Adirondack Theatre Festival announces summer 2021 will be at the Wood Theater

Two shows, a new Play reading, and PB&J Café planned; titles to be announced early May

GLENS FALLS – “Determined to make theater live and inside,” Interim Producing Artistic Director Martha Banta announces Adirondack Theatre Festival is returning to the Charles R. Wood Theater for its 27th season.

Banta made the announcement today after months of organizing when and where ATF might return. “As long as state guidelines didn’t allow performing arts venues to be opened, we explored options for presenting outdoors. But once the state announced the full guidelines last week on reopening at 33 percent capacity, it became clear we would do everything necessary to return indoors for the theatrical experience which ATF is known, and it will also support the Wood.”

ATF has been the anchor tenant of the 294-seat Wood Theater since it opened in 2004; the downtown venue has been shuttered since the start of the pandemic.

ATF’s season – featuring two shows, a new play reading, and a children’s theater (PB&J Café) – will run from July 19-Aug 15.  Show titles and details will be announced in early May.

Banta said the season schedule will look different in a number of ways from recent years due to the economics of being able to operate at only 33 percent capacity. “It is entirely possible that capacity will expand under state guidelines by mid-July but we have to plan with what is known right now.”

In addition to a season that is roughly half of the normal length, the theater will use all local interns, Banta said. “Many are alumni of local performing groups in the region and each will wear many hats rather than specializing in one department.”

Banta said the next step is to iron out all details with the Wood Theater, particularly seating configurations that meet state guidelines so that ATF and the Wood are ready to put tickets on sale when the season’s titles are announced.

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