POTSDAM -- Pendragon Theatre’s “The Last Five Years” and “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment,” featuring SUNY Potsdam students and alumni, will be at SUNY Potsdam Sept. 27-30.
“The Last Five Years” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27 and 28, in the College Theater in Satterlee Hall.
“Shipwrecked! An Entertainment,” by Donald Margulies, will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m., in the College Theater.
“The Last Five Years” is the story of two young New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, from two points of view. Her story starts at the end of their relationship; his begins on the day they met. Mackenzie Barmen, a SUNY Potsdam theatre and theatre education double major, plays Catherine, and Brandon Patterson, a SUNY Potsdam theatre graduate, plays Jamie.
“The Last Five Years” won a Drama Desk Award for best music and best lyrics. Critics have compared composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown to Sondheim.
“Shipwrecked! An Entertainment” tells the tale of the real life Louis de Rougemont and his incredible 30-year adventure in the Australian outback after being lost at sea. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Marguiles created a colorful, fanciful canvas with the play, which the New York Times labeled “a theatrical pop-up book.”
Bob Pettee plays Louis de Rougement, the Victorian adventurer and yarn spinner. Mackenzie Barmen and Tyler Nye play multiple characters, including children, society gossips, aborigines, scientists and Bruno, the dog.
Karen Kirkham, Pendragon’s incoming executive and artistic director, directs both productions. She continues her long time collaboration with award winning set designer, Tijana Bjelajac. Alexis Foster, costume designer at SUNY Potsdam, will outfit all of the characters. Pendragon’s current technical director and succeeding managing director, David Zwierankin, who was SUNY Potsdam’s first theatre education graduate, is the lighting designer.
Tickets are available from the Community Performance Series Box Office, 267-2277 or www.cpspotsdam.org. The prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff or senior citizens and $5 for students and youth. Ordering tickets to both productions by Sept. 26 saves $2.
Pendragon Theatre, the Adirondack’s only year-round professional theatre company, receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.