Penguin Rep Theatre upgrades sound, lighting, and safety
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Penguin Rep Theatre upgrades sound, lighting, and safety

The Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, N.Y., has been updated with assistive listening devices, new lighting and sound equipment, handrails, and more, according to its founding artistic director, Joe Brancato. 

“Thanks to the assistance of State Senator James Skoufis, Penguin received a $57,000 grant from New York State to install sound amplification equipment to accommodate the hearing-impaired and handrails for easier and safe access to seating, as well as to replace and upgrade outdated equipment,” Mr. Brancato said. There is also new seating outside the theater, including café tables, chairs, and picnic tables near the organic garden.

According to its executive director, Andrew Horn, “there are eight infrared devices, similar to those in Broadway theaters, which will be available without charge on a first-come, first-served basis before each performance.”

Penguin Rep Theatre, an award-winning professional theater, opened its 42nd season on May 19 with a revival of “Art,” Yasmina Reza’s international hit play, 20 years after its successful Broadway run. The 108-seat theater, at 7 Crickettown Road in Stony Point, is a repurposed 1880s hay barn that has bee updated with air conditioning and heating and wheelchair accessible entrances. Parking is free. 

This season, sponsored by Orange and Rockland Utilities, also is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature, Rockland County, the town of Stony Point, the Shubert Foundation, the Cory and Bob Donnalley Charitable Foundation, and donations from Joseph Grosso, Barry and Helene Lewis, and Morton Wolkowitz. For more information, go to penguinrep.org or call (845) 786-2873.

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