Artist’s New Work Forum 2016 Events




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opportunity for artists, who may not have other opportunities or access to audiences, to present and workshop new work or works-in-progress to the public free of charge in the Rosendale Theatre.




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A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE CONGO, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, Produced by Ted Folke, is a feature documentary about the Sisyphean struggle of the world’s largest and oldest UN Peacekeeping mission to bring peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo after Africa’s World War killed an estimated 5 million Congolese. Like African stories other than diseases and natural disasters, the Congo i s an important story which American corporate media has ignored.


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WILD NIGHTS, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Written and Directed by Robert Clem. In Amherst, Massachusetts in 1881, a young, energetic and attractive couple named Mabel and David Todd arrive at the college where David is the new astronomer. They are soon drawn into and become major players in a dark family drama surrounding a reclusive, ailing and unknown poet named Emily Dickinson.




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TIMES OF CHANGE, FROM MOSCOW TO ROSENDALE Tuesday, July 26th, 2016. The project’s performances include elements of dance improvisation and spontaneous creation of the viewers’ stories. Stories come to life on stage in real time in the shape of physical performance and musical improvisation. FROM RUSSIA: Anastasia Vorobyeva – actor of Physical Theatre and Playback Theatre, Social activist and Egor Utkin – dancer, actor of Physical Theatre and Playback Theatre. FROM THE HUDSON VALLEY: Sarah Urech, originally from Switzerland, is a conductor and actor with Hudson River Playback Theatre for 22 years, Fre Atlast is a multi-instrumental performer, teacher, composer, foley artist, community activist, street priestess, and Founder of The Elders Drum Project, and Ann Belmont is a guitarist, vocalist, and bassist and is the musician for Hudson River Playback Theatre and Big Apple Playback Theatre.


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LIKE YOU An Original Screenplay Adapted from Shakespeareʼs As You Like It by Nicole Quinn
Tuesday, September 27 | 7:15 pm | Free Admission |

Adapted from Shakespeareʼs As You Like It, Like You is a contemporary gender bending romp set in the pastoral forest of Arden. A summer 2017 local movie shoot is planned. Disguised as a man, Rosalind, and her cousin Celia, escape forced marriage and religious persecution to find sanctuary among hippies, red necks, and realtors in the forest of Arden. (Touchstone, As You Like It, Folger Museum)

The reading will feature Actors & Writers company members and other local luminaries. Come and participate in the development of an indie film script. Then follow the project from script to screen! Reading cast includes: Mary Stuart Masterson as Rosalind, Jeremy Davidson as Orlando, with Michael OʼKeefe, and Julie Novak, along with Actors&Writers company members, Sarah Chodoff, Denny Dillon, DavisHall, Mikhail Horowitz, Adam Lefevre, David Smilow, Joe White, and Lori Wilner. (subject to availability)



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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7:15 pm | Free admission | 90 minutes

Sheila Dee and The Dazzlers perform original, evocative, upbeat rock-n-roll music specializing in dynamic vocal harmonies that fill your ears. The Rosendale based band is gearing up to record their first full-length album featuring the music of Sheila Dee in 2016.





I Do Too

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 7:15 pm | Free Admission | 1 hr 40 min | An original screenplay by Nina Shengold. Reading directed by Janet Grillo.

After photographing her brother’s gay wedding, a feisty single woman plans her own nontraditional wedding without a groom, sending comic shockwaves through her circle of family and friends. When she meets Mr. Maybe-Right on a local bike trail, she has to decide what “happily ever after” means.

The reading’s cast includes Tim Bruck, Dannah Chaifetz, Sarah Chodoff, Ann Citron, Mary Gallagher, Davis Hall, Mikhail Horowitz, Betty MacDonald, Terri Mateer, Hannah Munson, Kevin O’Rourke, Nicole Quinn, Edwin Sanchez, David Smilow, Robert Burke Warren, and Shelley Wyant.



Suicide Imprint, an anthology reading

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

7:15 pm | FREE ADMISSION | 1 hour
A live reading, Suicide Imprint, will be presented at the Rosendale Theatre on November 15, 2016 as part of the Artist’s New Work Forum series (in which audience members receive free admission in exchange for their feedback). The reading is by seven women—Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes, Dawn Breeze, Lorraine Coscia-Ackerman, Maureen Cummins, Linda Melick, Karen Ogborn, and Denise Ranaghan—who participated in a writing workshop co-created by Maureen Cummins, Beverly Donofrio, and Denise Ranaghan, with sponsorship through the Mental Health Association in Kingston, NY. The workshop was for suicide survivors (people who had lost someone they loved to suicide) and individuals who had attempted suicide.

Gone Postal: The Documentary

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 7:15 pm | FREE ADMISSION | documentary film | 1 hour + Q&A – Be our test audience! Fill out a survey, participate in the Q&A, assist the artist in work-shopping and improving their piece.

In Gone Postal: The Documentary, employees speak out against injustice on the job. The film weaves director Jay Galione’s own father’s story, a career postal clerk and union shop steward who faced retaliation throughout his career, with stories of postal workers nationwide who are harassed, threatened, and fired for standing up for themselves and their fellow employees.



Destined to Fly, Christopher Nostrand

Wednesday, December 14

7:15 pm | FREE admission | 41 minutes | documentary

“Destined To Fly” is a documentary film about Cole Palen, the founder of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Our childhood influences us like no other time in our lives, flooding our consciousness with seemingly invincible heroes we idolize. But after one of our heroes dies, our memories of that person become enchanting stories of legend. At the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, a community of antique aviators continues to remember their own legendary hero, Cole Palen, by reviving his past traditions and introducing them to new generations.

Cole’s passion for building and repairing antique airplanes transcends multiple generations, forging connections through childhood experience, memory, and storytelling. Founded in 1958, Old Rhinebeck was one of the first airfields dedicated to antique airplane restoration. But the community brought together by the romantic era of flight lost their hero after Cole Palen’s death in 1993. More than twenty years later, Cole’s own childhood dream is sustained by the now grown children who were touched at an early age by Cole’s passion and vision.


A Midsummer Night’s Musical by Debbie Lan

Sunday, December 18 | 3:00 pm | FREE Admission | 1 hour 15 minutes/no intermission

On A Midsummer’s Night by Debbie Lan, Librettist/Composer is a composed-through, Pop Opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ As part of Artist’s New Work Forum the original musical will be work-shopped at the Rosendale Theatre on December 18, 3:00 pm. Admission is free. Directed by Allyson Uzzle, with a terrific cast Carrie Wykoff, Doug Motel, Molly Lugo, Rachel Van Carpels, Sarah Urech, Gil Sweeney, Matteo Undici, Tim Bruck, and Margaret Stanne.


This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

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We the People, reading of a new play by Doug Motel
Tuesday, May 23, 7:15 pm




Hamilton Burr: a staged reading written by Robert Clem
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:15 pm