Dragon Lady Players breathes drama

Feel like going out for a night of theater? Head on over to Shoppingtown Mall. Since April, founders of Dragon Lady Players Cheryl Ann Costa and Linda Miller Poore have found a home for the stage at the central DeWitt location.

Costa, who's been in show business for almost 40 years, said she and Poore moved to the Syracuse area over two years ago. They were both looking for that proverbial setting; a place to live out an encore career after retiring from their longtime power careers in Washington D.C. Why Syracuse?

"We made a list of about 15 or 20 places we'd ever driven by, flown over or saw in a magazine," Costa said. "And Syracuse, after we started evaluating, bubbled to the top of the list."

Costa was impressed with the city's populated art community, gay community and its large efforts to "go green." Additionally, it's located in the crossroads of Upstate New York.

"All the road shows come here," she said. "I've see as many shows here in the last two years as I did at Kennedy Square in any one particular year."

So she and Poore set down roots and opened Tara Stage.

What is Dragon Lady Players?

Dragon Lady Players is a new kind of theater group for Central New York. It's a production company that specializes in a regular season of two evening performances of one-act plays.

"The reason we're going with one-act plays...one-act plays are short," Costa said. "In Maryland, the one-act plays were all well-attended, sometimes better than the season shows because there was a lot of variety."

Costa likens these shorter plays to a night of watching TV, adding if you don't like the first play, more than likely you'll get a laugh out of the next one.

"We tend to pick the plays for light drama and comedy," she said.

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