PENDRAGON EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR NAMED TO ENGLAND DIRECTORSHIP
(December 18, 2018) Karen Lordi-Kirkham has been named to a two-year directorship of Dickinson College’s Humanities Program in Norwich, England beginning in July of 2019. This follows her award of the Charles A. Dana endowed chair for her work at Dickinson College. During Karen’s absence, Kim Bouchard, Professor of Theater at Potsdam and long-time friend, board member, and director for Pendragon, will take over as the interim Artistic Director.
Since taking over from founders Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham has grown their legacy. Under her direction, Pendragon has been able to increase ticket sales yearly, seeing the highest numbers in the theater’s history. She expanded Pendragon’s programming to include the Young Playwright’s Festival, a highly successful summer high school camp, a “Ghost Tales” halloween show, Winter Carnival show, music series, Patron’s Pick reading series, initiative with St Joe’s Rehabilitation Center, and collaboration on productions with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and Dewey Mountain. She has expanded their staffing, internship programming, and relationship with local universities and Dickinson College. Under her watch, the theater also moved ahead with plans for a new facility and received several prestigious grants. Pendragon was also named as the lead project in the recent $10 million Downtown Revitalization Grant, reflecting current and future economic impact and participation in the rich artistic community in Saranac Lake.
Karen also took Pendragon international this year with a puppet piece first workshopped at Pendragon with artist Sherry Harper-McCombs and then toured to the Paper Moon International Puppet Festival in Indonesia with the Pendragon intern Josh Bennett as performer.
Pendragon Theatre is an ensemble of artists, based in the Adirondacks, dedicated to preserving the vitality and enhancing the quality of professional theatre through year-round performance and educational programs.
Pendragon is also seeking candidates for managing director. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT AT PENDRAGON FOR THE HOLIDAYS (OPENS FRIDAY!)
(December 13, 2018) This holiday season Pendragon Theatre presents the classic story of love and friendship, The Velveteen Rabbit. The show opens this Friday, December 14, and runs through December 28. This family friendly favorite joins a boy and his rabbit in a world of strange and wonderful magic with talking toys, wild adventures, and secret burrows, as they come to discover the true meaning of what it is to be Real.
Author Margery Williams wrote "The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real)" in 1922. As with any childhood classic, her themes of identity and transformation, set against the backdrop of a child's love for one cherished toy, are timeless. The story continues to resonate with and enchant readers today, nearly 100 years later. This stage adaptation, by Janet Allard, takes Williams' story and casts the spotlight on that relationship between the child, called The Boy, played by River Gray, and a special toy, a beloved stuffed rabbit, portrayed by Annie Smith. The Velveteen Rabbit continues Pendragon's tradition of presenting a play during the holidays that is entertainment for the whole family. According to director, Kent Streed, the takeaway of the show is "no matter what, the simple gift of friendship will endure."
The cast includes: Payton Barry, Ashley Brewer, LIllie Chamberlain, Ben Clark, Kasey Clark, Hope Cobb, Summer Crankor, Liam Gotham, River Gray, Oliver Halasz, Aine Kline, Thomas Kline, Heaven LaFever, Kailyn Mader, Olivia Marocco, Sophie McBride, Lindsey McCreadie, Coral Palyswiat, and Annie Smith.
The Velveteen Rabbit runs December 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28 at 7PM and December 16 and 23 at 2PM. Run time of the show is under 1 hour.
Admission is $10 for 18 and under and $15 for adults. Tickets are on sale now at www.pendragontheatre.org or at 518.891.1854.
Advance reservations are strongly suggested. Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave. Saranac Lake ,NY.
PENDRAGON ASKING FOR PLAY SUBMISSIONS FOR YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT CONTEST
(November 19, 2018) Pendragon Theatre is reminding aspiring young playwrights to take pen to paper and fingers to keyboard for the annual young playwright competition open to all middle and high school age students. Entries should be a traditional 10 minute play, no longer than 10 pages (no smaller than 10-point font) and have a maximum of 4 characters. Submissions longer than 10 pages or with more than 4 characters will be disqualified. Entry deadline is February 28, 2019.
All plays entered in the contest will be read by a panel of theatrical and literary judges. The judges will choose a winner and a runner up in each category. The winning plays will be fully performed at the Young Playwrights Festival in the spring of 2019, and runner up plays will be read onstage. The authors of the winning plays will be invited to participate in all aspects of the staging of their play, from auditions to final dress rehearsals. All students who submit a play will be invited to attend the festival. Pendragon is offering free play writing workshops to schools and interested parties. More information and entry forms can be found www.pendragontheatre.org/playwrights-festival. Questions can be answered by calling 518.891.1854. Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake, NY and is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
PENDRAGON CONSIDERS NEWMAN & HOLMES BUILDING FOR NEW HOME
(April 4, 2018) The board of Pendragon Theatre is pleased to announce a major step forward in its campaign to secure its future and relocate to downtown Saranac Lake. The board has identified the available property at 56 Woodruff Street - the former home of Newman and Holmes - as an ideal relocation target. This promising opportunity moves Pendragon closer to its vision of becoming a core part of Saranac Lake’s burgeoning downtown revitalization.
Though still in the early stages of negotiation, Pendragon leadership is optimistic that a deal for the Woodruff Street space, across from Nori’s, can be struck - and it’s a very exciting proposition. “With a 10,000 square foot building and a .85 acre lot, we would have the kind of professional production and design capabilities we have long dreamed about, but which have always been out of reach,” said Executive Artistic Director Karen Kirkham. While significant renovation would be required to turn the space into a first-rate professional theater, Kirkham says “the thought of building - and to our own specifications - state-of-the-art performance, rehearsal, and shop space is thrilling. Pendragon would have a facility that matches the quality of the work onstage.” The building comes with ample space for parking, addressing a pressing need for the company, especially as ticket sales continue to increase.
Pendragon board president Holly Wolff pointed out that the new space is in close proximity to the recently-reopened Hotel Saranac, “a major plus,” Wolff says. “Pendragon, like the Hotel Saranac, is committed to being a cornerstone of the exciting revitalization of downtown. With the rebirth of this landmark hotel, and with great new restaurants and other businesses finding homes nearby, the forward momentum in the village is palpable. We want to be a part of this revitalization, and we want to do everything we can to help it to succeed.” Pendragon is committed to being a lead partner with the Village of Saranac Lake in its Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant application, which is now in its early stages.
Pendragon’s next step is to refine plans and gain commitments to funding to allow negotiations to proceed.
Prior to setting its sights on the Woodruff Street property, Pendragon had been in negotiations to acquire the Madden’s Transfer and Storage building, at 47-49 Main Street. However, it became clear the building's historic nature would preclude its use as a theatre. “While circumstances made it impossible to proceed with the Madden’s building, we want to sincerely thank Billy Madden for his enthusiastic support of our desire to relocate to downtown, and for his kind understanding when we needed to adjust our plans,” said Wolff.
Executive Artistic Director Kirkham pointed out that “while our future in downtown Saranac Lake is bright,” for the present, “theatergoers will continue to see the same outstanding professional work they’ve always enjoyed at our current space at 15 Brandy Brook.” Kirkham points out that ticket sales were up 24% in the 2017 summer season. “We are blessed to have so many loyal and dedicated supporters in this community,” she said. “We have a clear vision for where we want to go. And we know that our amazing patrons and donors will help us get there.”
PENDRAGON’S THE ODD COUPLE : FEMALE VERSION OPENS WITH POST FIREWORKS SHOW SATURDAY
(January 25, 2018) It's 1985, the hair is big, the pants are pleated, and the girls just want to have fun. Pendragon Theatre’s mid-winter offering, The Odd Couple: Female Version opens this weekend with a special 8PM show after the Winter Carnival Fireworks on Saturday and runs through February 18. This female version, Neil Simon's own adaptation of his 1960’s hit The Odd Couple , is loaded with one liners, clever innuendo and comedic antics. The play takes place, of course, in New York City, and Unger and Madison are at it again as mismatched roommates recently separated from their spouses--Florence Unger and Olive Madison that is, played by Amy Coddington Burnett and Brandy Clark respectively. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls (played by Sunita Halasz, Josie Good, Kelowna Vincent and Nina Scheuer) over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two charmingly suave Costazuela brothers, played by Keith Tanner with Dylan Van Cott and Peter Curtis splitting the role of the younger brother.
The Pendragon production is directed by Leslie Dame. According to Dame “a lot of the Female Versions I have seen lack the physical comedy of the original male version. We put it back in. The entire cast has a great sense of humor, and the leads, Burnett and Clark, are particularly adept at physical comedy. It takes a lot to get me to even chuckle and, during the rehearsals, I am laughing out loud.”
The dates and times of the show are February 3 at 8PM, February 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7PM and February 4, 11 and 18 at 2PM. Tickets are $21 for adults over 18, $16 for 18 years of age and under and $16 for all matinees seats. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 518-891-1854 and on the website www.pendragontheatre.org. Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Avenue in Saranac Lake, New York.
PENDRAGON ANNOUNCES PATRONS’ PICK AND SUMMER SEASON
(January 19, 2018) The Love List, a comedy by Norm Foster, is the winner of Pendragon Theatre’s Patrons’ Pick and will be the theatre’s opening show of the 2018 summer season this coming June. Last November, the theatre presented two evenings of scene readings from plays and asked audiences and friends of the theatre to vote for their favorite. The Love List won the most votes with Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime coming in a very close second; so close that the theatre has decided to produce that play as well in July.
The final decision on which plays hit the Pendragon stage comes from the theatre’s Executive Artistic Director, Karen Lordi Kirkham. “When deciding on the season, I wanted to focus on what brings us together- laughter and being heard being two primary unifiers. To that end, we are presenting both the winner and runner-up of our Patrons’ Pick followed by some wonderful dramatic comedies and of course our beloved Camp Pendragon musical.”
The remainder of the theatre’s summer season in order of appearance will be: Beauty and the Beast Jr, Camp Pendragon’s July production; I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick in August followed by the fall classic, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill, which will tour to schools. New for 2018, Pendragon will present “An October Thriller”, The Woman in Black by Stephen Mallatratt, followed by Ghost Tales and the holiday shows.
According to Kirkham, “Choosing a season is a complicated dance balancing art, budget, people, calendar, etc. This year I have been mulling over the notion of theater as a bi-partisan activity and how artists can be edgy and entertaining without being alienating. I would like to believe the reason why theater attracts people of all kinds of backgrounds is ultimately the truths presented on stage transcend ideology by presenting the human condition in all its complexity.”
Neil Simon's comedy, The Odd Couple: Female Version, opens at the theatre this February 3 and runs through February 18. More information and tickets are available on or by calling 518-891-1854. Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Avenue, Saranac Lake, New York.
PENDRAGON HOLDING PATRONS' PICK PLAY READINGS- AUDIENCES TO PICK 2018 SUMMER SEASON PLAY
(November 5, 2017) This Saturday and next, November 11 and 18, at 7 PM, Pendragon Theatre will be hosting free readings of scenes from six specially selected plays - three plays each evening. Audience members will be asked to vote for their favorite of the six, and the play with the most votes will be the theatre's first show of the 2018 summer season.
This is the third year of the Patrons' Pick program (last year's pick was Fiction by Steven Dietz and Art by Yasmina Reza, the year prior), but instead of reading the nominated plays in their entirety, scenes from each play will be presented. According to the theatre's managing director, Tara Palen, the change was made "so people would be curious and interested to try more, a vertical tasting, if you will." The actors reading scenes include Tyler Nye, Donna Moschek, Dylan Van Cott, Nina Scheuer, Leslie Dame, Fran Yardley, Nick Attanasio and Keith Tanner among others.
Scenes from Girl in the Machine by Stef Smith, Constellations by Nick Payne and The Effect by Lucy Prebble will be read this coming Saturday night and scenes from True West by Sam Shepard, The Love List by Norm Foster and Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison will be read on November 18. Attendance to the readings is not required to vote. Votes can be sent to email@example.com. Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave, Saranac Lake, NY. More information can be found at or by calling the box office at 518-891-1854.
PENDRAGON THEATRE RECEIVES GRANTS FROM NYSCA and PEARSALL FOUNDATION
(October 30, 2017) Pendragon Theatre has been awarded a multi-year operating grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Operating expenses include heat, salaries and building upkeep and repairs. "This award is 50% higher than our last operational multiyear grant from 2011-2016, demonstrating NYSCA’s continuing support of Pendragon", said Managing Director Tara Palen.
The theatre also recently received an $1800 grant from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation in support of winter and spring programming. This grant will help pay for free and low-cost events such as Patron’s Pick readings. According to Palen, “Like most arts organizations, ticket sales only cover about a third of our expenses. These type of grants and donations from individuals help us cover costs and lower ticket prices like we did for Midsummer Night’s Dream and James and the Giant Peach this past summer. We were able to lower prices by more than half to make these productions even more accessible to our local and family audiences.”
Pendragon will be presenting free readings of scenes from plays as part of their Patrons’ Pick program this November. Theatre goers attend the readings and vote for their favorite, choosing the opening play of the 2018 Summer Season. More information can be found at www.pendragontheatre.org. Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake, New York.
PENDRAGON HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR HOLIDAY SHOW
(September 4, 2017) On Sunday September 17, Pendragon Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming holiday production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
The story line for "pageant" is simple: When the rowdy Herdman kids decide /demand to participate in an upcoming Christmas pageant all bets are off, fire alarms are sounded and the resulting pageant is an insightful and unique twist on a long standing holiday tradition.
There are roles for 8 boys and 9 girls ages 6 to 14. Children will be asked to read brightly with animation, plenty of volume and a tough/street wise or well behaved attitude.
Six adult women are in the cast and their motherly attributes run the gamut from hyper organized to shy and retiring. They are all very distinct mom types and will be played with affection and humor.
One man will be cast as a classically put upon dad, Bob Bradley and another as Reverend Hopkins.
Additional casting for angels and nativity animals will also be considered for children looking for a simpler commitment to the production.
Scene samples for all interested parties will be available at the theatre to pick up, preview and prepare starting September 11.
Auditions are from 2 to 4 PM, September 17, at Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake NY. Call 518-891-1854 with questions.
PENDRAGON THEATRE’S FALL CLASSIC, GEORGE ORWELL’S 1984, OPENS FRIDAY
(August 21, 2017) For a limited run, Pendragon Theatre will be presenting a stage adaptation of 1984, opening this Friday and running through September 3, before touring the North Country this fall. This adaptation, by Michael Gene Sullivan and based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, tells the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal "help" of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his “Thoughtcrimes” before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience -- which acts as a silent witness to his torture. Sullivan’s adaptation has been called, “a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.” This adaptation is not the version currently on Broadway which has been gathering much attention due to torture scenes causing unpleasant physical reactions from audiences. While the torture scenes are much less graphic, the Pendragon production is no less powerful.
1984 is directed by Mason Wagner, a 2010 graduate of Saranac Lake High School who has spent the past several years working in theatre in Montana after receiving his BFA in Acting from the University of Montana. “This adaptation of 1984, while pertinent and visceral like the book, is fundamentally theatrical and surprisingly hopeful. At a time when this Orwellian vision isn't far enough from our reality, we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to bring about a more visceral dialogue within our communities.” says Wagner. He adds, “Now more than ever, we need to create work that is challenging - for practitioners and audiences, alike. I am honored to be working with a theatre like Pendragon that embraces that task.”
The cast includes Leslie Dame, Bren Gotham, Terry Kemp, Christopher T. Leifheit, Mark Mainville and Liv Paulson.
DEATHTRAP, A COMEDY THRILLER, OPENS AT PENDRAGON FRIDAY
(July 30, 2017) Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, the Tony Award nominated, longest running comedy thriller on Broadway, opens at Pendragon Theatre this Friday and runs through August 20. Deathtrap, written in 1978, is full of plot twists, and references itself as a play within a play. The play is directed by Tara Palen, Pendragon’s Managing Director. “When I was a child my parents, who were always avid theatre goers, came home from seeing a Broadway show called Deathtrap. I never forgot it because the playbill cover with the creepy eyes looking out at you gave me nightmares! It wasn’t till years later that I finally got to see a production myself, and it was love at first sight.”
Palen has played the part of Myra twice, and the love affair deepened. According to Palen, “Deathtrap is both an homage and a send up of the classic Broadway thriller, summed up brilliantly in the opening lines: ‘Deathtrap. A thriller in two acts. One set, five characters. A juicy murder in Act One, unexpected developments in Act Two. Sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in the right places. Highly commercial’. Deathtrap helps to remind us what fun we can have seeing live theatre when you don’t know what’s coming next, or if your next reaction will be to scream or laugh out loud. It is an absolute honor for me to be directing this production with such a talented cast.”
The cast includes Jordan Hornstein, Allison Studdiford, Tyler Nye, Leslie Dame and Jason Brill. Deathtrap is sponsored by Guide Boat Realty. There will be a reception after Friday night’s performance, sponsored by Adirondack Health. Tickets and more information can be found at or by calling the box office at 518-891-1854. Pendragon is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave. Saranac Lake.
PENDRAGON THEATRE TO PERFORM A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM AT DEWEY MOUNTAIN
(July16, 2017) Shakespeare’s most popular play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, will be set outdoors at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake beginning this Friday, July 21 and running through August 3. The play, featuring magic, lovers and fairies, is directed by Karen Lordi Kirkham, Pendragon’s managing and artistic director.
Kirkham first directed Midsummer for Pendragon in 1996 and has had a long history with the theatre since then. “It was one of my first shows here, fresh out of theater graduate school. I remember the thrill of working on this piece with actors I had watched growing up as a summer audience member. They went from being onstage idols to friends. After college, I decided to pursue theater as a career and wrote to founder Bob Pettee to see if I could come and direct. He said ‘yes!’ and as the saying goes ‘the rest is history!’"
Pendragon is adding a new page to that history by collaborating with Dewey Mountain to stage Midsummer literally in the woods. “In what was the coldest production meeting on record, we gathered on one of those below zero days at the site in March- imagining where the platform would go, the green leaves on the trees, and calculating where the summer sun would be setting. I realized after casting the show, that we would be using a mix of area children and actors from our pool of professional locals, many of whom are now in New York City pursuing acting careers.
The cast includes: Robert Pound, Olivia Zeis, Rachel Kemp, Sam Balzac, Lucky Cerruti, Mark Mainvillle, Liv Paulson, Christabelle Kirkham, Sarah Benamati, Anna Day, Walter Kirkham, Sam Madden, Walter Kirkham, Thomas Kline, Matt Sorensen, Sean Orman, Maddie Nicholson and Kirkham herself as Titania.
Kirkham says she is particularly excited to be carrying on the tradition of having local talent inspire the next generation. “I know that first production of Midsummer inspired me dedicate my professional life thus far to Pendragon and to return to this beautiful place and community year after year. I hope people enjoy this summer's attempt to bring those two elements together in a new way and let's hope the fairies work their magic and it doesn't rain!”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens Friday night at 7PM with a reception, sponsored by Adirondack Health, following the performance. Show times are July 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, August 2, and 3 at 7 PM with 2 PM matinees July 23 and 30. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling Pendragon's box office at 518-891-1854 or “at the door” with check or cash only. Bring a blanket or chair, and call the theatre ahead if rain is in the forecast to confirm performances.
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING DISGRACED OPENS AT PENDRAGON FRIDAY JUNE 30
(June 23, 2017) The second offering of Pendragon Theatre's 2017 Summer Season opens Friday June 30, with Disgraced, by Ayad Akhtar. The award winning play focuses on a dinner party between four people with very different backgrounds. The play, described as compelling and witty, is directed by Kim Bouchard who's previous Pendragon directing credits include Amadeus and Arcadia as well as the fun romp, Guys On Ice, this past winter. According to the New York Times ".... everyone has been told that politics and religion are two subjects that should be off-limits at social gatherings. But watching these characters rip into these forbidden topics, there's no arguing that they make for ear-tickling good theater." "Add a liberal flow of alcohol and a couple of major secrets suddenly revealed, and you've got yourself one dangerous dinner party" (Associated Press).
Director, Kim Bouchard says of the play, "I like to keep track of what play and playwright wins the coveted Pulitzer Prize in Drama every year. It is a very good indication of a strong script "by a American playwright, dealing with American life." In 2013, Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize, and after reading it I realized why. The dialogue is well crafted, the characters are multidimensional and honestly represent our contemporary diverse American society. It is, at its core, the compelling story of Amir Kapoor, a Pakistani-American lawyer who denies and hides his Muslim heritage with results that are surprising and tragic.
I am honored for the opportunity to direct this topical play for Pendragon's 2017 Summer Season. Given current and recent past events in the USA, Pendragon Theatre, once again, provides our community a very important space where we are able to examine difficult issues and think in new ways about why we act as we do, especially in times of crisis. This play will give us an opportunity to consider how we might respond, if we found ourselves in the character's clothes. In the theatre we can do this without despair and rancor. We can understand the paradox of tragedy that is born from goodwill and positive intent."
The cast of Disgraced includes Anthony Irizarry as Amir, Mackenzie Barmen as Emily, Meredith Watson as Jory, Tyler Nye as Isaac and Lucky Cerutti as Abe. The play, sponsored by the Cloudsplitter Foundation, opens on Friday June 30 at 8 PM with a reception following the performance and runs through July 14. Tickets and more information can be found at and 518-891-1854. The artwork of Valerie Patterson will be displayed in the theatre's lobby during the run of the play. Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Avenue, Saranac Lake, NY.
PENDRAGON THEATRE'S PATRONS PICK, FICTION, BY STEVEN DIETZ, OPENS FRIDAY
(June 12, 2017) Last summer Pendragon collected play titles suggested by audience members. Pendragon's Executive Artistic Director, Karen Kirkham, reviewed those titles and chose six of them to be presented in November 2016 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as readings. Audiences then voted on their favorites. This was the second year of the theatre's popular Patrons' Pick Program. Last year, the play Art, by Yasmina Reza won the most votes and was produced in May and June. The winner this year was Fiction by Steven Dietz, which opens this coming Friday night and runs through June 25.
First produced in 2003, Fiction, according to The Associated Press, “is a work of uncommon insight; an adult, unsparing and yet often witty look at the intimate relationship between a man and a woman during a time of crisis." In the play, Linda and Michael Waterman are both successful fiction writers, happily married to one another. However, when Linda is diagnosed with a tumor, she asks her husband to share his diaries with her. The boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down, and that's all before Michael reads Linda's diaries. No life, as it turns out, is an open book.
According to Allison Studdiford, the director of the Pendragon production, “This script is so very timely as it raises questions about memory, truth, personal interpretation, honor, lies and love. It will be very interesting to hear from the audience: who is telling the truth?"
The cast consists of John Nicholson, Tara Palen and Leslie Dame. There will be an opening night reception after the performance on Friday night.
PENDRAGON THEATRE'S YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED
(April 3, 2017) After sifting through a record number of play submissions, a team of professional actors, directors and writers have chosen the winners of the contest portion of Pendragon's Young Playwrights Festival. In the high school category, first place goes to Adalyne Perryman from Lake Placid High School for her play titled Teen Angst, with the runner-up being Natalie Lifson from Watchung, New Jersey, who wrote Furniture: The Musical. The first place middle school submission is Case of the Tactless Baby Stealer by Ryan Caulfield with runner-up going to Sydney Dann for the play Hershey Kiss. Both students attend Saranac Lake Middle School.
Last fall, Pendragon put out the call to middle and high school students to submit original one-act plays and musicals between ten and thirty pages long on a subject of their choosing. The theatre also held play-writing workshops at area schools. The plays were due in February and the judges have spent the past few weeks reading and voting on the favorites. The judges read the plays unaware of who wrote them. That said, this is the second year in a row that a play written by Adalyne Perryman has been chosen as a winner. Her play Lilacs won first place last year.
For the next month, the winning playwrights will work with a creative team including director Jordan Hornstein, designers, and actors to develop and stage the scripts. “This year there was a noticeable improvement in the overall qualities of the plays,” said Pendragon's Executive Director, Karen Lordi Kirkham. “We encourage everyone to come out and support our budding playwrights"
The Festival culminates in a full performance of the winning plays and a script-in-hand public reading of the runners-up on May 7 at the theatre.
PENDRAGON'S INTERN PROGRAM FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RETURNS
(March 18, 2017) Pendragon is looking for a local high school student with a strong interest in theatre to become the “Intern in Training” for the theatre's 2017 Summer Season. The “Intern-In-Training” receives a scholarship to Camp Pendragon (a month long musical theatre workshop for teens) and has the opportunity to work backstage on each show of the summer season. The intern will work with and learn from professional actors, directors, and stage managers during Pendragon’s summer season. He or she will experience what it takes to create a show from page to stage and be part of a professional theatre company.
Pendragon's summer season includes Fiction by Steven Dietz, Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, George Orwell's 1984 and Camp Pendragon's production of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach.
Interested applicants should write a 500-word essay on “Why Theatre is Important,” and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017.
PENDRAGON THEATRE HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR SUMMER SEASON
(March 7, 2017) Auditions for the 2017 Summer Season will be held at at Pendragon Theatre this Sunday March 12 from 1 - 6 PM. There are parts available for many different ages including children 6 and above. No monologues are needed. Sides of the scripts will be available at the theatre.
Auditions are being held for the following plays: Disgraced, beginning rehearsals June 4, running June 30 through July 14; Midsummer Night's Dream, which includes several children's parts, rehearsals beginning June 25, running July 21 through August 3; Deathtrap, beginning rehearsals July 9, running August 4 through 20 and George Orwell's 1984, rehearsals beginning July 30 opening August 25 and touring through the end of October.
Pendragon will also be producing James and the Giant Peach as part of Camp Pendragon, the four week theatre workshop for 14 to 18 year olds. Auditions for Camp Pendragon will be announced later in the spring.
Actors auditioning this Sunday are asked to bring an acting resume and headshot. For more details about the plays and a character breakdown visit www.pendragontheatre.org.
PENDRAGON THEATRE'S FREE WINTER PLAY READINGS RETURN
(February 27, 2017) This Sunday, March 5 at 3 PM, Pendragon Theater brings the silver screen to the stage with a reading of All About Eve, by Joseph Mankiewicz. Praised by critics at the time of its release in 1950, All About Eve received 14 Academy Awards nominations (a feat unmatched until the 1997 film Titanic) and won six, including Best Picture. All About Eve is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter as Best Actress, Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter as Best Supporting Actress).
Reading the play are some favorite Pendragon regulars including Olivia Zeis, Josie Good, Fran Yardley, Allison Studdiford, Leslie Dame, Lucky Cerruti, Kent Streed, Burdette Parks, Jason Brill and Harrison Ewing.
Pendragon's Winter Play Reading Series will continue Sunday March 26 with the reading of The Entertainer by John Osborne and Sunday April 30 with David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre. Pendragon is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave in Saranac Lake. More information is available at 518-891-1854 and www.pendragontheatre.org. Admission to all the readings is free.
GUYS ON ICE, THE ICE FISHING MUSICAL COMEDY, OPENS AT PENDRAGON FEBRUARY 11
(February 3, 2017) Pendragon Theatre presents Guys On Ice, Fred Alley and James Kaplan’s popular musical touted as the world's funniest (and only) ice fishing musical comedy. Marvin, Lloyd and the aptly named beer and bait "borrower" Ernie the Moocher sit in Marvin’s shanty out on a frozen lake, fishing through a hole in the ice and waiting for the perch to bite and for a local TV show host to come and interview them. They drink beer, discuss their women and sports, swap bad jokes and drink beer. Did we mention they drink beer? To them, the ice offers the sanctuary of a church and escape from the neighborhood bar - a place where life's complicated problems find resolution in the simplest of ways.
Lucky Cerruti, Brendan Gotham and Chris Leifheit play the three fishing buddies who sing and dance delivering songs like "Ode to a Snowmobile Suit" (“From the top of your hat to the tip of your boot, when it’s 30 below, there’s no substitute for the comfort and warmth of your snowmobile suit”), "On Thin Ice" and "There's 12 Beers in a 12 Pack." This show, directed by Kim Bouchard, is loaded with North Country humor and the perfect night or afternoon out for anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted comedy that will provide laughs whether they have ever stepped foot on the ice or not.
Show dates and times for Guys On Ice are February 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 PM. February 12, 19 and 26 are 2:00 PM matinees. Admission is $20. All matinees are $15. A $5 discount will be given to anyone with a fishing license or wearing a snowmobile suit. Tickets can be reserved by visiting or calling 518-891-1854.
PENDRAGON KICKS OFF 2017 WITH PLAY READINGS, AN ICE FISHING MUSICAL AND ACTING CLASSES!
(January 18, 2017) It is far from quiet at the little theatre best known for its busy summer season. The building is humming with rehearsals for upcoming Winter Carnival events and Pendragon's production of Guys on Ice, an ice fishing musical comedy by Fred Alley and James Kaplan featuring songs about beer and snowmobile suits, opening in mid-February.
The theatre has just announced its winter play reading series "Curtains Going Up on Curtains Going Up" or "Plays about Plays" where one Sunday a month, beginning January 29 and through April, a play is presented that examines the humor, the heartbreak and the traditions of theatre and the lives of those who toil in its fields. Pendragon is reaching out to anyone in the area who would like to join its actors in the reading of the plays. According to Pendragon's Executive Artistic Director, Karen Lordi Kirkham, "this is a great opportunity for anybody in the community who has a desire to be on stage, and it's also a great way for us to find new talent." Anyone interested in reading should contact email@example.com. Admission to the readings is free.
Beginning in February, Pendragon will be offering acting classes for all abilities taught by Allison Studdiford, an accomplished Equity actress who now lives in Saranac Lake.
During Winter Carnival, in addition to presenting the musical Guys on Ice, Pendragon will be hosting performances by the Saranac Lake High School Jazz Band and musicians Crackin' Foxy and the Birch Boys.
Also, as part of the Young Playwrights Festival, Pendragon is holding workshops on play writing in area schools. Play submissions are due on February 15, and the winners will be performed at the theatre in May.