Adirondack Theatre Festival announces
summer 2021 line-up at the Wood Theater and City Park
Tickets are now on sale for a comedy, a musical tribute, and a new play reading at the Wood; free PB&J Café show will stage at City Park
GLENS FALLS – Adirondack Theatre Festival is live and inside this summer, staging a comedy, a concert tribute, and a play reading at the Wood Theater. ATF is also producing free entertainment outdoors including a children’s play at City Park and nightly 30-minute music performances next to the Wood on ATF show nights.
“After a long intermission, it seemed appropriate that we open our summer with a comedy,” says Martha Banta, interim producing artistic director, of the play “Slow Food.” “Theater is a lot about human connections and what better way for audiences and actors to return together and connect through laughter.”
Another entry on the schedule is “Traffic and Weather,” a songbook production of the music of Adam Schlesinger, one of America‘s most revered songwriters of the past quarter century. “Don’t worry if you don’t know Adam’s name or the music of his band, Fountains of Wayne,” Banta suggests. “He was a master craftsman when it comes to songwriting and his melodies are accessible to anyone who might enjoy a contemporary spin on the classic pop music sounds of the 1960s and early ‘70s.”
“This is not exactly what an ATF summer season normally looks like,” Banta says of the shortened schedule and outdoor shows. “But it is the right balance between presenting strong performance art, being cautious about what civil safety guidelines might be in place when these shows are staged and restarting arts in downtown Glens Falls.”
Charles R. Wood Theater Wood Theatre line-up
Each evening ATF show at the Wood is proceeded by “Shows on the Side” – performed outside in the alley next to the theater starting at 7 p.m. The 30-minute free performances feature some of the area’s most talented musicians; a different artist will be featured nightly.
7:30 p.m. July 20-25 and July 27-31; 2 p.m. July 28 and July 31
A comedy by Wendy MacLeod and directed by Martha Banta.
There’s no escape from the world’s worst waiter. On their anniversary, a famished couple battle with an absurd waiter who has them questioning everything from the menu to their marriage! A tender, uproarious comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.
To learn more about Wendy MacLeod visit wendymacleod.com.
Minding Miss Mae Mae
2 p.m. July 25 and 7:30 p.m. July 26.
A staged reading of a new play by Phillip Christian Smith; directed by Tyrone Henderson. Join the playwright and the cast of actors in the first step of this play’s development.
Barbara is Miss Mae Mae’s home health aide and when Barbara’s son Jordan, the star of a network procedural, comes home ravaged from crystal meth, the women form their own unconventional rehab to detox him. Barbara believes in tough love; Miss Mae Mae, a paraplegic and a pot smoker, believes in the Lord.
To learn more about Phillip Christian Smith visit phillipchristiansmith.com
Traffic & Weather
7:30 p.m. Aug, 5-8 and 11-14; 2 .m. Aug. 7, 11, and 14
Music & lyrics by Adam Schlesinger and directed by Martha Banta.
A concert tribute to the Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer, songwriter and producer that Rolling Stone says “had one of the most unique and busiest careers in pop.” From a founder of the pop rock band Fountains of Wayne, watch and listen to an evening of music that treats the “characters in the lyrics with meticulous craftsmanship and a wry balance of compassion and scorn, parody and affection,” according to The New York Times.
Adam Schlesinger died on April 1, 2020 due to coronavirus complications. Read his obituary in The New York Times here.
Tickets for “Slow Food”, “Minding Miss Mae Mae” and “Traffic & Weather” go on sale at noon May 6 with very limited seating. There are no subscription plans; all seats are $45 Visit ATFESTIVAL.ORG to order tickets and choose seats or call the Wood Theater box office for tickets and info at 518-480-4878.
At City Park
Cinderella Goes Disco outside – weather permitting – at noon July 22-24 and July 29-30 at City Park on Maple Street. All performances are free.
A children’s play by Shubert Fendrich and directed by Marty McGuire.
PB & J Cafe Children’s Theatre returns this year in City Park in partnership with the Crandall Public Library. Bring your own picnic lunch! After receiving an invitation to go to the Prince’s Disco Dance, under-confident Cinderella needs to be told fairy tales by her fairy godmother to be convinced that she is indeed capable of becoming a Disco Princess.
ATF is the leading professional theatre in the Capital Region dedicated to emerging artists, new plays and new musicals. Each summer ATF normally produces a nine-week season at the Wood Theater. The organization, which presented its first season in 1995, operates under a Small Professional Theatre Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association (the union of professional actors). The actors seen on the ATF stage, as well as the designers and directors, have worked regularly on and off-Broadway, on television and in movies.