Or, Cut The Old Moon Into Stars
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 (pronounced “BOAK-ley”) 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, 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.
RIP VAN WINKLE is part of HVSF’s FULL CIRCLE Program. To participate in a free storytelling or design workshop, and to learn more about how to audition at the end of April, click here or contact Elizabeth Audley, Director of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free tickets for all performances of RIP VAN WINKLE will be made available online beginning August 1, and via HVSF’s traveling box office in select locations on select dates in August. With just four performances scheduled, ticket availability will be highly limited. Subscribe to HVSF’s email newsletter to learn more.
Seth Bockley’s dialogue is funny and quick, but also has something on its mind.Entertainment Weekly