The Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake has recently announced the schedule for their summer plays, and it’s a really exciting lineup! They’ll be performing the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway, along with five other excellent plays.
Here’s what we can look forward to this summer:
Opening in June, directed by Allison Studdiford.
This is a drama by Steven Dietz about the relationship between a husband and wife during a time of crisis. “Fiction” is actually the “Patron’s Pick” – the theater does a reading of each play and has people vote on their favorite.
Allowing the local community to have a say in what happens at the theater is important to Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham. She told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that she enjoys when people “participate in ways other than just coming to the theater, which, of course, is also important.”
Opening July 4th weekend, directed by Kim Bouchard.
“Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar focuses on a dinner party between four people with different backgrounds. The play explores issues of identity, heritage, and race.
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Opening in mid-July, directed by Karen Lordi-Kirkham.
Although Shakespeare is known for his tragedies, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a romantic and satirical comedy about lovers and fairies.
The cast will be made up of actors of all ages, with younger people playing the roles of the fairies. The play will be set outside at the Dewey Mountain Recreational Center.
James and the Giant Peach
Opening in mid-July, directed by Matt Sorenson.
“James and the Giant Peach” is based off the fantastic children’s book by Roald Dahl. The play is a musical, depicting the story of an orphan who enters a magical giant peach and embarks on a journey towards self-discovery.
This play will be performed by high school students who attend Camp Pendragon, a four-week theater workshop. This will be a perfect show to see with the whole family!
Opening in early August, directed by Tara Palen.
“Deathtrap” is an incredibly popular play by Ira Levin. It holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway, and it was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. The play, considered to be a play within a play, tells the story of a playwright who plans to take credit for his student’s work. There are multiple plot twists and laughs with this one!
Opening in late August, directed by Mason Wagner.
George Orwell’s dystopian novel comes to life with its themes of totalitarianism and corruption. The Pendragon Theatre describes the adaptation on their website as “ferocious and provocative.”
Check out more information about this summer’s play lineup and the Pendragon Theatre at their website, www.pendragontheatre.org.
- Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Pendragon announces 2017 summer season