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A Historic Site Transforms Into An Immersive Venue

Theater: ‘Performing Olana’
Anne Undeland and Sam Rebelein will star in “Performing Olana” Sept. 22 to 24 in Hudson. Photo by B. Docktor Photography

Jeff Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi are the co-directors of the Ancram Opera House, and they have brought some inventive theatrical performances to the venue’s intimate stage.

But for their next production, they’ve traded that tiny space for a massive landscape: the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, N.Y. It was the home and studio of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, and he is the subject of “Performing Olana,” an original play written by Darrah Cloud and directed by Mousseau and Ricciardi.

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