The Third Annual Director's Challenge!

Six short plays, six directors, one winner.

Vote for the best comedy and drama written and performed by Hudson Valley based playwrights, directors and actors. produced by Theatre on the Road, 

staged at Unison Arts Center. 


A Christmas Carol

Now in its 18th 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.

Whiskey Women

Without women, whiskey may not exist. Did you know women have long distilled, marketed, and owned spirits companies? Theatre on the Road brings to life four women who will tell us how they created and saved the whiskey industry. Set in the 1920s, this presentation redefines America's rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Until now their stories have remained untold.

A Haunting on the Hudson


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.

Poe Live!

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 Me Always

You must remember this....a hard boiled murder mystery set in the 1940s.

Welcome to the Cafe Malta, an oasis for lost souls where Lady de Winter, the cafe's owner, seeks her husband's killer. Grimaldi, a shady doctor and Trigger Dolan his sidekick, are searching for a lost fortune. Cafe singer Laura will be interrupted by a soldier with amnesia. Chandler, the mysterious bartender has no past and the radio just announced Mad Dog Dobbs has escaped from Sing Sing. 


Draula by Crane Johnson

Freely adapted from the novel by Bram Stoker. An exceptionally skillful version of the classic thriller, which ran for a full season at New York's Royal Playhouse. "…fascinating…eerily worthwhile…" —NY Times.​

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!

Historic Cemetery Tours


At the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, New York 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 gentry to tavern owners. With a guide, who may or may not be a ghost, you’ll visit five locations, where you’ll encounter stories and characters from Kingston's celebrated past.


“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

A Taste of Shakespeare

Four classic scenes and timely themes introduced by William Shakespeare himself!

  • Romeo and Juliet: Young lovers battling authority.
  • The Taming of the Shrew: Mature lovers battling each other.
  • Macbeth: The destructive nature of political ambition.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Why do fools fall in love?