Pendragon Theatre's 'Terra Nova' Thursday and Friday at SUNY Potsdam
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 9:03 am

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance will host a performance of Pendragon Theatre's "Terra Nova," a riveting play about the race to the South Pole from 1910 to 1912.

"Terra Nova" will be presented at SUNY Potsdam Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m., located in Satterlee Hall theatre.

In the winter of 1911-12, five Englishmen and five Norwegians raced each other to the bottom of the Earth. Only the five Norwegians returned. "Terra Nova" tells the story of the lost Englishmen.

In honor of the expedition's centennial, Pendragon is staging Ted Tally's story based on journals and letters found on the frozen body of British expedition leader Robert Scott. Scott’s team refused the use of sled dogs, so were forced to drag their gear across a frozen wasteland, only to find that the Norwegian team arrived before them.

"'Terra Nova' is a highly theatrical reimagining of a devastating journey. The play also offers us an insightful look at human issues of pride, heroism and morality in the face of overwhelming odds," Director Bob Pettee said.

The ensemble includes Matthew Dubrey, Matt Eick, Jordan Hornstein, Chris Leifheit, Megan Macdonald, Chris McGovern and Brandon Patterson. Dubrey, MacDonald, and Patterson are all alumni of SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance.

Tickets are available at the 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.

Pendragon Theatre, the Adirondacks' only year-round professional theatre company, receives funding from the state Council on the Arts.