Embark|Peekskill, a not-for-profit coalition of performing artists and companies from Peekskill and surrounding communities will host its first Performing Arts Festival in Peekskill over the weekend of Sept. 10 and 11. Performances will occur at multiple locations in downtown Peekskill and at Peekskill’s riverfront. Local presenters include: YCP Theatreworks, Hand-to-Mouth Players, Tri-County Opera, Andrea Elam Dance, Antonia Arts, Magic Margo, storyteller/puppeteer for adults Sara W. Young, and Jazz Trio: Matt Norris, John Hahn & Doug Smith. Literary offerings will include writing and poetry from Andrew Acciaro, Ian Berger, Tom Ragle, Mary Crescenzo of Peekskill Playhouse, Ron Egatz and others.
Teatro SEA, a guest company from New York City will present their bilingual rock musical, La Cucarachita Martina (Martina, the little Roach) at 2 p.m. at the Youth Bureau located at 828 Main Street. The Bitchy Waiter, whose blog has landed him a recent spot on the Dr. Phil show, will share his musings with the post-theatre cocktail crowd at the Division Street Grill on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. On Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. there will be a concert at the Peekskill riverfront to reflect on the 10th anniversary of September 11. Composer and flautist Brian Taylor will present A Prayer for the Living with vocals, percussion and solo dancer. He will be joined by Chaka and Daisy Jopling performing Orphans, a song of hope.
Many offerings will be free of charge. For others, tickets can be purchased individually at the door of each performance or online at brownpapertickets.com. Peekskill businesses will be offering special discounts to ticket holders the days of the festival and beyond. For updates, performance locations and more information, visit www.embarkpeekskill.com or search EMBARK Peekskill on Facebook or email [email protected].