You won't find much light and fluffy fare at Troy Theatre Foundry, and the same can often be said about Curtain Call Theatre in Latham.
In Troy, David Girard's new troupe is putting on a production of Richard Dresser's "100 Years," set in the not-too-distant future and focused on a dire global crisis, while at Curtain Call, Carol Max is offering up another production of "The Legend of Georgia McBride," Matthew Lopez's play about an Elvis impersonator who discovers he has a better career as a drag queen.
Hoosick Falls native and Broadway veteran Kevin McGuire leads the "100 Years" cast and is joined onstage by Noa Graham, Keith Conallen, Colleen Corcoran and Jared Manders. Elilzabeth Carlson-Guerin, a member of the Curio Theatre Company in West Philadelphia, is directing the show.
"100 Years" is a relatively new play by Dresser. He has also written a Broadway musical, "Good Vibrations"; a play about Little League baseball called "Rounding Third"; and plenty of television scripts.
McGuire said he's quite familiar with Dresser's work.
"I have admired him as a writer very much," McGuire said. "He is, in my opinion, a fantastic theater writer and writes such vivid characters that are fun to play."
McGuire plays Raymond in "100 Years," a member of the "strange" couple living next door to Joan and Stevie.
"I love him," McGuire said of his character. "That is the most important thing. Do other people like him? I don't know. It is unimportant. He goes about his life in a very particular way that some people would not agree with, but he is who he is."
McGuire has a busy summer ahead of him after "100 Years." He will perform in "The Full Monty" in July at Capital Repertory Theatre. Girard is also artistic director for Saratoga Shakespeare, and back in 2001 worked for McGuire during the early days of the Hubbard Hall Theatre Company in Cambridge.
"I'm having a wonderful time working on '100 Years,' " said McGuire, who played Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" on Broadway. "I first worked with David at Hubbard Hall back in 2001. I saw so much of myself in him. A small-town, working-class kid with big dreams and big talent."
At Curtain Call, Max asked her patrons what they wanted to see again, and they responded with "The Legend of Georgia McBride," a show Curtain Call had done in the fall of 2017. That was fine with Rocky Bonsal, who returns to the cast along with Matthew Reddick to play two of the primary roles from the 2017 production.
"I was so excited when Carol asked us if we'd do the show again," said Bonsal, a North Carolina native who went to New York University and majored in acting. "The audiences so loved the first run because it's such a wonderful, fun and simple story about love and acceptance. It's truly the kind of show we all need right now. Add a few drag queens and how can you go wrong?"
Currently a Niskayuna resident and a social worker in Schenectady, Bonsal also played a drag queen in "The Mystery of Irma Vep" at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse. In "Georgia McBride" he plays Miss Tracy Mills.
"She's a professional drag performer and the script describes her as an elegant drag queen," said Bonsal. "I grew up in the South and the play takes place in Panama City, Florida, so it's an opportunity for me to pay homage to the great southern women I knew and learned from as a kid. Miss Tracy is a strong, witty and nurturing presence for Casey, the lead character, helping him find his way, and I enjoy that mentoring role. She's got a lot of great one-liners, too."
Max is directing the production, which also stars David Orr, Emmett Ferris and Brooke Hutchins.
'The Legend of Georgia McBride'
WHERE: Curtain Call Theatre, 1 Jeanne Jugan Lane, Latham
WHEN: Opens Friday and runs through June 29; performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: $25
MORE INFO: (518) 877-7529 or www.curtaincalltheatre.com
WHERE: Troy Foundry Theatre, 500 Federal St., Troy
WHEN: Opens Thursday and runs through June 9; performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: $22-$16
MORE INFO: www.troyfoundrytheatre.com