Collaborative Performances at HVCCA Feb. 14-17

Writers read prose and poetry based on New Hudson Valley School works

'Swarm' by Diana Cooper, 2008-12, mixed media installation (Photo by Howard Goodman)

‘Swarm’ by Diana Cooper, 2008-12, mixed media installation
(Photo by Howard Goodman)

Words That Paint: The New Hudson Valley School in Poetry and Prose is a collaborative art experience by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) and Director Mara Mills. Writers from throughout the region were invited to visit the current exhibition at HVCCA and then submit short plays or poems inspired by works of art. The resulting works were juried and assembled into this theatrical performance.

Performances will take place on Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Due to the size of the space and the footprint of the works of art, the audience is limited to 25 per performance. HVCCA recommends purchasing tickets in advance.

Writers include Donna Barkman, Jo Ann Clark, Jim Dirlam, Barbara Fischer, Ruth D. Handel, Tony Howarth, Deborah Maier, Karen Marie Marmer, MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick, Alicia Morgan, Loretta Oleck, Susan Schefflein, Marc J. Straus and Bob Zaslow.

HVCCA provides the backdrop in which the writers read their creations, with professional actors adding their voices for the multi-voice works, in full view of the artwork that inspired the words. The audience will move through the space as the narrative unfolds, adding a dynamic component. This is the fourth collaboration with Mills following Size Matters: Image and Script (2008), The Form of Matter (2009) and The Ides of March (2012).

Admission is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. (Register online to become a member of the HVCCA family.) Reservations can be made by credit card or check by calling 914-788-0100 or [email protected], or purchase tickets through Eventbrite.

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