Taconic Stage Company

Carl Ritchie, Producing Artistic Direct  

We ARE FINALLY coming out of our long Covid hibernation!

A dozen years - or more - after being our inaugural production we are bringing back I KNOW I CAME IN HERE FOR SOMETHING…

Since I personally am still a bit wary of sitting in a crowded auditorium we are presenting the show outdoors - but covered by a tent in case of inclement weather…

Last time it was at the other marina on the lake but THIS TIME it’s at Copake Lake Boat & Ski!

Not only is the marina under terrific new management but this time around it isn’t dinner theatre - unless you want it to be!

“The Mosquito” is a snack bar that serves simple yet tasty meals and is licensed. (And not just regular drinks - they even serve champagne!)

Two members of the original four person cast were unavailable this time around so Diedre Bolingbrook and Brian Litscher will be joined by the fantastic Meg Dooley - the ‘bitchy’ redhead from the Housewives revue AND - casting coup of the decade - yours truly will round out the team.

As usual, none of this would be possible without the ongoing support of our sponsors - and friends - Ed Herrington, Inc and Kneller Insurance.  Ed and Kirk have been with us from day one and we have them to thank for bringing first rate theatre to Columbia County.

More details to follow but we’ll be performing lakeside the first three weekends in August.

Come have a bite, a drink, a ‘front row’ view of the beautiful Copake Lake sunset AND a darned funny little show - if I do say so myself…

See you at the lake!

(If K atie from The Lantern is reading this, my cell is 212-691-8929)

Way back in  2019, our season included a lovely reprise Susan Fullerton did of The Belle of Amherst in Hope Town, Abaco,  in March  - before the devastating storm at the end of the summer.  SO - one of these days, a brand-new musical revue about Hope Town and Hurricane Dorian -  

 Last Call at Cap'n Jack's 

(Reprise performances of Lillian (our 2018 show)  at the Whitney Center in Pittsfield, MA in March, 2019 - it was short-listed by Jeff Borak in the Berkshire Eagle for Best Theatre in the Berkshires for 2019! Way to go, Diedre!)

  " Lillian "  by William Luce based on the autobiographical writings of Lillian Hellman - starred  Diedre Bollinger and directed by Carl Ritchie .

Performed at  St. John in the Wilderness Church, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls, NY : on Aug. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.  Tickets $20 (or pay what you can at the door)

AND a free preview on Copake Falls Day - courtesy of our sponsors - click on their name to visit their websites:

The Kneller Agency   and Herringtons, Inc .  

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Donations can be made by mail (address below) or online (coming soon) by clicking the link above. TSC is a registered 501(C) 3 non-profit and your greatly appreciated donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Taconic Stage Company is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate and entertain our community in Columbia County by providing professional quality musical and non-musical theatre and concert productions as well as encouraging and nurturing local talent and providing low-cost or free access to the arts for students, the elderly and the physically or mentally handicapped.

Taconic Stage Company, 

240 Island Drive, 

Craryville, NY 12521




Future productions:

Last Call at Cap'n Jack's








Recent TSC production:


Lillian, a one-woman play about Lillian Hellman by William Luce, starring Diedre Bollinger and directed by TSC founder and Artistic Director Carl Ritchie.

  Based on the autobiographical writing of the hard-living playwright whose works include  The Little Foxes The Children’s Hour , and her memoir,  Pentimento , dramatist Luce creates an intense, intriguing, and intimate portrait of a woman who was often caustic and controversial but never dull.

  Set in the waiting room of a New York hospital, as she maintains a vigil for her longtime love, novelist Dashiell Hammett, Hellman remembers the people and incidents that shaped her life. From her headstrong girlhood in New Orleans and New York, through her exciting and tempestuous years with Hammett, to her achievements on Broadway and in Hollywood, she recalls those who helped her gain her burning social consciousness – something that brought her into conflict with the powers-that-be, most notably, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee. During that hearing – and in the play – we hear her famous line, “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.”

NOTE: Some of the pictured productions were performed at CTC where our Artistic Director, Carl Ritchie, was either producer, director, writer or performer. The most recent are from productions of the Taconic Stage Company. All photos by Carl Ritchie except for the three he is in - with Chase Crosley - in Driving Miss Daisy - and Susan Fullerton - in Private Lives . Those were by Bob Sacks. Also, the photo of Leda Hodgson in A Lady of Letters is by Christopher Baines. Photos of Private Lives by Daniel Region. " Housewives " photo by Mike Molinski, Photographics Solution. Liz Richardson "spotlight" photo by Marvin Moore, Lillian photo by Michele Midori Fillion.

Diedre Bollinger as Lillian Hellman
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Read Jeffrey Borak's rave review in the Berkshire Eagle here: Lillian Review