(Cambridge, NY February 22, 2017) Hubbard Hall, in partnership with Battenkill Books, is thrilled to be producing Karen Zacarías’ hilarious The Book Club Play, opening March 4 at Hubbard Hall’s Freight Depot Theater. Kirk Jackson returns to the Hall to direct this hilarious piece after directing the hit comedic opera La Pizza con Funghi last summer.
The Book Club play showcases talent new to the Hall with the casting of Megan Demarest, Wade Simpson, Morgan Morse, and Oliver Wadsworth, while also bringing back some Hubbard Hall favorites including Erin Ouellette, Catherine Seeley, and Lia Russell-Self.
Written by Karen Zacarías, the play focuses on the fun, frivolity, and deeply serious politics found in our beloved Book Clubs. When a new member is hastily invited into this Club, will this group of friends ever be the same? Uproariously funny, this contemporary comedy lets us celebrate our love for reading while allowing us to laugh at ourselves – and our loved ones. Accompanied by opportunities for each audience to share their favorite book titles, this play is a celebration of why we love to love – and talk about – our books.
A prolific playwright, Karen Zacarías is also currently working on her hit musical The Destiny of Desire at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, a piece commissioned by Hubbard Hall’s own David Snider while he was still on staff at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where the musical had its world premiere in 2015. The Book Club Play was premiered at the Berkshire Theater Festival in 2008 and has gone on to be Ms. Zacarías’ most produced work throughout the U.S., for good reason.
“Karen and I have been close friends for over a decade and have worked on many different plays and projects together over the years. Her history with this piece and its evolution as a sharp, insightful, and touching comedy are part of why I wanted to produce it here for our audiences,” said Hubbard Hall Executive & Artistic Director David Snider. “It’s the rare play that is at once both hilarious and heartfelt, and it reflects how much we need to connect as human beings in today’s busy world. And how much books are a respite for us and a chance to reflect on who we are and what we want. I know audiences are going to love it.”
Performances of The Book Club Play will run Saturday, March 4th through Sunday, March 19th, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25 General Admission/$10 Student. Members of a local book club can call in to the box office to save $5 on General Admission. All tickets are available online at hubbardhall.org or by calling the box office at 518-677-2495 Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 5pm or Wednesdays and Fridays 11am to 4pm; performance tickets are also available at-the-door if the show is not sold out. If you cannot attend but would like to continue to support the work of the Hall, please donate or sign up for the e-newsletter at hubbardhall.org, or like and follow us on Facebook.
Since 1878 Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, dance and the visual arts. From 19th century vaudeville and traveling troupes performing Shakespeare to today’s newest developing artists, the Hall has long been a home for theater, opera, dance and music and in recent years has developed into a world-class development center for new work. Since 1977, Hubbard Hall’s current 501c3 has engaged hundreds of artists and students and thousands upon thousands of audience members in acclaimed productions ranging from world premiere musicals to the great works of Chekhov, Shaw, Miller, and Shakespeare, amongst many others. As a training ground for both young and seasoned artists, Hubbard Hall continues to develop a new generation of artists and audiences while providing opportunities for artists and audiences to take new risks and grow beyond their comfort zone. Recognized as an arts institution in the state of New York, Hubbard Hall is a national model for community-based arts organizations.
A part of the community for 25 years (under a few different names), Battenkill Books is a local, independent bookstore selling general interest, new books in the Battenkill Valley. The store offers a broad range of books from current bestsellers to the classics, history and romance to gardening and cooking, and also has a large selection of books on local history and the surrounding area. Battenkill Books carries maps, gifts, cards, and an eclectic selection of magazines. Battenkill Books is located at 15 E. Main St. in Cambridge, New York and can be reached by calling 518-677-2515. Or visit online at battenkillbooks.com.