The 4th Wall is the transparent barrier separating the actors from the audience.
The company was born in 1994 with productions of The Princess Who Would Not Smile, Rumpelstiltskin, Lovers and Liars, Who Shot Cupid?, Home For The Holidays (an originally written WWII Stage Door Canteen), as well as improvisational murder mysteries and cabarets performed at various venues in the tri-state area. At the Masonic Hall in Newburgh, Funny Valentines opened at the Ballroom Theatre, with The Odd Couple (Female Version), Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Spring Cleaning, and Murder at the Hard Corpse Café playing there soon after. Founding members then went their separate ways, working on Broadway, in regional theaters, and Directing and Stage Managing shows for Madison Square Garden, MTV, VH-1, and Nickelodeon. Reuniting in 2001, they revived the company at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie, and there started their Summer Theatre Camp.
In 2010, 4th Wall Theatrical Productions purchased The Beacon, a 1934 art deco theater in Beacon, NY, with the intent of presenting a broad spectrum of live entertainment for the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Grand Foyer Theater opened to the public on Thursday, June 9, 2011. The energy for this live performance space was embraced by family, friends, and the Beacon community at large with a successful kick-off weekend of live improvisational comedy. Since then, programs have included comedy, concerts, art, film festivals, performing arts classes, children’s programming, and main stage theatrical shows.
In August of 2015, 4th Wall made the decision to sell the physical building that is The Beacon while leasing back that which they restored in the five years of ownership, plus a bunch more for expansion. This allowed them to focus on what they do best: performing arts. Why this decision? Sustainability! It became clear that it didn’t make sense to renovate a space designed to cater to audiences of the 1930s. While they were bursting at the seams because 100 seats were not enough, they didn’t need 800. Even if $2,000,000 magically had appeared for the interior renovations, the facility would have had to be maintained at a certain temperature all the time, and the cost of that would have been enormous given skyrocketing utility prices.
Working with Brendan McAlpine of McAlpine Construction, the currently unrenovated sections of the building will be transformed into a multi-use performance space with a residential aspect.
4th Wall Theatrical Productions, Inc. is a registered Section 501(c)(3) Organization and all donations to it are therefore fully tax deductible.
2016: Finnegan’s Farewell by Kevin Alexander, directed by Christine Vittorini.
2015: Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Holly Roush; Seussical, The Musical Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, directed by Christine & Alexandra Vittorini; Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, directed by Sherrie House; OFF THE WALL Improv Troupe directed by Jeff Sculley; Almost, Maine by John Cariani, directed by Dawn Bernitt-Perito.
2014: Cheaper By The Dozen dramatized by Christopher Sergel, from the book by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, directed by Christine Vittorini; Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, directed by Holly Roush; OFF THE WALL Improv Troupe directed by Jeff Sculley; The Fantasticks Music by Harvey Schmidt and Lyrics by Tom Jones, directed by Christine Vittorini; Farragut North by Beau Willimon, directed by Ken Straus & Christine Vittorini; California Suite by Neil Simon, directed by Stephanie Hepburn; Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, directed by Thomas de Villiers; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield, directed by Brian Apfel & Christine Vittorini.
2013: How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up Book by Delia Ephron, John Forster & Judith Kahan, Music and Lyrics by John Forster, directed by Christine Vittorini; Ravenscroft by Don Nigro, directed by Dawn Bernitt-Perito; Proof by David Auburn, directed by Ken Straus; The Cocktail Hour by A.R. Gurney, directed by Thomas de Villiers; StinkyKids the Musical Book & Lyrics by Sammy Buck, Music by Daniel S. Acquisto, directed by Christine Vittorini; God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Kathy Ceng; for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange, directed by AnnChris Warren.
2012: Love Loss and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, directed by Dawn Bernitt-Perito, Kathy Ceng, Holly Roush & Christine Vittorini; PINKALICIOUS the Musical Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann, Music by John Gregor, Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann, directed by Christine Vittorini; The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn, directed by Thomas de Villiers; Ladies at the Alamo by Paul Zindel, directed by Sherrie House; reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, directed by Ken Straus; Fairy Tale Theater directed by Dawn Bernitt-Perito; Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Holly Roush; Finnegan’s Farewell by Kevin Alexander, directed by Christine Vittorini; Art by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Christine Vittorini.
2011: The Christmas Wish by John Fogarty, directed by Alexandra Vittorini; An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley, directed by Jim Brady; OFF THE WALL Improv Troupe directed by Jeff Sculley; In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Christine Vittorini.
2010: The Memory of Water by Karen White, directed by Christine Vittorini; Frankenstein the Musical Music by Mark Baron, Text & Lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson, directed by Guy Anthony.
2009: Into the Woods Book by James Lapine, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Jacquelyn Peterson; Every Christmas Story Ever Told…and Then Some by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald & John K. Alvarez, directed by Christine Vittorini.
2008: The Baker’s Wife Book by Joseph Stein, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Jacquelyn Peterson; The Murder Room by Jack Sharkey, directed by Guy Anthony.
2007: Uh-oh, Here Comes Christmas! Book by Robert Fulghum, Music & Lyrics by David Caldwell, directed by Christine Vittorini; All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten Book by Robert Fulghum, Music & Lyrics by David Caldwell, directed by Christine Vittorini.
2006: Barnum Book by Mark Bramble, Lyrics by Michael Stewart, Music by Cy Coleman, directed by Christine Vittorini.
2004: Seussical the Musical Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, directed by Christine Vittorini; Plaza Suite by Neil Simon, directed by Holly Roush.
2003: The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel, directed by Joseph Gayton; The Jungle Book Music & Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman & Terry Gilkyson, directed by Christine Vittorini; Oliver! Music & Lyrics by Lionel Bart, directed by David Manley; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, directed by Cynthia Topps.
2002: The Fourth Wall by A.R. Gurney, directed by Holly Padworski; Schoolhouse Rock Live! Book by Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall & George Keating, Music & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall & Tom Yohe, directed by Rich Hotaling & Jim Pillmeier; Death Takes a Holiday by Alberto Cassella, directed by Christine Vittorini; The Christmas Wish by John Fogarty, directed by Christine Vittorini.
2001: Jake’s Women by Neil Simon, directed by Jim Brady.