Grab a picnic and a glass of wine, stake out your spot on the Great Lawn, and start your weekend off with a free, thrilling, behind-the-scenes exploration with HVSF artists, scholars, and industry experts.

These pre-show talks take place every Thursday night during the summer season and are open to the public. No performance ticket or registration is required, though we welcome you to add free Thursday Night Prologue reservations to your Thursday performance purchase.  In case of inclement weather, Prologues are held under the HVSF Theater Tent.

2022 Speakers

  • July 7- Music & Movement at HVSF: A conversation with Musical Director Saul Nache and Choreographer Kimiye Corwin.
  • July 14- ROMEO & JULIET: Dr. Seth Herbst, West Point Assistant Professor of English, discusses the Shakespearean classic. 
  • July 21- Climate Conversations: Sandra Goldmark, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Theatre, Director of Campus Sustainability and Climate Action at Barnard College in conversation with HVSF Artistic Director Davis McCallum, and Dr. Radley Horton, Lamont Research Professor, Ocean and Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School.
  • July 28- Yellow Finch Project: A conversation about enhancing the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other social-communication issues through the art of theater. 
  • Aug. 4- HVSF2: In conversation with MEMNON playwright and commissioned artist Will Power.
  • Aug. 18- Where We Belong- A Conversation with Evan T. Pritchard: Evan T. Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi’kmaq people, has taught a Native American studies at Pace University, Vassar College, and Marist College and is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture. 
  • Aug. 25- Speaker to be announced. 
  • Sept. 1- Romeos and Juliets: Generations of star-crossed lovers, Carl Howell and Angela Janas (2012), Kurt Rhoads and Nance Williamson (2022), discuss these roles. 
  • Sept. 8- Mr. Burns: A Conversation with The Civilians Artistic Director, Steven Cosson: Hear from Steven Cosson on why MR. BURNS was originally chosen for commission by The Civilians, New York, NY. 
  • Sept. 15- Our Future: Davis McCallum shares the vision for the site and future of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.