Here’s a look at the fall season — and beyond, for those contemplating season subscriptions — at professional theaters across the Lower Hudson Valley.
Axial Theatre Company: The Pleasantville-based company of playwrights, actors and directors starts its 13th season with “Taking Off,” an evening of two one-act plays (Ward Riley’s “Feathers Sometimes Soar on the Breath of God” and Linda Giuliano’s “The Magician”) directed by Laura Credidio. Preview Oct. 20. Opens Oct. 21 for a run through Nov. 6. At 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays; 4 p.m., Sundays. $15 on Oct. 20; $35 on Oct. 21 (includes wine-and-cheese reception); $20 all other performances. Seniors and students get $5 discount. At St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Ave., Pleasantville. 914-286-7680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.axialtheatre.org.
Emelin Theater: The Mamaroneck venue starts another season of live theater with “Mayer & Co.” by Andrzej Krakowski and Michal Komar, a staged reading of a new play that takes a myth-busting look at the birth of Hollywood. It’s based on Krakowski’s book, “Pollywood.” 8 p.m., Nov. 4. $25. Aquila Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s truth-bending “The Importance of Being Earnest.” 3 and 8 p.m., Nov. 19. $40; $20 students. The lineup for winter and spring includes the return of “The Liar Show” (Feb. 11), “Nearly Lear” (March 31), and the comic “All Wear Bowlers” (April 27 and 28). 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098. www.emelin.org.
Hudson Stage: As Hollywood prepares a film version of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning “God of Carnage” late this fall, Hudson Stage plans a theatrical version of its own. The play, about two couples who gather to discuss a schoolyard incident between their kids, quickly devolves into a cutthroat battle royal. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli. Preview 8 p.m., Nov. 4. Opens Nov. 5 for a run through Nov. 19. 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m., Nov. 6, 13 and 19. Q&A follows Nov. 13 performance. $35 general admission; $30 seniors and students. Call Smarttix at 877-238-5596. Woodward Hall Theatre, Pace University, 235 Elm Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-271-2811. www.hudsonstage.com.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: The summertime staple reconvenes four actors (Katie Hartke, Stephen Paul Johnson, Eleanor Handley and Richard Ercole) under the direction of Terrence O’Brien in a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 2 through 17, at Boscobel mansion in Garrison. Times and ticket prices TBA. www.hvshakespeare.org. (It will also be staged at venues across the region, including at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Katonah Museum of Art, where tickets will be $50; $35 for seniors and children under 12. A “Post Dickens Feast and Libations” follows. Seating is limited. 914-232-9555 or online at www.katonahmuseum.org.)
Penguin Rep: The barn theater closes its 34th season with two special events and a final mainstage production. Steve Solomon brings his one-man “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!“ to Rockland Community College. 8:30 p.m., Oct. 1. $34; $29 for subscribers. On Oct. 9, the Stony Point venue holds its annual auction, at the Stony Point Center, 17 Crickettown Road (and online at www.biddingforgood.com/penguinrep). The season’s final show has been changed. Instead of “Samuel J. and K.,” Stephen Nachamie will direct Richard Dresser’s “Rounding Third,” about two Little League coaches with different approaches to the game. Oct. 14 through Nov. 6. 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays; 4 p.m., Saturdays; 2 p.m., Sundays. $34; $20 for students. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. 845-786-2873. www.pengunrep.org.
Purchase Rep: The conservatory’s students perform classic and new works, with first-rate production values. Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” (Oct. 14-16, 20-22), Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt” (Nov. 4-6, 10-12), and two productions in repertory: Pearl Cleage’s “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” set in Depression-era Harlem, and Shirley Lauro’s “A Piece of My Heart,” based on the diaries that inspired the TV series “China Beach.” (Dec. 2-4, 8-10). Seven short plays based on Shakespeare sonnets — by contemporary playwrights Eric Bogosian, William Finn, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange and Wendy Wasserstein — comprise “Love’s Fire.” (Feb. 10-12, 16-18). Having tackled the contemporary, the Purchase Rep company goes old school, with Euripides’ “Trojan Women,” the tragic tale of warriors’ wives, mothers and lovers. (March 2-4, 8-10). In the spring, it’s Tom Stoppard’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll,” about a Czech who returns home in time for the Prague Spring of 1968. Single tickets: $20; $15 seniors and non-Purchase college students, $15 Purchase students, staff, faculty. Season pass is $88.50. Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center, Anderson Hill Road, Purchase. 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org.
Schoolhouse Theater: The Croton Falls theater’s 13th season starts with an encore production. Last season’s spell-binding “Dancing at Lughnasa” returns Sept. 22 through Oct. 8. (Above, a Ron Marotta photo from the March production, with Cheryl Orsini, Lauren Currie Lewis, Quinn Cassavale, Tessa Zugmeyer and Heather Girardi.) Next is Arthur Laurents’ “The Time of the Cuckoo,” Nov. 10 to Dec. 4. The season continues with “Days of Wine and Roses” and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m., Sundays and on Oct. 8. $30 on Thursdays and Fridays, $32 on Saturdays and Sundays. 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls. 914-277-8477. www.schoolhousetheater.org.
Westchester Broadway Theatre: The Elmsford dinner theater, marking its 37th anniversary, concludes its run of “Altar Boyz” today and begins previews of “My Fair Lady,” on Sept. 22. The Lerner & Loewe classic (with Jennifer Babiak as Eliza Doolittle and Tom Galantich as Henry Higgins, shown in a John Vecchiola photo) runs through Nov. 27 and then takes a hiatus for a holiday show, “Home for the Holidays,” Nov. 30 though Dec. 23. “My Fair Lady” returns Dec. 28, ending its run on Jan. 29, 2012. The shows to follow in an ambitious 2012 are “Big River,” “Xanadu,” “Legally Blonde,” “Hairspray,” “George M.,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Can Can,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” $75; $67 seniors, $52 students. Includes a served meal. 1 p.m., Thursdays; 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. Meal service begins 90 minutes before curtain. 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 914-592-2222. www.broadwaytheatre.com.
White Plains Performing Arts Center: The team that brought all-new works to the City Center venue last year is gone and producing artistic director Jeremy Quinn has a three-production season of recognizable shows: “Cats,” Dec. 9 to 18 and Dec. 28 to 30; “Lend Me a Tenor,” next March and the musical “The Secret Garden” next May. Musicals: $40, $30 for high-schoolers and younger. Plays: $30, $25 for high-schoolers and younger. Subscribers pay $92 for all three shows. 11 City Place, White Plains, 914-328-1600. www.wppac.com.