Shakespeare in the (Adirondack) Park
by Niki Kourofsky
Looking to check “finish a marathon” off your to-do list? Don’t be so quick to lace up those sneakers. There’s a less taxing way to reach your goal, thanks to the kind folks at the Adirondack Shakespeare Company. The professionally trained players are offering a galloping succession of scenes during one epic weekend—August 28–31—taking on one play from Shakespeare’s Kingship Cycle every night. The rip-roaring rides through English history take place at 5 p.m. each evening at the Scaroon Manor Amphitheater, in Pottersville: Richard II on Thursday; Henry IV, Part I on Friday; Henry IV, Part II on Saturday; and Henry V on Sunday. Bring your own lawn chairs for these outdoor performances; in case of bad weather, follow @adkshakes on Twitter for cancellations.
If you’d take a little mayhem over a marathon, try the troupe’s Choose Your Own Adventure performance on August 19 at 4:30 p.m., also at Scaroon Manor Amphitheater. For this mystery theater event, audience members raise a ruckus for their choice of the season’s titles; the show that gets the most cheers must go on—after a bit of scrambling by the players.
The company also travels around the region to bring David & Goliath to little theater buffs; stops include Chestertown’s municipal auditorium on August 20 at 10:30 a.m. and the Indian Lake Theater on August 21 at 11:30 a.m.
The curtain doesn’t fall for the Adirondack Shakespeare Company as the leaves begin to tumble. Throughout October the group will perform Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew at venues around the park. Keep track of their schedule at www.adkshakes.org or call (518) 803-HARK.