Current Performance


Performing Arts of Woodstock



a play by Richard Nelson
directed by Ellen Honig



Richard: Joe Bongiorno

Barbara: Maria Elena Maurin

Marian: Sharon Penz

Jane Apple Halls: Gabriela Bonomo

Benjamin: Doug Koop

Tim Andrews: Chris Luongo

Joseph Bongiorno is pleased to be back at PAW in this oddly, still timely production.
He could most recently be seen across the river at the Center for Performing Arts at
Rhinebeck in Troupe Enigma’s production of Lend Me a Tenor, and assorted readings
with Round the Bend Theater. He would like to thank the director and this wonderful cast
and crew for their hard work and dedication. He can’t think of a nicer group of people
to yell at during a meal. As always, he’d like to thank his friends and family for their support.
Maria Elena Maurin is thrilled to be a part of this production of That Hopey Changey Thing
and to be working with Ellen Honig, PAW and thiswonderful cast. Her recent theatre credits include: On the Exhale with the Rhinebeck Theatre Society. The Moors, Arms and the Man, Still, Outside Mullingar, and Brilliant Traces with the Performing Arts of Woodstock. A Turn of the Screw with Kaaterskill Actors Theatre. Series of staged readings with Round the Bend Theatre Company. She produced and performed in the web series Tabs & Clea. She has trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC and at the Sande Shurin Acting Studio, NYC and Woodstock, NY
Sharon Penz is an interdisciplinary dance maker, actress, choreographer, and
conceptual performance artist. Her work over the past 20 years has blended, in various
iterations, dance, performance art, live installations, text, and music, and she is the
recipient of multiple artist’s grants for her original work.She is an adjunctinstructor in
dance at Dutchess Community College, and currently teaches and choreographs at the
Saugerties Ballet Center and for the Ulster Ballet Company. She holds an MFA in
interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College and is a company member of
Lokasparsa Dance Projects.
Gabriela Bonomo is a Brazilian performer, writer and director based in upstate New York.
She enjoys working in a collaborative environment and taking on various creative roles.
In 2010 she performed in, assembled and directed the short film Severina, which screened at
the Short Film Corner in Cannes. Her second film, Queen River, premiered at the Seoul Short Film Festival in 2013. She was assistant director and dramaturg for Two Roses for Richard the Third at the RSC’s World Shakespeare Festival in 2012. She has collaborated with visual artists and photographers on various performance art and multimedia pieces. Onstage she’s portrayed Ophelia (Hamlet), Helena (Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Kiyoko, (Dojoji). New and devised work include, “Live” from the Bullet Stopper, Four Broken Hearts and RIP.
Doug Koop’s PAW credits include principal roles in Proof, Defiance, All My Sons, The Columnist, Great Falls, Miracle Mile, and Ubu Roi. Other community theater experiences include I Never Sang for My Father, Canterbury Tales, Play it Again Sam, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,The Diary of Ann Frank, Angel Street, Drinking Habits, Murder Without Death, and Henry VIII. He is an adjunct lecturer of physics at SUNY-New Paltz and a former Alderman for the City of Kingston. Passions include swimming and classical music. A Kingston resident for 28 years, he is married to Constance Rudd and has four children and four grandchildren.
Chris Luongo is happy to be making his PAW debut. His credits inthe NY and CT area
include Mozart in Amadeus, Thomas in Venus in Fur,Martin in Seminar, the parts of both
Tom and Jim intwo different productions of The Glass Menagerie, a quartet of Sam Shepard plays (True West, Fool for Love, Buried Child and A Lie of the Mind), and the title role in
The Elephant Man.

A Rhinebeck Family gathers on election night 2010
and discusses the politics of the day, while revealing
their personalities and hidden conflicts. 


“It deals powerfully and entertainingly with political realities”

— John Simon,

“For timeliness, HOPEY CHANGEY has immediascy.
But what makes the play interesting is the detailed portrait
of the all-American Apple family”

— Daily News

Presented by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.