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Celebrating its 25(th) Anniversary, Shadowland Theatre Bookends its 2009 Summer Season with Pulitzer-Prize Winning Playwrights Arthur Miller and David Mamet.

Stage, Film and TV Actor Orson Bean and NBC's "Remington Steele" Stephanie Zimbalist Open the Season in Miller's "The Price"

Tony Award Nominee, Law & Order Actor John Cariani to Direct "Almost Maine"

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. -- It was 1984, the Berlin Wall fell, Chinese demonstrators were massacred in Tiananmen Square, Samuel Beckett, Laurence Olivier and Lucille Ball died, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" won record of the year, the first World Wide Web server was developed - and 35 theatre artists led by Ron Marquette in New York City moved to Ellenville, NY in the old Borscht Belt hotel region when the vacant, art-deco Shadowland Theatre building was made available to the group as a home base.

Now under the direction of Brendan Burke, producing artistic director, Shadowland Theatre, the leading Actors' Equity company in the Lower Hudson Valley region, today announced its 25th anniversary summer season, bookended by Arthur Miller's "The Price" and "American Buffalo" by David Mamet, Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights and two of the greatest masters of American dramatic theatre. "We're pleased to announce," said Burke, "that this season, Orson Bean, one of America's famed stage, TV and film actors, also known as a long-time panelist on TV's 'To Tell the Truth,' and Stephanie Zimbalist, best known for her role as Laura Holt on the NBC detective series 'Remington Steele,' have been cast in 'The Price.' And John Cariani, a Tony Award nominee for his performance in the Broadway revival of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' and from 2002 to 2007 the CSU forensics technician Julian Beck in NBC's 'Law & Order,' will be making his directing debut at Shadowland for 'Almost, Maine,' a romantic comedy he wrote."

Based in downtown Ellenville, 90 miles from midtown Manhattan, Shadowland is known for its powerful productions of classics, contemporary and new plays. "Twenty-five years is a remarkable milestone for any theatre," said Burke. "All of us at Shadowland are grateful to the donors, sponsors, audience and staff who made our success a reality. With their continued support, we fully expect Shadowland to continue as a jewel of the Hudson River Valley for many years to come."

Continuing its 25-year tradition, the 2009 summer season includes:

* "The Price" by Arthur Miller, May 29-June 14, "one of the most engrossing, entertaining plays that (Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright) Miller has ever written," said The New York Times.

* "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani, June 19-July 12, a series of love stories told through magical realism.

* "Gutenberg! The Musical!" by Scott Brown and Anthony King, July 17-August 9, a spoof on big Broadway musicals. Two men, 30 hats and a piano are all that's needed to propel this high-energy work of hysterical fiction created by NYC's Upright Citizen's Brigade comedy troupe.

* "Accomplice" by Rupert Holmes, August 14-September 6, comes complete with all the twists and chills of an Agatha Christie mystery - and the laughs of a Monty Python spoof.

* "American Buffalo" by David Mamet, one of the strongest voices in the American theatre for over 30 years and his New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play, closes the season from September 11-September 27. Frank Rich, reviewing the play for The New York Times, said, "'American Buffalo' is one of the best American plays of the last decade."

2009 season co-producers currently include Collier & Berger, PLLC; FALA Technologies; Jim Gebhard; Gillette Creamery; martinrabkinink; Candido and Maria Perez; Revenue Markets, Inc.; and White Wolf Restaurant and Lounge. "Shadowland's success depends on the generous support of regional firms like these," said Burke, "essential more than ever with today's recessionary economy. We will be announcing others long before our opening night on May 29."

Season subscriptions from $95 to $110, single-performance seats (Thursday-Saturday, $26; Sunday, $24) and group discount sales tickets are available now at the 157 Canal Street box office, by phone (845-647-5511) and online (http://www.shadowlandtheatre.org).

About Shadowland Theatre

Shadowland Theatre is the leading professional nonprofit Actors' Equity company in the Lower Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain region. Located only 90 miles from New York City in Ellenville, NY, Shadowland was named "Best of the Valley" by Hudson Valley magazine in 2004, 2005 and 2007; "2006 Cultural Business of the Year" by Ulster Development Corporation and Ulster County Chamber of Commerce; "Best Theatre 2006" by the Times Herald Record; and "Best Drama of the Year" by The Daily Record in NJ for The Good German. Founded in 1984, Shadowland performs in a restored 1920's Art Deco vaudeville/movie house converted to a 148-seat theatre. For more information, visit http://www.shadowlandtheatre.org.
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