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Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday at SUNY Orange on April 21

It's Shakespeare's birthday; so come and celebrate!

Shakespeare goes modern in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival touring performance of Hamlet. The William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall is the venue where the Bard’s most famous of all his plays will be presented on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Director Devin Brain describes the play as “the pre-eminent example of his understanding of humanity and his skill in crafting a tragedy that is both moving and entertaining.” He continues, “the play is as complex as a human being… with an overabundance of fascinating human struggles:  politics, revenge, love, legacy, parenthood, morality, and even theater; and beneath all of the rest, this is a play about death.”

The modern and contemporary eye of the production has “a company of seven diverse actors playing all roles, with some gender-blind casting. The actors never leave the stage during the performance, but sit in chairs on either side of the playing space until their next entrance. The majority of the music is actor generated, using both instruments and other objects on stage,” as described by Nora Wilcox, the company’s associate director of education. 

The presentation is both intimate and immediate and fits nicely in the cozy space of the SUNY Orange’s theatre. The actors easily engage the audience throughout and give the audience an opportunity to interact with a talkback immediately following the performance.

Come and enjoy while learning Shakespeare in an easy setting. Tickets are reasonable priced at ten dollars for all except students whose admission is free.

The box office opens one hour before the performance at 6:30pm, or online anytime at, plus a $ 2.50 service charge for each online ticket.

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is a professional, non-profit theater company based in Garrison, NY at historic Boscobel.

The performance is sponsored by the Evelyn and John Morrison Advised Fund through the SUNY Orange Foundation.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 or Information is available through the website at

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs