Category: Arts & Entertainment

Ancram Opera House Presents ‘Invasion!’

Ancram Opera House presents INVASION! a comedy by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, and directed by Jeffrey Mousseau. Running now, until August 21st.

INVASION! is a satirical comedy centered on a name: Abulkasem. What is introduced as an amorphous word of many meanings spirals and shape-shifts into a kaleidoscopic range of identities. Abulkasem is an uncle visiting from Lebanon, a renowned theater director, an asylum-seeking apple picker, the world’s most dangerous terrorist. In a whirlwind of interconnected vignettes, we search for the answer. Who is Abulkasem?

With biting comedy and multilayered storytelling, INVASION! confronts prejudices about identity, race, and language.

Jonas Hassen Khemiri is an award-winning Swedish novelist and playwright. He is the author of five novels, six plays, and a collection of essays and short stories. Khemiri’s novels have been translated into over thirty languages. His plays have been performed by over a hundred international companies on stages from Stockholm to Berlin to New York to London.

INVASION is translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles.

DATE/TIME: August 5 – 21, 2022 / 8pm & 3pm
Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm

ADMISSION: $40 (General admission)
Student Discount: Use code student15 for $15 tickets!
Tickets available Online here.

LOCATION: Ancram Opera House
1330 County Rt. 7
Ancram, NY 12502


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Chatham Farmers & Makers Market Presents Shakespeare in the Park, Aug 12

The Rooted Voyageurs present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Chatham Farmers & Makers Market on August 12th.

The Rooted Voyagers, a group of six actors and one director with the mission to make this show understandable and entertaining. Bring a blanket, buy some food, have fun and shop the market.

The Chatham Farmers & Makers Market is a weekly market at Crellin Park. Open from 4:30 – 7pm until Friday, September 30th.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 12, 2022 / 4:30pm
Market & Music at 4:30. Play starts at 5

LOCATION: Crellin Park
2940 Rt. 66
Chatham 12037

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Hudson Hall Presents, 16 Years of the Hudson Jazz Workshop Concert, Aug 14

Hudson Hall presents Hudson Jazz Workshop Concert, featuring Armen Donelian, Marc Mommaas and Michael Abene on August 14th.

Now in its 16th year, pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas’ immersive Hudson Jazz Workshop culminates with a concert at Hudson Hall featuring pianist, composer, arranger, educator and record producer Michael Abene. Abene performs with Donelian and Mommaas alongside an international line-up of workshop musicians performing original new works created during the workshop process.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 14, 2022 / 4pm

LOCATION: Hudson Hall
327 Warren Street 
Hudson, NY 12534 

COST: Free
Reservations recommended and available at https://hudsonoperahouse


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‘Next To Normal’ at Mac-Haydn Theatre Aug 4 – 14

The Mac-Haydn theatre presents the regional premiere of Next to Normal. The show opens on Thursday, August 4th and runs through Sunday, August 14th.

Winner of 3 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s Next to Normal has taken Broadway, and the musical theater world by storm over the past decade. An emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling rock score, the show takes an honest look at the sometimes harsh realities of “normal” life.

A typical American family to the outside world, the Goodmans secretly struggle in their suburban home as they deal with the effects of their mother’s worsening mental health. As they navigate their changing world, they deal with the pressing contemporary issues of trauma, loss, mental health treatment, and what it means to be a family.

Making its debut at the Mac-Haydn, Next to Normal promises to be an artistic highlight of the 2022 season and is unlike anything you have seen on our stage. Trust us when we tell you, this show is not to be missed. Prepare yourself to be overwhelmed by the raw and exhilarating reality of what it means to care for yourself, and for one another.

At the helm of the premiere production is Mac-Haydn Artistic Director John Saunders, who has earned numerous Berkshire Theatre Award nominations for his direction in recent years, as well as a win for Outstanding Production of a Musical for Ragtime (2019).

“Knowing that Next To Normal has not been really seen in the region, it feels like a tremendous honor to be presenting the show,” said Saunders. “While some may not consider it “Summer Stock” fare, I believe the show magically does what theatre is intended to do; it holds up a mirror for the viewer and offers an incredibly truthful look at a real family facing very real issues. Though the material is, at times, heavy, the show is written so beautifully to encompass great moments of levity, humor, and above all else, hope.”

Saunders is joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Music Director Emily Croome. The production will feature scenic design by Emma Cummings, who will bring the Goodmans’ home to life on the Mac-Haydn stage, along with lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Bethany Marx, sound design by Nick Caburis, wig design by Caitlin Maxwell, hair and makeup design by April Gerbode, and props design by David Tankersley, who will also assist Cummings.

Broadway’s Beth Kirkpatrick (Les Miserables, Hello Dolly) makes her Mac-Haydn debut as Diana. She is joined by Eric Van Tielen (Broadway: Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities) as Dan. Rounding out the cast are Mac-Haydn favorites Amber Mawande-Spytek (Pippin) as Natalie, Kylan Ross (Pippin, Urinetown) as Gabe, Andrew Burton Kelley (Little Shop of Horrors, She Loves Me) as Henry, and Gabe Belyeu (Man of La Mancha, A Chorus Line) as Dr. Madden.

“My goal is to really surprise our audience with this extraordinary piece and tell them a story that is even more relatable than some of the good old classic musicals,” said Saunders. “The score is both contemporary and classic at the same time which I know our audiences will enjoy tremendously and I just know the Mac-Haydn audiences will genuinely appreciate their experience with the show.”

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt

Production information from

DATES/TIMES: Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 14, 2022

Aug 4 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 4 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 5 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 6 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 7 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 7 – 7:00PM Sunday
Aug 10 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Aug 11 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 11 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 12 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 13 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 13 – 8:00PM Saturday
Aug 14 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 14 – 7:00PM Sunday

Tickets can be purchased through by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

Box Office Phone: 518-392-9292

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PS21 Presents “Dance with the Mark Morris Dance Group” at Hudson’s Riverfront Park, Aug 3 

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, presents “Dance with the Mark Morris Dance Group” at Hudson’s Riverfront Park on August 3rd.

PS21 is teaming up with the Mark Morris Dance Group to present Dance with MMDG as part of Waterfront Wednesdays. Share in the genius of Mark Morris in this fun and participatory evening of movement that introduces our community to choreography from the most recent work in the Dance Group’s repertoire, Water, at Hudson’s Riverfront Park. Fun for the whole family, Dance with MMDG is taught by MMDG dancers and accompanied by live music.

PS21 Presents Dance with MMDG

Selections from Water 

Choreography: Mark Morris

Music: George Frideric Handel – Suite in F Major, HWV 348 — “Water Music” — Adagio e staccato, Air, Bourrée, Hornpipe

Waterfront Wednesdays provide free family friendly programming at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson, NY from 5:30 PM to sunset. Beginning July 7 and running through September 1st, Waterfront Wednesdays feature musical performances, dance concerts, drum circles, boat excursions, educational programming, vendors, and more.  

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 / 7pm


LOCATION: Henry Hudson Riverfront Park
Water Street (behind Amtrak Station) 
Hudson, NY 12534


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