Thursday, August 4, 2011

‘Conference of the Birds’ Wild Center Theatre Event

The Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival continues its second season with an encore performance of stage director Peter Brook’s work performed in the Great Hall at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. After performing two sold out performances at St. Williams on Long Point, Conference of the Birds returns due to popular demand at a much-reduced cost. With a single performance on August 8th at 8 pm, audiences will get one last opportunity to see this production.

The storyline of the play focuses on a nation of birds in crisis. Urged on by one of their flock, the Hoopoe, they chart a path to find their king. Above all, the Hoopoe tries to help them conquer their fear of life as the stage becomes an astonishing aviary. Through masks, dance and song, this beautiful adaptation of the 12th Century poem comes to life in a magical evening of theater. Appropriate for all ages.

Brook first toured Conference of the Birds throughout rural Africa before presenting two productions to western audiences, one in New York City at La MaMa, E.T.C. and one in Paris. Award-winning playwright and AC Executive Artistic Director Stephen Svoboda directs the Arts Center’s production. The production features a cast of 7 professional actors as well as an all star design team, including set designer Tim Brown, whose most recent work was as an assistant designer on the Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased by calling the Arts Center at 518-352-7715 or online at www.adirondackarts.org. Admission is $12 / $10 members, $10 kids under 12.

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