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Stage Rats will perform

To the editor:

Hello, friends! We hope this finds you safe and well. 

  Continuing our mission to provide select, discriminating audiences with thought-provoking, entertaining theater, Adirondack Stage Rats has just obtained the rights to perform “Bakersfield Mist” by Stephen Sachs.

Inspired by true events, “Bakersfield Mist” is the story of Maude, an unemployed bartender and trailer park resident who purchased a thrift store painting she is now convinced is a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock. Famed art expert Lionel Percy arrives from New York City to authenticate the painting having no idea what — or who — to expect. Hilarious and thought-provoking, “Bakersfield Mist” is a comedy-drama that asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. 

With plans to produce “Bakersfield Mist” in late August through September, we Rats will ease into rehearsals in July via Zoom, “going live” in August rehearsing outside at the Pond House on Moody Pond. If you happen to pass by 94 Forest Hill Ave. when we’re working, PLEASE say hello to our director Beth Glover and our wonderful cast of two, Jordan Hornstein and Leslie Dame; if you want to stick around and observe the process, we’ll supply a folding chair for your comfort!

Obviously the schedule will be dictated by your and our actors’ safety. With social distancing a must, we’re exploring venues that will enable us all to enjoy LIVE performances while maintaining a safe distance. This could mean limiting seating to fewer than 20 per performance inside or initiating Adirondack Stage Rats al fresco: daytime performances on lawns or in fields with mountain views! You’d bring lawn chairs and settle in at least 6 feet from other patrons while we provide entertainment chosen specifically to meet the challenges of these pandemic times. 

We’ll keep you posted on our “Bakersfield Mist” plans as they develop. Meantime, please, stay as hunkered down as you can, and be safe!

XO,

Karen Lewis and Beth Glover

Saranac Lake

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