Sleepy Hollow Presents Gravity-Defying Theatrical Reinterpretation of Irving’s Famous “Headless Horseman” Story


SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY — Sleepy Hollow, New York embraces the legend that bears his name.

The village is hosting a gravity-defying theatrical remake to mark the bicentenary of Washington Irving’s haunted tale of the Headless Horseman and TBEN’s Tony Aiello got an exclusive sneak peek.

The Headless Horseman is inescapable in Sleepy Hollow, home to the historic church that inspired Irving, buried in the graveyard and emerging from the great afterlife.

A digital clone of Irving is a high-tech element of ‘The Legend’, a high-flying circus arts remake of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’.

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“He says in the opening prologue, ‘I came back 200 years later to explain what I really meant by the legend,’ and so the show continues,” said writer Carlo Pellegrini.

“People want to believe in ghosts and things like that and it’s fun to do that,” said Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray. “And then you come here and you go into the woods, you go to the cemetery and you say ‘Yeah, I could see this happening here.'”

Wray said that reviving the legend in the village of Irving made famous markings an important milestone.

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“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was published in the US in 1820, but Sleepy Hollow considers 2022 to be its bicentenary due to the pandemic.

Times change and 200 years later, Katrina Van Tassel’s character is much more than the pretty face that gives rise to rivalry in Irving’s story.

“We thought, let’s bring it to the present day and make Katrina that powerful woman who almost becomes the leader of the story,” said director Hilary Sweeney.

A duel between Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane shows off the acrobatic skills of the performers who will retell the local legend every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 16, taking the story of the Headless Horseman to new heights.

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A state grant is supporting the show to help Sleepy Hollow develop its tourism industry.

“The Legend” lasts 90 minutes. Presale tickets cost $30.

Click here for more information about “The Legend” and how to get tickets.


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