New performing arts festival in Nyack

A new outdoor performing arts festival will premiere later this year in Nyack.

The Phoenix Festival: Live Arts in Nyack will start on September 16 and run for five weekends until October 16. The festival is organized and produced by the Phoenix Theater Ensemble, which was founded in New York in 2004 and calls Rockland County its second home.

The Phoenix Theater Ensemble will present three classic plays during the festival – “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder and “The Harmfulness of Tobacco” by Anton Chekov – while the Children’s The Rockland County-based Shakespeare Theater will stage “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and the Rockland Symphony Orchestra will present a classical music concert.

Festival events will take place outdoors at the Marydell Faith & Life Center and in the garden of the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, both located in Nyack.

“Our vision is to create an annual outdoor festival on the Hudson at the height of the beautiful fall season that will engage local talent and attract art lovers locally and globally,” said Craig Smith, Executive Director of the Phoenix Festival.

Photo: Poster art for the upcoming production of “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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