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Adk Theatre Festival kicks off 19th season

The Adirondack Theatre Festival's 19th season opens next week in Glens Falls, and includes the world premiere of Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland, by John Meyer. The new musical opens next Wednesday night in the Charles Wood Theatre. Todd Moe spoke with Artistic Director Mark Fleischer about ATF's upcoming summer season.  Go to full article
90 percent of the proceeds for this production go to Renewal House of St. Lawrence County, which works to end violence against women in the North Country. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ari/4555317827/">Steve Rhodes</a>, CC some rights reserved
90 percent of the proceeds for this production go to Renewal House of St. Lawrence County, which works to end violence against women in the North Country. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo: Steve Rhodes, CC some rights reserved

Preview: Vagina Monologues at SLU

The Vagina Monologues, a celebrated play about female empowerment, will be performed at St. Lawrence University this weekend. The performances are Friday and Saturday night, 7 pm, in the Winston Room of the Sullivan Student Center. This year marks the 15th anniversary of V-Day Campaign, a national movement to end violence against girls and women. V-Season was inspired by the play, which debuted in New York City in 1996, and includes a wide variety of events, from local theatrical productions to film screenings and workshops.

Written by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is noted for its central literary device: a series of actors giving solo speeches on topics such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth and orgasm. The monologues are based on interviews Ensler conducted with more than 200 women. Todd Moe talks with Haley Feickert and Anne Clements, co-producers of the St. Lawrence University performances. The local cast includes 16 women of varying ages and backgrounds.  Go to full article
SLU students Claude Mumbere as the Lion, and Sara Cushing as Maggie in "Hush: An Interview with America".  Tickets are free. To reserve a seat: 315-229-5748. Photo: Charlie Pepiton
SLU students Claude Mumbere as the Lion, and Sara Cushing as Maggie in "Hush: An Interview with America". Tickets are free. To reserve a seat: 315-229-5748. Photo: Charlie Pepiton

Preview: "Hush" at St. Lawrence University

The spring theater production at St. Lawrence University this week examines the challenges of growing up, the power of the media and the struggle to remain unique in an interconnected world. Hush: An Interview with America, opens in Gulick Theatre tonight.

In the play, Maggie Parks, an imaginative 12-year-old blind girl, senses an unexplained presence in her backyard apple tree. Her "vision" captures the imagination of a national news personality. Todd Moe talks with director Charlie Pepiton and some of the cast for a preview of the show.  Go to full article
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.
The "Road to Dannemora" features a local cast and is part of a children's theatre workshop.

Preview: "Road to Dannemora" in Keene Valley

A North Country teen spent most of his summer vacation working on an original musical. Road to Dannemora debuts at Keene Central School on Saturday night. 16-year-old Sam Balzac wrote the music and worked with his mother, Kathy Recchia, on the lyrics. They're both long time members of the Book and Blanket Players, a community theater group in Jay. Todd Moe spoke with Sam and Kathy about the process of creating a musical.

"The Road to Dannemora" will be performed at the Keene Central School Auditorium this Saturday night, 7pm. Free admission. Donations Accepted.  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: "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

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