The power of theatre is to bring together a community, made up of audience and artists alike. Franklin Stage Company is not a community theatre but a theatre for a far-reaching, diverse, and grateful community. The company began and continues as a labor of love, and its philosophy has inspired a legion of followers both onstage and off. The company is proud to contribute to the growth of the arts in the Western Catskills of central New York State.
The Franklin Stage Company continues its 20th season with three performances of Two-Man Merchant, an innovative interpretation of The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare's challenging and fascinating classic. Performances are Friday August 26th and Saturday August 27th at 8pm and Sunday August 28th at 5pm.
Saturday, August 27 is New Old Franklin Day. Spend the day exploring Franklin before settling in at the theatre. Food, the Franklin Free Library Book Sale, and more! And of course, Two-Man Merchant (of Venice) [...]
In this arresting two-hander adaptation, two strangers discover the text of William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice. Armed with costumes and books-in-hand, what starts as a game turns into a confrontation of personal prejudice and reconciliation with our past. A stunning and innovative tour-de-force from director Dan Swern of New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Smugbug Productions.
Inspired by one moment of mischief, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Conservatory Company has created a “tragical-comical, comical-tragical” play about Dennis, a servant who appears once in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Revel in the classic art of clowning in this inventive comedy for all the family. Directed by Zachary Michael Fine.
With a story that blends the lives of two sisters, their mother, and the unique evolution of whales, this fantastical tour de force solo play created and performed by Patricia Buckley "delivers a moving, often funny, and ultimately heartbreaking tale of how humans endure, evolve, and move on." After its sold-out success at FSC in 2015, and some evolution of its own, Buckley shares again this compelling play about the mysteries of transformation.
This inventive rendering of the true story of an eccentric Vermonter in 1810 and the sensational trial that occurred after his murder is written and performed by Oliver Wadsworth and was presented as a reading at FSC in 2014. Since then, it was further developed at Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont, and returns as a full production directed by Kirk Jackson. Wadsworth reprises his virtuosic turn as a motley medley of characters including the play's three competing narrators: the ghost of the murdered man seeking revenge; Lemuel Haynes, the first African-American Minister of the all-white Congregational Church of Manchester, a staunch defender of the accused murderers; and an actor from the Astor Place Theater in New York City.
A powerful, contemporary interpretation from Detroit’s Operamodo of Bizet’s lyric masterpiece. Set in a women’s prison, the heroine is sung by a countertenor who portrays the ultimate femme fatale as a transgender woman in a relevant and modern take on this enduring classic. Performed with a small orchestra, comprised of piano with violin, cello, clarinet and flute quartet.
David Gonzalez transfixes a family audience with his award-winning storytelling. His dynamic rhyming adaptation of this beloved story is accompanied by the piano playing of Daniel Kelly. FSC welcomes a return visit from this internationally renowned entertainer.
FSC presents Chekhov’s masterwork in a vibrant production which has blossomed since its infancy as a Work-in-Progress in 2015. Colonel Prozorov’s three little girls - the titular three sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina - are portrayed by three actresses who, between them, also buoyantly inhabit the rest of the play’s roles, Patricia Buckley, Kimiye Corwin and Liz Kimball. With a score composed and performed live by Julie Licata. Directed by Carmela Marner.
Soprano Cree Carrico explores the many colors of Ophelia's madness in her riveting one-woman theatrical creation, part opera / part play, about the fractured psyche of one of drama’s most fascinating characters. Featuring text from William Shakespeare to Racine and Sarah Kane, and the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Ambroise Thomas, and Jake Heggie. Accompanied by piano. Directed by Christopher Mirto.
FSC presents a rehearsed reading of Shakespeare's towering tragedy, pairing veteran FSC actors alongside young performers in this ever-relevant tale of power, politics and familial strife. Lear’s unforgettable journey to self-knowledge and madness is in turns joyous and chilling...and funny. Directed by Josh Santiago.
The Franklin Stage Company announces a surprise addition to its 20th season programming. On Friday August 19th at 8pm and Saturday August 20th at 2pm, FSC hosts the NYC-based theatre company Loop Troupe with a rehearsed reading of their new play Wisenheimer's Master Plan, an original comedy that is deeply inspired by three classics, Molière's School for Wives and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest.
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Founded in 1996, the Franklin Stage Company is dedicated to the production of classic and new plays that stimulate thought and provoke discussion, to illuminate as well as to entertain. The company was founded on the principle that great theatre should be accessible to all. Our character is rooted in, and defined by, our Free Admission policy. Learn More