This week at Powerhouse:

Our 32nd season kicks off June 24th with the first of our two readings festivals! Call the box office at (845) 437-5599 to request a reservation.

Good Grief

JUNE 24 AT 8PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Lorien Haynes
Directed by John Slattery

Good Grief is a romantic comedy - about grief. Four Weddings With A Funeral - it’s sharp, funny, brutal, irreverent and quintessentially British. In the aftermath of Liv’s untimely death, her boyfriend, Adam and her best friend, Cat begin a secret affair; hiding from Liv’s sister Sally, with whom they’re attempting to negotiate everything between a raucous wake and releasing her worldly goods to the Jewish Women’s League. Running the gauntlet of the five stages of grief, the thirtysomething trio compete for who ranks highest on The Grief Meter, reveal hidden unspeakable truths and fail to agree on epitaphs and the allocation of earrings. Ending up in cupboards, in bed, on trains and in the emptiest Indian restaurant in England, Good Grief explores how the young are ill equipped to lose each other. And whether, when you’ve lost the love of your life, your sense of humour can keep you alive.

The Ways of Necessity

JUNE 25 AT 3PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Stephen Nathan
Directed by Evan Yionoulis

Richard, a modest New York accountant, has just received devastating news. As his wife and three grown children try to come together to deal with impending losses, a secret from Richard’s past threatens to break them apart. From Emmy-nominated writer and producer, Stephen Nathan, The Ways of Necessity explores the lengths to which one man will go to preserve his family.

Nollywood Dreams

JUNE 25 AT 8PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Saheem Ali

It’s the nineties and in Lagos, Nigeria, the “Nollywood” film industry is exploding. Looking to make the first Nollywood film with Western crossover appeal, Gbenga Ezie, Nigeria’s hottest director, has decided to host an open casting call for the female lead of his new romantic drama/thriller “The Comfort Zone.” Casting for the film draws on more emotions than expected in this imagining of what the growing Nollywood film scene was like as it rose to become the phenomenon it is today.

Socrates

JUNE 26 AT 2PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by Maria Mileaf

Informed by Plato’s dialogues, Socrates imagines the tumultuous conclusion to the life of one of the world’s most confounding men.  Penned by acclaimed actor, director and writer Tim Blake Nelson, the teachings and philosophies attributed to Socrates are passionately debated in this intricate, funny, and emotional new play.

The Great Blueness

JUNE 26 AT 5PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Andrew Gerle
Based on the book by Arnold Lobel
Directed by John Carrafa

In a fairy tale world where everything is grey, the town Wizard accidentally invents Blue, with unexpected consequences. Four-time Richard Rodgers Award-winner Andrew Gerle and two-time Tony nominee John Carrafa bring to life the book by Arnold Lobel, author of the beloved Frog and Toad series, in a new musical about the joys of exploration and discovery (and sometimes needing to make a little mess along the way). The Great Blueness is a musical intended for young audiences. Families with children ages 6 and up are most welcome!

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