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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Soiree in the Parlor: A Love Letter Reading II

Performances surrounding the theme of unsent love letters. Bring one of your own to share and add to an installation.
Curated by Oleariam
Monday, February 26, 2017, 7pm.
$10 / 9 Vassar St., Cunneen Parlor
Potluck to follow as always!

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.

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!

2:00 pm14:00


12 Vassar St., Cunneen-Hackett Theater. Join us for edibles, music and art. Free admission. Art will also be displayed during Beckett Festival performance weekends.

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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Soiree in the Parlor: The Little Years

2016 Soiree in the Parlor Performance Series presents
a reading of the play by John Mighton
The life of a woman whose childhood aspirations collide with the barriers of convention Directed by Ellen Honig
Mon, May 30 at 7 pm. $10 (bring a dish)

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Soiree in the Parlor: "Powwow Tales"

So happy to have two Native American speakers in our newest Soiree. So much we don't know when it comes to Native American Nations, their past and present. Come prepared to talk, ask questions, dialogue with Lakota speakers Mag-La-Que and Gill Crying Hawk. 7 pm @ 9 Vassar Street!

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

7:00 pm19:00

Soiree in the Parlor 2016!

Readings by Mary Gaitskill, author of Veronica
With original music by Peg Simon and fine art equine photography by Juliet Harrison

Monday, Jan. 25 at 7 pm. Ring in the new season of performing and visual arts with us!

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!

7:00 pm19:00

Parlor Soiree: December

"Masquerade Ball"
Curated by Marguerite San Millan
Arrive dressed, masked, with a poem, song, or short reading to share and reveal your creative identity.

7:00 pm19:00

Parlor Soiree: November

Curated by Andres San Millan
A reading of Derek Furr's latest collection of short stories and a display of illustrations by local artist Andres San Millan.

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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Parlor Soiree: October

"Dance Macabre" or "The Ghost's Theatre"
A Halloween Vaudeville
Curated by Jim Granger

Monday, October 26 at 7 pm.
Call for reservations 845-452-7870
Suggested donation $10 @ door by cash or check
You are invited to bring a pot luck dish to share!


Oct 25

"Happy Days"

Cocoon Actor's Theatre production of “HAPPY DAYS” By Samuel Beckett.

Oct. 16-25 Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm. and Sun. at 3 pm. at Cunneen-Hackett Theater Tkts: $25
FOR TICKET RESERVATIONS, please call the box office at (845) 452-7870 or contact us via email at

Join us for provocative theater at its best!

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Parlor Soiree: September

"TAKE ONE and Other Nomadic Events"
curated by Nancy Graham
Monday, September 28 @ 7pm

Join us for performance poems, a one-act play, a short film or two, an occasional monologue, and more with our special guests Steve Clorfeine and Lanny Harrison:

Lanny Harrison - dancer, actress, poet - began her career in The New York Pantomime Theater in 1966. Since 1969, she's been a member of Meredith Monk's The House, performing lead roles. She's created many one-woman shows, the latest is Memoir. She & Steve Clorfeine's Sense & Nonsense has toured Europe & the States since 1987. She is a founding arts faculty of the Naropa University. Ms Harrison teaches in the Gallatin School of NYU and has an ongoing theater workshop both at Shambhala Meditation Center of NY & at West Kortright Centre in upstate NY.

Steve Clorfeine has been performing since 1974 - with Barbara Dilley, Meredith Monk, Ping Chong, the Illusion Theater of Minneapolis. He's been an artist in the schools for 30 years, teaching writing and theater and has published 4 collections of poetry. Steve has been awarded Cultural Envoy grants from the U.S. Embassy to create performances in Calcutta and in Kathmandu and for many years has presented workshops throughout India and in Nepal. Steve is a meditation teacher and a founding arts faculty of the Naropa University.

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Parlor Soiree: August

"TXALAPARTA"  :  A Basque Soiree
Curated by Jon Urbieta, Artist-in-Residence from Spain.
An evening to learn a bit about the traditions, language, food and history of one of the oldest cultures in Europe, starting with the Txalaparta: the Basque Country's oldest instrument and still alive today around the world in the hands of young basques.

Come prepared to sing, eat, play txalaparta, and dance.

Suggested donation $10
Monday, August 31 @ 7 pm
Cocoon @ Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center. 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.

7:00 pm19:00

Parlor Soiree: July

"Summer Lovin'"
Curated by Tracy Carney
A theatrical showcase exploring love.
$10. You are invited to bring a post-performance potluck dish to share. See you there!

Jul 26

No Theme Performance Festival

Cocoon's second annual No Theme showcase brings a variety of art forms to the stage, studio, parlor, and walls of the beautiful Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center. Each performance will present a unique program, so join us from July 24-26 for dance, theater, art, music, food + drink!

Make sure you catch the workshop "Shamebodies" taught by the performer duo Magda & Chelsea; it's all about techniques the two use in their practice, especially focusing on shame in performance, so you don't want to miss this rare opportunity. Sunday, July 26 from 12-2pm, before the final No Theme show at 3pm, and your ticket stub will get you in! Read more about their work @

Friday and Saturday, July 24th and 25th at 7 pm, and Sunday, July 26th at 3 pm. Tkts: $15 at the Cunneen-Hackett Theater.


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Parlor Soiree: June

"It is. What? It is."
Curated by Douglas Woolley
An evening of something to see, something to hear. It won't be long.
$10. You are invited to bring a post-performance potluck dish to share. See you there!

Aug 9

Young Actors' Summer Workshop: Godspell

This cornerstone of Cocoon’s programming, Young Actors Summer Workshop uses the story of the Gospel, intermixed with the classic music by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak, with live musicians. It has been several years since Cocoon has presented a musical, so don't let this one slip you by. A summer not to be missed, nor ever forgotten!

Classes held at The Barn at Rocky Top in Clinton Corners
June 29-Aug. 9
Meeting Monday thru Friday
For ages 8-16

Performing in two locations:
Sat. Aug. 1 at The Barn at Rocky Top at 7 pm. Tkts: $15
Aug. 7, 8, 9, Fri. & Sat. at 7 pm. and Sun. at 3 pm. at Cunneen-Hackett Theater Tkts: $15


10:00 am10:00

Queen City Weekend: Teen & Adult Classes

Another Saturday of Cocoon's sample classes. These classes will share Cocoon's unique creative philosophy, allowing participants to explore, culminating with a sharing of class work open and free to all family & friends. These classes will be offered in a Fall & Spring Semester format starting on Monday, September 14. All classes can either be taken fully for a $10 donation, or visited at any point free of charge. (Please note: The Figure Drawing class will only be open for free visits at 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm, and 1:00 pm.)

This particular weekend is also part of Poughkeepsie Open Studio Tours. We will have teen and adult exploratory classes as follows:

10 am-1 pm. Figure Drawing from the Nude Model, Adult

10 am-11:30 am. Breath Yoga, Teen/Adult
12:30-2:00 pm. Choreography Explorations, Teen/Adult 

From 1:00-3:00 pm in Cunneen's Parlor (across the street at 9 Vassar St.), Cocoon will be presenting short, eclectic performances introducing the Soiree in the Parlor series occurring the last Mon. of every month at 7 pm. These offerings are free of charge, and can be enjoyed on a wander in/wander out basis. Light refreshments will be served.

2:30-4 Modern Dance, Teen/Adult
4:30-5:30 Showing all Classes
complimentary light refreshments served

We hope to see you there!

7:00 pm19:00

Parlor Soiree: May

"Heat Death of the Universe Redux/Remix" &
"Amnesia's Curtain Over Us Soon Enough"

Curated by Nancy Graham
Devised performances and spell-casting improv in sound and movement by an enchanting local practitioner. Or two.
$10. You are invited to bring a post-performance potluck dish to share. See you there!

7:00 pm19:00

Parlor Soiree: April

"What's in the Bag?"
Curated by Andres San Millan.
Surprise flash performances by local and out-of-town artists at Cunneen's Parlor.
$10. You are invited to bring a post-performance potluck dish to share. See you there!