Glens Falls – Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) announces its 23rd season – the third for Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz. Rabinovitz will again bring an entire season of major new works to ATF with a team of top-level professional artists, offering experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world – only in Glens Falls. After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, nearly doubling attendance and subscribership in just the past two years, the 2017 season promises to be even larger. Performances will run June 21 – August 12 at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, in Downtown Glens Falls, NY.
2017 SUMMER MAINSTAGE SHOWS
NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT
By Nikko Benson & Benjamin Halstead
Directed by Marshall Pailet
June 21 – July 1
A misunderstood genius. A rivalry for the ages. An idea that would change the world forever. Turning the volume up on one of our time’s most influential (and controversial) innovators, Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat is a theatrical experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen. A show that can only be described as “HAMILTON meets TESLA”, this epic battle of Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison is set to the rhythm of a brand-new beat, in a modern and mesmerizing musical that will leave you speechless… and electrified.
Nikko Benson recently won the prestigious Jonathan Larson prize for TESLA, which has never been produced.
A cast of between 11-12, this is the largest show in ATF history.
“This is hands-down the most exciting show to come to Glens Falls since I’ve been here. The story is historically insightful and fascinating, and the music is incredibly cool, catchy, and just plain energizing. It’s not just a show, it’s a major musical event. This is ATF’s biggest production ever and I’m willing to bet it has a large future ahead of it. But it will start here first at ATF!” – Chad Rabinovitz
THE WORLD’S GREATEST NEW COMEDY
KNIGHTS OF THE SALES OFFICE
By Hank Greene
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Larry, Susan and Craig are locked in mind-numbing sales jobs that are slowly draining each of them. But everything changes when their boss dies and the company grants the office a 30-day mourning period with no sales goals, no dress codes and no corporate oversight. With a newfound freedom, the three embark on a full-scale revolution, build a castle out of office supplies, encounter an army of rats, drink excessive amounts of tequila, and ultimately attempt to right the wrongs of their company’s impersonal policies.
The show was originally performed as a stage reading last summer at ATF to a tremendous response and lots of laughs. It was then titled 30 DAY MOURNING PERIOD.
“It’s THE OFFICE meets GAME OF THRONES. Yes, the combination is just as ridiculous and funny as you think it is. But it’s also surprisingly meaningful and relevant.” – Chad Rabinovitz
ROMANTIC COMEDY MUSICAL
THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM
Book & Lyrics by Michael Lluberes
Music & Additional Lyrics by Joe Maloney
Directed by Chad Rabinovitz
July 26 – August 4
David has built an entire world for himself inside of his bathroom, refusing to leave for over a year. His mother cares for him, feeding him only food that can fit underneath the door. But when he meets Julie, a young woman who dreams of seeing what lies beyond the confines of their small Michigan town, David realizes that there may be something—or someone—worth opening up to…
Winner of the NYMF Most Promising New Musical and Best Book Awards.
ATF is working with the playwrights on an updated version of the script that will feature new songs.
“This musical is adorable, sweet, funny, romantic, heartfelt, and quirky. It’s such a captivating story unlike any other. When I developed it in Bloomington, it was the hit of the season.” – Chad Rabinovitz
GLITCHES IN REALITY
Starring Simon Coronel
Directed by Chad Rabinovitz
From the mind of renowned Australian magician, Simon Coronel, comes an evening filled with astonishing and impossible events. Glitches in Reality uses close-up trickery and mind-blowing sleight of hand to take the audience on a journey through the truth behind magic and illusion; a truth that is far more amazing than even the illusions themselves.
Winner of over a dozen international awards including multiple from the prestigious WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF MAGIC, Simon is a regular performer at the Magic Castle and is a university lecturer on perception and illusion.
Simon is currently performing his act in Macau.
Simon was recently seen on Penn & Teller’s FOOL US.
He has a collection of “impossible objects” that will play a part in the show
Simon has appeared on TV in four countries, performed in seven, and is one of the few Australians to be regularly invited to perform at the world famous Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood.
He has performed for companies as diverse as Ford, HBO, and Snapchat.
The show will be produced at a Mainstage level, but in the Wood Theater Cabaret Space.
“Simon is one of those rare magicians who has tons of charm, a whole heck of a lot of skill, but is also down-to-earth. And he’s a creative mind. He’s a former Engineer who now uses those skills to invents his own magic. I’ll be working with Simon over the next 8 months to develop an entirely original act – it’s going to be truly unbelievable!” – Chad Rabinovitz
2017 SUMMER SEASON SPECIAL EVENTS
VIENNA JUVENILE: SKETCH COMEDY
Starring Hank Greene, playwright of KNIGHTS OF THE SALES OFFICE
June 26 & 27
After receiving significant praise in Chicago and beyond, Vienna Juvenile is bringing their unique style and absurd perspective of everyday life to ATF’s Cabaret space.
Chicago’s acclaimed sketch comedy trio (featuring the writer of Knights of the Sales Office), Vienna Juvenile, have performed their unique and wholly original live comedy throughout the country. Heralded as “a little wacky, a little absurdist, a little sincere” (The Sketch Review) and “excellent and heartfelt” (Chicago Reader), their set of hilarious and highly theatrical sketches are sure to tug (and tickle) your heartstrings.
CABARET SERIES CONCERT EVENT
THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Music by Frank Wildhorn
July 30 & July 31
Major Broadway composer, Frank Wildhorn, will debut songs from his latest musical, based on the book/film of the same name, at ATF.
From the composer of major Broadway hits like, JEKYLL & HYDE, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE CIVIL WAR, DRACULA THE MUSICAL, BONNIE & CLYDE, and WONDERLAND, comes a brand new musical (based on the book/film) about Saint Bernadette and her visions of the Virgin Mary. A topnotch cast of Broadway singers will perform songs from this never-before-heard show in a major concert event that can only be seen at ATF.
July 5 & 6
Marianne has made her living (and her happiness) as a surrogate mother for families looking to conceive. But when she is told by her agency that after four pregnancies they have to let her go, a heartbroken Marianne reconnects with an old flame and finds herself pregnant again… this time by accident. Rather than tell the father, she seizes the opportunity to be a surrogate once again. This comedic new play reading explores the lengths people go to get the attention they need.
PB&J CAFÉ: DINNER THEATRE FOR KIDS
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
From the story by C.S. Lewis
Dramatized by Le Clanché du Rand
It’s about time kids get to have the same amount of fun in a theater that adults do! A revolutionary idea, the PB&J Café gives young theatre-goers the opportunity to order a meal from the cast of characters, participate in a pre-show art activity, dine during the live theatre performance, and come home with autographs from their favorite actors.
The Show: This theatrical version of C.S. Lewis’ classic recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten land of Narnia.