After eight years of summer performances, Adirondack Shakespeare Company will suspend operations this season.
A number of factors contributed to the decision to suspend programming in 2018. Although educational programming during the school year provided a strong backbone for the Company, the summer season lacked much-needed financial support. Housing for the acting troupe also became a challenge early in the year when the Company learned their lease would not be renewed. “It has been a tremendous disappointment to have to turn down presenters,” Artistic Director Tara Bradway shared. “We were approached by several new venues this year, and we were also very sorry to say no to folks with whom we’ve had a long relationship.” Summer won’t be quite the same without Shakespeare in our parks.
Bradway and fellow co-founder, Patrick Siler, will continue to explore alternative solutions for ADK Shakespeare’s future. In the meantime, Bradway and Siler have both relocated to New York City to pursue new job opportunities. Bradway has begun working with Academics West, an accredited therapeutic education program, and Siler is working as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the United Nations Federal Credit Union. “New York’s North Country deserves a company that presents world-class theater,” said Siler. “I genuinely hope that North Country venues, communities, and state agencies are able to recalibrate their approach so that the next institution offering this kind of work to the region can thrive.” Nevertheless, the co-founders remain hopeful that Adirondack Shakespeare Company will return to the North Country in the autumn for a limited run of their Annual Hamlet in area schools, prisons, and possibly for the public.
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