Pendragon show benefits WCS

SARANAC LAKE - The Wildlife Conservation Society, Pendragon Theatre, and the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will present a reading of Stephen Svoboda's award-winning comedy, "The Penguin Tango" on Sunday, April 18 at the Pendragon Theatre.

In this side-splitting, screwball comedy, inspired by actual events at the Bremerhaven, Brooklyn, and Central Park Zoos, a community of penguins is hilariously turned upside down by sex, stereotypes, and soggy sardines.

The play is based on the controversy about Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins living at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo, which flared in 2004, leading to an international debate about gay behavior in a variety of animal species. The performance is a fundraiser for WCS' Adirondack Program, located just next door to the Pendragon Theater in Saranac Lake.

The cast will feature Steve Hayes and John Bixler, two actors from the award winning Off-Broadway production, and performers from around the region including Jordan Hornstein, Jamie Strader, Ben Strader, Ryan Leddick, Brian O'connor, and Jenn King.

This event is free; an optional donation to WCS' Adirondack Program will be collected at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the staged reading will begin at 7 p.m. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. to be seated for the start of the production. Seats will be first come, first served.

After the play, head next door to WCS' Adirondack offices, where light refreshments will be served, playwright Stephen Svoboda will offer a talk-back about his creation, and "Birds of a Feather," a short Daily Show clip featuring the gay penguin controversy, will be shown.

For more information contact the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts at 352-7715 or visit www.adirondackarts.org. Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society at www.wcs.org.

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