Playwrights invited

COLD SPRING - Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) will hold a series of Community Playwriting Workshops in area libraries, culminating in “Bake-Off” - a program of short plays read by professional actors. It’s all part of the HVSF Full Circle program aimed at engaging with local residents.

The two-hour workshops will feature exercises that teach “citizen writers” the basics of playwriting and storytelling. All participants will be invited to submit a short play for consideration in the Bake-Off, this August at the Philipstown Depot Theater in Garrison.

This year’s Bake-Off will focus on the theme Coming Home – a return from war, a new life in a new place, defining or discovering the people, places and things that make a home.

Workshops are set for 10 a.m.-noon, June 9, Butterfield Library, Cold Spring; 1-3 p.m. June 9, Field Library, Peekskill; noon-2 p.m. June 10, Howland Public Library, Beacon; 3-5 p.m. June 10, Newburgh Free Library; 10-12 p.m. June 16, Kent Library, Carmel; 2-4 p.m. June 16, Desmond Fish Library, Garrison.

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Local theater in the making
NEW PALTZ – A new black box theater is sprouting in New Paltz, as the folks behind Denizen Theatre move ahead with construction on their site at the Water Street Market, 10 Main St.

The nonprofit organization will produce “intimate live professional” theater with flexible seating for 50-70. Its mission: to “explore what it means to be human in all its duality and complexity, producing new works that provoke, challenge, and inspire often ignored conversations.”

Harry Lipstein is producing artistic director; co-artistic directors are Brittany Proia and Benn Williamson. They hope to open by late autumn and to produce three shows in their first season, says Williamson.

Keep tabs on the construction and schedule at their website: or on facebook.