Our companion company Murder Cafe, known primarily for murder mysteries, now offers live performances of class radio drama and comedy. This year we will be staging WAR OF THE WORLDS, the original 1938 broadcast that caused a nationwide panic. It will be presented in period costume and sound effects during the month of October, venues and dates to be announced.
At the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, New York, the Rhinebeck Cemetery and the Beekman Arms Hotel in Rhinebeck you'll journey back in time and meet some of the most fascinating people who have ever lived, some of whom may still haunt the area! Actors, in period costume, portray historic figures from military heroes to artists, business leaders to servants. With a guide, who may or may not be a ghost, you’ll visit a series of locations, where you’ll encounter stories and characters from the Hudson Valley's celebrated past.
Now in its 20th year, this family show is a tribute to the spirit of a traditional holiday. It allows your guests to experience the joy of Christmas as they are invited to feast with the Cratchit family including Bob, Mrs. Cratchit, Belinda and everyone‘s favorite - Tiny Tim. In scenes right of out Dickens’ classic book, you’ll be treated to visits from Ebenezer Scrooge, his Nephew Fred, the Man of Goodwill, the ghost of Jacob Marley and the three spirits of Christmas. In addition, holiday carolers will entertain at you.
Edgar Allan Poe, desperate and destitute, has agreed to read from his poems and tales of mystery at your event. During the evening characters from his stories will make surprise appearances and Poe's sanity is tested as each visitor seeks revenge on him. Both entertaining and enlightening, this will prove to be the eve of Poe's mysterious death. This entertaining and educational theater experience is available to school groups, libraries and fundraising events.
Murder at the Mansion
The year is 1897 and the Vanderbilt family is hosting a summer garden party. You'll mingle with the Vanderbilts and their wealthy neighbors John Jacob Astor IV, his wife Lady Astor, and Percy Longfellow, a Vassar professor. You'll be fussed over by loyal butler Horace, and fortune hunting maid, Charlene. Katherine Kerry, a reporter on the scene, observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder!
The July 26th and 27th performances on Bannerman Island will feature a presentation and audience talk-back by Sara Karloff, the daughter of Hollywood and Broadway legend Boris Karloff.
Performances on Bannerman Island -
July 25, 26, 27 and 28. For tickets visit www.bannermancastle.org.
Performance at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, August 3rd. Call 845-255-1559
Dracula videos from the 2018 performances on Bannerman Island.
“As a tradition my family and I would go every year to NYC to see the production of A Christmas Carol. We moved to Cold Spring five months ago and was very excited to hear we could see the production at the Hudson House. It wasn’t only excellent it was better than the musical in NYC! The actors were professional and the music and costumes were first rate.” – Mary Ann Giocastro, Cold Spring, NY
“We’ve been to quite a few dinner shows and this one is by far the best we’ve ever seen! Thank you so much. Very enjoyable! Costumes professionally done and actors first rate!” – Rhonda Allen, Hudson, NY
Written by Joseph Kesserling, produced and directed by Frank Marquette for Theatre on the Road and licensed by Dramatists Play Service
These sisters really have a secret!
The comic mayhem of Arsenic and Old Lace, Joseph Kesseling’s most famous play, has made it a true classic. Much like Abby and Martha’s secret “arsenic” recipe, the combination of screwball comedy and gothic chills is a potent mix, sure to send a few delicious shivers up your spine – but don’t worry, we promise you won’t die laughing.
Adapted by Crane Johnson for Dramatists Services Inc.
Directed by Frank Marquette for Theatre on the Road
Freely adapted from the novel by Bram Stoker. In this simply staged, full-length thriller Dracula attempts to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his undead curse, but Professor Van Helsing and the townspeople get in his way. This production ran for a full season at New York's Royal Playhouse and several unique features including a woman playing Van Helsing!
"…fascinating…eerily worthwhile…" —NY Times.
In September 2018 this production enjoyed five sold out performances on Bannerman Island and one sold out performance at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz.
Anna Barton, writing for the Southern Dutchess News called Theatre on the Road's production, “an immersive theater experience” and “all actors performed beautifully”.
SPOOKY STORIES BROUGHT TO LIFE!
We invite you to join us for local tales of treachery, legends and lore staged by ghoulish characters at a haunted venue near you. Part mystery, part history and all spooky this show is site specific and has three actors playing multiple parts. Theatre on the Road's venture into living ghost stories is at times hilarious, at times horrific and always entertaining. Live music included.