NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Croton Falls’ Schoolhouse Theater, which has been closed for renovations for several months, is about to reopen with a two-man art show and four-character play that compliment each other.
The artists are Tom Christopher, owner of Croton Falls’ Lift Trucks Project, and Croton Falls resident Michael Mapes. The play is “Ten Unknowns” by Tony-nominated playwright Jon Robin Baitz.
“I saw the play at Lincoln Center in 1999 and I put it under my pillow,” said Schoolhouse artistic director Pamela Moller Kareman. “Now I’ve decided this is the year to do it. We’ve got two especially well-known artists in the gallery, and the play is about an artist who’s suffering from ‘painter’s block.’ ”
The four characters are an aging artist, his young assistant, an art dealer anxious to turn the artwork for a profit and a young woman who, in Kareman’s words, “gives the artist back his mojo.”
“The relationships are so specific and dramatic,” she said. “It’s provocative, it’s explosive, and it’s a bit of a mystery, because you wonder whether or not the artist will sell out.”
When the Schoolhouse reopens in February, it will have a more spacious parking area, easier to access and maneuver in. There are new dressing rooms and a new green room for the actors, about 20 new seats for the audience, and a gracious new entryway for everyone. Better lighting, better sound and better bathroom facilities are also in place. When springtime comes, you will see new landscaping, too.
“Ten Unknowns” opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, and continues on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until March 24. For tickets, go to the website.