Performances In Nyack - Art & Soul of the Hudson

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Women & Patriarchy Reading Series

An exploration of our season theme through a historical theatre lens.

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The Trojan Women by Euripides

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Karen Case Cook

The Trojan Women by Euripides in a new version by poet Gwendolyn MacEwen about which Margaret Atwood has written " It's significant that MacEwen would choose to translate The Trojan Women and Helen texts, for after all, they are filled with the plaint of women. The vocabulary of these translations is so much MacEwen's own that they seem almost to have been written by her. These translations are deeply felt."

November 23, 2019 - 2pm at The Nyack Library - Community Room

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The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Diana Green

The widowed Duchess of Malfi defies her two powerful brothers who do not want her to remarry by secretly marrying a man of her choosing, a man below her station, her steward Antonio. When they uncover her deception, the brothers plot a series of events that leads them all to destruction in this dark tapestry of sibling rivalry, forbidden love, unquenchable ambition.

January 4, 2020 - 2pm at The Nyack Library - Community Room

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Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Women & Patriarchy Readings

Directed by Leo Lion

One of literature’s most complex and compelling anti-heroines, the beautiful and intelligent Hedda yearns to escape her marriage to a man she finds numbingly dull. Suffocated by the expectations and limitations of society, she is driven by a desire to have control. First produced in 1891, Ibsen’s masterpiece shocked European society; now, 125 years later, it continues to challenge audiences.

March 7, 2020 - 2pm at The Nyack Library - Community Room

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Dusa, Fish, Stas & Vi by Pam Gems

Women & Patriarchy Readings

DIRECTED BY KAREN CASE COOK

“Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi may be almost 40 years old, but the struggle it depicts continues: women who are exploring sisterhood, transforming their sexual relationships with men, wrestling with what it means to be a mother, and confronting the possibility that a price might be exacted for their independence. If that sounds dry, it's not. There are moments of delirious joy and laughter.” - The Guardian

June 27, 2020 - 2pm at The Nyack Library - Community Room

 
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Commissioned Short Plays

 

Commissioned short plays

Back by popular demand - Phoenix Theatre Ensemble will once again commission playwrights to write short plays

on our season theme. This year it is Women & Patriarchy. A group of fearless actors will be assembled to perform

these scripts - sight unseen and on the spot. We draw the name of the actor out of a hat — and then a character.

And the stories and the fun unfold right before our eyes.

You won’t want to miss this unique and thoroughly delightful theatrical event!