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Hudson Theatre Works presents "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus"

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originally published: 12/05/2022

Hudson Theatre Works presents "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus"

(WEEHAWKEN, NJ) -- Hudson Theatre Works presents a holiday show for the whole family - “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus” by Andrew J. Fenady with performances on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 18 at 1:00pm. The production is directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina. 

Seven actors play 32 roles! Remember the good old days of radio—when people had to use their imaginations—when the mind was a stage? 

A young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon writes a letter to the editor of the New York Sun. "Dear Editor, I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it's so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?" 

Ed Mitchell, the editor, assigns Frank Church—a reporter on the verge of self destruction—the task of answering Virginia's question. Church's  reply have become one of the world's most quoted and beloved editorials.  Andrew J. Fenady captures this quest in this award-winning script  as a radio play.

The cast includes: Ferdinand Alvaro, Kevin Cristaldi, Jack Coggins, Richard Dwyer, Joanne Hoersch, Beatriz Esteban-Messina, and B.C. Miller.



 
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Tickets are only $5 for children and $10 for adults.   The show is appropriate for children of all ages.   Masks are required. Performances take place at Theatre at The Wilson School (80 Hauxhurst Avenue) in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Hudson Theatre Works is committed to a growing and adventurous community, genuinely hungry for challenging performances. We choose material that is aesthetically diverse and rooted in authenticity.  From highly theatrical world premieres to distilled re-imaginings of modern classics, we put the work first and embrace risk.

They are proud members of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and their season is supported by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Actor’s Equity, UBS Financial, Univest Foundation, Walmart, Princeton Area Community Foundation, New Jersey Arts and Culture Relief Fund, New Jersey Economic Development Agency, US Small Business Administration Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and Mayor Richard Turner and the City of Weehawken.

Their ticket prices are low because that’s the way they want them to be and they are committed to making their theatre affordable to all.  It’s a conscious decision, not spur of the moment. Broadway ticket prices are unaffordable for far too many people. Hudson Theatre Works wants to see people from all economic levels in our audience, from all different backgrounds. HTW is built on the idea of community and shared conversation. Attending a play sparks ideas, examines the experience of our common humanity. In these difficult times, who doesn’t need to be reminded of that?  







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