Ancram Opera House Awarded Two Major Grants

The Ancram Opera House (AOH), an award-winning non-profit performing arts organization in rural southern Columbia County, announced that it has received grants totaling $94,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the NY State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). The grants will be used to purchase theatrical lighting, new audience seating,…

Ancram Opera House Announces Summer Season

By any measure, 2018 was a watershed season for The Ancram Opera House.  We won its first-ever Berkshire Theatre Critics’ Award (for Tony Kushner’s HOMEBODY) and was christened “a center of contemporary performing arts” (Main Street Magazine) with a “sophisticated metropolitan sensibility” (John Isaacs, IMBY) that presents “the most unexpected and innovative summer theatre program…

Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards Winners Announced

Williamstown Theatre Festival and Barrington Stage Company Take Top Honors At an SRO ceremony held at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, the Board of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association presented the Berkshire Theatre Awards on the evening of Monday, November 12, 2018. This was the third year the awards have been presented to honor and…

REVIEW: “Homebody” at the Ancram Opera House

A middle-aged Englishwoman, identified only as Homebody, tries in vain to remember the name of her anti-depressant:  “a portmanteau chemical cocktail word confected by punning psychopharmacologists.”  She imagines her “brain floating in a salt bath, frosted with a rime of salt, a pickle-brine brain, pink-beige walnut-wrinkled nutmeat within a crystalliform quartzoid ice-white hoarfrost casing, a…

Ancram Opera House Presents Tony Kushner’s “Homebody”

The Ancram Opera House will present HOMEBODY, a tour-de-force one-act by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (ANGELS IN AMERICA), August 3-5 and 10-12. Danielle Skraastad — one of the busiest actors in New York and a native of Cairo, Greene County, NY  — stars as the Homebody, an inquisitive British housewife safely ensconced in her respectable…

Ancram Opera House Presents “Aunt Leaf”

A tale from the dark woods of the Hudson River Valley and the darker woods of the imagination The Ancram Opera House will present Aunt Leaf, a ghost story inspired by American and Mexican folklore and a haunting Mary Oliver poem, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3-4, at 4PM. Suitable for ages nine to ninety, the show features the acclaimed Mexican artist…