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 .