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Molly Katz, Honored

The Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County honors Molly Katz, founding member of Half Moon Theatre, for service to the community

 Half Moon Theatre, Hudson Valley’s resident professional theatre company, is thrilled to announce that the Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County (JCCDC) will honor Molly Katz at their annual gala on March 5, 2011. “March Mystique” is the Center’s seventh annual gala.

Patti Zakow, chairperson for the event, spoke about the JCCDC’s decision to honor Molly. “In founding Half Moon Theatre, Molly has created a wonderful asset for our community. People of all ages can now see exciting, affordable theater without leaving the Hudson Valley. Beyond her work with the theatre company, Molly has been a very active member of the community through the Junior League of Poughkeepsie, Planned Parenthood, The Powerhouse Theatre, and the JCCDC. She shares her talents wherever she goes and we are delighted to honor her this year.” 

Carol Gordon, Chief Operating Officer at Rhinebeck Savings Bank and President of Half Moon’s Board, credits Molly with filling an important void in the cultural landscape of Dutchess County.  “Having a professional theatre company is so vital to our area. It contributes to raising the overall quality of life in this region, and helps attract people who are thinking of re-locating to the area.”

Under Molly Katz’s leadership, Half Moon Theatre has enjoyed tremendous success and continues to thrive.  In December 2010, Jim Donick wrote in Northern Dutchess News & Creative Living, “Half Moon brings the off-Broadway experience to the Valley as completely as we can imagine. Half Moon’s productions could be said to represent the leading edge of theatrical sophistication available in the Valley.”

Molly Katz is a talented singer/actor in her own right. She’s appeared on Broadway in Alan Ayckbourn’s By Jeeves, was an active member of Adobe Theatre Company and has performed regionally across the country. As a child, she regularly sang with the Metropolitan Opera. Recently, she starred in Half Moon Theatre’s productions Emerson High by Jim Knable and Little Red, a children’s opera.

Says Molly, “We saw the need for a small, Actors’ Equity-based, professional theatre, operating September through June. Together with founding artistic director Margo Whitcomb, we applied for 501 c-3 status. Given our proximity to NYC, we have so many talented artists who want to share their gifts with their own community; I thought, why not take advantage of that? I am so proud that we “Think Local First” and are putting Hudson Valley theatre professionals to work.”

This is Half Moon Theatre’s fourth season producing contemporary theatre, September through June, in Poughkeepsie and other Hudson Valley communities. Half Moon’s season includes two full theatrical productions, several play readings, and an annual benefit (Dutchess Divas!).

In March, Half Moon presents the off-Broadway hit Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker from March 10-20 at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie.  The production stars two-time Obie Award winner Kathryn Grody, Brendan Burke, Alexandra Napier, Michael Rhodes, and Annabel Barrett. Circle Mirror Transformation premiered at Playwrights Horizons in October 2009 for a scheduled month-long run. Due to its enormous popularity and critical acclaim (The New York Times called it “absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny”), it was extended several times and ran through January 2010.  To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.halfmoontheatre.org or call 888-71TICKETS (888-718-4253).

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