Just got off the phone with Kurt Rhoads, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare regular who’s in the cast of Hudson Stage’s spring show, “Love Song,” which opens this weekend.
He opens “Love Song” this weekend for a three-week run, which will overlap with the start of rehearsals for HVSF’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Rhoads directs “Shrew.”
“I’ll be busy that first week, rehearsing during the day and doing the show at night,” he says.
The stable of HVSF regulars will be back this summer at the tent overlooking the Hudson and Rhoads has cast his battling lovers: Gabra Zackman as Kate and Rick Ercole as Petruchio.
“I played Petruchio to Nance’s Kate 10 years ago at Hudson Valley Shakespeare and I’ve been in it three other times, so this is my fifth time touching the play,” he says. “I feel like I know it well enough to play around with it a little bit.”
“We’re going to switch around the role of the father and make it the mother, so Nance will be Baptista, although she’s been lobbying to change it to Babe-tista. But that hasn’t been approved just yet.”
And Rhoads reports that Chappaqua’s pop-folk singer Dar Williams, who now calls Cold Spring home, will write a song for Kate to sing.
Top photo by Gerry Goodstein: “Love Song” stars, from left: Aubyn Philabaum, Christopher Domig, Judith Hawking and Kurt Rhoads.
Bottom photo by William Edward Marsh: Gabra Zackman and Kurt Rhoads in “Pericles” last summer at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Rhoads will direct Zackman as Kate in “Taming of the Shrew” at HVSF.