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Edwards theatre event explores technology, memory, with banjo!

"Now at the Uncertain Hour" is an intriguing new theatrical event for live performance, online streaming, and radio. The show takes the audience on a journey through the landscape of a soldier's memory as a collector attempts to make sense of what will be left behind.

In the midst of the relentless currents of time, the play asks what we can take hold of that will go on, that will not be lost. The collector combs through the soldier's memories as captured on an old reel-to-reel tape as they blend with the sounds of old time banjo and modular synthesizer to create a unique listening experience.
Todd Moe stopped by a rehearsal last week at St. Lawrence University to talk with cast members Megan MacDonald, Wes Kline, Camilla Ammirati and director Charlie Pepiton.  Go to full article
Students from Beekmantown and Saranac Lake gathered at Pendragon Theatre this month for a playwrighting festival, led by      Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham (right).  Photo: David Zwierankin
Students from Beekmantown and Saranac Lake gathered at Pendragon Theatre this month for a playwrighting festival, led by Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham (right). Photo: David Zwierankin

Saranac Lake's Pendragon Theatre taps next generation of playwrights

High school writers gathered in Saranac Lake this month to learn more about theater and writing plays. Pendragon Theatre hosted a day of playing with words and acting as part of its newly revived Young Playwrights Festival.

More than 30 young writers from across the region entered their original one-act plays that were judged by a panel of experts. Two plays were given public performances. It's part of Pendragon's mission to help foster the next generation of theatre artists.  Go to full article
Peter Shelburne (center) and the cast/crew of <i>Stealing the Packard</i>.  It'll be performed Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd at 7:30pm at the Russell Opera House. Photo:  Grasse River Players
Peter Shelburne (center) and the cast/crew of Stealing the Packard. It'll be performed Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd at 7:30pm at the Russell Opera House. Photo: Grasse River Players

Preview: "Stealing the Packard"

It's in the title, but the 1952 Packard -- a classic, luxury car -- is no where to be found in the play. That's the premise of Peter Shelburne's newest comedic drama. The show gets its world premiere by the Grasse River Players at the historic Russell Opera House this weekend. The entire show is set in a family's garage and includes a multi-generational cast. Todd Moe talks with playwright Peter Shelburne, actor Libby Brandt and director Dorothy Mallam.  Go to full article
A scene from the SUNY Potsdam production of <i>Marat/Sade</i>.  (ph: Alexis Foster)
A scene from the SUNY Potsdam production of Marat/Sade. (ph: Alexis Foster)

"Marat/Sade", a play-within-a-play at SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss this week. The show opens in the College Theater in Satterlee Hall tonight at 7:30 pm. Marat/Sade is set in a French insane asylum in the early 19th century. The characters are the inmates in that asylum who also become the actors in the Marquis de Sade's play.

The play-within-a play takes place during the turmoil of the French Revolution, as seen through the eyes of de Sade. It dramatizes a debate between de Sade, the staunch defender of the old regime, and Jean-Paul Marat, the radical advocate of revolutionary change. Written in 1963, and long associated with the upheavals of that decade, director Don Mandigo told Todd Moe that Marat/Sade is ever more resonant in 2012.

Note: this show is not recommended for young children.  Go to full article

Theater under the stars in Lake George

A group of actors in Lake George will commemorate the region's historical significance during the French and Indian War this summer. "The Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama" returns for a second season starting Friday night. It's theater under the stars and an original adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel, Last of the Mohicans. Todd Moe talks with playwright and founder Michael Dufaut about staging an outdoor drama that includes horses, cannon fire and Native dance.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam dance students celebrate at Friday's ground breaking ceremony.
SUNY Potsdam dance students celebrate at Friday's ground breaking ceremony.

Potsdam breaks ground on performing arts building

The dream of a performing arts center at SUNY Potsdam is a step closer to reality. The college broke ground for the new building last Friday. College officials say it's part of their plan for an "arts village" on campus that will offer cutting-edge technology and serve as an arts showcase for the college and community. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article
A scene from SUNY Potsdam's "Passion Play". It opens tonight in the College Theatre.
A scene from SUNY Potsdam's "Passion Play". It opens tonight in the College Theatre.

Preview: "Passion Play" in Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam's Theatre and Dance Department will present an ambitious drama by playwright Sarah Ruhl in six performances, over the next two weeks, that opens tonight. "Passion Play" will be performed in the College Theatre, located in Satterlee Hall (7:30 pm).

The backdrop for Ruhl's play is the centuries-old traditional staging of the Passion of Christ. The play explores productions in two different eras -- Elizabethan England when the Queen outlaws the annual staging, and Oberammergau, Bavaria in 1934 as Adolf Hitler is rising to power. "Everything is not as it appears to be," according to one of the characters. Todd Moe spoke with director Susan Neal and some of the cast and crew.  Go to full article
A scene from SUNY Potsdam's "Passion Play". It opens Thursday night in the College Theatre.
A scene from SUNY Potsdam's "Passion Play". It opens Thursday night in the College Theatre.

Heard Up North: What's a dramaturg?

Final rehearsals are underway this week for SUNY Potsdam's spring theater production of Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play." Susan Neal is directing the ensemble of 11 students, and she's being helped by her student dramaturg.

That's the "go to" person for the director, actors and tech crews. So, what exactly does the dramaturg do? Todd Moe posed that question for today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article

Preview: "A Trojan Woman" in Keene Valley

Lake Placid's Kathleen Thomas brings her one-woman performance piece, A Trojan Woman, to Keene Central School for an evening of Greek Desserts and Greek Drama Saturday night (7 pm). Thomas told Todd Moe that the show is play within a play, transitioning between the present and ancient past -- between the Trojan War of legend and the Trojan War of history.  Go to full article

New play explores winter heating costs

A new tragicomedy that examines winter heating bills and personal safety gets a staged reading in Watertown on Saturday. Todd Moe talks with Watertown playwright Craig Thornton about The High Cost of Heating.  Go to full article

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