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Forestburgh Playhouse

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39 Forestburgh Road Forestburgh, NY 12777
845-794-1194 www.fbplayhouse.org

In the mid 1940’s in Greenwich Village, John Grahame and Alexander Maissel had been leasing the legendary Provincetown Playhouse, whose previous tenant had been Eugene O’Neill, for their Provincetown Repertory Company. When they became aware that New York University was quietly buying up much of the property in the neighborhood for their future expansion, Grahame and Maissel became alarmed that they might lose the Provincetown Playhouse, and they began to look for an alternative space. Their search took them to the Klebs farm in Forestburgh, New York, which they decided to purchase as a summer home for their Provincetown Repertory Company, with the idea that it might become the full time home of the company if NYU forced them out of the Provincetown Playhouse.

In the spring of 1947 they arrived at the site with their wives, Aida Grahame and Sally Maissel, and a troupe of actors and apprentices and began the renovation of the building into a theatre. Sullivan County was a far different place in 1947: Grossinger’s was king, the resort hotels were jammed, and the Catskills was electric with excitement every summer. A small summer stock theatre in an already old barn probably seemed unlikely to survive in the face of such competition. Nevertheless, by July 8, 1947, enough work had been done to transform the barn into a theatre, and the Forestburgh Playhouse, then called the Forestburgh Summer Theatre, opened its first of more than 250 subsequent productions, Blithe Spirit.

For the first 25 years of its existence the Playhouse operated as both a theatre and a school. Apprentices paid to attend for the summer, and took daily classes in acting, speech, and movement. They also spent many hours in rehearsal and many more hours working building sets, costumes and props. They performed in both the main stage productions and the children’s shows.

Rocky Horror Show Live!

October 18 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Forestburgh Playhouse 39 Forestburgh Road Forestburgh, NY 12777 + Google Map
$48

Let's do the Time Warp in the Sullivan Catskills at the Forestburgh Playhouse this October! Experience the Rocky Horror Show Live — the ultimate Rocky Horror performance, complete with an incredible cast, live band, specialty cocktails, rocky props and more! Show runs October 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26 at 8PM. Tickets are $48/person. Go to www.fbplayhouse.org to buy tickets or call 845-794-1194. Pack your bags for Transexual Transylvania and join the party in the Catskills!

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Rocky Horror Show Live!

October 19 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Forestburgh Playhouse 39 Forestburgh Road Forestburgh, NY 12777 + Google Map
$48

Let's do the Time Warp in the Sullivan Catskills at the Forestburgh Playhouse this October! Experience the Rocky Horror Show Live — the ultimate Rocky Horror performance, complete with an incredible cast, live band, specialty cocktails, rocky props and more! Show runs October 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26 at 8PM. Tickets are $48/person. Go to www.fbplayhouse.org to buy tickets or call 845-794-1194. Pack your bags for Transexual Transylvania and join the party in the Catskills!

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Rocky Horror Show Live!

October 25 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on October 12, 2019 at 8:00pm

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One event on October 19, 2019 at 8:00pm

One event on October 25, 2019 at 8:00pm

One event on October 26, 2019 at 8:00pm

Forestburgh Playhouse 39 Forestburgh Road Forestburgh, NY 12777 + Google Map
$48

Let's do the Time Warp in the Sullivan Catskills at the Forestburgh Playhouse this October! Experience the Rocky Horror Show Live — the ultimate Rocky Horror performance, complete with an incredible cast, live band, specialty cocktails, rocky props and more! Show runs October 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26 at 8PM. Tickets are $48/person. Go to www.fbplayhouse.org to buy tickets or call 845-794-1194. Pack your bags for Transexual Transylvania and join the party in the Catskills!

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