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Margolis Brown Adaptors step it up at NACL

By Jonathan Fox
September 6, 2012

Kari Margolis and Tony Brown are busy folks. As co-artistic directors of an international touring company based in Highland Lake, NY, the pair has presented theatrical events here in the Upper Delaware valley in the past, but never on such a grand scale as they plan this weekend in their production at the NACL Theatre, “Pulling String.” Margolis and Brown have mounted some of their original productions in a variety of exotic locales, including Barcelona, Berlin, London, Singapore and Narrowsburg, NY.

When asked how the company wound up in Sullivan County, Margolis reminisced about her childhood and summers spent in the region with her grandparents. “The lure of the area has always been in the back of my mind,” she said, “and living here has been a lifelong dream. We felt drawn here and literally fell in love with the river, the area and the people. When the company first took up residency in Sullivan County, we had no idea how integrated we would become with the community.”

As Artists in Residence at the Brooklyn Arts and Culture Association from 1985 to 1990, the Margolis Brown Adaptors Company (MBAC) created four original productions there, and then relocated the operation to Minneapolis, MN in 1993, where they continued to create and produce multimedia theatre productions and trained actors in the Margolis Method for over 12 years. Then they moved the company entirely and established their international training center in Sullivan County.

“There are so many wonderful people here,” Margolis said. “We love being in an area where people are committed to being an active part of the community, and now our ‘Army of Artists’ are everywhere.”

As an extension of the work these actors do while pursuing specialized training at the Margolis Method Center , the website ( indicates that “along with being reliable, courteous and hardworking, we are highly skilled and can travel anywhere within an hour of Barryville, NY to help with carpentry, pet sitting, house cleaning, yard work and more.”