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"The 'Lunge Campaign" director Don Mandigo and playwright Mason Smith on the set.
"The 'Lunge Campaign" director Don Mandigo and playwright Mason Smith on the set.

Preview: "The 'Lunge Campaign" in Potsdam

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SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance revives a drama centered around the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, as part of the College's 2010 Campus Festival. It opens Thursday night in the College Theater in Satterlee Hall. The 'Lunge Campaign was written by SUNY Potsdam alumnus Mason Smith. It follows an old man who wants to catch one more muskellunge, a large, elusive game fish native to the St. Lawrence River, before his island home is razed for the creation of Lake St. Lawrence as part of the Moses Saunders Dam project. The family is in turmoil over how, or even if, they should fight to prevent its destruction. Smith wrote the play in 1966. Richard Rice directed the first production. Todd Moe spoke with Smith and Don Mandigo, who is directing the current show. Mandigo, a lecturer in the theatre and dance department, was struck by the play when he saw it as a SUNY Potsdam student. They talk with Todd about the play's themes including family, turmoil, hope and local history.

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