Pendragon Theatre nominated for $15k national endowment

SARANAC LAKE- Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, recently announced that Pendragon Theatre has been recommended for a grant of $15,000 to support a regional tour of Harper Lee's celebrated novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergal.

Pendragon is one of 1,145 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency's second round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support projects nationwide.

Susan Neal, artistic director of Pendragon states: "For years, Pendragon has wanted to bring 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to audiences across the region. Harper Lee's remarkable book is a coming of age story set in a volatile southern town during the 1930s. Lee pits courage and compassion against intolerance and inequity. An American classic, the story resonates across a broad spectrum of ages. We are honored by the NEA's support."

Pendragon will open the production on Nov. 10, and present 10 performances at their home base theater in Saranac Lake. The production will then be available for a tour throughout the region.

Traditionally, Pendragon tours their fall offering into March or April. Regional arts centers, theaters, schools and universities from Watertown to Champlain, Malone to the Glens Falls region present the production.

Live performances and follow up classroom experiences are a great way to expand and amplify the existing curriculum. Many schools have students read the play and base some unit of study around that year's choice.

The NEA grant will help keep costs to the schools down by partially subsidizing some of their ticket prices. People or organizations interested in presenting the production, or who would like more information about the production locations should contact Pendragon at 891-1854 or via email pdragon@northnet.org.

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