Rip Van Winkle;
or, Cut the Old Moon Into Stars

Written and Directed by Seth Bockley
Freely Adapted From the Story by Washington Irving

On-Site Performances August 31, September 2, 3
On the Road Performance September 1

The Catskill Mountains have always been a region full of fable. 

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 new take on this old tall tale, Rip isn’t the only one rambling. In the New Dutch village of Falling Waters, we find 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 commission by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Get Involved: FULL CIRCLE

Our story is told by our community: played by over 50 citizen actors and shared with our neighbors for free over Labor Day weekend as part of HVSF's Full Circle program. Anchored by the same guiding principles that shaped our 2016 production of Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN, the process of making RIP VAN WINKLE will involve free and open theater arts workshops at venues and community centers throughout the Hudson Valley, on- and off-stage volunteer opportunities, community partnerships, and myriad ways to get involved. Subscribe to HVSF's email newsletter to hear more! 

Cast & Creative

Casting announcements will be made this summer. Subscribe to HVSF's email newsletter to hear more!


Free tickets for all performances of RIP VAN WINKLE will be made available later this summer. With just four performances scheduled, ticket availability will be highly limited. Subscribe to HVSF's email newsletter to stay up-to-date!