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Liberty Free Theatre celebrates Woodstock

August 13, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre, in association with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), will present “By the Time We Got to Woodstock,” by acclaimed novelist and playwright Rilla Askew, at the Tusten Theatre on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m. This special event will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the world-famous Woodstock Festival. The performance will begin with a multi-media presentation of the 1969 concert, followed by the play, after which the audience is invited to eat, drink and dance to the original music. A $20 admission will benefit DVAA and the Liberty Free Theatre. For information and reservations call 845/798-1527 or email

In the play, which takes place in 2006, three people meet by chance at the Woodstock monument site. A woman in mid-life crisis, a teenage girl fleeing the threat of reform school and a Mexican immigrant escaping deportation all have their own reasons for revisiting the magic of 1969. Their needs clash and combine to bring them together in a dangerous adventure in the dark of night on Max Yasgur’s field. Featured performers are Rilla Askew, Leif Johansen and Sierra Thomas. The evening is directed by Paul Austin, with set design by Alexis Siroc and sound and light design by Jon Jon Thomas. Leif Johansen is making his Liberty Free Theatre debut and Sierra Thomas is making her theatrical debut.

Rilla Askew is the author of four novels, two plays and a book of stories. Her latest novel, “Kind of Kin” was called “a kind of miracle” by Adriana Trigiani. Her first novel, “The Mercy Seat” was a finalist for the Pen-Faulkner Award. Her award-winning novel, “Fire in Beulah,” was a significant factor in bringing the Tulsa race riot to public consciousness. She received a 2009 Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the body of her work.