Bobbie O’Steen and her daughter, Molly, have spent each of the last 20 summers under our Theater Tent in Garrison. As part of our #GivingTuesday Story Share, Bobbie offers her story of how early and continued exposure to Shakespeare at HVSF deeply impacted Molly, leading her to teach theater in adulthood:
I want to share a story about my daughter and how much HVSF influenced and inspired her.
Molly O’Steen is now twenty-eight and she has not missed a single Hudson Valley Shakespeare performance since the age of eight. She went on to become a true Shakespeare ‘geek’ as a result of that exposure. I believe the way your plays are presented greatly contributed to her understanding and excitement at that young age. She went on to see numerous Broadway plays and has developed a passion for Tony Kushner and Stephen Sondheim, among others – but Shakespeare was her first love. She even convinced her high school English teacher and the administration to create a class called “Shakespeare for the Brave” and spent time teaching theater to other high school students to expose them to the Great Works.