The Rhinebeck Theater Society Presents The New Directors Series February 3-20 | Local announcements
RHINEBECK — It’s not every day that three talented young directors emerge onto the Hudson Valley theater scene with all the creativity, care, and resilience needed to put on live-action plays in these troubled times. previous. And yet, that’s exactly what Rena Gavigan, Dan Chester and Lisa Delia are doing with the Rhinebeck Theater Society. Each will take it in turns to present a fully staged play at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff in February.
The mix of parts is as eclectic as the directors themselves and promises something for everyone. Each play is performed by experienced actors from the region that audiences will recognize from past performances throughout the region.
Gavigan, a graduate of Circle in the Square Theater School’s Musical Theater Conservatory, cast Anna Ziegler’s Boy. This captivating play, spanning the years 1968-1990, is based on the true story of a family who decides to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. The Boy Runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 3-5; and 3 p.m. on February 6. There will also be a special performance at the Dutchess County Pride Center in Hopewell Junction at 7 p.m. on February 4.
During the second week, Chester, an artist teacher from The Art Effect, leads the wacky books of Stuart Kaminsky. Here, an ordinary day at a bookstore turns not so ordinary when a would-be bank robber makes the place his hideout. Books run at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 12; and 3 p.m. on February 13.
The series concludes with She Kills Monsters, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Hofstra University graduate Delia. This unconventional play uses an immersive Dungeons and Dragons module to help a woman find closure after the tragic death of her younger sister. She Kills Monsters airs at 7 p.m. on February 17 and 19; and 3 p.m. on February 20.
“The remarkable thing about this series,” says producer Dot Luongo, “is how each of our directors chose a piece that so clearly matches their individual strengths. It’s definitely bold to present three different pieces in only three weekends, but the energy, talent and enthusiasm of these directors really drove the project from the start and we are delighted to have them share their work.
Individual tickets are $15 each, or a group ticket for all three shows can be purchased for just $30. Spectators must be fully vaccinated and remain masked throughout the performance. The Morton Memorial Library is located at 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. More information can be found at www.rhinebecktheatresociety.org.