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Byrdcliffe presents the second annual Festival of the Arts, Friday through Sunday, June 14 – 16, 2013, at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony and Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY. Thirteen arts organizations will be presenting performances ranging from concerts, dance, stage plays, modern mystery, comedy to spoken word.
The mission of the Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts (BFA) is to embrace, celebrate and honor all of the performing arts in the tradition of Byrdcliffe and Woodstock. The Festival encompasses avant garde and traditional acts, featuring local and internationally recognized players – and gives area artists an opportunity to play for larger, more diverse audiences while at the same time, brings in outside performers to enrich the already plentiful offerings of the Hudson Valley. The Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts takes its place among the new cultural traditions here in Woodstock, within the historic Byrdcliffe campus as well as in the town itself, long recognized around the world as the "colony of the arts".
Attendees can choose from truly stand-out arts options, ranging from a site-specific installation and performance event inspired by the Robert Frost poem, In the Home Stretch, which will be created that week by an ensemble of NYC-based artists in residence at the art colony (Jess Smith) to a staged reading of the landmark equality play "8" by Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black, featuring players from the Yale School of Drama as well as local actors and volunteers (and as a nice local angle, net proceeds from "8" will be donated to The LGBTQ Center in Kingston, NY).
This year's BFA will feature a world premiere by The Woodstock Players, "Hitler's Therapist", as well as another over-the-top late night show, Paul Green Presents "Rocky Horror". Add to this a multi-award winning, one woman show on Grace Kelly (by actress Grace Kiley!), a hipster's take on traditional fiddle (Cleek Schrey) and BFA favorites (stand-up comedy via The Woodstock Writers Festival, a once-in-a-lifetime family concert by Happy Traum and his son Adam and daughter April, storyteller Gioia Timpanelli and the operatic stylings of Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice) and it's clear that attendees' cups will surely runneth over. Tickets are either $20 a show or $100 for a full festival pass and can be purchased online or at the door.
Please purchase all festival tickets online or at the door - NO tickets sales via the phone! There will also be no physical tickets. Please print out your email receipt when you have purchased tickets online. However, if you accidentally forget to bring your receipt to the performance, we will have your name on a ticket holders list for that particular performance.
For each event, please consider the amount of time necessary to travel to each venue and to allow time to park. We also ask of all our Festival pass and ticket holders to please arrive to each event at least 15 minutes before showtime.
During the Festival, there will be a Welcome Center at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Staff and volunteers will be able to assist all Festival attendees in any way and also sell tickets for upcoming performances.
Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you!