Absurd, funny comedy of teenager with rapidly aging body to be presented by Hudson Stage Company

Westchester’s premiere professional theatre now in residence on Pace University’s Briarcliff campus at Woodward Hall Theatre, is proud to present
the Fall Mainstage production: the Westchester premiere of David Lindsay Abaire’s hilarious, heartrending and haunting play KIMBERLY AKIMBO, directed by Richard Caliban. The absurdly funny story of a teenage girl whose body ages four times faster than those around her.

The following release comes from the theater company in residence on Pace University’s Briarcliff campus:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact: Denise Bessette, Producer 914-736-3467; hudsonstage@aol.com

HUDSON STAGE COMPANY, The following release comes from the theater company in residence on Pace University’s Briarcliff campus:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact: Denise Bessette, Producer 914-736-3467; hudsonstage@aol.com

HUDSON STAGE COMPANY, Westchester’s premiere professional theatre now in residence on Pace University’s Briarcliff campus at Woodward Hall Theatre, is proud to present
the Fall Mainstage production: the Westchester premiere of David Lindsay Abaire’s hilarious, heartrending and haunting play KIMBERLY AKIMBO, directed by Richard Caliban. The absurdly funny story of a teenage girl whose body ages four times faster than those around her.
“There have been many dark comedies about dysfunctional famillies, but this is one of the funniest.” LA Times.

Abaire is the noted writer of FUDDY MEERS, and WONDER OF THE WORLD and Caliban was the founder of NYC’s famed LaCucaracha Theatre, most recently directing DONNA MORELLI at New York Stage and Film, Vassar.
The powerhouse cast includes Anne O’Sullivan as 16-going-on-60 Kimberly, John Wojda and Jillian LaVinka as her parents who have dragged her to Bogota NJ, Denise Bessette as her ex-con aunt and Aaron Wilton as her geeky school friend.
Producers Denise Bessette, Dan Foster and Olivia Sklar are happy to be working with a first-rate team that includes set designer Dustin O’Neill, lighting designer Andrew Gmoser, costume designer Edi Giguere, sound designer Jon Kadela, Misha Siegel-Rivers as Production Stage Manager, and Alex Scheer as her assistant stage manager.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO: Opens Friday, October 28th and runs three consecutive weekends through Saturday, November 12th. Fridays. Saturdays at 8pm, Two Sunday matinees at 3pm, 10/30 and 11/6 with a Q&A following the 11/6 performance.

$25.00 for general admission, $20.00 seniors/students. Pace: $15.00. Group rates available.
TICKETS at 914-271-2811, or at www.hudsonstage.com. Directions on website.
Woodward Hall Theatre, Pace University Briarcliff Campus, 235 Elm Street, Briarcliff Manor, NY.

This production is made possible by the generosity of Westchester Arts Council and Pace University. Producers are solely responsible for content.
“There have been many dark comedies about dysfunctional famillies, but this is one of the funniest.” LA Times.

Abaire is the noted writer of FUDDY MEERS, and WONDER OF THE WORLD and Caliban was the founder of NYC’s famed LaCucaracha Theatre, most recently directing DONNA MORELLI at New York Stage and Film, Vassar.
The powerhouse cast includes Anne O’Sullivan as 16-going-on-60 Kimberly, John Wojda and Jillian LaVinka as her parents who have dragged her to Bogota NJ, Denise Bessette as her ex-con aunt and Aaron Wilton as her geeky school friend.
Producers Denise Bessette, Dan Foster and Olivia Sklar are happy to be working with a first-rate team that includes set designer Dustin O’Neill, lighting designer Andrew Gmoser, costume designer Edi Giguere, sound designer Jon Kadela, Misha Siegel-Rivers as Production Stage Manager, and Alex Scheer as her assistant stage manager.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO: Opens Friday, October 28th and runs three consecutive weekends through Saturday, November 12th. Fridays. Saturdays at 8pm, Two Sunday matinees at 3pm, 10/30 and 11/6 with a Q&A following the 11/6 performance.

$25.00 for general admission, $20.00 seniors/students. Pace: $15.00. Group rates available.
TICKETS at 914-271-2811, or at www.hudsonstage.com. Directions on website.
Woodward Hall Theatre, Pace University Briarcliff Campus, 235 Elm Street, Briarcliff Manor, NY.

This production is made possible by the generosity of Westchester Arts Council and Pace University. Producers are solely responsible for content.

Hudson Stage Company Becomes Artist in Residence

The Hudson Stage Company, the adventurous professional theater company that has performed in a variety of Westchester venues during its first six years, is becoming an Artist-In-Residence at the Briarcliff annex to Pace University’s Pleasantville campus.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts:
Cara Halstead, Public Information Officer, Pace University (914) 773-3312, chalstead@pace.edu
or
Denise Bessette, Producer, Hudson Stage Company (914) 736-3467, DBess25@aol.com

HUDSON STAGE COMPANY BECOMES ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
AT PACE UNIVERSITY BRIARCLIFF CAMPUS

Professional theater group with growing reputation
for NY and world premieres
begins performances and staged readings,
will offer pre-professional opportunities for students

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – February 7, 2005. The Hudson Stage Company, the adventurous professional theater company that has performed in a variety of Westchester venues during its first six years, is becoming an Artist-In-Residence at the Briarcliff annex to Pace University’s Pleasantville campus.

The next events of the company’s weekend performances at its new home begin with the February 11 staged reading of “Massage in Progress,” by Westchester playwright Jeannie Zusy. They continue the first three weekends in April with the world premiere of Eric Henry Sanders’ new play, “Where’s Annie?”

Hudson Stage performs under an Actors’ Equity Association Small Professional Theatre contract. It has been hailed by The New York Times, the Journal News, Westchester Magazine and the North County News for its ambitious commitment to producing original new plays.

Influence of Tony Randall. “We are delighted to welcome Hudson Stage Company to Pace’s Westchester campuses,” said Pace University President David A. Caputo. “A permanent home will help Hudson Stage bring Westchester more challenging, contemporary theatre. This arrangement mirrors our relationship at Pace’s downtown New York City campus with the National Actors Theatre, founded by the late Tony Randall. We welcome the opportunity for our students to participate in the work of a professional theatre company and master classes as well as enrichment for all students, especially those in the arts and humanities.”

Praised by the New York Times for “sweeping gallantry of purpose,” since its founding in 1999 Hudson Stage Company has performed at venues including public libraries, the Jacob Burns Film Center and the Julie Harris Theatre at the Clearview School in Briarcliff Manor.

“This new venue and relationship offer tremendous opportunities for everyone involved, and we are thrilled to be here,” said Denise Bessette, one of the Hudson Stage Company’s three producers, along with Dan Foster and Olivia Sklar. “We are appreciative of Pace’s commitment to the arts and to our company.”

Hudson Stage Company productions will take place in a 135-seat theater in Pace’s Woodward Hall located on Elm Road in Briarcliff Manor. Said Bessette: “The theater has terrific acoustics and sight-lines, comfortable seats, and is very audience-friendly. The campus is easily accessible from the Taconic Parkway and Route 9A, and the villages of Briarcliff and Pleasantville offer many dining options for the public.” Because many Pace staff offices are closed on weekends, free parking is available on campus, including facilities for people with handicaps.

World premiere of “Where’s Annie” April 1 through April 17. On the first three weekends in April, the Company presents the world premiere of Eric Henry Sanders’ new play, “Where’s Annie?,” which Bessette describes as “a divinely dark comedy with an American Gothic spin.” It will be directed by Steven Williford.

The production plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm, with additional matinees on Friday, April 8th and 15th at 3pm. $25 general admission, $20 for seniors/students, $15 for PACE with ID. Group rates are available.

“On Golden Pond” meets “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in this play that explores the mystery of an older couple’s relationship with each other and their vengeful granddaughter. “There’s a wickedly sensual sense of humor between this couple that is refreshingly different from the ‘cute’ or ‘curmudgeonly’ characters audiences usually see depicting older people,” Bessette said.

Playwright Sanders teaches screenwriting at Hampshire College, and his work has been seen across the country at venues including the Cherry Lane Alternative in NYC, Victory Gardens in Chicago and in LA at the Road Theatre. Williford has been at the helm of the Lark Theatre in NYC, and has worked Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio, and Rattlestick, regionally at Long Wharf Theatre, and as a contract director of the long-running soaps “As the World Turns” and “The Guiding Light.”

These programs are made possible by a grant from the Westchester Arts Council and the donation of facilities by Pace University. HSC is solely responsible for program content.

More information is at the HSC hotline at 914-271-2811 and website, at www.hudsonstage.com. Information on HSC events at Pace University and other Pace events can be found, along with directions to Pace, at www.Pace.edu/culture. For automated directions to Pace, call 914-773-3737.