on the eastern outskirts of Woodstock. Thanks to a new partnership between the White Feather Farm Foundation and the Woodstock Film Festival, four young independent filmmakers are using a monthlong residency to cultivate the concepts behind their latest projects, with assistance from some impressive mentors. Two are working on documentaries, two on narrative features, and all four represent constituencies who rarely get to tell their own stories in the Hollywood-dominated entertainment media realm.