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The Depot’s 39th Season kicks off with a hysterical new comedy (featuring penguins AND promiscuity?!) followed by the true and touching story of infamous “singer” Florence Foster Jenkins who scales operatic heights (often off-key). The season reaches a harmonic and hilarious conclusion with an aspiring girl group’s musical tour (de force)! We’re also pleased to announce our new reading series “page2stage” featuring new and developing works. Come share the joy and passion of the season in the comfort and style of our new seats!

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Our 39th Season is Sponsored by
The Galley Restaurant & Bar at Westport Marina

penguin-logo-1000x571A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity

Written by James McLindon
July 7 – 23
Sponsored by Skidmore College

A rollicking new comedy about a love that dare not squawk its name!

Is the stuffy but steady English Lit Professor the true father of his son? Or is it the incredibly ugly Marine Biologist? Or the obnoxious French Waiter? Or the FedEx, DHL or UPS Delivery man? (Not to mention the aspiring Mime…) A simple question becomes hilariously convoluted when the power of Penguin Musk is unleashed on the unsuspecting mother! The LA Times named it a Best Bet that “yields plenty of laughter!”

souvenir-logo-1000x571Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Written by Stephen Temperley
July 28 – August 6
Sponsored by Emmet Carter Green Design

Never has so little talent given so much joy, amazement & laughter!

A funny and touching look at Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York Socialite who thought she could sing, but couldn’t – at all! Her recitals became a sensation in the 1930’s with everyone in on the joke except her. Her “career” culminated with a recital at Carnegie Hall. It sold out in two hours! By the end of that concert, her understand­ing of music (and our understanding of her) will both change profoundly.

taffetas logoThe Taffetas

Conceived by Rick Lewis
Add’l material by Arthur Whitelaw
Musical & Vocal Arrangements by Rick Lewis
August 11 – 27
Sponsored by The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation

It’s 1957 and The Taffetas are making their National Television debut!

This four woman girl group sings hit after hit of the 1950’s as they desperately try to get chosen for The Ed Sullivan Show. Songs include such classics as “Mr. Sandman”, “Johnny Angel”, “Dedicated to the One I Love”, “Where the Boys Are”, “Sincerely” and many, many more!

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Come and be part of developing the plays of the future with the Depot’s new play reading series, page2stage. The playwright of each script will be present and your com­ments, questions, thoughts and reactions may lead directly to changes in the next draft! It’s a great opportunity to experience new works as they develop and to help the writer make them even better! This year, to enhance the Depot’s commitment to serving its artists, each of the play­wrights is someone already associated with the Depot Theatre.

Portraits by Karen L. Lewis
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 8:00 PM

Bobby & Matt by Kevin Cochran
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Rite of Intervention by Erin Nicole Harrington
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 8:00 PM

Keep an eye on our website for more information about the reading series!


  • Musical Ticket: $32 (Senior/Student $30) – Souvenir and The Taffetas
  • Play Ticket: $30 (Senior/Student $28) – A Brief History of Penguins & Promiscuity
  • Preview Night Ticket: $20*
  • Page2Stage Reading: Free admission

*For the first time, the Depot is offering a special Preview Night performance for each main stage production on the first Friday of that production’s run at 8PM. Preview Night dates for 2017 are: July 7, July 28, and August 11. A Preview Night performance is a fully-rehearsed and staged performance, although some directorial decisions may be changed for future performances, and it is offered at a lower price to make theatre more accessible for everyone in the community.

Policies: Seating is subject to availability. Tickets are non-refundable. There is a $3 fee for ticket exchanges. To help defray the costs of maintaining our historical building, a $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket. Upgrade charges apply when exchanging Preview Night tickets to non-preview performances. A processing fee may be added to tickets purchased on-line. This fee is charged by a third-party provider, PrintTixUSA, the company which provides the service.

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The Box Office is open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the month of June. Open from 1PM through showtime on performance days.

There’s still time to buy a subscription!

The flexible 3-Show Subscription ($83 Adult; $77 Senior/Student) includes one ticket to each main stage show and you choose the performance dates. As always, exchanges are free for 3-Show Subscribers.

Our Preview Night Subscription ($60) offers one ticket to each production on the first Friday of that production’s run at 8PM. Date for 2017 are: July 7, July 28 and August 11.

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Policies: Upgrade charges apply when exchanging Preview Night tickets to non-preview performances. Exchanges are always free for 3-Show Subscription holders. A $3 exchange fee applies to non-subscribers. To help defray the costs of maintaining our historical building, a $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket (that’s $1 per each show in a Subscription).There are no refunds. Dates, times and titles are subject to change.

After purchasing a subscription(s), please contact the Box Office at 518.962.4449 or to choose performance dates and reserve your seats if you did not do so during your order.

For more information, updates and program announcements, visit or contact the box office at 518.962.4449.



The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre’s 2017 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.