HVSF2 at the Depot Theatre

New works, old friends, and an intimate theater setting

The eighth season of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's popular new works series, HVSF2, kicks off in August! Head to the intimate Philipstown Depot Theatre, just 3 miles away in Garrison, to take in contemporary plays read by HVSF company members before they hit mainstages across the country.

All HVSF2 performances start at 7:30pm and are held at 10 Garrison Landing, Garrison, NY 10524. Tickets may be purchased below and picked up at the Depot's on-site Box Office.

Philipstown Depot Theatre


Wednesday, August 2, 7:30PM
By Jen Silverman

Sawyer is an outcast. Scratch is the devil. And the fine folk of Edmonton are ready to combust. A modern riff on the Jacobean play, The Witch of Edmonton.

Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5, 7:30PM


Citizen playwrights, lend us your stories! This season, the HVSF COMMUNITY BAKEOFF (titled Forward, Forward Sisters) celebrates the centennial of women's suffrage in New York and the lives and roles of women in the Hudson Valley over the last 100 years. These short plays by Hudson Valley residents include:

GRANDMA DANIELLA by Lincoln Alpern
A grandmother struggles to support her daughter-in-law and and grandchild in a meaningful way.

CHANGE by Eugenie Milroy
Susan B. Anthony, Sacajewea, and Elizabeth II dollar coins reunite in a mason jar and plot a revolution.

Frederick Douglass pays Lucretia Mott a visit, and asks an important question.

An Italian American immigrant tells the story of a life plagued with hardship and fortitude.

A coming of age story set on the precipice of women's suffrage.

PAVING THE WAY by Rory J. Roche
An epic spanning from 1917 to the present about the ongoing struggle for equality.


Thanks in part to support from Humanities New York, all tickets for BAKEOFF readings are FREE to the public! Reserve now for August 4 or August 5.

Friday, August 11, 7:30PM
THE ODYSSEY By Kate Hamill

Odysseus has done terrible things; things he'd rather not remember. Like so many of our veterans, he struggles to resolve his actions with his conscience and forgive himself for terrible deeds done in the name of duty; and like so many refugees, he finds himself fundamentally changed by the trauma he’s experienced. Can he ever go back to the person he once was all those years ago in Ithaca? Can he ever truly return "home?"

Sunday, August 13, 7:30PM

RIP VAN WINKLE By Seth Bockley

In Washington Irving’s classic fable, a lackadaisical 18th century Dutch farmer in the Hudson Valley falls under the spell of magical mountain folk, sleeps for twenty years, and wake to find his world transformed. Rip’s America, like our own, is one of bewildering change and astonishing growth— but at what cost to tradition? In this contemporary adaptation, Irving’s tall tale becomes a lively celebration of community and the spell of nature, and asks a universal question: how do you return home when everything you know has changed?