GLENS FALLS – “The Whale” is more than a good drama – it’s a genuine tragedy. It is about good people who succumb to their flaws and live lives that are hurtful to themselves and others. The work, which continues at Adirondack Theatre Festival through Saturday, is especially unique in that its central character is physically grotesque and self-destructive in nature. The emotions of the other characters are equally as disturbing.
Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning and critically acclaimed new play, The Whale, opens tonight at The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Fall, NY last night as part of The Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 2014 season. The production is directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven.
Charlie, a 600-lb man is slowly eating himself to an early grave. His caretaker and friend, Liz, has been trying to get Charlie to see a doctor for years, to no avail. Charlie teaches online writing courses from his Idaho apartment; his weight keeps him isolated from the physical world outside. His daughter, Ellie, a teenager who’s pushing against the adults in her life, suddenly shows up at his door. So does Elder Thomas, a young Mormon on his two-year mission. Charlie deals with more than weight issues; issues from his past have brought him to a crisis in the present.
We are joined now by two actors from the production, Timothy Carter who plays Charlie and Brenny Rabine who plays Liz.
Adirondack Theatre Festival kicks off its 20th Anniversary Season with Becky Mode’s comedy Fully Committed, starring Sam Lloyd of TV’s Scrubs. The show opens tonight and runs through June 28th.
Sam Lloyd stars as Sam Peliczowski, an aspiring actor working as the reservationist at a posh Manhattan restaurant. In a tour de force performance, he also plays close to 40 callers, including a wealthy socialite, a gangster, a Japanese tourist, and a supermodel’s frenzied assistant.
In addition to his time as Ted Buckwald on Scrubs, Sam Lloyd’s numerous TV credits include recurring roles on Desperate Housewives, West Wing, and Seinfeld. He has also performed Fully Committed at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT and most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where his performance was called “a masterclass of comic character acting.”
Here to tell us more are Mark Fleischer, Producing Artistic Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival and Bill Mason, one of the three volunteer organizers for the Glens Falls Brewfest. His day job is: co-owner, president and CEO of Takundewide Resort on Lake George.
Avenue Q opened on Broadway 10 years ago today. It's a Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book and is simply a blast. Part flesh (humans) and part felt (puppets) - Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical.
In it, we meet Princeton a recent college grad who moves into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate, Rod, Trekkie, Lucy the Slut, Gary Coleman, and many other colorful types who help Princeton discover his life’s purpose.
Avenue Q at ATF is headed by artists involved with the Broadway production. Gary Adler, an ATF regular, was the show’s original Musical Director and Jennifer Barnhart, the show’s Director, was in the Original Broadway cast - sticking with the show for its entire Broadway run. Both join us this morning along with Producing Artistic Director of ATF – Mark Fleischer and cast members: Noah Zachary who plays Princeton and Rod, Stacia Newcomb who plays Lucy and Kate Monster, and Rob Morrison who plays Nicky and Trekkie Monster.
The Adirondack Theatre Festival is such a special theatre company offering new, interesting, fun and world premiere works of theatre. Their season this summer includes everything from Judy Garland, to Avenue Q, to – of course – Georgia O’Keeffe.
Mark Fleischer is the Producing Artistic Director of ATF and has been since 2007. He joins us to tell us about their upcoming productions, including their opening production: Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland.
In 1968, when he was 26, songwriter John Meyer met Judy Garland. The next two months were an emotional roller-coaster, but his life was changed forever. Inspired by his acclaimed memoir, Meyer brings to the stage the true story of his romance with a star whose flame was dying and how he attempts to rescue her from her self-destructive demons. John Meyer and the show’s director, Michael Bush, and star, Christine Andreas join us along with Mark Fleischer.