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Coming to the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice 2014: a collaboration between our artistic director Carey Harrison and the reknowned pianist Justin Kolb:

Seven Favorite Maladies of Ludwig Van Beethoven
Written and directed by Carey Harrison


August 1 - 3, 2014

Justin Kolb plays the composer and also performs and, during the course of the play, extracts from Beethoven's best-loved piano music. Seven Favorite Maladies of Ludwig van Beethoven tells the story of the unfailing attempts made by his doctor – played by Carey Harrison, the author of the play – to cure the great man's tragic deafness or at least halt its development. Over 20 years they become combative but devoted friends, despite the doctor's tone deafness and Beethoven's increasingly complete deafness.

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NERO at the MOVIES


[This play was scheduled for August 2014 but, due to unforeseen circumstances, it is now postponed - new date TBA. But please scroll down for a synopsis of this exciting story.]


A New Play by Carey Harrison
with Rick Bennett as the Emperor Nero

In this Shakespearean-style drama about the Emperor Nero, the tyrant and his entourage have outlived the Roman era and survive in limbo, awaiting Nero's return to earthly power. Nero has acquired a movie camera, and has commissioned the playwright Seneca the Younger to write a screenplay in which Nero re-enacts his life and crimes, using his entourage as actors – and victims. Nero is played by Ric Bennett, a Woodstock Players regular: he was Goering in Midget in a Catsuit Reciting Spinoza, Harry in Hedgerow Specimen, and Cervantes in the Rhinebeck Theater of the Arts revival of Magus. Doug Hoffman is Seneca; Deborah Temple is Pomponia, Nero's wife; Lachlan Brook's Seneca's daughter Aemilia, and Phillip X Levine, veteran of half a dozen Woodstock Players productions, plays Pollio. Costume and set designs are, as ever, by the Woodstock Players' Company Manager and resident Designer, Claire Lambe. For the dance sequences the Woodstock Players are indebted to the noted choreographer Dan Safer, whose dance company, Witness Relocation, a jewel of the cutting-edge avant-garde contemporary dance scene, nationally and internationally.

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Plays we did in 2013 - Soon to be Archived

    Rex & Rex  and  I Won't Bite You

     
    Two full-length plays written by our
   resident playwright, Carey Harrison, ran in repertory
June 21 - July 7, 2013 at the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock, New York


NB: The posters above are each linked to a review of that play by Susan Alexander Manuso writing for Roll Magazine Online.

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                                                 About the Plays

have you ever wished you could go back to a crucial time in your life and give yourself some advice, or maybe just a good talking to? Well, that is the essence of
Rex & Rex. The play
brings to life the adventurous life of six-times married Rex Harrison, star of My Fair Lady and many other well-loved films. This new play, written by his son - the author of numerous award-winning dramas - imagines Sir Rex at a decisive moment in his life, when he must choose between his loyal wife and his adored but terminally ill mistress, while at the same time being faced
with a crucial career choice. To his horror, along comes his older, wiser and more jaded self, with a lot of advice that young Rex is not sure he trusts. Will he choose calm and safety, or would he rather dare life as a roller-coaster ride, with joy and disaster on either side?

Carey Harrison playED his father at the age of 70, at the period of Rex Harrison's award-winning performance in Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House, and Mick O'Brien playED the young Rex Harrison at the period of My Fair Lady's debut in Manhattan.

 
Above left: Carey Harrison as Rex at age 70 and Mick O'Brien as Rex at age 40 in the play Rex & Rex with set design by Claire Lambe - Mr. Harrison's suit by Rex Harrison srn. Above Right: good casting?
 
I Won't Bite You: an Interview with the Notorious Monster, Dorothea Farber is a taut psychological drama, a contest between a woman, Dorothea "Dodie" Farber, who has been arrested for murder, and the lawyer who has come to interview her at the high security prison where she is being held on a South American island. Dodie's story takes us back to her grandmother's fate in Nazi-occupied Holland during the Second World War. Her grandmother's story, which haunted Dodie all through her childhood, has returned to reclaim Dodie and direct her life. Where can she look for a friend in her extreme peril? Is this court-appointed lawyer a friend or a foe?

Dodie is played by Holly Graff, described in Roll magazine as "one of the most gifted young actresses of her generation."  The Lawyer is played by Phillip X Levine, an actor whose list of accomplishments on stage and screen is extensive; recent highlights include a role in the Coen brothers' upcoming feature film Inside Llewyn Davis and Pishchik in Walking The Dog's production of The Cherry Orchard. Phillip was the recepient of Marist College's "Best Actor" Silver Fox award for his portrayal of Bodie, a cross-dressing arsonist, in The Arsonist's Affair.


                                     
                                        
Holly Graff as Dodie Farber in I won't Bite You


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                  Also in 2013
                
                                                       

iN 2013 carey Harrison's collaboratED with COMPOSER Nolan Gasser and the San Francisco Opera TO BRING Frances Hodgson Burnett BELOVED novel The Secret GardeN TO LIFE. mR. hARRISON WROTE THE LIBRETTO AND THE MUSIC WAS composed by Nolan Gasser (chief musicologist with Pandora). THE OPERA premièred in San Francisco on March 1st 2013 to great acclaim. We are very hopeful that the opera will be produced closer to home in 2015.
 

      
From the opera of The Secret Garden: a little Raja in India before cholera forces the story's protagonist Mary Lennox back to wintertime in England and the gloom of Misselthwaite Manor   
(run your mouse over the image for a pic of Mary and Colin. For more about The Secret Garden including cast, go Here - to hear songs, go Here and scroll down for audio files. For a review by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco chronicle, go Here)

                                     

In September of 2012 The woodstock players presented a terrifically received production of Samuel Beckett's play ENDGAME in Woodstock and in Saugerties, ny. Please scroll down for audience responses TO THIS AND SOME OF OUR OTHER RECENT PRODUCTIONS.


            
      
Endgame photographs by Claire Lambe - mouse-over for another image
 

Endgame cast

   
   Carey Harrison is Hamm       David Smilow is Nagg      Sarah Chodoff is Nell     Mikhail Horowitz is Clov

  Endgame was produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City.

**Audience Responses to
Endgame**

...an outstanding production of End Game. What a good choice of this play. At least to me, it amplified this most secretive inner dialogue concerning resignation in both life, and death. (Kim Alderman)

An excellent Endgame!  Enjoyed it immensely. Carey  Harrison and Mik Horowitz made me really feel it, and made me laugh. The parents - perfect. As always Claire Lambe’s design is just  right, the set, costumes, props, all hit the mark. Direction, stage management...lights, tech. WOW. That intimate little Byrdcliffe stage was charged . (Joan Elliot)

You guys got it DOWN! I think Sam B'd proud! (Barbara Lubell)

Fantastic production...kudos all around! (Tom Grasso, editor of Roll Magazine)

Wonderful performances by all - and Claire's witty set and costumes always a delight! (Carole Bugge, novelist and playwright)

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Scroll down for some audience responses to our June 2012 production of

HedgeRow SpecimeN
written and directed by Carey Harrison
Sets and costumes by Claire Lambe

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"Wonderful staging, great performances, top notch writing...we had a stellar evening of theatre in the woods...Bravo!" (David Adler, Screenwriter/Journalist - CBS, Universal; San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Diego Reader).

"This sweet, well-written, well-acted, well-directed play is well-worth seeing!" (Trey Kay, award winning documentary film-maker)


"A marvelous theatrical experience, intimate in every way: internal and external realities, warp and woof, blended to make a third thing - a strange family tartan woven in a dream" (Mark Kanter, artist and curator)

"I was totally unprepared for the depth of Carey Harrison's play and the level of Violet Snow's performance as she chases down the murderess, played to great emotional heights by Holly Graff. The end is more than a solution to a murder mystery, it delves into solving some deep mystery of life as well. Thank you Carey, Violet, and Claire - for your amazing minimalist set and costume design." (Susan Manuso in a letter to the Woodstock Times)

 


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The Woodstock Players Theater Company
 Carey Harrison: Artistic Director,      845 417 8251
Claire Lambe: Company Manager,    845 901 2893
 

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