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London National Theatre: The Audience

In Rhinebeck 
August 5
Wed 2:00 
(UK / 2015 / Directed by Stephen Daldry)
Nominated for three Tony Awards®, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award® win for the same role The Queen. Encore screenings of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, feature an exclusive Q&A with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren. Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 Members
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.
From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. The Audience has received three 2015 Tony Award® nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Helen Mirren), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Richard McCabe) and Best Costume Design (Bob Crowley). The production has also been nominated for 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Broadway Play), 4 Drama League Awards (including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play) and 2 Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Actress in a Play).
Unrated / 3 hours
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Stray Dog

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Aug 22 – 23
Sat Woodstock
Sun Rhinebeck
(US/2014/dir by Debra Granik)
unrated / 98 mins
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Debra Granik Sat Aug 22 Woodstock & Sun Aug 23 Rhinebeck
After the success of WINTER’S BONE which was nominated for four Academy Awards and launched Jennifer Lawrence, Debra Granik could have seemingly written her own ticket, but that’s naive.
Instead, for her follow-up, 
Granik created a documentary portrait of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall (who played meth-man Thump Milton in the 2010 film).
This burly, sixty-something biker and Vietnam vet is a moonshine-sippin’, gun-totin’, small dog-lovin’ Missourian, an emblem of America’s Heartland— who did two tours of duty in Vietnam and is still haunted by nightmares. After seven years of solitude, he rejoins society, attending military funerals and counseling sessions with vets, serving as the benevolent manager of an RV park, and learning Spanish to bond with his Mexican wife, Alicia, whose two teenage sons are attempting to immigrate to the U.S. It’s a celebration of the extraordinary in the “ordinary,” providing a captivating, humanist account of a decent American man who has come to terms with himself and acquired a rare wisdom and patience in the process. This is a moving film about community and the bonds that hold it together; also a vivid snapshot of a changing America.

 “I realized there was a lot of American history in this one man’s body and psyche—coming of age in Southeast Asia, feeling like a lost and adrift person, coming from a generation of stoic Vietnam veterans who didn’t realize they had PTSD despite retaining all their limbs,” says Debra Granik.

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