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Casting Announced for RIP VAN WINKLE

Forty local citizen actors to take the stage this Labor Day Weekend alongside professional actors and designers in Seth Bockley’s newly-commissioned adaptation.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) has announced complete casting for Seth Bockley’s RIP VAN WINKLE; OR, CUT THE OLD MOON INTO STARS. The production – the Festival’s first-ever mainstage commission – will feature forty citizen actors drawn from towns and cities in four counties throughout the Hudson Valley alongside four professional actors, and will open for four free performances over Labor Day Weekend 2018.

This joyful, hilarious, music-filled celebration combines classic Hudson Valley/Catskills lore (including content from two additional Washington Irving texts) with other tall tales of the region, and features the voices and handiwork of today’s Hudson Valley residents. Community participation has been incorporated at nearly every stage of development, including storytelling and design workshops for all held earlier this spring, scenic materials sourced from local neighborhoods, a community design/build team constructing sets, props, and costumes, and countless volunteers lending a hand backstage.

Our RIP VAN WINKLE Cast By Hometown…

Beacon, NY: Philip Condyles, David Kupras, Emma Myers, Celia Reissig, Sarah Ristine, Bernadette Humphrey-Nicol, Michele Humphrey-Nicol

Cold Spring, NY: Alison Anthoine, Alex Danilov, Laura Danilov, Lourdes Laifer, John Lane, Sean McNall*, Tara Vamos, Sophia Catalina, Carolyn Llewellyn

Cornwall, NY: Sally Sirota

Croton, NY: Adam Auslander

Croton on Hudson, NY: Brody Marcus, Lindsey Marcus, Melissa Shawcross, Julie Smith

Hopewell Junction, NY: Scarlett Ricker

Mohegan Lake, NY: Joe Merriam

Newburgh, NY: Roger Acevedo, Dante De Leo, Yudy Gomez

Ossining, NY: Gretchen Craig

Peekskill, NY: Leilani Bridgewater, Jim Cairl, Christian Urbina

Poughkeepsie, NY: Jess Lyke

Salt Point, NY: Ellen O’Neill, Jim O’Neill

Tuxedo Park, NY: Bill Lemanski

Verplanck, NY: Suzanne Johnson

Yorktown Heights, NY: Christine Kelly

New York, NY: Liam Craig*, Robyn Kerr*, Maribel Martinez

This large-scale, citizen-driven production is part of FULL CIRCLE, HVSF’s year-round programming initiative focused on community engagement within the Hudson Valley. Inspired by the success of its 2016 production of OUR TOWN, and energized by similar initiatives at other national theaters, such as The Public Theater’s PublicWorks program, HVSF established FULL CIRCLE to build and sustain community through radically participatory art-making, featuring workshops, community gatherings, and performance opportunities.

RIP VAN WINKLE begins rehearsal on July 8, with free performances taking place at the HVSF Theater Tent at Boscobel House and Gardens (Garrison, NY) on August 31, September 1, and September 3 at 7pm; and one performance at University Settlement Camp (Beacon, NY) on September 2 at 4pm.

Free tickets for all performances will be made available online starting August 1, and in-person via HVSF’s Traveling Box Office in select locations at the end of August. Ticket distribution details will be announced in the coming weeks.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

About the Production

RIP VAN WINKLE; OR, CUT THE OLD MOON INTO STARS
Written and Directed by Seth Bockley
Freely Adapted from the Story by Washington Irving

On-Site Performances August 31, September 1, September 3. 7pm.
Performance at University Settlement Camp, Beacon September 2, 4pm

It’s a familiar story: an indolent dreamer falls asleep high in the Catskills, wakes after twenty years, and returns to a world he doesn’t recognize. But in Seth Bockley’s new take on this old tale, Rip isn’t the only one rambling. In the New Dutch village of Falling Waters, we meet Rip’s adventurous daughter and her hard-working mother, plus tinkers, butchers, innkeepers, tall-tale-telling wives, a few seafaring ghosts, the bespectacled author behind the original story, and the beating heart of a community poised somewhere between the distant past and the not-so-distant future. This world premiere adaptation is the first-ever mainstage commission by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and part of HVSF’s FULL CIRCLE program.

Scenic Designer: Sandra Goldmark
Costume Designer: Charlotte Palmer-Lane (Cold Spring, NY)
Lighting Designer: Mike Inwood
Sound Designer: Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
Composer & Music Director: Raymond Bokhour (Cold Spring, NY)
Choreographer: Belle Ritter (Peekskill, NY)
Voice & Text Coach: Alithea Phillips
Production Stage Manager: Avery Trunko
Assistant Director: Jason Myeongsik
Puppet Designer: Jesse Mooney-Bullock
Scenic Associate & Props Designer: Buffy Cardoza (Beacon, NY)
Associate Producer: Paloma Wake (Beacon, NY)
Assistant to the Director: Casey Morris (Beacon, NY)