11:00 am *Sensory-friendly performance & 4:00 pm | $12/$10/$6 children/$22 family of 4| 1 hour | Live performance
Rosendale Theatre invites you to celebrate the harvest season with “Tales of the Hudson Valley” a live reader’s theater performance adapted from Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
The 11:00 am performance will be a special Sensory-Friendly performance (*Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.)
The 4:00 pm performance will be for the general public. Directed by Ann Citron, featuring actors Virginia Ferri, Bruce Pileggi and Edward Schoelwer (who play 22 different characters!), with live music/sound effects by Fre Atlast, “Tales” is made to delight the entire family.
Washington Irving, America’s first man of letters, wrote these classic stories set in the Hudson Valley. Edward Versailles wrote the script which premiered in 2014, “Tales” is highly entertaining, humorous and insightful. “The works of Washington Irving are national treasures and are part of the rich history and culture we enjoy here in the Hudson Valley,” said County Executive Mike Hein. “This unique and fun theatrical performance puts a new twist on Irving’s works. We are excited that the Rosendale Theatre is holding such a great event.”
Edward Versailles, the writer of “Tales of the Hudson Valley,” lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley. The author of numerous ten-minute plays including “The Cat Fanciers” which has been performed in the Catskill Region at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville; “Jodi, Ree, and Joe-Joe”; “Priming”; “Painted White, With a Bow”; and “Nobody Sells Carpet Like Bill.” His plays have been performed in festivals and series all over the United States. A full-length comedy “Piper Lynn and Opalene” was a semi-finalist in the McLaren Comedy Writing Competition. “Sydney’s Choice,” later renamed “Hippie Love in Late Middle Age,” premiered at the 2012 Rosendale Theatre Play Festival, and has been performed at other venues in New York State. This summer, “March in the Parade: A Play with Music for Young Audiences,” which he wrote premiered at Rosendale Theatre.
Ann Citron, director of Rosendale Theatre–supervising day to day activities as well as artistic undertakings—is the director of “Tales of the Hudson Valley.” She was a founding board member of the Rosendale Theatre Collective. She has been a director and teacher for both adults and teens for over 25 years. Since 1997 with the powerful but short life of the Grange Theatre on Main Street, Ann has wanted to bring theater and other cultural events to Rosendale, believing that the economy of a place and the life of its citizens are enhanced and enriched by the arts. At Rosendale Theatre she has directed and acted in the 2012 and 2013 Rosendale Theatre Play Festivals. Also, at Rosendale Theatre she directed “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “SantaLand Diaries.” and “The Exonerated.”