A Walk in the Woods – Hubbard Hall

Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York is presenting A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing this weekend and next. We saw it on the opening Friday and were most impressed. The play is based on actual nuclear proliferation talks that took place in Geneva Switzerland between Soviet Yuli Kvitsinsky and American Paul Nitz who left formal discussions for a walk in the woods. No one knows what was said during that walk.  However, the talks in this play are engaging  enough for the play to have been widely produced including in Moscow. Since it is only playing for the rest of this weekend and next weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we urge people to act fast. Bob and I discuss the production below.  When you click on the  Hubbard Hall link, you can  order tickets, and also, when you go to Current Season, you can find some of the interviews that the actors and directors have given to others.

Bob and Sally’s discussion of A Walk in the Woods.

Hubbard Hall  Center for the Arts and Education

 

Hubbard Hall: The Velocity of Autumn

Hubbard Hall’s upcoming production is The Velocity of Autumn which previews  February 23 and opens on Saturday, February 24.  The play is performed on three weekends. People should call for tickets quickly (518-677-2495) as it is performed in their smaller Freight Depot Theatre which has limited seating. Given the play that seems the right theatre for it since it is an  intimate play.

Bob and I were fortunate to hear director David Snider and the cast, Christine Decker and Oliver Wadsworth talk about the play at  Battenkill Books in Cambridge, just down the street from the main Hubbard Hall Theatre. We recorded the cast’s enlightening discussion. At times you may not hear the questions from the audience, but the responses indicate what the questions were. The insights of the director and the cast made us eager to see the play. After you listen to them by clicking on the link below, you will share our feelings.

The Velocity of Autumn 

 

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David Snider

 

 

Oliver Wadsworth
            Christine Decker

 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is  a delightful musical that Hubbard Hall is presenting on weekends until December 3. This is a new version of the play  written specifically for Hubbard Hall which is a perfect setting for it. As David Snider, the director of the play and the Executive and Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall explains in the playbill,  he heard that a theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina had done a shorter version of the play which David has admired since he saw it as a seventeen year old. He wrote the theatre and never heard from them. Instead, he received a phone call from Rupert Holmes. Holmes had written the play, the music and the lyrics. After a long telephone call, Holmes agreed to write a version which set the action at Hubbard Hall in 1895. Since his adopted name is Holmes,  the year 1895 has special significance for the playwright/composer.

The result is a delightful production in a setting that enhances the play. Charles Dickens wrote the book on which the play is based. Unfortunately, Dickens did not finish the book because he died. However, as in all the productions of this play, it is the audience who finishes it by voting on the villain. Each performance may be resolved differently, not only in terms of the killer but also who will be the couple who find love and happiness at the  play’s end.

Bob and I went to opening night. We not only enjoyed the production, but had a chance to talk with Mr. Holmes and some of the actors. You can click on our discussion below. You can also click on the Hubbard Hall web site for tickets. We have also included the interview which Joe Donahue had with Rupert Holmes and David Snider on WAMC.

Discussion of the Hubbard Hall Production

Hubbard Hall web site

Joe Donahue Interview

Opening Night with Rupert Holmes and David Snider

The Glass Menagerie – Hubbard Hall

The Glass Menagerie is probably Tennessee  Williams most famous  and frequently produced play. When one looks at one’s favorite movies over and over again,  one sees the  performance one remembers. That is not true  seeing a play you have seen before. Each       production is unique. This was evident when I spoke to the director and two actors in Hubbard Hall’s new production of The Glass Menagerie, performing weekends from April 22 to May 7.

Christine Decker, who plays Amanda, the mother in the play, Woodrow Proctor, who is the Gentleman Caller, and Roger Danforth who directed the play, shared their insights into The Glass Menagerie and showed why each production of a play  is new.  If this will be your first time seeing the play, it will be a memorable beginning to  many more visits to this special household.

Listen to their discussion by clicking on the links below and then contact Hubbard Hall to get tickets for the play.

The Glass Menagerie Part 1

The Glass Menagerie Part 2

The Glass Menagerie Part 3

The Glass Menagerie Part 4

Hubbard Hall website

Our Guests

Christine Decker, Amanda
Roger Danforth, Director
Woodrow Proctor, Jim,, The Gentleman Caller

Rehearsal Pictures

Grace Sgambettera as Laura Christine Decker as Amanda
Christine Decker as Amanda and David Snider as Tom

 

 

 

 

 

 

              Christine Decker

 

The Book Club Play

bookpostersmall-768x996Book club members and book lovers are in for a treat when they go to Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York, March 4-19 to see The Book Club Play in The Freight Depot. This comedy by Karen Zacarias will delight everyone who has watched group dynamics change when a new member appears on the scene.

Interviewing play director, Kirk Jackson and dramaturg Sam Levitt made us even more eager to attend the performance. We were particularly impressed to learn the details of the role the dramaturg plays in the production. We have posted just a few of Sam’s materials below. To hear the interview, click below.

The Book Club Play Part 1

The Book Club Play Part 2

For more details check out Hubbard Hall’s website.

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Here is a sample of some of the material that Sam as a dramaturg shared with the actors.

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Hubbard Hall The Farm Project

freight-depot-photo-copyFor the past two years, Hubbard Hall has offered a Winter Carnival Festival of New Work. This year the festival is different in that it focuses on the theme of farming. David Snider, the Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall, has a commitment to theatre as a force in the community. In this project, the school community and the farming community are brought together to tell the stories of the farmers in the area. The unique work that has been created includes material from interviews with farmers that students from three different area schools collected as well as the poems, monologues and scenes that the students created in response to their research. These will be enacted by area performers including members of the farming community. There will be a talk back after each performance so that the audience and the performers can share their responses.

This theatrical collage will open on Saturday, January 21 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and play on Sunday at 2 pm. It will also be performed on the following weekend starting  Friday, January 27 at 7:30.pm and continuing on Saturday and Sunday with the same hours. The performances are at the Freight Depot, which is an intimate space so call for tickets early.

For more information, got to Hubbard Hall’s website. Hubbard Hall

Meanwhile, listen to the interview Bob and I did with David Snider and Erin Gildea, a Bennington College Intern.

Interview with David Snider and Erin Gildea Part 1

Interview with David Snider and Erin Gildea Part 2
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Hubbard Hall: Community and Art

hubbard-hallThe motto of Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, News York is “Making Art and Community Happen.”  In the short time David Snider has been Hubbard Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director, Hubbard Hall has moved forward dramatically in fulfilling its mission. It continues to offer a variety of classes, its Theatre Company continues to produce  a wide variety of works,  David has directed some and created a memorable John Proctor in The Crucible.  The Opera Company continues to grow and draw young artists from around the country.  David instituted the Winter Carnival of New Work which this years focuses on farming in the Cambridge area.  Most importantly, David has integrated the work of Hubbard Hall into the community in new ways.  So we were eager to talk to David and be brought up to date on what is happening at Hubbard Hall.
Click  to hear the latest. Interview with David Snider
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Click here for Hubbard Hall website Hubbard Hall