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
Apr 16, 2014 — 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
North Creek, NY, Oct 12, 2012 — North Creek's community theater troupe is prepping for its fall production of Dancing at Lughnasa. The play, set in Ireland in the 1930's, opens Friday, October 19th at Tannery Pond Community Center. It's a memory play loosely based on the lives of playwright Brian Friel's mother and aunts who lived on the west coast of Donegal. Set in the summer of 1936, the play depicts the late summer days when love briefly seems possible for three of the Mundy sisters and the family welcomes home the frail elder brother, who has returned from a life as missionary in Africa.
Our Town Theatre Group director Colleen Potter tells Todd Moe that the play won a Tony Award for Best Play. She says it's a show she has been eager to bring to the region. Go to full article
American Shakespeare Center's "Almost Blasphemy Tour" at St. Lawrence University this weekend. (Photo: Michael Bailey)
Canton, NY, Oct 27, 2011 — The American Shakespeare Center on Tour troupe is at St. Lawrence University this week. The group, based in Virginia, performs Shakespeare with the house lights on, shattering the "fourth wall" between actors and audience.
Their "Almost Blasphemy Tour" continues this weekend in Canton. Two cast members, Bridget Rue and Patrick Earl, along with tour manager Glenn Schudel, brought their brand of the Bard into the NCPR studio this morning. Go to full article
A rehearsal for "Dinner with Friends" in North Creek
North Creek, NY, Oct 18, 2010 — The Our Town Theatre Group's fall production of "Dinner With Friends" opens at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on Friday night. Todd Moe spoke with director Colleen Potter about the Pulitzer Prize winning play that's the story of two couples -- four friends -- who journey and struggle together down the road of life into middle age. Go to full article
Oct 02, 2008 — 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