Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo
to May 20

Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo

May 4, 5, 6 11,12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2

Tickets: $20 and $18 (Members, Seniors & Students)

Directed by Michael Koegel


The madcap farce Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading Broadway stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong: Charlotte storms out in a jealous huff, George goes on a bender, Howard, their daughter’s clueless fiancé is mistaken for Frank Capra, and then General Patton, and no one is quite sure which play they are actually performing for the Matinee. Charlotte’s mother -who is also in the company and who is quite deaf- adds to the confusion by getting pretty much every piece of information she is given completely wrong.

Directed by Michael Koegel, the Playhouse’s Artistic director, Ken Ludwig's  Moon Over Buffalo is a classic American farce in the tradition of Noises Off and Lend Me a Tenor, involving a series of mistaken identities, six slamming doors and a lot of slapstick comedy and pratfalls.  The cast lead by John Remington and Elaine Young as George and Charlotte Hay (the roles were originated by Phillip Bosco and Carol Burnett on Broadway), were seen on the Phoenicia Playhouse stage last year as the wacky, oblivious parents in Prelude to a Kiss.  Geneva Turner, last seen at the Playhouse in WWII Radio Christmas, plays their daughter Roz, who’s engaged to a local weatherman (Will Anderson), who gets mistaken for Frank Capra and eventually winds up gagged, tied up and shoved into a closet.  Rounding out the cast are Austin Carrothers, Caitlin Connelly, Will anderson, Daniella Goldberg and Rob Rowe.


George:  John Remington

Charlotte: Elaine Young

Paul: Austin Carrothers

Roz: Geneva Turner

Eileen: Caitlin Connelly

Ethel: Daniela Goldberg

Howard: Will Anderson

Richard: Rob Rowe

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AUDITIONS: Moon Over Buffalo
to Feb 17

AUDITIONS: Moon Over Buffalo

The Phoenicia Playhouse is holding auditions for Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo.

Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced, door-slamming farce about the backstage shenanigans of a once-venerable traveling theatre family in the 1950s. The production opens on May 4th and runs for 3 weekends (Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday matinee) closing on May 20th.

The show will be directed by the theatre's Artistic Director, Michael Koegel.

Auditions will be held on Feb 16th and 17th at the Phoenicia Playhouse at 6pm both nights.

We are casting the following roles:

Paul: The theatre company's Handsome actor/company manager who tries to keep the chaos under control but eventually succumbs. Ultimately, he gets the girl. 25-35

Howard: Naive local weatherman and a bit of a geek, who is mistaken for Frank Capra and General George Patton. Winds up bound and gagged in a closet. 25-35

Richard: Witty and urbane Hollywood talent agent, quick with the one-liners. 50s

Eileen: The ingenue who's not as innocent as she looks: she's just found out she's pregnant. Prone to hysterics. 20-35

Ethel: The "grandmother" of the company. Sarcastic, jaded, and curmudgeonly. Without her hearing aids (which is often the case) she is deaf as a stone. 65-80

Be prepared to read scenes from the play. Scripts will be available at the theatre. Please arrive on time.

Questions: Contact the director, Michael Koegel at


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WWII Radio Christmas
to Dec 18

WWII Radio Christmas

December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Sundays at 2pm.

Tickets are $20, Seniors & Students $18.

Directed by John Remington



Swing Music, Christmas Standards and heart-warming stories from our overseas veterans, including letters from the home-front and vintage radio advertisements. 

Be transported back in time to when “The Greatest Generation” fought for our country and longed for their loved ones from half-way across the world.  

And, a special message to our veterans that we’re so proud of…you get in to see this show absolutely free; a gift from the Phoenicia Playhouse to the men and women who serve our country.


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Man on Wire
5:00 PM17:00

Man on Wire

Join us in the library and the theatre for a party and screening of Man on Wire, followed by a Q&A session with the Philippe Petit.

Saturday November 11: 5pm Party at the Phoenicia Library followed by a screening at the Phoenicia Playhouse at 6:30pm. 

Tickets $35 in advance/$40 at door. Call the library for tickets or purchase online. 

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to Oct 29


Book by Arthur Kopit

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Adapted from the Italian by Mario Fratti

Based on Fellini's 8 1/2

Directed by Victoria McCarthy

October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Sundays at 2pm.

Tickets are $20, Seniors & Students $18.




One man, many women. It’s perhaps the ultimate fantasy of many, to be lavished with affection and sex by several women, and it is also the lifestyle held by Guido, the main character of Nine, the 4-Tony winning musical (including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Original Score). The sexy and thought provoking show is based on 8 1/2, Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical masterwork about a charismatic, yet needy film-maker in mid-life crisis, surrounded by the many women in his life: his wife, his mistress, his muse, his mother, plus many more. As the sexy Guido juggles his love life and examines his life, we learn more about him, and maybe a little bit about ourselves. Imaginative staging and choreography and a beautiful score will help tell his story, and provide an exciting evening of theater. 

"Nine" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


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Nine at the Pines
6:00 PM18:00

Nine at the Pines

A Hot Italian Meal followed by a Hot Italian Musical!

6pm or 6:30pm dinner at the Pines

8pm performance of Nine at the Phoenicia Playhouse

For reservations and tickets, call the Playhouse at 845-688-2279 and let us know how many for dinner and what time, plus any tickets you need for the opening night of Nine.

Dinner availability is first come, first served. There is no special pricing at The Pines, simply order from the regular menu or special Italian Nine-inspired menu and pay at the restaurant. Tickets for the musical are $20, plus you'll get a free gift from the Phoenicia Playhouse!

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Yoga Mala & Gong Sound Bath Event
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga Mala & Gong Sound Bath Event

Catskills Yoga House presents a Yoga Mala -- a collective practice of the sacred 108 sun salutations -- and later that evening a Gong Sound Bath by Ricarda O'Conner. Come be a part of either or both parts of this joyous celebration that marks the first anniversary of Catskills Yoga House! All proceeds will be donated to Phoenicia Playhouse's Capital Campaign.

Tickets (Suggested Donations): 

$40 - Yoga Mala from 1-4pm at Catskills Yoga House in Chichester

$20 - Gong Sound Bath from 9-10pm at The Phoenicia Playhouse

$50 - Tickets for both events


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Auditions for Nine
to Aug 13

Auditions for Nine

Audition for the first production of the Phoenicia Playhouse's 2017-18 season! The show runs October 13th-28th 2017 on Friday evenings, Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. The musical Nine is based on Fellini's film 8 1/2, about an Italian film director plagued by a creative block and a web of romantic difficulties.

Prepare a song from the show, or if you prefer not to sing from Nine, prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary musical theater selection. An accompanist will be provided. Please no a cappella or tracks.

Bring your personal schedule and be prepared to list all conflicts. Rehearsal dates and times will be provided at the audition; generally they take place on evenings and weekends.

Contact the director Tori McCarthy: vgracemccarthy AT with any questions.

Auditions are at the Phoenicia Playhouse on: 

  • Saturday, August 12 from 10am-2pm
  • Sunday August 13 from 12-2pm
  • Callbacks: Monday, August 14 from 6-9pm
  • Callbacks: Wednesday, August 16 from 6-9pm

All roles are open. The cast:

Guido Contini, film director (Baritone - playing age 30-50): Italian Film Director, married to Luisa, lover to Carla and many in the past. He is torn apart mentally by his career, home and life. 

Little Guido, Contini as a child (playing age 9-11): Guido as a child as well as the inner voice for Guido.  

Luisa Contini, his wife (Mezzo/Belt - playing age 25-45): Guido’s Wife. She is fed up with Guido’s philandering and inattention and is considering a divorce.

Carla Albanese, his mistress (Soprano/Mezzo playing age 25-30): Guido’s mistress. A blast from the past who continuously shows up at inopportune moments in Guido’s life. She is married but will leave her husband for Guido, if only he will get a divorce as well. Luisa knows about her.

Claudia Nardi, his protégée (Soprano/Mezzo playing age: 25-50 Mezzo): Guido’s protégé, an actress who he wants to cast next film. She has a romantic history with Guido as well.

Guido's Mother (playing age 50-70): She is dead, but appears to Guido and offers him guidance as well as in flashbacks. 

Liliane La Fleur, his producer (Mezzo) or Maurice La Fleur (Tenor): Guido’s producer and former star of the famous Folies Bergeres. She/He wants his next film to be a musical.

Lina Darling (Mezzo) or Leo Darling (Tenor): La Fleur’s accomplice.

Stephanie Necrophorus (Soprano) or Stephan Necrophorus (Tenor): Writer who helps Guido with his movie. She is also a film critic who has been particularly hard on Guido’s films in the past.

Our Lady of the Spa (Soprano): Works at the Fontane Di Luna Spa

Mama Maddelena (Soprano): Chief of the Chambermaids in the Fontane Di Luna Spa.

Sarraghina, a prostitute (Mezzo/Belt): A prostitute Guido visits as a child to learn about love and women. The experience has a profound influence on his life.

Guido's three Schoolmates (playing age 9) 

A Nun (Soprano) 

His Italian Admirers: Diana, Maria, Francesca/Francesco, Annabella, Giulietta/Guilo, Renata/Renalto, Gondolier: His German Admirers

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Art for Arts Sake Sale
to Aug 6

Art for Arts Sake Sale

Got Art? 

Donate your unwanted artwork to The Phoenicia Playhouse, then come to the Playhouse on August 5th and 6th from 10am-4pm to find new stuff to hang on your walls.

Call us at 688-2270 or message us on Facebook if you have things to donate -- we'll even pick it up!

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The Wedding Singer
to Jul 23

The Wedding Singer

by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin

Directed by Victoria McCarthy

July 7,8,9. 14,15,16. 21,22, 23

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Sundays at 2pm.

Tickets are $20, Seniors, students, and members $18.



It's 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. 


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Starry Starry Night Benefit Evening
6:30 PM18:30

Starry Starry Night Benefit Evening


Directed by Michael Koegel and Produced by Bruce Barry

You can also buy your tickets in person at The Phoenicia Diner, Tender Land Home, Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room, or by calling 845-688-1369.


  • A pre-show cocktail hour at the Phoenicia Diner
  • Staged readings from one-act plays plus a Q&A session with stars of the stage and screen
  • Amazing silent and live auctions featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences
  • One-year membership to STS
  • One ticket each to the four shows in our 2017-2018 season
  • Two Tickets to Prelude to a Kiss - Now Playing!


   Boyd Gaines  -  Contact, Gypsy, Driving Miss Daisy,  four-time Tony (®) Award winner

Boyd GainesContact, Gypsy, Driving Miss Daisy, four-time Tony (®) Award winner

   Byron Jennings  -  She Loves Me, You Can’t Take It With You,  TV’s  Boardwalk Empire

Byron JenningsShe Loves Me, You Can’t Take It With You, TV’s Boardwalk Empire

   Robert Emmet Lunney  - Fox TV's  The Exorcist, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Delicate Balance

Robert Emmet Lunney - Fox TV's The Exorcist, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Delicate Balance

   Jan Maxwell  -  Follies, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ,  The Royal Family , Drama Desk Award winner and five-time Tony Award   nominee

Jan MaxwellFollies, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Royal Family, Drama Desk Award winner and five-time Tony Award nominee

   Carolyn McCormick  - Drama Desk Award winner/ Equus  and  Private Lives,  TV’s  Law and Order

Carolyn McCormick - Drama Desk Award winner/Equus and Private Lives, TV’s Law and Order

   Kathleen McNenny  -  Fish in the Dark, Death of a Salesman,  TV’s  Law and Order )

Kathleen McNennyFish in the Dark, Death of a Salesman, TV’s Law and Order)

   Ellen Parker  -  The Heidi Chronicles, Equus,  TV’s  Guiding Light  and  Law and Order )

Ellen ParkerThe Heidi Chronicles, Equus, TV’s Guiding Light and Law and Order)

   Gemma Clarke Sands - the Louis Malle film  Damage

Gemma Clarke Sands- the Louis Malle film Damage

   Stark Sands  -  American Idiot,  two-time Tony Award nominee for  Kinky Boots  and  Journey’s End

Stark SandsAmerican Idiot, two-time Tony Award nominee for Kinky Boots and Journey’s End


Catherine Butterfield was a recipient of the George E. Oppenheimer/New York Newsday Award for Best First Play in the New York area (Joined at the Head), the Kennedy Center-American Express award for Outstanding Promise as a Playwright, the Kaufman & Hart Award for Best New American Comedy (The Sleeper), and the Davie Award for Best New Play in Regional Theatre (Life in the Trees).  Joined at the Head, in which she also acted at the Manhattan Theatre Club, was nominated for a Drama Desk award and an Obie and has been extensively produced in this country and abroad.  She received a commission from the Laguna Playhouse to both write and direct BrownstoneJoined at the Head was included in the Smith and Krause “Best Plays of 1992.” Butterfield’s plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Andak Publications and Playscripts, Inc. Produced full length plays include ife Expectancy, It Has To Be You, Brownstone, The Sleeper, Joined at the Head, Where the Truth Lies, Snowing at Delphi, and Life in the Trees. Life Expectancyjust completed a run at the Malibu Playhouse. It Has To Be You enjoyed a sold out run Off Broadway in 2014 at the Abingdon Theatre. 

Dan McGeehan is an award-winning actor, director, playwright, and illustrator. While his primary training is as a visual artist—with work regularly appearing in national and international publications, advertisements, and children’s books— Dan also studied acting at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre and has over 100 productions to his credit in regional theaters across the country. He also is the author of a number of children’s shows and short plays. His multi-award-winning play A Long Trip is one of the most performed and most honored short scripts in the nation. It now appears in the annual anthology “The Best American Short Plays” published by Applause Books.

David Smilow is an Ulster County-based writer and actor.  A longtime member of Actors & Writers, a readers’ theater company also based in Ulster County, he has appeared in countless staged readings over twenty-five-plus years, directed, and contributed original material as a playwright. David’s professional writing career began in 1975.  Over the intervening – and swiftly accumulating – years, he has written for film, stage and television.  His TV work – specifically in daytime drama, where he served as a staff writer on One Life to Live, Guiding Light and As the World Turns - has garnered two Emmys and three Writers Guild Awards, while his short plays have received productions literally across the globe.  His most recent writing project, a new play titled What You’ve Brought, had its staged reading premier at Unison in New Paltz this past autumn.  As a performer, David’s appeared in numerous regional productions: Dog Stories at the late Stageworks Hudson, Good People with Performing Arts of Woodstock, Ladies Man and Bill W. and Dr. Bob at Shadowland Theatre, and The Tavern at Bridge Street Theatre, among others.  New York City acting work has included television and film work, as well as stage productions ranging from Don DeLillo’s Valparaiso to Arthur Miller’s The Price and Paul Zimet’s Marcellus Shale.

Read more about us on Broadway World!


Attendees of Starry, Starry Night will have the exclusive opportunity to bid on unique silent and live auctions donated by fabulous local merchants, hoteliers, restaurants, craftspersons, and many other generous friends and supporters of STS Playhouse. We hope that you will join us in thanking and patronizing these wonderful businesses!

  • Have a cocktail inspired by and named after you for the summer at The Phoenicia Diner.

  • Sailor cap signed by the cast of the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific.

  • 2 nights in the Regal Suite at The Emerson Resort, plus a $200 spa voucher and dinner for 2 at Woodnotes Grille. $1065 value

  • Original oil painting “Mauve Sky” by Christie Scheele. $650 value

  • Hands-on handcrafted beverage-crafting class for 10 with Rob Handel. Each ticket worth $50, total $500 value

  • 2 weekend nights in the Marvar suite at Phoenicia’s Glass Mountain Inn. $310 value

  • 4 hours of guided fly fishing for one or two people on the Esopus with Mark Loete of Catskill Mountain Angler$275 value

  • 2 Hours of Gardening Consultancy from Andrew Koehn, Garden Manager for Mohonk Mountain House. $250 value

  • Deluxe gift Box of assorted August Cake CBD Elixirs. $200 value

  • Porcelain plate from Frank Spina Design. $180 value

  • 24K gold plate pre-Columbian design necklace from Tender Land Home. $165 value

  • One night stay in Violet’s Suite at the Phoenicia Belle. $160 value

  • A Zero-Balancing or Acupuncture Treatment at Woodstock Healing Arts. $150 value

  • A ten-day pass punchcard or day pass pack to the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville. Punchcard value: $80. 4 Day Pass value: $40

  • $100 Gift Certificate to Catskill Mountain Window Cleaning.

  • 60-minute massage with Kathryn Haber in Phoenicia. $100 value

  • $100 gift certificate from Peekamoose Restaurant in Big Indian.

  • $100 gift certificate from Tavern 214 in Phoenicia.

  • 5-class card at Chichester’s Catskills Yoga House. $80 value

  • Wine Basket with 4 bottles of wine, 2 wine glasses, and opener. $70 value

  • Ceramic mixing bowl, kitchen implements, and gourmet treats from Stonewall Kitchen. $70 value

  • Customized picnic for 2 from Amy’s Take-Away. $50 value

  • $50 gift card from Ulster Savings Bank on Phoenicia’s Main Street.

  • $50 gift certificate to Wadler Bros. Inc Home Supply in Fleishmanns

  • Basket of fine coloring books and pencils from Barnes & Noble in Kingston. $50 value

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Prelude to a Kiss
to May 21

Prelude to a Kiss

by Craig Lucas

Directed by Michael Koegel

Starring: Victoria McCarthy, Matthew Santiago, and Farrell Reynolds...with Carl Anderson, Klaus Buechele, Daniela Goldberg, Amy Knoth, Helene Matera, John Remington and Elaine Young

Performance Dates: May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21   

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2.  

Tickets $20. Seniors, students, and members: $18

Play Synopsis
Peter and Rita are two young, happy lovers who are getting married. On their wedding day, after their nuptial kiss, an old man comes up to kiss the bride. During this kiss, their souls exchange, and the young, beautiful woman Peter just married now houses the soul of a dying, old man. On their honeymoon, Peter starts to notice that something's not quite right. When he discovers the truth, he confronts the old man, who now holds Rita's soul. Peter struggles with the notion that this is his young bride, and he works feverishly to put the souls back in their original bodies. At the same time, he realizes that he loves who Rita is, no matter how she is packaged.  


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