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Hudson Warehouse

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George K. Wells as Romeo and Amanda Ochoa as Juliet, 2010 Season.
Alex Viola and Amanda Renee Baker in The Seagull, 2011 Season.
Myles Rowland as James Tyrrel and R. Scott Williams as George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III, 2012 Season.

The Hudson Warehouse is a theatre company in New York City that presents classical plays that are accessible, affordable, and exciting to the public. They perform three outdoor plays in the summer months in Riverside Park and fall/winter productions at Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center. Their mission is to bring arts for whom the arts aren't accessible and to this end, they perform in jails in collaboration with The New York Department of Corrections. So far, they have performed for inmates in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and at Rikers. [1] Known as "The Other Shakespeare in the Park,"[2] the company was founded in 2004 by Nicholas Martin-Smith, who serves as its artistic director.[1]

Summer performances take place on the North Patio of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside Park, at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive in New York City, along the Hudson River. Hudson Warehouse is the resident theater company of Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center and their fall/winter season consists of two productions.

The theater's full year season includes five productions of the classics, including Shakespeare, Euripides and Chekhov.[3]

Along with Martin-Smith, the Executive Director Susane Lee, and Associate Artistic Director George K. Wells, the Artists in Residence include Bruce Barton, David Palmer Brown, Patrina Caruana, Emily Sarah Cohn, Karen Collazzo, Tommy Demenkoff, Nick DeVita, Jamie Flanagan, Ron Hatcher, Roxann Kraemer, Nathan Mattingly, Vince Phillip, Paul Singleton, Roger Dale Stude and resident costumer Emily Rose Parman.[1]

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HistoryEdit

Hudson Warehouse's first season in 2004 consisted of a single modest production of The Tempest, performed over two weeks that July. The season has since extended to the whole summer, with three productions that each have a month-long run. Past productions include Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Cyrano and Trojan Women, adapted from the tragedy by Euripides. Hudson Warehouse productions in 2012 were The Comedy of Errors, The Rover, and Richard III. The company also holds readings and workshops throughout the year, including its 'Shakespeare in the Bar' series and the 'Writers-a-Go-Go' (WAGG) contemporary play reading series.[4][5] In addition to the summer season and other Shakespeare readings throughout the year, the company also teaches workshops on the classics to high school students, brings its productions into schools, run the 'Hudson Warehouse Shakespeare Workout' and teach play writing to 4th and 5th graders as part of the 'Afterschool Program' at Goddard Riverside.

In May of 2013 Hudson Warehouse was honored as the recipient of Goddard Riverside's 'Good Neighbor Award' "In Recognition of Your Extraordinary Deeds in Helping Build a Better Community." In the autumn of that year Hudson Warehouse became the Resident Theater Company at Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Arts Center at 647 Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In November 2013 they continued their 11th season with a remounting of their June 2013 production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, at the Bernie Wohl Center Directed by Susane Lee. The cast included Ian Harkins, Rafe Terrizzi and Nicholas Martin-Smith. This was followed by a production of Julius Caesar in March 2014.

In May of 2018 the company was presented with a Proclamation from the city of New York, by City Council Member Helen Rosenthal in honor of their 15th Anniversary Season and their commitment to making art accessible to the community.

ProductionsEdit

Critical receptionEdit

  • “NewYorkCentric has attended several Hudson Warehouse productions over the years and feels strongly that it is one of the greatest free cultural institutions in the city."[6]
  • HappentoLikeNewYork.org called the Hudson Warehouse 2010 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, set in the turmoil of the modern Middle East: "a 'savage' version of the classic tale set in the sands on Afghanistan." Calling it a "high-intensity cage match," it declared, "the cast of Romeo and Juliet at Hudson Warehouse made me a believer."[7]
  • Of the company's choice to do Cyrano, Newsday said: "Somebody dares to greet the elements with words by someone other than Shakespeare. Nicholas Martin-Smith directs this revival of Edmond Rostand's irresistible late-Romantic swashbuckling tragedy about the heroism and beauty lost behind a nose."[8]
  • Richard Grayson of 'Dumbo Books of Brooklyn' wrote “The cast always works as a unit, working together – yes, taking their star turns and getting their individual laughs – but ultimately in service of presenting a believable world and moving the story along.”[9]
  • Of the 2011 production of Merry Wives of Windsor, Steven McElroy of the New York Times said, "Clouds loomed over Riverside Park in Manhattan ... but the stars (were) aligned for the cast of this month's Hudson Warehouse production of The Merry Wives of Windsor."[10]
  • The company's production of Hamlet was noted for using multiple actors to play the role of Hamlet. "Most of us are aware that no one Hamlet can express all the manifold variations of the character ... so how about three Hamlets, deployed artfully? These three Hamlets invited multiplicity simply through the actorly presence of each," noted Bernice Kliman in her Shakespeare Newsletter article.[5]
  • The 'L' Magazine voted Hudson Warehouse the “Best Out Door Theatre” in New York City, saying "a combination of the excellent hardworking cast and the sunsets over the Hudson that serve as their backdrop makes these outdoor productions a must."[11]

Shakespeare in the Bar and Writers-a-Go-Go reading seriesEdit

The company's 'Writers A Go-Go' was created by Executive Director Susane Lee in 2012 to promote the work of contemporary playwrights. W.A.G.G. features readings of plays by new and emerging writers in an informal barroom setting. It also co-produces with Goddard Riverside's Community Arts Programs both the The Valentines Day Monologue Festival:'The Many Faces of Love,' as well as the annual Veteran's day Commemoration. The series is run by Hudson Warehouse Artist in Residence Roger Dale Stude.

Since 2010 Hudson Warehouse has also brought its work into the barroom in its Shakespeare in the Bar series, where the acting troupe sit among the bar patrons as if customers themselves as they perform the readings. Regarding the series, John Marshall of the Huffington Post has written, "A natural outgrowth of the Warehouse's critically acclaimed summer productions at the Sailors and Soldiers' Monument, Shakespeare in the Bar seeks to create the same intimate, accessible atmosphere, not just for Shakespeare, but for other classics as well."[12] The 2012/2013 'Shakespeare in the Bar' season included Richard II, Lysistrata by Aristophanes, Othello, The Winter's Tale and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. Earlier seasons included productions of The Taming of the Shrew, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov to mark Chekhov's 151st birthday, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard II, Macbeth, and Tartuffe by Molière.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Hudson Warehouse
  2. ^ "Hudson Warehouse Announces Free Classics in the Park," Off-Off Broadway, May 16, 2008
  3. ^ "Summer Shakespeare, Outside and Urban," The New York Times, June 3, 2010
  4. ^ "Pencil This In," The Gothamist, June 20, 2006 Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b "Hudson Warehouse Summer Season 2009: Three Actors Play Hamlet -- Interactively," The Shakespeare Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2009
  6. ^ June 28, 2011
  7. ^ "Romeo and Juliet at the Hudson Warehouse," Happen to Like New York, August 7, 2010
  8. ^ "NYC Picks: Cyrano," Newsday, July 23, 2010
  9. ^ "Friday Evening on the Upper West Side: Hudson Warehouse presents 'Cyrano' in Riverside Park," July 30, 2010
  10. ^ "Parks to Parking Lots: All the City’s a Stage" by Steven McElroy, The New York Times, June 2, 2011
  11. ^ "The Best of NYC Theater, Best Outdoor Theater: Hudson Warehouse," The L Magazine, August 5, 2009
  12. ^ Marshall, John (2011-02-18). "The Taming of the Brew: Hudson Warehouse's Shakespeare in the Bar". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-10.

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