Travels with a Masked Man to be published by Arcade Publishing


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Travels with a Masked Man, by John Hadden, coming out in Fall 2015, Arcade Publishing (Skyhorse)

John Hadden the elder saw post-war horrors in Dresden, disobeyed orders to bomb Cairo while he was Station Chief in Israel during the Six-Day War, tracked the development of Israeli nuclear arms and retired with a dim view of his country and his species. The other acted and directed Shakespeare, wrote plays, built a house in the Vermont woods and struggled to make sense of things. Shortly after 9/11 he confronted his father with a lifetime of questions and a tape recorder. What emerged, and could not be released until now, is a profusion of stories, hilarity, an almost impenetrable darkness–and something like love.

As You Like It at Hubbard Hall

Archival photo from Hubbard Hall’s 1916 production of As You Like It.

Archival photo from Hubbard Hall’s 1916 production of As You Like It.

The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall (TCHH) announces Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It as its annual free summer Shakespeare touring production to area parks and historical sites in upstate New York and southern Vermont.  The live outdoor production, directed by TCHH’s new artistic director John Hadden, will tour the region from July 22 through July 31. The performances, which begin nightly at 7:00 p.m., are free and open to the public – tickets are not required for this event. 
The touring schedule and locations are as follows:  Thurs. 7/21—Subscribers’ Gala; 
Fri. 7/22--The Georgi Museum, Shushan, NY; Sat. 7/23—Park McCullough House, North Bennington, VT; Sun. 7/24-- Wood Memorial Park, Hoosick Falls, NY; Mon. 7/25—Greenwich Commons, Greenwich, NY; Tues., 7/26—Crandall Park (near Obelisk) Glens Falls, NY: Thurs. 7/28-- Hildene, Manchester, VT; 
Fri. 7/29—Cambridge Guest Home (behind IGA) Cambridge, NY; Sat. 7/30—Salem Art Works, Salem,
NY; and Sun. 7/31—Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. 
As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and eventually love in the Forest of Arden.  The play features one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage,” and is the origin of the phrase "too much of a good thing.”  The play remains a favorite among audiences and has been adapted for radio, film, and musical theater. States TCHH Artistic Director and Director of As You Like It, John Hadden, “As You Like It is full of impossibilities. An exiled Duke and his followers spend years trekking to the Forest of Arden, a place with enormous snakes, lions and palm trees…Four couples demonstrate the difficulties of love… Love and marriage are just as confounding for Shakespeare’s characters as for us. It’s up to them—and us—to decide whether to say yes or no to the unlikely events of the play and to the thorny possibilities of love.” 
Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs to enjoy a beguiling evening of outdoor Shakespeare that will be fun for the entire family.        
Hubbard Hall is an 1878 rural opera house located at 25 E. Main Street in historic Cambridge, New York. For information, visit Hubbard Hall’s web site at, or call Hubbard Hall for information, locations and directions at (518) 677-2495.

Animalia: A New Ark Anthology

Stockbridge – Berkshire Country Day School’s new secondary school (BCD2S) will present a new play, ANIMALIA: A NEW ARK ANTHOLOGY, on December 7 at 1 P.M. and on December 8 at 8 PM.

The performances will be held at the Winthrop Campus on Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute property on  Route 183, two miles north of BCD’s main campus. The Winthrop Campus is the current home of BCD2S.

ANIMALIA: A NEW ARK ANTHOLOGY is a collage of scenes, monologues, and cartoons derived from sou0rces as divergent as Kafka, Saroyan, The Far Side, Thurber, Atwood, Schweitzer, Neruda, Beckett and the Bible. The various pieces are brought together by live sounds and music, lights and artistic design, conceived and executed by the students of BCD2S. The play, which involves almost half the student body and several faculty members, is orchestrated by John Hadden, head of the Theater Program.

The public is warmly invited to attend this inaugural production of the new high school. There is no charge for admission.