Taconic Stage – “Old Love” and “The Portable Dorothy Parker” on tap for August

Margot Avery in the Portable Dorothy Parker.

Margot Avery in the Portable Dorothy Parker.

Taconic Stage Company Announces Final Two Summer Shows

Craryville, NY – Local summer theater company Taconic Stage Co. (TSC) will present two new productions to end its fifth season – the romantic comedy “Old Love” and the one-woman show “The Portable Dorothy Parker.”

This season’s second show, “Old Love,” again examines the growing older theme. The play is an insightful, often sweet look at two people who fall for each other in the twilight of their years. The play was written by Canadian Norm Foster, who has written more than 50 plays. His works are the most-produced in Canada.

“Old Love” spans three decades and half a dozen meetings between Bud, a salesman, and Molly, his boss’s wife. One of them is smitten from their first meeting, the other, less so. The show explores how love and intimacy do not wane in the “over-the-hill” years. It stars Susan Fullerton and Jeffrey Judd, and is directed by Ritchie.

Fullerton met Artistic Director Carl Ritchie more than 35 years ago acting opposite him in a production of “Life With Father.” At TSC she has played the role of Amanda opposite his Elyot in their production of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” and more recently played Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst” and starred in the one-woman show, “My Brilliant Divorce.”

Judd has appeared in numerous plays off-Broadway and has had background roles in film and television. Fifteen years ago he relocated part time to Copake Lake. Judd made his TSC debut in “Private Lives.”

“Old Love” is being performed at St. John in the Wilderness Church, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls, NY, 12517, on Aug. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 3 and 10 at 3 p.m.

Taconic Stage Company’s final show of the season, “The Portable Dorothy Parker,” will play for one weekend only – Aug. 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. The show also will be performed at St. John in the Wilderness. A free “sneak preview” of the show will be performed at Copake Falls Day on Aug. 16 at 3 p.m.

“Dorothy Parker” is a one-woman show reflecting with droll humor on the famous writer’s life. The show’s premise is an interview with a young (offstage) editor from Viking Press for a compendium of Parker’s best works.

The show stars Margot Avery, a third generation actress who made her debut at age 9 in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” on Broadway. She has worked extensively with such companies as Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Directors Co., Riverside Shakespeare, The Jean Cocteau, The Journey Co., The Workshop at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and more.

Playwright Annie Lux holds degrees in playwriting from New York University and Columbia University. “The Portable Dorothy Parker,” her most recent play, was developed with Avery and Lee Costello at the Ensemble Studio Theater’s Octoberfest in 2005 and 2008, at the Bank Street Theater as part of 3Graces Theater Company’s GraceNotes series, and, most recently, at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

TSC, founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Carl Ritchie, has delighted audiences each summer with shows such as the hilarious, original send-up on growing older “The Middle-Aged Musical,” and its spoof of the locals vs. weekenders mentality “The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County.” Both were written and directed by Ritchie, and have been performed numerous times by popular demand (“Housewives” has been selling out this year’s July performances at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham).

Taconic Stage has also featured Noel Coward productions, one-woman shows and intimate dramas, many of them directed by Ritchie.

Tickets for all shows are $20 (senior citizens and students pay what you can.) Tickets can be purchased on the website http://www.taconicstage.com or by calling 518-325-1234 or emailing TaconicStage@aol.com to reserve.

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