OFF PEAK at Hudson Stage Company

Hudson Stage Company presents OFF PEAK. A world premiere by Brenda Withers

April 22 – May 7, 2022



Directed by JESS CHAYES


Production Stage Manager ANN BARKIN*
Production Manager JOHN LEYDEN

When two old flames run into each other on the evening commute, different views of the same past threaten to derail their connection. A delightful new play about forgiving, forgetting, and the healing power of a good delay.

There will be a Q&A following the performance on May 1st at 3:00 PM.



*member Actors’ Equity Association


The October Storm at Hudson Stage Company spring 2020

World Premiere

October 8th – October 23rd, 2021

by Joshua Allen


Director: Cezar Williams


Patricia R. Floyd
Yvette Ganier
Trevor Latez Hayes
Philipe D. Preston
Courtney Thomas

Production Stage Manager: Ann Barkin
Set Design: Alan C. Edwards
Costumes: Leslie Bernstein
Lighting Designer: Paul Vaillancourt
Sound Design: Kimberly S. O’Loughlin

Assistant Stage Manager: Anthony Rigaglia

In 1960’s Southside Chicago, a troubled war veteran moves into an apartment building and the residents become caught in an emotional whirlwind that threatens to change their lives forever. In the center of the conflict are the building’s landlady, Mrs. Elkins and her 16-year-old granddaughter, Gloria.


The production ran from October 8 through October 23, 2021


Whippoorwill Theatre, North Castle Public Library, Kent Place, Armonk, NY 10504

Click here to see photos of the production…

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Joshua Allen’s DISTANCE – Fundraiser Event

Distance by Joshua Allen

The live event was held Saturday, July 25, 2020.

HUDSON STAGE zoom performance of a very short one-act by JOSHUA ALLEN (TV’s EMPIRE, upcoming NETFLIX: FROM SCRATCH and HBO’s In Treatment) addressing this moment in time. Lauren logs into Zoom, expecting a long-overdue catch-up with old friends from college. What she doesn’t expect is to confront a complicated, and possibly unresolved, relationship from her past.


Writer Joshua Allen
Directed by Cezar Williams
Production Stage Manager: Helen Irene Muller
Cast: Betty Gabriel and Chris Messina
Introduction by: LaChanze (Founding Member of Black Theatre United)

Joshua Allen is the writer of THE OCTOBER STORM, slated for a world premiere with HSC this past spring but now postponed to our 2021 season.

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Hudson Stage programming is underwritten, in part, by funds from ArtsWestchester and the Westchester County Government, NY.

A Doll’s House, Part 2

Hudson Stage - A Doll's House - Part 2

by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Margarett Perry

Denise Bessette
Rachel Kent
Kurt Rhoads
Mary Stout

Scenery by David A. Arsenault
Lighting by Andrew Gmoser
Costumes by David Toser
Sound by Michael Costagliola
Stage Managed by Ann Barkin
Executive Producer Olivia Sklar

Bruce Apar/Broadway World Westchester:
“… the 90-minute play flew by in what seemed like half that time, a credit to director Margarett Perry and the very skillful cast.”

Linda Leavitt/The Scarsdale Inquirer and The Rye Record Review:
“Hudson Stage is a Westchester gem, proving that you don’t need to venture far from home or pay steep prices to see provocative professional theater.”


Proof by David Auburn at Hudson Stage Company

by David Auburn

Cadden Jones
Jenna Krasowski
Jayson Speters
John Wojda

Scenery by Steven C. Kemp
Lighting by Karen Spahn
Costumes by Leslie Bernstein
Sound by Garrrett Hood
Fight Director Jared Kirby
Stage Managed by Emily Roth
Executive Producers Denise Bessette, Dan Foster, Olivia Sklar
Directed by Dan Foster

“Haunting and mesmerizing. Do yourself a favor and catch this one. Brava!”
Broadway World

Hudson Stage Company is the gold standard in this region for theater…as satisfying and compelling a theater experience as any you’ll find.” Yorktown News

Dates: March 29- April 13, 2019
Location: Whippoorwill Hall Theatre


Constellations by Nick Payne

by Nick Payne

Faith Sandberg and Ben Paul Williams

Scenery by James J. Fenton
Lighting by Andrew Gmoser
Costumes by David Woolard
Sound by Matt Otto
Stage Managed by Emily Roth
Executive Producers Denise Bessette, Dan Foster, Olivia Sklar
Directed by Mark Shanahan

“Working from Nick Payne’s eloquent, articulate script, director Mark Shanahan crafts a poetic, wholly satisfying, emotionally exciting evening of theater. His “Constellations” is alive with humanity and spirit and buzzes with a flavorful, pungent theatricality that complements the playwright’s cosmic dance of courtship, conflict, fate, death and uncertainty most engagingly.” James V. Ruocco, TAKE 2

“ A virtually flawless production.” John McCarthy, ONSTAGE

“The cast is exceptional. Ben Paul Williams was delightful and disarming with his initial aw-shucks charm, which matured and metamorphosed into a richly complex characterization of the beekeeper. Faith Sandberg brought a depth to Marianne beyond what the playwright put on the page.” Broadway World

Dates: October 190- November 3, 2018
Location: Whippoorwill Hall Theatre


SWITZERLAND by Joanna Murray-Smith Directed by Dan Foster

by Joanna Murray-Smith


Peggy J. Scott
Daniel Petzold

Scenery by James Fenton
Lighting by Andrew Gmoser
Costumes by Charlotte Palmer-Lane
Original Music & Sound Design by Garrett Hood
Fight Choreography by Jared Kirby
Production Managed by Allison Queen
Stage Managed by Helen Irene Muller
Executive Producers Denise Bessette and Olivia Sklar
Directed by Dan Foster

“Hudson Stage Company has a winner on its hands! Peggy J. Scott is utterly captivating as Highsmith. Her delivery of Highsmith’s bitingly sardonic ruminations is pitch perfect. Edward is the quintessential Highsmith character (no spoilers here) and Daniel Petzold does a beguiling job of slowly peeling back the onion, allowing Edward’s multiple layers to emerge, each time slightly, almost imperceptibly, more self-assured with subtlety and grace. Director Dan Foster deftly weaves the tantalizing plot through its’ many twists and turns with just the right pace, effectively gaining steam as the play progresses. The marvelous sets by James Fenton are practically a third character in the story, revealing great insights into the author’s world and mindset.”

“Stunning. Switzerland is a fascinating two-character piece whose New York premiere has wisely been entrusted to Hudson Stage Company. In every respect—not least the terrific performances by Peggy Scott and Daniel Petzold—HSC’s production is high-caliber.” John McCarthy, ONSTAGE

DATES: April 20- May 5, 2018   
LOCATION: Whippoorwill Hall Theatre

Shining City

by Conor McPherson

Hamish Allan-Headley
Gemma Baird
Michael Jennings Mahoney
Derry Woodhouse

Scenery by Anna Grigo
Lighting by Andrew Gmoser
Costumes by Charlotte Palmer-Lane
Sound Design and Original Music by Garrett Hood
Stage Managed by Helen Irene Muller
Executive Producers Denise Bessette & Olivia Sklar
Directed by Dan Foster

Shining City is tautly directed by HSC co-founder Dan Foster. A salient feature of McPherson’s plays is how frequently they showcase the art of storytelling, the great oral tradition of one individual standing up in a pub or parlor, for example, and spinning a yarn that captivates listeners. When a piece of theatre is dominated by this kind of storytelling it follows that the talents of the performer delivering the oratory are paramount to the work’s success. And skillful acting isn’t enough. For the stories to ring true on any level, the storyteller must project authenticity and believability with relatively little help from other actors or extraneous stagecraft. Fortunately, Hudson Stage Company’s production is anchored by Derry Woodhouse in the role of John, a guilt-wracked widower haunted by the ghost of his recently departed wife. Credit costume designer Charlotte Palmer-Lane for sending him out in just the right garb, including a perfectly drab jumper. The other design work is also top-notch and faithful to McPherson’s vision.” John McCarthy ONSTAGE

October 13-28, 2017

Whippoorwill Hall Theatre

Hound of the Baskervilles

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Steven Canny & John Nicholson

Matt Ban
Joe Delafield
Denis Lambert

Scenery by David L. Arsenault
Lighting by Andrew Gmoser
Costumes by Jeni Schaefer & Charlotte Palmer-Lane
Sound by Sean Hagerty
Choreography by Stephanie Card
Stage Managed by Jason Weixelman
Executive Producers Denise Bessette Dan Foster Olivia Sklar
Directed by Mark Shanahan

“A laugh-out-loud comic masterpiece!”
Inside Armonk

April 28-May 12, 2017

Whippoorwill Theatre

You Will Remember Me

by Francois Archambault
Translated by Bobby Theodore

The American Premiere

Ella Dershowitz
John Hutton
Chris Kipiniak
Susan Pellegrino
Susannah Schulman Rogers

Scenery by Steven Kemp
Lighting by Andrew Gmoser
Costumes by Charlotte Palmer-Lane
Sound by William Neal
Movement by Tony Yazbeck
Production Management by Chris Batstone
Stage Managed by Katie Kavett
Produced by Denise Bessette and Olivia Sklar
Directed by Dan Foster

“Brilliantly conceived and executed. Theater buffs will have to hope the production transfers to an off -Broadway venue in the near future. By all rights it should.” —ONSTAGE

“A powerful, funny, profound, and intensely moving drama at Hudson Stage.” —Scarsdale Inquirer

October 14-29, 2016

Whippoorwill Hall Theatre