Monday, May 11, 2009

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's "Behind the Scenes Gala"


(Garrison, NY) The casting is complete, the tent is ready to unfold, the box office is open and it’s time to celebrate Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 23rd Season. Nobody knows how to throw a better party (or put on a better show) and this year’s Insider’s Behind The Scenes Gala is sure to be one of the best. (Of course the secret ingredient to a great party is the guest list and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival friends, new and old, make for an A-List that can’t be beat!)

On Sunday June 14 guests are invited under the HVSF tent at Boscobel to get an exclusive look at behind-the-scenes teasers of Pericles and Much Ado About Nothing; enjoy cocktails and dinner on the great lawn and be the audience for the final dress rehearsal of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

The Insiders Behind The Scenes Gala begins with the teasers at 4:30pm followed by dinner and a silent auction at 5:30. The evening concludes with the final dress rehearsal of last season’s runaway hit, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) starring Christopher Edwards, Jason O’Connell and Kurt Rhoads.

In his review of the 2008 HVSF production of The Complete works, Journal News theater critic Peter D. Kramer wrote: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a madcap whirlwind of wigs, crowns, kneepads and running shoes. It’s part marathon, part sprint, part Groucho, Chico and Harpo … it might easily have been written by the always inventive Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. It’s certainly in keeping with O’Brien & Co.’s emphasis on character, words and performance. It’s smart and fast and thoroughly accessible.”

Be on the inside track and join the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival family under the tent for the Insiders Behind The Scenes Gala on Sunday June 14 at 4:30pm. It won’t be a great party without you! Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased through the website, or by calling (845) 265-7858.

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