Plays, musicals and readings; one-person shows and full-cast productions; black-box minimalism and tromp l’oeil sets with trapdoors and pulleys. The Depot Stage hosts a world of creativity.

 

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The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival resumes its August residency at the Depot with a quintet of events this month. All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 2Kind, by Jen Silverman. Tickets here.

Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5: The HVSF Bakeoff, featuring short plays by Hudson Valley residents. Tickets here for Friday's show and here for Saturday's show.

Friday, Aug. 11: The Odyssey, by Kate Hamill. Tickets here.

Sunday, Aug. 13: Rip Van Winkle, by Seth Bockley. Tickets here.

 

Providence

A new play by author and playwright Jonathan Reynolds. Set in the 17th century and exploring themes that resonate through the ages—religion, freedom of speech and sex—Providence will be presented as a reading on Thursday, Aug. 17. Directed by John Christian Plummer.

 

Aery Theatre co. 11th annual 20/20 one-act play festival

Over the course of two weekends, 20 original one-act plays are winnowed by popular vote down to a single champ. The power to bestow theatrical glory rests in the hands of the audience. Participatory art at its best—and most ruthless.

The opening rounds begin Sept. 15; closing rounds begin Sept. 22.