Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Historic Saranac Lake presents a reading of “Safe Harbor”

Feisthamel-Edelberg Cure Cottage Photo Courtesy Historic Saranac Lake.Historic Saranac Lake will be hosting a reading of “Safe Harbor,” a play about Saranac Lake during the height of Tuberculosis. The play will be read starting at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 10, from a cure porch in the village to a small (socially distant) audience.

The play is about two residents of a small cure cottage in Saranac Lake, whose lives intersect due to tuberculosis. “Safe Harbor” illuminates the experiences of many who, after being made outcasts in their own homes, were able to reclaim their humanity from TB.


The play was written in 1990 by Karen L. Lewis, one of the founding members of the Adirondack Stage Rats, a collective of theatre artists and devotees. “Safe Harbor” is directed by Beth Glover, another co-founder of the Adk Stage Rats, and the actors are Gabriella Gurney, Christopher H. Leifheit, Brenden Gothman, and Josie Good. Performances of “Safe Harbor” support the restoration of Dr. E. L. Trudeau’s cure porch at 118 Main St., a building Historic Saranac Lake is restoring for expansion of the neighboring Saranac Laboratory Museum.

Historic Saranac Lake is looking forward to the beginning of a series of socially distanced readings on the porches and in the yards of friends and supporters. Contact them to get involved at 518-891-4606 or Tickets to the event will be limited and can be purchased here. Attendees must bring their own chairs and masks. Rain date will be Monday, Sept. 14.

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