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Sleepy Hollow Art Center to Host Free Play Reading

When people ask executive director Frank Juliano what he teaches at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, he opts for a more unconventional answer than “all sorts of writing genres.” He says it is where you are challenged to think differently.

“We want to cross-pollinate different artistic disciplines. A musical or acting component helps build our diversity in the programming we have here,” he said.

This Sunday, Dec. 4, visitors will sample that diversity when the Hudson Valley Writers' Center features a reading of the play RETURN by Erin Browne.  The romantic mystery was selected as the third winning work of 2011’s Setting the Stage: HVWC New Play Reading Series.

“Besides the play, which is an opportunity to be involved in a creative process, the audience gets to be actively involved in the creative future of that piece by their response and feedback to it,” added Juliano.

The event, which is sponsored by ArtsWestchester’s Free Arts Day , is free to the public. A recently distributed Special Needs Grant from the organization will also allow American Sign Language Interpreters to sign the reading.

Given Juliano’s background, it should come as no surprise that he incorporates all kinds of artistic elements into programs at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center. Before starting there, he completed a seven-year stint as the executive director of Greenwich’s Greenwich Arts Council, where he helped the organization expand into a venue for concerts, theatrical performances, literary events and dance recitals.

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