Carl Ritchie, Producing Artistic Director
Our August, 2018 show will be -
by William Luce based on the autobiographical writings of
and directed by Carl Ritchie.
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
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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)
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
, and her memoir,
, 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
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
. Those were by Bob Sacks. Also, the photo of Leda Hodgson in
A Lady of Letters
is by Christopher Baines. Photos of
by Daniel Region. "
" photo by Mike Molinski, Photographics Solution. Liz Richardson "spotlight" photo by Marvin Moore, Lillian photo by Michele Midori Fillion.
Diedre Bollinger as Lillian Hellman
(You can also just show up at the church - there's always a spare pew!) Tickets are $20. But "pay what you can" at the door. Please NOTE: Our
matinees are both at
2 PM, our Friday and Saturday Aug 24 & 25 shows at 7 PM
For our beautiful venue, St John in the Wilderness, in Copake Falls, click here (Designed by Richard Upjohn in the Gothic Revival style.)