Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a collection of shows and a team of professional artists honoring ATF’s past, present and future. Performances will be June 24 – August 2 at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, in downtown Glens Falls, NY.
A 20-Year History Built on a Crazy Dream
In 1994, a group of theatre professionals from NYC had what many said was a crazy idea: create a fully professional summer theatre in the Glens Falls/Lake George region of upstate New York. Starting a nonprofit professional theatre company hiring actors from NYC and across the country in a town with a population of 14,600 is crazy enough, but ATF’s founders upped the ante when they announced ATF would not produce the proven titles that usually appear on summer stages, but instead embrace the excitement, adventure and risk of new and contemporary shows. Their dream was embraced by enthusiastic audiences, business people, civic leaders and today ATF celebrates its 20th year. The dream has become a reality.
Since its founding, ATF has launched 19 world premieres (many of which have gone onto receive productions in NYC, across the country and internationally). These include “Murder for Two” (currently running Off-Broadway), “It Goes Without Saying,” “Mimi Le Duck,” “Barbara’s Blue Kitchen” and “Fully Committed.” The new play development process succeeds at ATF by engaging the audience as active participants in the process through readings, post-show discussions, open rehearsals and “meet the writer” events. ATF has also brought many Off-Broadway, Broadway, and regional theatre hits to its stage so local audiences could experience them. These include “Next to Normal,” “Avenue Q,” “Black Tie,” “Altar Boyz” and “Stones in His Pockets.” For a full list of past ATF productions and premieres, visit ATFestival.org/about/productions.