New York Stage and Film is excited to bring people back together for the 2021 Summer Season in the Hudson Valley. In partnership with Vassar College, Marist College, and Revel 32°, NYSAF will serve the needs of theater and film artists today, bringing them safely together in community to generate new stories and reconnect with one another and audiences.
NYSAF’s 2021 Summer Season will expand our points of access throughout Poughkeepsie, New York in order to safely and sustainably maximize our artistic and community impact.
NYSAF’s 2021 Summer Season will kick-off with an outdoor event at Vassar College. Taking full advantage of the campus grounds, guests will be welcomed to the Outdoor Amphitheater for a concert presentation of MEXODUS by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson.
NYSAF's 2021 Summer Season will be further enriched by an inaugural collaboration with Revel 32°, a historic music venue in the heart of Poughkeepsie, featuring the musical SOUTH by Florencia Iriondo.
NYSAF's 2021 Summer Season community campus will be centered at Marist College, where we will house artists participating in musical workshops, residencies, and the Filmmakers' Workshop. Overlooking the Hudson River, audiences join artists at an outdoor tent located next to the historic Cornell Boathouse for developmental presentations of musical works-in-process including MEXODUS by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson, INTERSTATE by Kit Yan and Melissa Li, and WHITE GIRL IN DANGER by Michael R. Jackson. NYSAF will also host the HUDSON VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS LABORATORY in process with the local community at the Boathouse.
Can't make it to the Hudson Valley? Enjoy New York Stage and Film's Summer Season from the comfort of your home. Featuring exciting presentations of new works and interviews with artists about their process, New York Stage and Film is Always On.
Join us for live theater this summer as we safely bring artists and audiences back together for presentations of new musicals in -process. Show information and descriptions are below.
Tickets for Summer 2021 outdoor venues at Vassar and Marist are pay-what-you-can and must be reserved in advance. The NYSAF Box Office opens for reservations on July 1st.
Tickets for presentations at Revel 32° are $49.50 and must be purchased directly from Revel 32° at www.revel32.com
Due to union, local, state, and federal health and safety guidelines restricting public gatherings and operations, audience capacities will be significantly reduced this summer
Programming is subject to change pending approval from Actors Equity Association
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Co-Created and Performed by
Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson
MEXODUS is a concept album inspired by the estimated 4,000-10,000 enslaved people in the Southern part of the United States who pursued a journey into Mexico instead of looking north. This under told chapter of the Underground Railroad is an exploration of Black and brown bodies standing together against oppression. Listen to MEXODUS tracks here.
Book, Lyrics and Music by Florencia Iriondo
Music and Arrangements by Luis D’Elias
Inspired by her experiences as a Latina living in the US, SOUTH is an original, one-woman musical by Florencia Iriondo about finding one’s roots and the place called home.
Revel 32° will open its doors at 7:00 PM on the day of the show.
Book by Melissa Li and Kit Yan
Music and Lyrics by Melissa Li
Poetry and Additional Lyrics by Kit Yan
Directed by Jesca Prudencio
Fueled by his desire to connect with the Queer Asian community, transgender slam poet Dash goes on a cross-country tour with his best friend Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter. News of the tour reaches Henry, a transgender teenage blogger from Kentucky, who finds inspiration and solace in the the band's political and personal music as he explores his own relationship to gender. INTERSTATE is a Queer Asian-American pop-rock musical about two trans people at different stages of their journeys navigating love, family, masculinity, and finding community in the era of social media.
Book, Music and Lyrics
by Michael R. Jackson
directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
WHITE GIRL IN DANGER, a new musical from Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael R. Jackson (A STRANGE LOOP), is the story of Keesha Gibbs, a young woman who lives in the "Blackground" of a melodramatic soap opera town called Allwhite. Tired of repetitive Blackground stories of enslavement and police violence, Keesha sets out to become Allwhite's leading heroine by appropriating the storylines of her three main rivals, Meagan, Maegan and Megan. But as she gains power for herself, she also attracts the attention of the Allwhite Killer, putting her story and her life in more danger than ever. A, thrilling, binge-worthy and wildly funny dark new musical satire.
In Partnership with
The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory
New York Stage and Film will host The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory in process with the local community at Marist College.
Community Monologue & Song Jam
(a two-night collaborative event)
Thursday, July 22
6:00-8:00 PM- Workshop
Thursday, July 29
6:00-8:00 PM- Performance
The Lab invites our Hudson Valley community to join us for two nights of play and performance. On July 22, they begin with a monologue and songwriting workshop focusing on the topic of Summer in the Hudson Valley. On July 29, workshop participants perform monologues and songs from the stage. Participants must attend the in-person workshop to perform.
The 2021 Summer Season is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; by funding from Dutchess Tourism and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson; and by major support from the Shubert Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Board of Directors of New York Stage and Film.