Taconic Stage Company

Carl Ritchie, Producing Artistic Director

Please forgive the recent gaps in updating the site - but things are moving towards a great 2020 season this summer!  Hope to see you! (This doesn't even reflect the lovely reprise Susan Fullerton did of The Belle of Amherst in Hope Town, Abaco - before the storm, in March.  AND hopefully a new revue this summer as a benefit for Hope Town after Hurricane Dorian - working title: Last Call at Three-Fingered Jack's !)

(Reprise perfromances at the Whitney Center in Pittsfield, MA in March, 2019 - see under photo at right for link for tickets)

Our August, 2018 show will be - "Lillian"  by William Luce based on the autobiographical writings of Lillian Hellman - starring Diedre Bollinger and directed by Carl Ritchie.

Performed at  St. John in the Wilderness Church, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls, NY : on Aug. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.  Tickets $20 (or pay what you can at the door), click on the link to the right.

AND a free preview on Copake Falls Day - August 18th at 2 p.m. -  courtesy of our sponsors - click on their name to visit their websites:

The Kneller Agency   and Herringtons, Inc .  

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Donations can be made by mail (address below) or online (coming soon) by clicking the link above. TSC is a registered 501(C) 3 non-profit and your greatly appreciated donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Taconic Stage Company is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate and entertain our community in Columbia County by providing professional quality musical and non-musical theatre and concert productions as well as encouraging and nurturing local talent and providing low-cost or free access to the arts for students, the elderly and the physically or mentally handicapped.

Taconic Stage Company, 

240 Island Drive, 

Craryville, NY 12521


(Some of our previous productions pictured above)


Lillian, a one-woman play about Lillian Hellman by William Luce, starring Diedre Bollinger and directed by TSC founder and Artistic Director Carl Ritchie.

  Based on the autobiographical writing of the hard-living playwright whose works include  The Little Foxes The Children’s Hour , and her memoir,  Pentimento , dramatist Luce creates an intense, intriguing, and intimate portrait of a woman who was often caustic and controversial but never dull.

  Set in the waiting room of a New York hospital, as she maintains a vigil for her longtime love, novelist Dashiell Hammett, Hellman remembers the people and incidents that shaped her life. From her headstrong girlhood in New Orleans and New York, through her exciting and tempestuous years with Hammett, to her achievements on Broadway and in Hollywood, she recalls those who helped her gain her burning social consciousness – something that brought her into conflict with the powers-that-be, most notably, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee. During that hearing – and in the play – we hear her famous line, “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.”

NOTE: Some of the pictured productions were performed at CTC where our Artistic Director, Carl Ritchie, was either producer, director, writer or performer. The most recent are from productions of the Taconic Stage Company. All photos by Carl Ritchie except for the three he is in - with Chase Crosley - in Driving Miss Daisy - and Susan Fullerton - in Private Lives . Those were by Bob Sacks. Also, the photo of Leda Hodgson in A Lady of Letters is by Christopher Baines. Photos of Private Lives by Daniel Region. " Housewives " photo by Mike Molinski, Photographics Solution. Liz Richardson "spotlight" photo by Marvin Moore, Lillian photo by Michele Midori Fillion.

Diedre Bollinger as Lillian Hellman
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For tickets for the reprise performances this weekend (March 22-24, 2019)  at the Whitney Center in Pittsfield, MA please visit  TheWhit.org

Read Jeffrey Borak's rave review in the Berkshire Eagle here: Lillian Review