Kurt Rhoads Directs TrueNorth Theatre Project

Staged Readings of The Extremists Dec. 13 and 14

Kurt Rhoads will direct three staged readings of The Extremists by C.J. Hopkins in Cold Spring and Beacon. The two-person show will feature Rhoads and Brian Dykstra. Performances take place at the Beacon Institute on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., and at 3 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 14, at the Butterfield Library in Cold Spring. Suggested donation is $10.

States Rhoads: “The Extremists is a political satire that turns out to be more than it appears. This 80-minute one-act play darkly explores the motives behind the news, broadcasts and pundits. Absurd, insane and terrifying, it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. This is an alternative to traditional Christmas fare and may be inappropriate for children 13 and under.”

Rhoads is an actor, director and co-founder of TrueNorth Theatre Project. Most recently he played the Duke in Measure for Measure at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. He has acted and directed at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival for 16 seasons. He and his wife, actress Nance Williamson, have done 58 plays together.

Dykstra is an actor, playwright and HBO Def Poet. Most recently he portrayed Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright. TrueNorth Theatre Project is a non-profit organization of local theater artists dedicated to bringing new and under-produced works to the Hudson Valley. “Theater where you live!”

The Beacon Institute is located at 191 Main St., Beacon. Call 845-838-1600 or visit bire.org. Butterfield Library is located at 10 Morris Ave., Cold Spring. Call 845-265-3040 or visit butterfieldlibrary.org.

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