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Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces Its 2011 Summer Lineup

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Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) 2011 Lineup

Adirondack Theatre FestivalSummer is nearly upon us, meaning not only warmer weather and time off, but also time to take advantage of the great summer theatre festivals that come to the area. But where to go and which to check out? Well here’s one you definitely might want to catch this summer: the Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF).

Each summer for six weeks, ATF produces professional theatre for an audience of more than 6,ooo, with artists from New York City and across the country. A typical six-week season includes three mainstage productions, a new play or musical workshop/reading and a late night slot for more adventurous shows, such as a cabaret. For local history buffs, this year’s lineup also includes a workshop reading of Sean Christopher Lewis’ historical play about Glens Falls’ South Street.

Here’s a peek at the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 2011 season’s offerings:

The K of D, An Urban Legend kicks off ATF’s season, with a preview on June 22 (opening night is June 23), and will run through July 2 on the Wood Theater mainstage. This one-woman show, written by seasoned playwright Laura Schellhardt and directed by Matthew Earnest, features Lesley Gurule in the starring role, playing more than a dozen characters.
Eerie events surround a small lakeside town—or are they just urban legend? One thing’s for certain, Charlotte McGraw is acting different. She’s stopped talking altogether, and the neighbors are wondering why. As they try to make sense of the mysteries surrounding their community in this quiet lakeside town, they begin to question not only their fellow neighbors, but themselves as well.
The K of D, An Urban Legend Running Dates: June 22-July 2, 2011

Shooting Star rolls onto the mainstage with rave reviews in tow. The play, written by Steven Dietz and directed by ATF’s Artistic Director Mark Fleischer, stars Diana Sheehan and James Crawford in a two-person cast that opens July 7; the show runs through July 16.
Can college sweethearts who meet again 25 years later—he in his suit that’s nearly as smart as his phone and she sporting her same liberal hippy ways—reunite while snowed-in at an airport during the “blizzard of the century”? Filled with “humor, heartache, secrets and snow”—what will become of these two the next day when all flights are cleared for take-off? Will sparks fly or will the smoldering fire extinguish itself?
Shooting Star Running Dates: July 7-16, 2011

Hello Out There is a world premiere musical comedy, written by Eric Price (book and lyrics), with music by Frank Terry. The show runs July 21-30 on the mainstage, with its opening night July 22, and is directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, with music direction by Andrew Gerle and choreography by Wendy Seyb.
With nearly 20 original songs, the audience follows three 14 year olds from New Jersey through 1995 America, each with their own wise talents. At the dawn of the Internet age and the rise of the financial era, these young teens decide to spend their summer working in a securities firm. Aided by the help of some eccentric adults, including a charming cabbie from Bosnia, things start go awry. The outcome? Only perhaps the biggest financial meltdown in history.
Hello Out There Running Dates: July 21-30, 2011

Dream Street, a new play reading, written and performed by Sean Christopher Lewis and directed by Mark Fleischer, will run Sunday June 26 and Monday June 27 at 8pm.
The setting is Glens Falls’ South Street, and the story comes from interviews with residents, business owners and community leaders, as well as others knowledgeable on the area. The play takes a “fresh look at the past, present and future of the historic street,” and a city’s whose rich history includes gambling, entertainment and bars, as well as being a stop on the vaudeville circuit and a hiding place for outlawed substances, like Canadian whiskey on its way to NYC during Prohibition.
Hello Out There Running Dates: June 26-27, 2011. This is one of the first pieces commissioned by the ATF Founder’s Fund for New Work.

Second Act Cabaret will be in the late night slot following some performances of Shooting Star (July 12-15 at 9:45pm).
Gary Adler, composer/lyricist returns to the theatre for a special encore cabaret performance. Last summer Adler appeared with Howie Michael Smith from Avenue Q; this time he brings along his songwriting partner Phoebe Kreutz. Songs from their musicals—past, present and future—will highlight this two-night cabaret extravaganza.
Second Act Cabaret Running Dates: July 12-15, 2011.

The Adirondack Theatre Festival takes place at the Charles R Wood Theater at 207 Glen Street in Glens Falls. For more information on showtimes, ticket prices and to read bios of the playwrights, visit Call the Adirondack Theatre Festival directly at 518-874-0800.

–Nicole M. Berhaupt is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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