GARRISON, NY (November 9, 2021) – In an effort to continuously bring the magic of live theater to Philipstown and the the Hudson Valley region, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) submitted a request to the Town of Philipstown for a special events permit to host its 2022 season in temporary facilities on the site of The Garrison. The permit would prevent the theater organization from going dark amidst its work to move to a permanent home, and instead will allow the nonprofit to continue its mission-based activities and ensure that the community can continue to experience the Festival’s unique open-air performances as they have done at Boscobel for the past 35 years. It will also enable the Philipstown Planning Board to continue its thorough review of HVSF’s proposal for a permanent home on the site.
“We want to continue to provide our community with spectacular productions and outdoor communal gatherings in 2022. We also want to allow for a careful and thoughtful approval process. This temporary permit request allows for both, ” said Katie Liberman, managing director at HVSF.
If the permit is approved, HVSF plans to utilize its existing seasonal tent from its former location at Boscobel House and Gardens on the site of the former tennis court at The Garrison, where there is currently an unoccupied gravel lot. This siting will ensure the least possible site work and the most temporary facilities to ensure that the approval process can continue unhindered.
“After going dark due to COVID, we can’t bear to miss another summer of gathering under the theater tent,” said artistic director Davis McCallum. “We continue sharing the experience of professional theater, and making our own unique contribution to the combination of nature and culture that makes the Hudson Highlands so special.”
For more information about Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and its plans to move to a new location, visit: https://hvshakespeare.org/newhome/.
About Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1987, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) is a critically acclaimed (The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal), professional, non-profit theater company. The Festival has established a reputation for lucid, engaging, and highly inventive productions staged in rotating repertory under an iconic, open-air theater tent overlooking the Hudson River. In recent years, the Festival has also ventured beyond the tent, touring its work to other venues throughout the Hudson Valley as part of its HVSF On the Road series, transferring productions to other theaters, engaging its community through radically participatory art-making, and reaching over 50,000 students and educators annually through its year-round education programs. For more information, visit: hvshakespeare.org or follow HVSF on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.