SARANAC LAKE El Circo Pobre the poor circus is the history of a circus that was great, famous, full of notable artists. But today, for various economic reasons, it has downsized to become a smaller circus poor, but with dignity. The clown character does all he can do to make sure the circus will not disappear. He brings his personal effort to create all the circus acts: he becomes the musician, the juggler, the acrobat, the magician and the dancing girls. And, of course, to accomplish all this, he needs the help of the audience. Miguel Cortazar, a native of the Basque Country in Spain, has been creating and performing solo works as a clown, mime and actor for over 20 years. He performs throughout Europe and Mexico. He has been invited to numerous international festivals where his work is acclaimed for its poignant comedic quality that engages children and adults. Cortazar is a visiting Fulbright scholar artist in residence at SUNY Potsdam from September to December 2008 where he is teaching a course in the Clowning Arts and will be directing students in a new production that will tour to schools throughout the North Country this autumn. El Circo Pobre will be at Pendragon Theatre for one night only, Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for patrons above age 15; $8 for those below 15 and $ 5 for kids under five.