Pendragon looks through 'Private Eyes'

SARANAC LAKE-The Pendragon Theatre is looking for the truth from "Private Eyes."

"Private Eyes" is theater's latest offering, a backstage comedy about love, deception and passion, written by prolific American playwright Steven Dietz.

The multi-layered play constantly blurs the line between illusion and reality. The audience is deceived along with the characters, and is left wondering where rehearsal (art) ends and real life begins.

Private Eyes received its world premiere at the Arizona Theatre Company in 1996 and gained broad recognition when it was produced as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in1997. Though the play never made it to Broadway, it is the most commercially successful of Dietz's plays.

Pendragon's production is directed by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead, an assistant professor in the Performance and Communication Arts Department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Previously at Pendragon Gardinier Halstead performed in the suitor's ward and Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, and directed a staged reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. She also has an ongoing guest artist stint at The Firehouse Theatre Project in Richmond, Virginia. The cast includes St. Lawrence University student Sara Cushing as well as Pendragon company members Chris Mc Govern, Donna Moschek, Tyler Nye, and Brandon Patterson.

Performances are scheduled for March 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. All seats are $12. Call the theater at 891-1854 to make a reservation.

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