ANNOUNCING OUR 2020 SUMMER SEASON*
Our summer season begins on June 19th with the premiere of The Cure by Frederic Glover, a poignant historical drama set in 19th and 20th century Saranac Lake. We come to know Dr. Edward Trudeau and his wife Lottie during their years of work to develop a cure for tuberculosis. Dr. Trudeau's struggle is not only professional but has a lasting impact on his family life as well. 50 years later, in 1936, we meet Margaret, a young Jewish writer, who comes to Saranac Lake searching for a cure for her tuberculosis. Set in the pre-WWII years, her quest to write a historical novel about the Trudeaus leads to layers of self-discovery revealing the struggles going on in the larger world and her personal challenges with the local community. This dramatic original production will be a tribute to the fascinating and multi-layered history of Saranac Lake.
For the second show of the season, we are bringing back Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias. Set in a small town in Louisiana - in the time of really big hair - six women gather in Truvy's beauty shop for gossip, friendship, and support. These women are true steel magnolias: southern belles who are flowery on the outside, but tough as steel on the inside. Combining light-hearted comedy and quirky characters with a serious, heart-rending storyline, Steel Magnolias has appealed to audiences both onstage and in its 1989 film adaptation.
The July production from Camp Pendragon will be a delightfully staged version of Alice in Wonderland. The musical version of this timeless classic takes you down the rabbit hole with the ever-curious Alice to a land of zany adventures, where nothing is as it seems. The White Rabbit, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, the Mock Turtle, the mysterious Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and all your favorites from Lewis Carroll's beloved book create magical entertainment for the whole family! Many of the characters will be puppets brought to you through the creative direction of Matthew Sorensen.
In July and August, Pendragon will present Lucy Kirkwood's apocalyptic drama The Children, one of the most produced plays in the USA in 2019. The play is set in a remote cottage on the East Coast of England, where two retired nuclear engineers appear to be living a very quiet life. Outside, the world is in tumult following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, their seemingly quiet lives are disrupted as each person faces truths previously denied and difficult personal choices. Kirkwood's award-winning play creates drama out of the catastrophic results of human meddling in the world.
The Fall Classic opens in August with the dramatic retelling of Mary Shelly's timeless tale, Frankenstein. The play is based on the story of a gifted scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who is obsessed with bringing to life a being of his own creation. Once he succeeds, the results become unpredictably devastating. A cautionary tale that raises profound moral questions, Frankenstein will be Pendragon's touring show, traveling to schools and community venues throughout the Adirondacks and North Country.
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