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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: "Trouble on Dibble Street" in Prescott

A new comedy, written by an Ontario playwright, is part of the lineup at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival this summer -- outdoor theater along the river. John Lazarus wrote Trouble on Dibble Street. It was commissioned by the festival to help celebrate Prescott's bicentennial this year. Now in its eighth season, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is presenting Trouble on Dibble Street and Macbeth as its two mainstage shows. Lazarus told Todd Moe that his play is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Go to full article
Miguel Cortazar performs "The Poor Circus" Saturday at 2 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton
Miguel Cortazar performs "The Poor Circus" Saturday at 2 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton

The serious side of clowning at Potsdam

When we think of clowns, most of us imagine wild makeup, rainbow wigs and silly antics. But there's also a serious, sincere side to clowning. Miguel Cortazar, a native of the Basque Country in Spain, has been creating and performing solo works as a clown, mime and actor for over 20 years. He's performed throughout Europe and Mexico. His form of clowning around has been acclaimed for its poignant and comedic qualities. Todd Moe has this profile.  Go to full article
Christopher Plummer as Caesar and Nikki M. James as Cleopatra
Christopher Plummer as Caesar and Nikki M. James as Cleopatra

Another theater marathon at Stratford Festival

Tony Award winner Christopher Plummer and Nikki M. James star in the Stratford Festival's "Caesar and Cleopatra." Our resident theatre critic Connie Meng has just returned from her annual whirlwind visit to Stratford, Ontario and told Todd Moe all about it.  Go to full article

Preview: ?My Fair Lady? in Potsdam

The classic musical, "My Fair Lady", is the summer Community Performance Series musical this week in Potsdam. Todd Moe has a preview.  Go to full article

Theatre review: Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter at Pendragon Theater

Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake has opened their production of Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. It runs in repertory through the end of August. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article

Preview: ?Beauty and the Beast? in Canton

The Grasse River Players' summer musical, the fairytale "Beauty and the Beast" opens at Canton High School tonight. Todd Moe talks with co-directors Elaine Kuracina and Barbara Burdick about their community theatre production. Tickets: 315-379-9709  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
The festival's new mascot, created by artist Millie Bennett, awaits opening night on July 12th.
The festival's new mascot, created by artist Millie Bennett, awaits opening night on July 12th.

Shakespeare on the St. Lawrence

Shakespeare plays are becoming a summer ritual in an Ontario river community. This year marks the sixth season of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott. It's streets have come alive with the sights and sounds of the festival, including quotes from this summer's productions on shop windows and a sculpture of William Shakespeare by a local artist. As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice open this weekend. Todd Moe spoke with artistic director Ian Farthing about another season of Shakespeare on the river.  Go to full article
Naoko Murakoshi, Graham McKelvie, Andrea Nann and Jennifer Dahl.
Naoko Murakoshi, Graham McKelvie, Andrea Nann and Jennifer Dahl.

Theatre Review: The Four Horsemen Project at 1000 Islands Playhouse

The Four Horsemen Project opens in the Firehall at 1000 Islands Playhouse on July 9 and runs through July 26. Here's Connie's review of this same production that she saw earlier in Ottawa.  Go to full article

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