Three weekend shows lined up at Pendragon

SARANAC LAKE - Patrons to the Pendragon Theatre will have an opportunity to experience three very different and entertaining shows this weekend as the company presents its eighth annual New Directions festival.

New Directions was initiated in 2002 as a forum for new work and emerging directors. Seven new plays and a dozen directors have been a part of the festival since its inception.

"This year's lineup is a vibrant celebration of the diversity of theatre," said Pendragon Artistic Director Susan Neal.

First, in "The Cost of Living," playwright and actor Donna Moschek will present a series of monologues based on a collection of interviews and correspondence related to a research study of poverty in the North Country.

"These pieces became something more universal in scope than I could have imagined," said Moschek, who has acted year-round with Pendragon since June 2008. "I believe that the power of these monologues lies in the fact that they are not fictitious; they are rooted in the real words of our friends and neighbors, people we work with and talk to every day."

New Directions is the first time since it's premiere in 2008 that "The Cost of Living" will be performed in its entirety.

Brandon Patterson, who has been a company member at Pendragon since summer 2009, will direct "Naomi in the Living Room," a dark comedy starring Jason Amrhein, Leslie Dame and Clare Paulson.

"Playwright Christopher Durang delivers a stunning portrait of absurdity," said Patterson. "It's an awkward situation running around with its head chopped off and, in short, is not to be missed."

Finally, long-time Pendragon cast member Christopher McGovern will direct "The Dumb Waiter," a one-act play by Harold Pinter. Jason Amrhein and Jordan Hornstein star.

"This mysterious and moody study in suspense concerns two professional killers who wait apprehensively in a grubby windowless basement room for word of the next assignment," McGovern explained. "The comic and the grotesque lie juxtaposed, with the hint of sinister forces hovering in ambush above the perplexed duo."

New Directions performances are scheduled for Friday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.

For further information and reservations, contact Pendragon Theatre at 891-1854 or send an e-mail to pdragon@northnet.org.

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