This week at Powerhouse:

MAINSTAGE

The Wolves

JULY 21 - JULY 31, 2016

IN THE POWERHOUSE THEATER

By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Lila Neugebauer

It’s a Saturday in winter, somewhere in the suburbs, and a high school girls’ soccer team warms up for its indoor game. They stretch in sync – right quad, left quad, lunge – and their conversations spin around and off their turf, far outside the air dome bubble, and back again.  Newcomer Sarah DeLappe (winner of the inaugural Relentless Award, in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman) comes to Powerhouse with this searing black comedy about the privilege and pain of nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Directed by Lila Neugebauer (Wayside Motor Inn, 4000 Miles, Kill Floor).

MUSICAL WORKSHOPS

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Work-In-Progress)

JULY 22 - JULY 23, JULY 30, 2016

IN THE MARTEL THEATER, VOGELSTEIN CENTER FOR DRAMA AND FILM

Conceived, written, performed and co-directed by Taylor Mac

Along with Music Director Matt Ray, Co-director Niegel Smith, and Costume Designer Machine Dazzle, internationally award-winning artist Taylor Mac brings to Powerhouse this wildly ambitious, multi-year project, which charts the history of popular music in America from the nation’s founding to the present day.  Part concert, part ritual, all fabulous, this audacious, subjective history of the past 240 years is told through the music of the times, one decade per hour.

Experience the project’s first 12-hour/12-decade performance cycle: from noon to midnight on July 30, Taylor whirls us from 1836 to 1956, enjoying stops along the way for songs popular during the Underground Railroad, the Oklahoma land rush, World War I, the Harlem Renaissance, and more.

Additional work-in-progress performances on July 22 and 23 each feature three decades: 1836-1846, 1856-1866, and 1876-1886.

READINGS FESTIVAL 2

To request a reservation to one of our readings, call the box office (845-437-5599) during the following reservation period:

July 15-17 (Subscribers Only), July 19-21 (Open to all)

Please note that the purchase of a full subscription gives you priority access to the readings reservations prior to the general public, but cannot guarantee reservations. 

The Portuguese Kid

JULY 22 AT 8PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley

The Portuguese Kid is a romantic comedy about impossible people banging heads in Providence, Rhode Island. A Greek American woman named Atalanta, who has made a fortune in real estate, is chasing/persecuting a local two bit attorney named Barry Dragonetti. Both Atalanta and Barry have younger lovers, and a checkered past. The play crashes into real issues about men and women on its way to a satisfying resolution/train wreck. 

We Are Among Us

JULY 23 AT 12PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Stephen Belber
Directed by Daniella Topol

War; love; deceit; omission. A 20 year old son still living with his mother; a daughter and her dead father.  We Are Among Us tells the story of a younger generation grappling with the actions and inactions of those who came before it.

Sacred Valley

JULY 23 AT 5PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Josh Radnor
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

Narby and Natalie can’t remember a time when they weren’t friends. But their seemingly rock-solid friendship is upended when Narby takes Natalie’s husband Brian out for what he thought would be a harmless little mushroom trip. The next day, a confused Brian leaves Natalie, an enraged Natalie blames Narby, and three people are forced to ask themselves the deepest questions about love, friendship, and growing up in this unconventional comedy from Josh Radnor (Liberal Arts, “How I Met your Mother”, Powerhouse’s The Babylon Line).

Between The Lines

JULY 24 AT 12PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

Music and lyrics by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the books “Between the Lines” and “Off the Page” by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Directed by Jeff Calhoun.

Between the Lines, based on the bestselling book by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer, is an enchanting new musical that asks what happens if the line between fiction and real life becomes blurred?  When the handsome hero of her favorite book literally starts speaking to her from the page, Delilah thinks she has found the perfect escape from a challenging junior year in high school… her overworked single Mom, her constant ability to get on the outs with the “in” crowd, and her need to find a friend who truly understands her. Produced by special arrangement with Daryl Roth, with book by Timothy Allen McDonald, music and lyrics by Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel, and directed by Jeff Calhoun, this musical is for everyone who has ever wondered if they have the power to change their own story.

Rancho Viejo

JULY 24 AT 5PM

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Dan LeFranc
Directed by Daniel Aukin

We never meet young Richie and Lonna, whose marriage is on the rocks. But miles and miles away, in the affluent Southwestern suburb where their parents live, this couple’s separation is disturbing the tranquility of a community they’ve barely met. In Dan LeFranc’s comedy of anxiety and awkward neighbors, the residents of Rancho Viejo drift from one gathering to the next, wrestling life’s grandest themes while fending off existential despair — set against the lustful, yearning strains of a distant bolero.

The Taming of the Shrew

JULY 22, 23, 24

IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATIVE AT THE VASSAR BARNS

By William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

When Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is re-imagined as a music-infused vaudevillian romp, who is really being “tamed,” and from whose perspective? Is it the “wild” Kate, or the “mad” Petruchio? Or both? Or is it the drunken Christopher Sly, for whom Kate and Petruchio’s story is being performed? In a unique adaptation of the classic text, The Training Company explore these questions and more.

Soundpainting: This is All Very True

THURSDAYS AT 6PM - JULY 7, 14, 21, 28

IN THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER

Composed & Directed by Max Reuben

Part of “Late Night at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center”

Fifteen actors, a live sound designer, and a Soundpainting composer attempt to create a narratively cohesive, emotionally honest story out of thin air. Every show is 100% improvised, leading to a dynamic and ephemeral ensemble performance that can never be repeated. 

The Price of Salt

JULY 24, 25

IN THE MUG

by Emily Mendelsohn and Margaret Namulyanga
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Two women walk home in their respective cities, San Francisco and Kampala. They get lost. With film, poetic text, and everyday task, The Price of Salt drifts through fragments of memory, record, and city surface as the women arrive at new configurations of strangeness and belonging.

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