- Admission to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s The Winter’s Tale or The Arabian Nights
- Where: Boscobel House and Gardens
- Seating: side sections
- Door time: two hours before showtime
- $21 for one ticket to The Winter’s Tale on Tuesday, August 4, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $46 value)
- $21 for one ticket to The Arabian Nights on Wednesday, August 5, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $46 value)
- $21 for one ticket to The Winter’s Tale on Friday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $46 value)
- $21 for one ticket to The Arabian Nights on Tuesday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $46 value)
- $42 for two tickets to The Arabian Nights on Tuesday, August 11, at 7:30 p..m. (up to $92 value)
The Arabian Nights
Based on One Thousand and One Nights, the celebrated collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales, Arabian Nights brings the stories of clever Shahrazad to vivid life as she tricks the murderous king into postponing her execution. The production presents several of her many tales, such as “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” and “Sinbad the Sailor,” the prequel to “Sinbad the Comedian.” Dreamlike movement and colorful costumes animate the more fantastical elements, as the performance blends together suspense, romance, comedy, and the cast’s sighs of relief at not having to perform all 1,001 nights.
This re-telling of the classic narrative about re-telling was penned by Tony-winning theatre visionary Mary Zimmerman, meaning audiences can expect a mixture of classical and contemporary language. Director Lileana Blain-Cruz oversees the visually stimulating production, drawing on the experience she gained on reinterpretations of The Bacchae and The Taming of the Shrew.
The Winter’s Tale
Unfolding over the course of 16 years, Shakespeare’s tonally wild Winter’s Tale has room for everything the Bard is known for—farcical laughs, murderous betrayal, unknowingly swapped babies, and star-crossed love. The curtain rises on King Leontes of Sicilia, ever suspicious that he and his wife’s daughter actually belongs to his childhood friend Polixenes, the king of Bohemia. Leontes banishes the child, who grows into a beautiful young shepherdess and catches the eye of a handsome prince—who just happens to be the heir to Bohemia. They plot their escape to Sicilia, a location that sets the stage for reconciliation, a reconnection of friends, and—a rare occurrence in many of Shakespeare’s romances—a possible happy ending.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Located on the 250-acre grounds of historic Boscobel, overlooking the Hudson River, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival envelops theatergoers in worlds long past. Its inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1987 carved a path of critical acclaim for it to expand into summer-long festivals, ongoing educational outreach, and artist-in-residence programs. The organization's canon even extends past that of the Bard on occasion: past seasons have taken on The Three Musketeers and Tartuffe.