to Sep 30


A fully 'touchable' art show featuring work by Catskills artists Christin Ripley and Becca Van K. Opening Friday, August 31st at 6pm, on view for the month of September.

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to Sep 2

No Theme Performance Festival 2018

Join us for our 5th year in a row - a weekend full of dance, theater, installation, visual art, comedy, and live music!

PLUS an ongoing September art gallery showing tactile and textile artwork by Catskills artists Becca VanK and Christin Ripley entitled "PLUSH ZONE". Opens Friday, August 31 @ 6pm.

No Theme shows:
Friday, August 31 @ 7 pm
Saturday, September 1 @ 7 pm
Sunday, September 2 @ 3 pm

9 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie NY

$20/night or $40/wknd
Students & seniors $15/night or $35/wknd

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

h a p p y    b i r t h d a y     n o    t h e m e    !

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5:00 PM17:00

Art Show: Design X3

Cocoon Theatre Visual Arts Initiative will host DesignX3 from March 2 - April 1st.
Gallery Hours: 
Friday - Sunday 1-5 pm (or by appointment)

Join us for the Opening Reception March 2nd: 5-8 pm featuring the music of Ben Basile Jazz Duo.
Come see Ceramics by Judy Sigunick, Fiber by Mary Flad, and Glass by Jeep Johnson.
For further information, please contact Andres San Millan at

Cunneen-Hackett Gallery
12 Vassar Street
Poughkeepsie, NY

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6:00 PM18:00

Collaborative Paint Workshop

Ring in the new year with Cocoon Theatre by participating in this innovative art making workshop. Calling all artists and artists-to-be! Bring your paints, pencils, brushes etc, to use and share, and try out some new materials from our supply. Using simple instructions of improvisation and teamwork, we will collaborate on each others' works and make art in the collective spirit. By the end of the evening, we will hang the show in our Cunneen-Hackett galleries which will be displayed until the end of the month. Led by multi-disciplinary artist and Creative Director of Cocoon Theatre: Andres San Millan.
12 Vassar St. Free!

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5:00 PM17:00

Sculpture Unveiling Ceremony: Woman as Hunter

Cocoon Theatre premieres to the public:
‘Woman As Hunter’, a 16 foot high driftwood sculpture created by artist Andres San Millan on Saturday June 17 at 5 pm, on Cocoon’s front lawn, 9 Vassar St., Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Collaborative Art: 265 colorful hand drawn portraits of fifth graders on backgrounds created by each student as part of an AIE residency.

Metal works by Humberto Rodriguez Maya.

New cement and driftwood figure sculptures by ASM.

Performance by spoken word Artist and Dutchess County Poet Laureate, Poet Gold

The event, in conjunction with CHAC and part of Poughkeepsie Open Studios Tour, is free and open to the general public, including live music, theatrical performance surprises, and a community barbecue.
(845) 452-7870

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7:00 PM19:00

Soiree in the Parlor: Race Soldier

A performance by Jocelyn Johnson-Kearney
Child of a Civil Rights barrier-breaker in the Hudson Valley shares her memories of growing up in an all-white environment the 1960's. A writer and former activist with a playwriting degree from Howard University, Ms. Kearney combines her sharing of a unique and powerful story with drama, visual imagery and sound for a dynamic performance that is not to be missed.
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7 pm.
$10 / 9 Vassar St., Cunneen Parlor
Bring a potluck dish to share!

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to Nov 13


Two weekends of performances, lectures, open discussions, visual art and music, surrounding three rarely seen Samuel Beckett plays performed by Cocoon Actors' Theater:

Not I
A Piece of a Monologue
The Old Tune

November 4 - 13, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm., and Sundays at 3 pm. Tkts: $25

12 Vassar St., Cunneen-Hackett Theatre in Poughkeepsie
Pay @ Door by cash, check, or credit card. 
OR CLICK HERE to pay online!
Call to reserve: 845-452-7870


‘Not I’ and ‘A Piece of a Monologue’ are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

‘The Old Tune’ by Samuel Beckett, an adaptation of Robert Pinget’s La Manivelle copyright ©

1960 by les Editions de Minuit. Translation copyright © 1961 by the Estate of Samuel Beckett. Used through arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc. and Editions de Minuit, on behalf of the Estate of Samuel Beckett. All rights reserved.

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7:00 PM19:00

BECKETT FESTIVAL : Soiree in the Parlor (Dress Rehearsal)

9 Vassar St., Cunneen-Hackett Parlor. 

Join us for a Soiree in the Parlor sharing selected scenes form the upcoming Festival, with audience discussion. Potluck event, bring a dish and come dressed as your favorite Beckett character to win prizes! Selected scenes from our festival's 3 plays, audience discussion, and of course, food!

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7:00 PM19:00

Soiree in the Parlor: Two Solo Works

2016 Soiree in the Parlor Series presents Two Solo Works performed by Douglas Woolley and directed by Marguerite San Millan: one written by Douglas Woolley and the other by Cocoon favorite Samuel Beckett. Made possible in part by Samuel French, Inc.
Monday, June 27, 7 pm. Cunneen Parlor. $10 / bring a dish !

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6:00 PM18:00

Movie Favs Workshop

This exciting all-new workshop is all about creating staged performances of your favorite movie scenes. This season we have two rehearsal locations -- one in Barrytown, the other in Poughkeepsie -- so check out our What's Happening Now page for more info, or call to enroll today. Don't dilly dally because it all starts on March 15! 845-452-7870

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12:00 PM12:00

Annual Open House

Join us this January to celebrate a most exciting transitional year as Cocoon began to weave new silks in Poughkeepsie. We will share scenes from the past 2015 productions, as well as sneak previews for 2016. Enjoy performances in dance, theater, music and art, as well as find out about upcoming classes. Potluck and live music to follow!

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to Nov 15

Call For Auditions!






By Peter Shaffer

Sat, Nov. 14 at Noon &/or Sun, Nov. 15 at 10 am., 2015

Cunneen-Hackett theater building, 12 Vassar St. dance studio, 2nd floor.

All roles open for this cast of sixteen, ages 18 & up.

Seeking multi-racial actors, dancers/movers, & percussionists.

Two roles, male & female, can look 16-25 yrs. old, appear nude briefly in a scene.

Performs April, 2016 at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in POK.

Rehearsals scheduled some M-Th nights,

and some Sat and Sun. morn.  &/or afternoons at Cocoon in POK.

Starts slowly in Nov. & Dec., more frequent in Jan., Feb., March. 

Equus, written in 1973, tells the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat

a young man who blinded six horses.

The play uses a chorus of ‘horses’ to dance/move throughout the play, as well as live percussionists, who also appear in some scenes as people.

Come prepared to read from the script & move. Call to register. (845-452-7870).

Cocoon Actor’s Theater is in community theater format,

meaning all roles are open and no pay is involved.

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