The cast of 'Rip Van Winkle' at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. (Photo by Gabe Palacio)

Hudson Valley Shakespeare to Mount First Musical

The outdoor summer theatre will produce ‘Into the Woods’ in spring 2019 as well as a new 5-person ‘Cyrano.’

GARRISON, N.Y.: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has announced the lineup for its 2019 summer season, which in addition to classics will include a production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods. The cast and dates for these productions will be announced at a later date.

“We’ve assembled a season of bold, profound, and deeply complex stories,” said artistic director Davis McCallum in a statement. “More than any other venue in the American theatre that I know of, the HVSF Theater Tent is the perfect home for these sorts of comical-tragical hybrids. Under our tent, with the Hudson River at our back and the stars overhead, multi-tonal plays can be unfurled with incredible clarity, and I’m thrilled to share these ambitious productions with our audience.”

The season lineup is as follows: Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed by May Adrales; Shakespeare’s later play Cymbeline, directed by McCallum; a new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers, directed by Meredith McDonough, with longtime HVSF company member O’Connell leading the five-person cast; Into the Woods, to be directed Jenn Thompson; and an immersive 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Illana Stein. The work will first tour regional middle and high schools between March 18 and May 3, 2019 before playing on the HVSF stage in the summer.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival stages productions every summer in an open-air tent overlooking the Hudson River. It will celebrate 33 years in 2019.