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COPENHAGEN            Sept. 22-24

Explosive Confrontation Between Science and Politics Explores the Individual’s Ability to Change the Course of World Events

It’s hard to imagine that a play in which three dead people discuss atomic physics could be electrifying and intensely emotional. Yet this riveting drama, full of crackle and vitality, delivers a literary and theatrical punch that stays with you long after the curtain has fallen.
On the surface, Copenhagen turns around a mysterious 1941 meeting between the esteemed Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his former pupil, the German scientist Werner Heisenberg. Old friends who had revolutionized atomic science during the 1920s, they are now on opposite sides of a world war. But the science, it turns out, is merely a metaphor for a wrenching probe into deeply human quandaries and contradictions. 

Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck: Performances Fri. Sept. 22 and Sat. Sept. 23 at 8 pm and Sunday Sept. 24 at 3 pm at 661 Route 308. Call the box office at (845) 876-3080, visit or click the button above.


Welcome to the online home of the Rhinebeck Theatre Society.​ ​Founded in 1986, RTS offers opportunities for everyone in the Hudson Valley to participate in the excitement of live theatre, both on-stage and backstage.

Board of Directors

Rhinebeck Theatre Society depends upon the generosity of its members, sponsors and advertisers to support its productions. 

RTS is a non-profit 501-C3 organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible. 

DARK OF THE MOON     Sept. 29 - Oct. 8

A Rousing Tale of Love and the Supernatural, Told With Swing and Spirit

A controversial drama based on the haunting folk ballad, “Barbara Allen,” Dark of the Moon challenges an audience’s comfort level regarding ideas of tolerance and justice, and is not suitable for all ages. 

The play recounts the story of John, a strange “witch boy” who falls in love with the beautiful Barbara Allen.  He is given human form to marry her on the condition that she remains faithful to him for a year.  Barbara is led to betray John, breaking their spell of love, and he must return forever to the world of the mountain witches. 

Set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dark of the Moon is a tall tale told with gusto, woven together with folk music and humor. The cast includes Taylor Seupel (John), Caitlin Connelly (Barbara Allen), Ann Davies (Mrs. Allen), Stephen Jones (Rev. Haggler) and Russ Austin (Uncle Smelicue).

Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, September 29 to October 8 - Friday and Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM.

​​Marlene Golia
​Jim Hammill
​Ellen Honig
​Kirstin Horn
Heidi Johnson
Rick Lange
​Paula Lucas
Norman Shatkin
​Andy Weintraub
Russ Austin
​Molly Feibel
​Fred Fishberg
​David Foster

Dorothy Luongo, President                Andy Crispell, Vice President

Paige Segrell, Secretary​       Donna Letteri, Treasurer

​​RTS' Mission
Our mission is to entertain, educate, and enrich the Hudson Valley community through the dramatic arts. This mission is accomplished by:
· Increasing local interest in the theater arts
· Providing a creative, safe, productive environment and opportunities for all
· Promoting the performing arts in the community
· Elevating the cultural aspect of Rhinebeck
· Drawing the community closer together with shared endeavors and enjoyment