Hudson Stage, the brave little theater company started by Croton’s Denise Bessette, Olivia Sklar and Dan Foster, continues to build its program with events held at Woodward Hall Theatre on the Briarcliff campus of Pace University, 235 Elm Road. Go to www.hudsonstage.com or call the HSC hotline at 914-271-2811 for details.
Staci Swedeen’s “Pardon Me For Living” involved her run-in with a rabid raccoon. That was last year. This year, the Sleepy Hollow playwright has written a play about a run-in with a larger animal. On Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Hudson Stage presents a staged reading of “Full Buck Moon,” about honeymooners Jill and Richard and the deer that is impaled on their windshield. $10, general admission. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, “Full Buck Moon” will be followed by a Q&A with the playwright, director and actors.
On March 12 at 7:30 p.m., another staged reading will play at Woodward Hall: Israel Horovitz’s “Fighting Over Beverly,” directed by Scarsdale’s Matthew Arkin and featuring his mom, South Salem actress Barbara Dana, as part of a senior love triangle. This special event is part of Barefoot Theatre Company’s year-long celebration of Horovitz’s 70th birthday with 70 of his plays. Horovitz is planning to attend the Hudson Stage reading and take part in the post-show Q&A. $10, general admission.
On April 9 at 7:30 p.m., it’s time for the kids, and the 4th-annual Young Playwrights Festival, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Memorized.” Briarcliff High School students, directed by Jamie Mandel and Ian Driver, present student-written plays and scenes. $10, general admission.
The big headline, though, will have to wait. The spring mainstage production — to run April 23 through May 8 — has yet to be set, but Hudson Stage vows “something fun and wonderful.” Their fall effort, “The Rabbit Hole,” was wonderful, if not fun, a searing look at a family dealing with loss. Great stuff, that.