Saturday, 10/15: 1:00 p.m.
Ages 10+, teens, adults
“His spirited, candlelit one-man show has become a fixture of Halloween” – The New York Times
Washington Irving's classic as a dramatic solo show with live music!
A ghost of a Hessian soldier, decapitated at White Plains during the American Revolution, gallops after a Connecticut Yankee schoolmaster. Written in 1819 by Washington Irving this gothic romance went “viral,” bringing the author wealth and fame. “The Legend’s” iconic Headless Horseman continues to haunt us today. Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk’s solo show offers a dramatic retelling of this American classic. True to the author's original story, the performance is filled with spirited action, jump-starts, and wit.
Long noted for his educational theater programs given to school children, Mr. Kruk began performing Irving’s classic for Historic Hudson Valley in 1996. Currently, his October run of fifty shows at Sleepy Hollow's Old Dutch Church, sell out before opening night. Audiences appreciate Kruk's animated embodying of Irving's iconic characters. He pipes and preens as Ichabod Crane, delivers a rollicking Brom Bones, and a coquettish Katrina Van Tassel. From the Dutch New-Yorkers of Sleepy Hollow, to the tremulous Farmer Brouwer, to the braggadocious Doffue Martling, all leap with life from the storyteller’s varied voices and gestures.
About Jonathan Kruk
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk earned a B.A. in English from Holy Cross College and an M.A. in Education from New York University. He studied creative drama in England, got coaching at H.B.Studios by Bill Hickey, and performed Ritual Urban Theater with Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors. Telling tales to his kid brother, lead to an epiphany; children love listening to tales told live, thus launching a full time career in storytelling.
Every year he enchants at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites, and festivals. Best known for his solo shows of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “A Christmas Carol,” he's been featured on The Today Show, The Travel Channel, CBS Sunday Morning, and the BBC and has performed for the New-York Historical Society, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Fest, the NYS Reading Teacher’s Association, NYS PTA Conference, the Nassau County Museum, the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, Met-Life, and Pepsico.