The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has announced their 2024 season, which consists of three adaptations of classic works, including two world premieres, and their annual educational tour.
The mainstage stason will include Whitney White's By the Queen, adapted from William Shakespeare's Henry VI and Richard III and directed by Shana Cooper; the world premiere of Heidi Armbruster's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, adapted from Agatha Christie's novel of the same name and directed by Ryan Quinn; and the world premiere of Luis Quintero's Medea: Re-Versed, adapted from Euripides' Medea, co-conceived and directed by Nathan Winkelstein, and presented in a co-production with Red Bull Theater and Bedlam. All three productions will run in repertory throughout the summer.
HVSF will also produce Much Ado About Nothing as its annual educational tour production. The Shakespeare play, directed by Kholoud Sawaf, will be available to regional middle and high schools March 20 through April 28, 2024.
“A classical theatre company like ours is always building bridges between the past and the present, a conversation across centuries, or sometimes millennia, that happens in the very present moment of live performance," says HVSF Artistic Director Davis McCallum. "Our 2024 season will feature three adaptations of classic stories—carrying on the tradition of Shakespeare himself adapting existing stories for his own plays—brought to new life by some of the most exciting artists working in the American theatre today.”
The 2024 season is HVSF's third on the grounds of its new home in Garrison, New York, where a permanent open-air theatre venue is under construction and set to open in 2026. In the meantime, HVSF will utilize its pre-existing seasonal theatre tent.
Full details, including casting, dates, and ticket information, will be announced at a later date.