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Questions About HVSF’s Future Answered

1. What is the timeline?

Our first season in our new home will be the summer of 2022. For the summer of 2021, Boscobel has invited HVSF back for a farewell season to celebrate our 34-year collaboration and the audiences who supported it. We are deeply grateful to our friends and partners at Boscobel for continuing to host us during this period of transition.

2. Where is the new location?

The new site is at 2015 U.S. 9, Garrison, NY — less than three miles from HVSF’s current performance site at Boscobel.

3. Will performances still take place in a tent?

Yes, we love performing in a tent and think that it’s an essential part of what makes HVSF so unique. We are recreating the tent as a permanent structure, with improved ventilation, sightlines, and acoustics, and better backstage facilities for actors and crew.

4. What about the astonishing view? What about picnicking on the lawn?

HVSF’s new home has a jaw-dropping northward view of the Hudson River, with Storm King Mountain on the left, Breakneck Ridge on the right, the gateway to the upper Hudson Valley. In our new home, audience members can continue to picnic before performances just as they have done for decades. In addition, guests will have the option of dining indoors or on the terrace at the Valley Restaurant or World’s End Bar. The magnificent new view will provide the backdrop for our performances, and our company of actors will continue to appear over a ridge on the horizon, a signature of HVSF productions.

5. Who made the decision to move?

HVSF was in discussions with Boscobel regarding a long-term lease. In the midst of these conversations, HVSF was presented with the once-in-a-generation opportunity of a gift of land from philanthropist Chris Davis for a new permanent home. HVSF and our partners at Boscobel agree that this development was a great opportunity for both organizations. In addition to ensuring HVSF’s long-term future with our first-ever permanent home, it allows both organizations to grow our programming. We could not be more grateful to our generous donor for making this possible.

6. Was this gift in response to the Covid-19 pandemic?

This transformative gift was already in process before the first case was detected in the United States. The devastating impact of the pandemic on the theater industry has made the incredible generosity of Chris Davis all the more meaningful for HVSF and the theater community at large.

7. What is going to happen to golf at The Garrison?

Golf will continue on a parcel of the site but in a modified, 9-hole course. The new golf course will be physically separate from the property which HVSF will own and operate.

8. What is going to happen with special events and weddings at The Garrison?

The property is large enough that weddings and performances will have no impact on each other. At this time, the grounds are not available for rentals. Should you have any questions or concerns about your wedding event please contact Chip Allemann, chipallemann@thegarrison.com.

9. Will ticket prices remain the same?

HVSF often adjusts ticket prices from season to season. But we don’t anticipate that the move to the new home will have any meaningful impact on ticket prices. For the last several seasons, we have had an average ticket price of right around $40.

Do you have more questions? Do not hesitate to reach out to us directly: questions@hvshakespeare.org.