Adirondack Theatre Festival Plans Four Major Plays for its 20th Season in Glens Falls [Berkshire on Stage]

April 7th, 2014, 1:30 pm by Sara

Adirondack Theatre Festival

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

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LIVE: George Winston @ The Charles R. Wood Theater, 11/7/10

November 15th, 2010, 10:00 am by Sara

I first heard George Winston before New Age was a catch phrase, let alone a dirty word. Far from being the superficial noodlings associated with the genre, I thought his evocative solo-piano pieces were a logical extension of Keith Jarrett’s solo recordings, and that opinion still stands. But unlike many of his contemporaries, there’s a lot more to Winston than New Age, as he amply demonstrated during his recent visit to North Nippertown.

At the Wood Theater in Glens Falls, audience members whose knowledge of Winston ended with the ’80s got an early wake-up call when Winston kicked off his “winter concert” with Professor Longhair’s “Baby Let Me Hold Your hand.” Stride piano is about as far from Winston’s better-known works as you can get, but it’s been one of his major concentrations over the last decade. In addition to studying New Orleans piano legends like Longhair, Henry Butler and James Booker, Winston also recorded the Katrina benefit disc, “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions” in 2006, and will soon release a follow-up fundraiser to help repair damage from the Deepwater Horizon spill. He played two tracks from the 2006 disc, the most affecting being “Gulf Coast Lullabye – Part 2.”

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Five Fall Faves: Theater

September 23rd, 2010, 5:30 pm by Greg

All this week, we’ll be highlighting some of the fall season’s most promising arts, music and entertainment events around Nippertown. Mark your calendars.

Today’s spotlight is on theater:

“33 Variations” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Now through Sunday, October 3. Moises Kaufman’s stunning drama about the power of music and the strength of our personal connections is given a first-rate, don’t-miss production, starring Tony nominee Barbara Walsh. $16-$45.

“FDR” @ Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls. 7pm Wednesday, September 29. Ed Asner – winner of seven Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards – takes on the role of the beloved president in this one-man play by Dore Schary. $75.

“Young Frankenstein” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Tuesday-Sunday, October 19-24. One word – Mel Brooks. $20, $35, $45, $50, $60, $70.

“The Crucible” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Wednesday, October 6-Sunday, October 24. BSC artistic director Julianne Boyd takes the reins to direct Arthur Miller’s classic tale of the quintessential witch hunt. $15-$35. (In conjunction with the play, BSC is also offering Symposia on Arthur Miller on Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10).

“The Truth: A Tragedy” @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. 8pm Saturday, October 9. Singer, actress and MASS MoCA regular, Cynthia Hopkins offers a tender, one-woman tribute to her father, a former school teacher whiling away the time in a New Hampshire nursing home. $16, $23; students $10.

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