“Souvenir” Kicks Off Bridge Street Theatre’s Season [Berkshire on Stage]

March 15th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara

On October 25, 1944, wealthy (and tone-deaf) soprano Florence Foster Jenkins and her accompanist Cosme McMoon performed a recital at Carnegie Hall. Tickets sold out weeks in advance; an estimated 2,000 people were turned away at the door. The world of music has never quite recovered. Come share the hilarious and touching tale of this unlikely pair in the musical Souvenir at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre. The show kicks off on Thursday (March 16) with a pay-what-you-will performance and continues through Sunday, March 26.

Opera impresario Ira Siff, who dubbed her “the anti-Callas”, has said, “Jenkins was exquisitely bad, so bad that it added up to quite a good evening of theater … There was no end to the horribleness … They say Cole Porter had to bang his cane into his foot in order not to laugh out loud when she sang. She was that bad.” The historian Stephen Pile ranked her as “the world’s worst opera singer.” “No one, before or since,” he wrote, “has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.”

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“Hi, Are You Single?” @ Bridge Street Theatre This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

February 24th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Sara
Ryan Haddad

Ryan Haddad in “Hi, Are You Single?”

Ryan has a higher sex drive than you. He also has cerebral palsy. Following a pair of standing-room-only performances at the Public Theatre’s recent Under the Radar Festival and overflow crowds and standing ovations in two separate engagements at Dixon Place in NYC, Ryan Haddad’s frank and funny Hi, Are You Single? comes to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre for two performances only on Saturday & Sunday (February 25 & 26). The show has adult themes and is recommended for audience members 16 and older.

Society generally assumes that people with disabilities possess no sexual drive or desire. Ryan shatters that as he attempts to navigate the gay dating pool, searching for love with equal parts humor and hurt, and finding plenty of discrimination and intolerance of difference within an already marginalized community. He hits the clubs and bars ready for glamour and excitement, but soon realizes that his cerebral palsy makes him an outsider. The men he meets there force him to confront his insecurities and examine his own judgmental behavior. But hey, not everything is so serious! Grab a margarita and say hi to Ryan on Grindr. Give him a kiss if you’d like. There’s no need to be shy and bring an attractive friend.

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Truman Capote’s “Holiday Memories” Comes to Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

December 6th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara

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Two perennial holiday stories by Truman Capote, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory,” come to vivid theatrical life this month when Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre presents Russell Vandenbroucke’s heartwarming stage adaptation Holiday Memories for eight performances – Thursdays through Sundays, December 8-18 – as their final show of 2016.

When his parents’ marriage dissolved, the young Truman Capote was left in the care of distant relatives in Monroeville, Alabama (which also served as the model for Maycomb in his childhood friend Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird). There, he formed an unbreakable friendship with the youngest of his elderly cousins, a shy, childlike spinster he called Sook. The relationship between these two ‘outcasts’ forms the basis for the stories which make up Holiday Memories, a chronicle of growing up ‘different’ in the deep South during the depths of the Great Depression and an ode to the simple joys of love shared. A holiday treat the entire family can enjoy together, the play is a terrific alternative to more traditional seasonal fare.

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Concrete Temple Theatre’s “Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities” Comes to Catskill [Berkshire on Stage]

November 7th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
“Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities” comes to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre November 11-13, 2016.

“Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities” comes to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre, November 11-13

Concrete Temple Theatre brings their one-man puppet theater spectacle, “Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities,” to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre for three performances Friday-Sunday (November 11-13). A tale of resilience and adaptation for audiences of all ages, it tells the story of a puppet-maker and recent widower, Geppetto, as he attempts to perform the mythical love story of Perseus and Andromeda without his wife for the first time. During the performance things begin to go haywire, and Geppetto finds himself desperately improvising to overcome the challenges of performing alone while at the same time scrambling to devise new storylines, new characters and even new limbs for his puppet hero.

Inspired by an NPR story on Hugh Herr, whose legs were amputated after a climbing accident and who now designs technologically advanced artificial limbs, “Extraordinary Extremities” began life as “Peculiar Extremities” in June, 2012, when a 20-minute-excerpt was presented as part of St. Ann’s Warehouse’s Puppet Lab’s “Labapalooza!” In March 2013, an in-process version of “Geppetto” was performed at Hudson Opera House in Hudson, and in June 2013, “Geppetto” premiered as part of HERE’s Sublet Series, generously supported by the Jim Henson Foundation.

In November 2013, the play enjoyed a seven-city tour in Northern Italy where it was performed in Italian, and in January 2014, it was performed at Teatro Jaco in Jaco, Costa Rica in Spanish. “Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities” has also been presented Off-Broadway at SoHo Playhouse, April-May 2014; November 2014 at Pontine Theatre, New Hampshire; January 2015 at the Mint Theater, NYC and Rowan University, NJ; March 2015 at Creative Aging Conference, NYC; June 2015 at Diana Jones Innovative Senior Center, Brooklyn, NY; September 2015 at the Dairy Center for the Arts, CO.

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Steven Patterson’s Tour de Force Performance as “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” [Berkshire on Stage]

October 12th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Steven Patterson in “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Photo by Tony Firorillo

Steven Patterson in “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Photo by Tony Firorillo

Mary Shelley’s timeless tale of terror gets the tour de force treatment in Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, Jim Helsinger’s stunning adaptation for a single performer, coming to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre on Thursday (October 13) and running through Sunday, October 23. BST’s Associate Director Steven Patterson plays all the roles in a virtuoso display of acting and storytelling artistry that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Barely five years after it was first published, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” had been adapted for the stage. The 1823 production, which Mary herself attended, was so successful that a second edition of the novel was rushed out to capitalize on its sudden theatrical popularity. Since then, the book has continued to inspire artists in many media. For playwrights, its powerful themes suggest endless avenues of exploration and the operatic scale of the story creates unique dramatic and visual opportunities. For actors, the roles of the obsessed, doomed Frankenstein and his wretched, cobbled Monster are all but irresistible.

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Bridge Street Theatre’s New Mainstage Opens with “The Tavern” [Berkshire on Stage]

September 13th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara

Kane Prestenback as The Vagabond & Louise Pillai as Violet.

Kane Prestenback as The Vagabond & Louise Pillai as Violet.


Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre, the newest addition to the Hudson Valley theater scene, presents the first full production on its new Mainstage — George M. Cohan’s classic, The Tavern, with performances running from Thursday (September 15) through Sunday, September 25.

On a dark and stormy night, a rural inn shelters an unlikely assortment of oddball characters, including a mysterious vagabond who’s almost certainly not what he appears to be. Kane Prestenback stars as The Vagabond with a cast that features some of the finest local talent in the Hudson Valley region – Gabriel James, Lindsay Cahill, Robert Ragaini, Art Skopinsky Louise Pillai, David Smilow, Elisabeth Henry, Alexandra Doggette, Brett Owen, Keith Mueller and Parker Cross.

When The Tavern originally premiered in 1920, it utterly baffled a majority of the critics. But the play was championed by Robert Benchley, who called it “the biggest night in my theatergoing career, for it marked the birth of something new on the stage, a gorgeous insanity from which it is to be hoped the drama as an institution will never recover.” And by Dorothy Parker, who proclaimed it “an entertainment sent from Heaven, via Mr. Cohan.” The play went on to become one of Cohan’s greatest theatrical successes, one in which he toured the provinces for years once the original production had closed.

Steven Patterson, who helms the current production, previously directed the play to great acclaim to open the 1977 summer season of the Lexington Conservatory Theatre in Lexington. Now, in 2016, Bridge Street Theatre is delighted to share this unique celebration of the joy of theater devised by a titan of 20th century American entertainment with a whole new audience in a gorgeous new performance venue.

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“Aunt Nona” Takes Over the Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

April 28th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
Anna Carol is Aunt Nona.

Anna Carol is Aunt Nona.

Playwright/performer Anna Carol brings her hilarious North Dakotan alter ego to the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill in An Evening with Aunt Nona, which opens on Friday (April 29) for a three-performance run. Directed by Joshua Chase Gold, Aunt Nona first appeared in 2014 at the University of Central Florida, then toured the Midwest before her New York City debut at the United Solo Festival in September, 2015.

Audiences spend an hour in Nona’s dressing room just prior to her solo performance debut on the Great White Way … in Fargo, North Dakota. Through stand-up, improv, and storytelling, Anna Carol explores the idiosyncrasies of Nona’s eccentric life. Attempting to find her way in the world, she joyfully shares her jaunts through a world of jingle writing, cookies and bars, gay nephews, boyfriends, drag queens, mothers, meat raffles and lady locker rooms. And while she optimistically muddles through every misstep, she’s definitely not without true fears she just can’t seem to conquer. For every misfit, college graduate or millionaire who has desired a life beyond set expectations, Aunt Nona is the family member who will be always be there to commiserate, communicate and cachinnate with.

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Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre Announces 2016 Season of Shows [Berkshire on Stage]

February 18th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara

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Following a short winter hiatus, Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre is brushing away the snow and preparing to spring back into action. With a new marquee providing greater visibility to travelers along the West Bridge Street corridor and continuing improvements to its interior spaces, 2016 promises to be even more seriously entertaining at what one reviewer has called “the ballsiest theater in the region.”

The theater kicks off the season in high style at 6pm on Saturday (February 20) with a sold-out benefit appearance in BST’s Speakeasy by internationally renowned performer/playwright Charles Busch – a special sneak preview performance of his new cabaret act “The Lady at the Mic,” which will have its official premiere the following week as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. In the show, Busch pays tribute to four cabaret legends (Elaine Stritch, Polly Bergen, Julie Wilson, and Mary Cleere Harran) as well as Joan Rivers, all of whom were close personal friends. He’ll be joined onstage by long-time musical director (and Catskill resident) Tom Judson at the piano, Joe Gallant on upright bass and Guy Klucevsek on the accordion. This gala evening – the first public performance of this new show – will be followed by an intimate champagne meet-and-greet with the artists.

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