Talks & Events

Get closer to the action!

Curious about the life of a performer? Want to flex your literary muscles with the industry's leading scholars? Just looking for a heck of a good time on the Great Lawn? Check out one of our pre- or post-show talks, lawn parties, or events to enrich your HVSF experience this summer.


Summer Lawn Parties

Great fun on the Great Lawn! Dine, drink, and dance to help us ring and – and bid farewell to – our 2017 Season. These open-air pre-show affairs are not to be missed! Lawn Parties are automatically included in the price of June 16 and September 4 performances. Standalone Lawn Party tickets may also be purchased for those who do not wish to see the evening's show.


Post-Show Talkbacks

FREE with Performance | These lively, informal after-show discussions with HVSF artists offer engaging, new perspectives on what you've just seen under the Theater Tent! Bring your burning questions on select dates throughout the summer season. 


Friday Night Prologues

FREE | Grab a picnic and a glass of wine, stake out your spot on the Great Lawn, and start your weekend off with a thrilling, behind-the-scenes exploration with HVSF artists and industry experts. These free talks take place every week during the summer season and are open to the public – no performance ticket required! In case of inclement weather, Friday Night Prologues are held under the Theater Tent.

  • Friday, June 9, 6:15p | THE BOOK OF WILL
    with Artistic Director and THE BOOK OF WILL Director Davis McCallum

  • Friday, June 16, 6:15p | TWELFTH NIGHT
    Enjoy a taste and talk about the brews of Shakespeare's time! This Friday Night Prologue is offered in concert with our Opening Night Lawn Party. Purchase tickets above!

  • Friday, June 23, 6:15p | PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
    with Director Amanda Dehnert

  • Friday, June 30, 6:15p | THE BOOK OF WILL
    with Newburgh-based publisher Luke Pontifell of Thornwillow Press:

    MAKING BOOKS FAMILIAR TO WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    Thornwillow Press is a fine press that publishes limited editions of new and classical texts. Pontifell will discuss the press's bookmaking processes, including its workshop in Prague where the handmade papers for the press's editions are made and where traditional hand binding, engraving, and letter press techniques are used to make some of the Thornwillow editions.

  • Friday, July 7, 6:15p | THE BOOK OF WILL
    featuring performance highlights from HVSF's On the Road tour of ROMEO & JULIET

  • Friday, July 14, 6:15p | PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
    with Boscobel Curator Jennifer Carlquist

    PLUS: Teen Revelers enjoy a backstage tour and meet and greet with PRIDE Playwright Kate Hamill!

  • Friday, July 21, 6:15p | TWELFTH NIGHT
    West Point Night with Dr. Cordelia Zukerman

  • Friday, July 28, 6:15p | TWELFTH NIGHT
    Speaker to be announced!

  • Friday, August 4, 6:15p | THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA
    Speaker to be announced!

  • Friday, August 11, 6:15p | TWELFTH NIGHT
    with Playwright Seth Bockley on HVSF2's RIP VAN WINKLE

  • Friday, August 18, 6:15p | TWELFTH NIGHT
    Speaker to be announced!

  • Friday, August 25, 6:15p | PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
    with Playwright Kate Hamill and Kate Farrington, Director of Dramaturgy at The Pearl Theatre Co.

  • Friday, September 1, 6:15p | THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA
    with Playwright Richard Nelson