Under the new leadership team of Artistic Executive Director, Karen Lordi-Kirkham, and Managing Director, David Zwierankin, Pendragon Theatre commences its 33rd summer season themed "Saints and Sinners."
The season line-up includes the musical drama "Dirty Blonde" by Claudia Shear, the dramatic tale "Doubt-A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley, the steamy classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams and the magical family show "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" by Michele L. Vacca.
This summer, Pendragon is introducing second night specials-join us the night after opening for an audience talkback and $10 tickets.
Pendragon will also revive its winter show, the comic rollercoaster "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)," and present a special one-night only cabaret fundraiser, "Mississippi Voodoo," and the one-woman show, "Oldest Living Confederate Widow: Her Confession" by Allan Gurganus and Jane Holding on Sundays in the late summer. In addition, Pendragon offers Kids on Stage and Acting Blitz, drama camps for younger children and teens stating Aug. 1.
As part of the "Streetcar" preparation, Pendragon will welcome author Jon DiLeo who will give two multi-media lectures and sign books about the play and its actors and imitators on Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15.
While attending these events, spectators will be able to view art by local artists hanging in our lobby gallery and consider returning to meet them at the scheduled receptions (stay for the show on those nights and receive $2 off a ticket). Finally, the public is invited to celebrate all these saintly sinners and sinful saints at Pendragon's annual gala this year at the Mystic Owl Camp on Upper Saranac Lake on Aug. 16.
Looking ahead, join Pendragon as it brings to the stage the theater's ultimate sinner/saint for "Oedipus Rex," this year's fall classic.
For more information, visit www.pendragontheatre.org, visit on facebook or call 518-891-1854.
"Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp"
Discover all the grandeur, mystery, and excitement of "The Arabian Nights" favorite in this delightful dramatization of the saga about the boy who found a Magic Lamp, and was befriended by a powerful Genie. Matt Sorensen directs the production and the cast features Lucky Cerruti as Aladdin, with Leslie Dame, Dylan Duffy, Matthew C. Eick, Harrison Ewing, Christopher McGovern, Gabrielle Patnode and Clare Paulson.
Performances will take place on May 24, 25 and 31 at 4 p.m., May 26 at 7 p.m, June 1 at 1 and 4 p.m., July 5, 16 and 30 at 11 a.m. and Aug. 10, 23 and 30 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $8 for all seats, children under 5 are free. All seating is general admission.
Conceived by Claudia Shear and James Lapin, this play explores the phenomenon of legendary American icon Mae West. Best play nominee for 2000, this musical drama features songs from I'm No Angel and She Done Him Wrong. Dirty Blonde frames West's self-willed rise to glory through the perspective of two contemporary admirers. Celebrating Mae West's joy of living, sexual power and freedom. Dirty Blonde was named "hands down the best new American play of the season" by New York Times critic Ben Brantley. Playwright Claudia Shear has sprinkled the biographical flashbacks with Mae West's spot on repartees, sparkling jewels of double entendre. The title is drawn from the West film quip, "I made myself platinum, but I was born a dirty blonde." Even if you're not Cary Grant, why don't you come up and see her sometime in delightful Dirty Blonde. Laura Jean Schwartau directs featuring Brandy Clark as Mae West with supporting cast Matt Eick, Dylan Duffy and pianist Lynn Dewalt.
Performances will take place June 7, 8, 14, 15 @ 8 pm, June 9 @ 2 pm, July 2,3 @ 8 pm, August 10, 17, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31 @ 8 pm and August 11 @ 2 pm
"Doubt, A Parable"
This John Patrick Shanley play has a new, expanded title since its Broadway run, but it's the same drama that gathered a Pulitzer Prize and Best Play Tony Award in 2005 as just plain Doubt. Doubt has been made into a much-acclaimed movie that garnered five Oscar nominations.
The story centers around the battle for truth between Sister Aloysius, principal of a parochial school in the Bronx in 1964, and Father Flynn, the parish priest. With only four characters (including a young nun and the mother of a young boy), the play allows Sister Aloysius' doubts about Father Flynn's behavior with a young male student, and the priest's responses, to be distilled down to their very essence. Shanley leaves audiences no simple answers, no pat solutions, and no easy outs. This is theatre that brings audiences to the edge of their seats and introduces topics that hopefully will be discussed long after the final curtain.
The cast features Fran Yardley, Tyler Nye, MacKenzie Barmen and Rachel Jerome and will be directed by SUNY Potsdam professor Kim Bouchard.
Performances will take place July 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 30, 31 at 8 p.m, Aug. 1, 23, 24, 28, 29 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
"A Streetcar Named Desire"
Set in New Orleans, the city of saints and sinners, this Tennessee Williams' classic is an enduring portrait of sex, class and secrets. This 1948 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama was the first Pendragon produced and we honor the tenure of outgoing directors Bob Pettee and Susan Neal with its inclusion in our season. The play cemented William's reputation as one of America's best playwrights and Elia Kazan's 1951 film, starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, is an American classic. From the infamous "STELLA" to the oft quoted "I've always relied on the kindness of strangers, " the ride on this Streetcar is guaranteed to be a steamy and scintillating one! Presenting Beth Glover as Blanche and newcomer Josh Luteran as Stanley and including MacKenzie Barmen, Jordan Hornstein, Harrison Ewing, Chris McGovern, Jason Arnheim, Leslie Dame, Rachel Jerome, Sam Balzac and Peggy Ornheim. Directed by Karen Lordi-Kirkham.
Performances will take place on July 24, 25, 26, 27 at 8 p.m., July 28 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 2, 3, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 at 8 p.m.
Streetcar Lecture Series
An exciting multi-media lecture series with scholar John Dileo will take place on Sunday afternoon July 14 called "T. Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors" and on Monday evening July 15 entitled "Streetcaris that you?: The On-Screen Imitators of William's Masterwork". Book signing will follow the lectures. John's bio:
John DiLeo is the author of five books about classic movies: And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies!: 200 Quizzes for Golden Age Movie Lovers (1999); 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember But Probably Don't (2002); Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery (2007); Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors (2010); Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies (2012). John has presented his Tennessee Williams programs at the Williams festivals in Provincetown and New Orleans. You can follow him at his blog (screensaversmovies.com), website (www.johndileo.com), and on Twitter (@JOHNDiLEO).
"The Complete World of Sports (abridged)"
In this merciless but affectionate satire, three of Pendragon's favorite area actors set their comic sights on the lunacy of sports. The result is a tour-de-farce of
vaudevillian physical comedy that will delight every non-sports fan in the family. Starting line-up Matt Sorensen, Stu Ruttanand Dylan Duffy. Coached by Bonnie Brewer.
Performances will take place on June 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8 p.m., June 23 at 2 p.m. and July 5, 6, 16, 17 at 8 pm
One-night only benefit cabaret! Beth Glover, our actress playing Blanche, serves up a messa stories and songs accompanied by A. Michael Tilford. Come enjoy an engaging singer-actor who summons that voodoo that Southerners do so well.
She's a formidable cross between Marilyn Monroe and Fannie Flagg. New York Observer.
Performances on Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.
"Oldest Living Confederate Widow: Her Confession"
Based on the 1989 best-selling novel Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus, this one-woman show features Binnie Holum as the 99 year-old Lucille Mardsen. Looking back on her long life and her experiences as the wife of a Civil War veteran, Lucille vividly recounts the combat and the historical figures of the war years, as well as the hidden conflicts of domesticity. A great evening of story-telling, this piece is timely, both dramatic and comic, saintly and sinful.
Performances will take place on Sundays, Aug. 18, 25 and Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Pendragon Theatre will offer children's theatre classes this summer. Cost is a nominal fee of $60 per child for the 8 day "Kids on Stage" and "Acting Blitz." Scholarships are available through the generosity of Saranac Lake Young Arts Association. The public is invited to attend a free showing on Monday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.
Kids on Stage. Ages 6-11
Drama Camp for Kids: Weekdays, Aug. 1 to 12, 9:30 a.m. to noon, culminating in a public performance on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Workshop will encompass all aspects of the theatre arts: acting, singing, dancing, sets, costumes, props. Daily rehearsals will include work on songs and a one-act play to be performed August 12.
The camp is taught by Jessica Deeb, experienced children's musical theatre director.
Acting Blitz. Ages 12-18
Teen Acting Workshop: Weekdays, Aug. 1 to 12, 1 to 4 p.m. culminating in a public performance on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Sessions will focus on in-depth characterization, improvisation, script analysis, musical theatre and performance technique. Each performer will work on one scene and either a monologue or a song. Unique opportunity to work one-on-one with professional actors, members of Actor's Equity Association (A.E.A.) and Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.)
Our lobby is the temporary home for some wonderful art by local artists. Come and meet the artist at a reception and receive $2 off your ticket if you stay to see the show! The gallery schedule:
Jeanne Danforth. June 4 to 29. "Come Out & Play." Reception June 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Janet- Marie Yeates. July 8 to Aug. 6. "Seasons." Reception July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Diane E. Leifheit. Aug. 6 to Sept. 2. "Face It." Reception Aug.15 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Peter Seward. Sept. 3 to December. Reception Sep. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Coming this fall, the Greek tragedy par excellence, Oedipus Rex is a haunting story of a man's search to find the truth. Considered the first detective story, the drama is a kind of epic who-done-it complete with mystery, murder and mayhem. Theater's original "saint and sinner," Oedipus goes on a fact-finding mission that results in consequences beyond his imagination. One of the trilogy of the Theban plays by Sophocles, this play drives forward at a furious pace as one clue leads to the next and the investigation builds to a shattering resolution.
Performance dates TBA