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Say Their Names: Ahmaud Arbery—Breonna Taylor—George Floyd And So, So Many Others

Say Their Names: Ahmaud Arbery—Breonna Taylor—George Floyd And So, So Many Others

Much has been written and said over the last week surrounding police brutality, lack of accountability, white privilege, and the effect it has on the lives of people of color in our communities and beyond.

Every video, every photo, every violent act (of which there are far too many) speaks volumes.

As a company, we believe that the inclusion of a diversity of people, ideas and cultures enriches our work, our relationships with each other, our audiences and our community.

We recommend you take the time to read, listen to, and thoughtfully consider the work of the writers, playwrights, filmmakers, and podcasters (and certainly a host of other artists and individuals) who, for years, have been speaking out against what you may now be seeing with your own eyes for the very first time.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it contains important work that should lead you to a rich selection of other writers/artists/playwrights/poets, who have willingly exposed their personal experiences to help us see and feel theirvery human experience. This is what great art and theatre does; creates empathy and opens the world up so you can see, feel, and understand the experiences of others.

Note that none of the links below benefit County Players in any way. We recommend that you use Amazon’s Smile program to direct a few pennies of your purchases to the organization of your choosing.

Please Consider:

Donating To

Black Lives Matter

National Bail Fund

Campaign Zero

Watching Movies/Plays

James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro

Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over

Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls

Ava DuVernay’s 13th and When They See Us

Listening to Podcasts

Scene on Radio—Seeing White Series Reveal

NPR’s Codeswitch Uncivil


Reading these Writers and Playwrights

August Wilson

Kiese Laymon:

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Nell Irvin Painter

James Baldwin

Lorraine Hansberry

Susan-Lori Parks

Lynn Nottage

An Important Announcement

A Statement from County Players regarding COVID-19

A Statement from County Players regarding COVID-19:

Dear Friends,

County Players has been closely monitoring the rapidly changing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and county health departments, we are actively taking steps to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect our volunteers, our audiences, and our community.

Today County Executive Molinaro declared a state of emergency in Dutchess County, and issued an official order to suspend all large social and community gatherings, including County-sponsored events, to allow adequate social distancing, effective March 13th.

Our next set of performances for “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” are not scheduled until May 2020; at this time, these performances have not been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled. However, in an abundance of caution, we are discontinuing single ticket sales for “Forum” at this time; a decision regarding “Forum” will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. We will continue to update everyone via email, as well as on our website and social media channels.

Our first order of business is to insure the good health of the whole community. Thank you for your continued support. This is uncharted territory for us all, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

We have the best audiences anywhere and look forward to navigating this challenging time together.



County Players Falls Theatre is currently seeking play and musical suggestions for our 2020/2021 Season (64th Season). Your input was integral to determine our 63rd season and we appreciate all those who made suggestions to assist the Board in this important process.

Our Play Selection Task Force is currently in session and we once again look forward to receiving your feedback. If there are plays or musicals you would like to suggest for our 64th Season, please send your suggestions to no later than March 1, 2020. Please include why you think your suggestion would be a good choice for CP.

In addition, if you are interested in being considered to direct any of the shows on your suggested list, please indicate your interest, including a time frame for your availability, next to the show titles.

“Almost, Maine” – Opens this Friday, 2/7 at 8pm!

Almost Maine
by John Cariani
Directed by Kit Colbourn
FEBRUARY 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 2020

It’s midwinter in the not-really-organized town of Almost, Maine, and the average temperature is minus 3° . . . but we find warmth in the cold, under the glow of the northern lights. This very human play takes a look at love, connection, and disconnection in a genuine, funny, and sometimes awkward way. And isn’t that just like love in all its forms?

SPECIAL OFFER: We are thrilled to partner with The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck in Rhinebeck, NY who will be producing Love/Sick during our run of Almost Maine. Bring your ticket stub to any performance of Love/Sick and receive $5 dollars off your ticket price. Call The CENTER for details: (845) 876-3080.


Sponsored by Lawrence J. Paggi, PE, PC , Stewart’s Shops and The Poughkeepsie Journal