The Lake George Theater Lab Announces Its 2012 Season

The Lake George Theater Lab is excited to announce its 2012 season, bridging classical material with new works. Including our annual free outdoor Shakes on the Lake “Two Gentlemen of Verona”; Tales for Tots Players; “Stupid F*ing Bird” a groundbreaking new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic “The Seagull” for our New Play Laboratory in a co-production with the renowned Woolly Mammoth Theater Company; and an evening of Original Ghost Stories. Read carefully as we have a lot of changes underfoot!

Save the Date!!! A Classical Evening with the Lake George Theater Lab at the Bolton Free Library!   Our New Play Laboratory this year is a contemporary adaptation (Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F *ing Bird”) of a classic play (Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”). Join us in listening to excerpts from the source material “The Seagull” in preparation for Aaron Posner’s exciting new rendition. Performed by LGTL actors, with wine and bites, we invite you to participate in creating a much needed classical collection at the Bolton Free Library by bringing your favorite Classic Play as entry to this event. Invitations and specifics to come.  June 30th; 6 PM. Bolton Free Library.

We open our season with some big changes to our annual Shakes on the Lake series. We have been invited to perform in residence at Up Yonda Farm, a collaboration we are extremely excited about. The sanctuary of Up Yonda affords us an opportunity to grow some roots. We will be able to better accomodate camps and families, anchor our production and fuse our shows with the natural beauty Up Yonda has to offer. Come walk the grounds, have a picnic, and enjoy our troupe as they reinvent the grounds.

William Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” July 5th at 10:30 AM, July 6th at 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM and July 7th at 7:30 PM  FREE and OUTDOORS!!

We are taking part again in the annual free lock in at Bolton Free Library, offering our Tales for Tots children’s programming, an original take on a classic fairytale. Call Bolton Free Library for details or reservations, (518)644-2233.

Our New Play Laboratory unites LGTL with The Woolly Mammoth Company in bringing Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” on its path to the main stage of Woolly Mammoth’s 2012/2013 season. Chekhov’s classic play about art and love has now been set in the country side outside of New York’s Broadway scene. How is Chekhov’s tale still relevant? Does time and place change the essence of the original story? How does it stay the same? With original music and fresh perspective Aaron Posner will tackle these questions for the first time before its national premier. Mr. Posner won a Helen Hayes award for his adaptation of Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen” which has been performed across the country. In addition he has adapted “My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok, “Sometimes a Great Notion” by Ken Kesey and “Murder Mystery and a Marriage” by Mark Twain. Mr. Posner is a multiple Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award winning director and founder of the Arden Theater in Philadelphia where he helmed over 40 productions. He also served as Artistic Director of Two River Theater Company in New Jersey until 2010.  Stupid F*ing Bird is directed by Helen Hayes Award winner and Founding  Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Howard Shalwitz. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the discussion of theater, hope and how we love.

July 12th and 14th; The Conservation Club , Edgecomb Pond Road, Bolton Landing; 8:00 PM; $15. Reservations: (518)203-2600.

Join us for an evening of original Ghost Stories. Young playwrights from the Youngblood Writing Program at NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theater take source material from the area and turn it into an evening of original ghost stories.

July 28th, 8:00 PM, The Sagamore Resort Outdoor Bonfire $12. Reservations: (518) 203-2600.

This is an important year for LGTL. We are making a name for ourselves as a valuable stop for a playwright on their journey to production, this year our name will have national exposure at the world premiere of “Stupid F*ing Bird” at Woolly Mammoth Company in Washington D.C. We also have an  opportunity to create a real home for our Shakes on the Lake. We are growing and grounding , but we need your support. In addition to our attached donation form, we have a goal this summer to increase our audiences by 25%. So mark your calendars, tell your friends and tell your family members about the thrilling theatrical work happening right here in Bolton Landing. We’ll see you at the theater!!

Lindsey Gates
Artistic Director, Lake George Theater Lab