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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

HPAC has big plans for 2021 ‘Sex and Consequences' to premiere March 5

By Matt Shortall - co-editor

Despite the challenges of 2020, the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre said nothing will keep them from sharing art during their 2021 season. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon (from left to right) are Ellyane Hutchinson, Michael Coney, Janet Carrus, Tal Beery, Dara Perlman and Erin Dudley.
The Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC) had just incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit one month before the COVID-19 pandemic hit our region last year.
“We basically had to close before we could open,” said HPAC Executive Director Erin Dudley. “We're still here with you offering entertainment, thoughtful distractions and new perspectives that we hope will continue to contribute to all of our resilience.”
The HPAC team cut the ribbon last week on their 2021 season ahead. It was also a symbolic show of resilience.
The “Tying our Communities” project started by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, represents the connection between local businesses and their community.

“It was really nice to feel a part of something local, but larger than us,” Dudley said during a virtual meeting last Friday to showcase their 2021 program calendar.
Janet Carrus, HPAC's Founder and Artistic Director, wished everyone a happy Chinese New Year. It's appropriate that this is the year of the Ox, she said, because a symbol of strength is what's needed during uncertain times.
“Even though we were all separate, we were really all together. We worked endlessly,” Carrus said. “2021 is going to be a really good year, not only for the community and the planet but for Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre and my amazing staff ... Hold on to your hats, because we're going to make it.”
HPAC Live - which features music, dance and theatre performances - kicked off on Wednesday with Oliver King's reading of James Baldwin's “The Fire Next Time.”
King's performance and some others are not just limited to the live broadcast but will remain watchable until the end of the month.
More information about HPAC live is available at

Sex and Consequences

Premiering online on March 5 at 8 p.m., Isabella Rossellini will kick off the 2021 HPAC Connects series with “Sex and Consequences,” a 40-minute comical but scientifically accurate show for mature audiences on biodiversity and the multiple ways animals reproduce.
The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute Question and Answer session with the viewers.
A model, actress and artist, Rossellini has a master's degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation. She's made an award-winning series of shorts - Green Porno, Seduce Me and Mammas that offer comical and scientifically insightful studies of animal behaviors.
Rossellini toured in 50 different cities with a monologue based on her shorts written with Academy Award winner Jean Claude Carriere. Recently she toured her new theatrical show, Link Link Circus that deals with animals' behavior and cognition.
Dudley says that HPAC Connects, “uses art to spark respectful and dignified dialogue about the roots of social and environmental issues affecting the lives of people in our community and our region.”
As part of HPAC Connects, NATURECULTURES includes a series of classes, talks and panels focusing on ecology, including family Hula classes, WCS Rockies programs and The Indigenous Women's Voices Summit.
Sex and Consequences is a single live-streamed event and tickets or more information on programs and conservation partners is available at
Funds raised will help to benefit HPAC.
“I have no doubt it will be hysterical, informative and a lot of fun,” Dudley said. “We're so grateful to Isabella, her team and the Wildlife Conservation Society for bringing this show to the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre and to our communities.”

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