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The Woodstock Players return to

the Byrdcliffe Theater
with a Staged Reading of 


A New Play by Carey Harrison
with Mikhail Horowitz as Peter Van Wyck

Friday August 5th at 8.00 pm and Sunday August 7th at 4.00 pm
at the Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Rd. Woodstock 12498

Tickets are $10 at the door
Seats can be reserved by calling 845 901 2893
or by sending a message via the Contact Page on this website.

The play Features Mik Horowitz as Peter van Wyck, Mourka as Alice, and Carey Harrison as Father Bruch 

About the play: Harrison's new play picks up the story of Peter van Wyck, a character whose misdeeds in "I WON'T BITE YOU" (scroll down for a synopsis of that play) later lead him from Holland to Cuba and eventually Brazil in search of redemption. This shorter sequel - one hour fifty minutes, with an interval - can be enjoyed in the air-conditioned comfort of the NEW, REFURBISHED Byrdcliffe Theater. 

Mik Horowitz, the celebrated 'stand-up tragedian,' continues his association with The Woodstock Players, following his appearance as Clov in Endgame, and before that as Spinoza in Midget In a Catsuit Reciting Spinoza. Mourka returns, too, following her Byrdcliffe Festival appearance as the psycho-therapist in Hitler's Therapist, for the Woodstock Players. Carey Harrison, whose ninth play for the Woodstock Players this will be, previously appeared for them as Hamm in Endgame, as Sir John Dee in Magus, and as Old Rex in Rex & Rex.

Past plays produced and performed by the Woodstock Players below - for more of our oeuvre, please visit our Archive page

Scroll down for a synopsis on "I Won't Bite You," the Prequel to "My name is Peter Van Wyck"

    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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                  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** 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

(be sure and go to our Gallery page for images and our Archive page for brief synopsis of the plays)

"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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