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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
Saranac Lake's Witter Swanson (center) and the cast from his winning play, "Elmer", at Pendragon Theatre.  Photo:  Karen Lordi-Kirkham
Saranac Lake's Witter Swanson (center) and the cast from his winning play, "Elmer", at Pendragon Theatre. Photo: Karen Lordi-Kirkham

In Saranac Lake, young playwrights take a bow

Two North Country teens got the chance to see their plays performed on stage at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake last weekend. Witter Swanson, a student at Saranac Lake High School, received a full production of his one-act play "Elmer." The runner-up, Amber Baker, a student at Beekmantown, received a reading of her play "The Esteemed Institute." The two playwrights were the winners of this year's Young Playwrights contest at Pendragon.  Go to full article
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons. Photo: Todd Moe

A Nordic connection at Pendragon Theatre

The 1980 Winter Olympics brought a lot of international visitors to the Adirondacks. Kristina Diseth, of Norway, worked as an office clerk at the Lake Placid Resort Hotel during the games.

Diseth made friends that year, and for the last couple of summers, she's been back in the Adirondacks as a volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. She's helped out with summer productions -- working with directors, in the costume shop and even sweeping the stage after performances. Diseth retired recently from a college theater career in Norway, and a chance to re-connect with old friends lured her back to the North Country.

Todd Moe caught up with her during a break in her duties to talk about a love of theater and leaving one mountainous region to visit another. That's today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article

Thirty years of theater in the Adirondacks

Saranac Lake's year-round theater company is celebrating its 30th repertory season this years. Pendragon Theatre began in 1980. Co-founders Susan Neal and Bob Pettee, also husband and wife, are performing in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf this summer. They told Todd Moe that what began with a few performances of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1980 has grown to several thousand performances, new plays, experimental theater, a traveling company and expanded space. Susan and Bob reflected on their early years in theater. They met while Susan was acting in New York City.  Go to full article

"Moby Dick Rehearsed" on stage in Potsdam

A little known play by Orson Welles hits the stage at SUNY- Potsdam on Friday night. Pendragon Theatre will present Moby Dick Rehearsed, based on Melville's epic mythical novel. Welles wrote the play in 1955. It attempts to turn the 800-page novel into a two-hour play. Todd Moe spoke with director Karen Kirkham about the novel and Welles' play.  Go to full article

Theater rooted in real words

What started as a class project in college has turned into a theatrical production that illustrates the struggle against poverty. Todd Moe talks with Saranac Lake actor Donna Moschek about her dramatic work, "The Cost of Living." It explores poverty in the North Country based on interviews and her own personal experiences. She'll present three monologues from the piece at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton this Sunday.  Go to full article
Gandhi on the Astral Plane, from  "The Boycott".
Gandhi on the Astral Plane, from "The Boycott".

Preview: "The Boycott" at Pendragon

The Boycott, written and performed by Kathryn Blume, will be at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. It tells the story of the First Lady of the U.S. launching a nationwide sex strike to fight global warming. Blume is an Artistic Associate at Vermont Stage Company in Burlington. She's also co-founder of the Lysistrata Project, the first worldwide theatrical event for peace. Todd Moe spoke with her about using theater and comedy to address a timely topic.  Go to full article

Preview: ?Welcome Home Jenny Sutter?

Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake offers a new play this summer that explores war, recovery, acceptance and hope. "Welcome Home Jenny Sutter" opens next Tuesday night and continues through the end of August. Jenny Sutter is home from Iraq. She's a 30-year-old Marine, minus her lower right leg, with a mind filled with horrific memories. The play's been called a tender, funny and important story of a female veteran struggling to return to civilian life. Todd Moe talks with director Anita Montgomery and Fiona Christie, who portrays Jenny Sutter.  Go to full article
Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, co-founders of Pendragon Theatre
Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, co-founders of Pendragon Theatre

Retiring, but not his final bow

The co-founder and manager of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake says he'll retire in January 2009. Bob Pettee made the announcement at the theatre company's annual party on Sunday. But he told Todd Moe that "retire" is probably the wrong word.  Go to full article
Andre Gregory (photo: Dickinson College)
Andre Gregory (photo: Dickinson College)

Preview: Bone Songs at Pendragon

Andre Gregory's Bone Songs gets its world premiere next Tuesday night (8 pm) at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. It's been described as a poetic carousel of scenes, songs, soliloquies and stories reflecting on love and loss. Gregory has been one of the most important forces in the American theatre for nearly 40 years. He's also known for his films, My Dinner with Andre and Vanya on 42nd Street. He spoke with Todd Moe about the world premiere of Bone Songs.  Go to full article

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