Talks & Events

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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.

Closing Night Lawn Party: Monday, September 4, 2017

6:00p Party  |  7:30p Performance
Dine, drink, and dance to help us bid farewell to our 2017 Season and the closing performance of Kate Hamill's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! This open-air pre-show affair will feature a ballroom dance lesson by Fred Astaire Cold Spring, the music of Triad Jazz, one of the Hudson Valley’s premier jazz ensembles, and an array of PRIDE-inspired treats. Wear your best Austen-inspired costume pieces!

This event is included with your purchase of the September 4 performance. Standalone Lawn Party tickets may also be purchased for those who do not wish to see the evening's show.

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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

  • 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 | THE BOOK OF WILL
    with Daniel Wechsler: Shakespeare's Dictionary

  • Friday, August 4, 6:15p | THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA
    with Artistic Director Davis McCallum on his passion for THE GENERAL FOR AMERICA and how it works within the 2017 Season

  • Friday, August 11, 6:15p | TWELFTH NIGHT
    with Playwright Seth Bockley on his adaptation of RIP VAN WINKLE for HVSF2

  • Friday, August 18, 6:15p | TWELFTH NIGHT
    with LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST Director and Artistic Director of The Acting Company Ian Belknap, and members of the Conservatory Company on touring Shakespeare

  • Friday, August 25, 6:15p | PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
    with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Playwright Kate Hamill and Kate Farrington, Professor of Theater Studies at Manhattan Marymount College

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

Specialty Evenings

Family Nights
Thursday, July 6 (TWELFTH) | Tuesday, July 11 (PRIDE) | Monday, July 24 (TWELFTH) | Enjoy interactive pre-show theater arts workshops under the Theater Tent on each of these nights that are great for kids and adults! Families of four or more also receive $25 tickets to the evening's performance (discount automatically applied at checkout). 

Jane Austen Legacy Night at the Tent
Tuesday, July 18, 6:00p | In honor of Jane Austen, the 200th anniversary of her death day, and her incredible literary legacy, we'll serve up something special before the evening's showing of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Join us for a top-secret pre-show treat and toast to Jane! This evening is included with your purchase of the performance.

LGBTQ+ Night at the Tent
Sunday, July 30, 6:00p | Get social with drinks on the Great Lawn before the evening's performance of TWELFTH NIGHT! This evening is included with your purchase of the performance. 


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.