Vassar & New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater’s second mainstage production, Mozhan Marnò’s When The Lights Went Out, directed by Kate Whoriskey and featuring Laura Innes and Cotter Smith opens today and will run through Sunday, July 28.

When The Lights Went Out tells the story of the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003 when six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories. In the darkness, two strangers fall in love during an epic walk across Manhattan; an older couple marooned in their apartment must finally grapple with their past; and a conflicted Iraqi immigrant trapped in an elevator chases memories of her lost son and her homeland through the shadows.

A brief video about the play by Mozhan, Kate, and actor Laura Innes.

When The Lights Went Out is the first full-length play by Mozhan Marnò. Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, The Miracle Worker, Fabulation) directs a cast that includes:

Laura Innes (TV’s “ER”), Cotter Smith (Next Fall, An American Daughter), Michael Braun (War Horse, Fires Are Confusing), Clifton Duncan (TV’s “Elementary”), Lameece Issaq (Food and Fadwa) Russell G. Jones (The Power of Duff, Ruined), TJ Rossi (A Year With Frog and Toad), and Sheila Vand (Argo, Bengal Tiger…).

Tickets can be purchased online at, and through the box office at (845) 437-5599 or in person at the Powerhouse Theater building on campus.

About Powerhouse Theater

Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film. The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works. Many shows from past seasons have found their way to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and theaters nationwide, including Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theater); Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (Golden Theater); Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club, Union Square Theater); Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander’s The Twenty-Seventh Man (The Public Theater); and Storefront Church, John Patrick Shanley’s final installment to his “Church and State” trilogy that began with Doubt (Atlantic Theatre Company).  Other projects developed at the Powerhouse include the Tony Award-winning Side Man and Tru; the multi-award-winning Doubt; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot, and A Steady Rain, produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

Each summer Vassar and New York Stage and Film also collaborate on the Powerhouse Theater Training Program, one of the country’s leading theater immersion programs for young artists. The program brings together 40-50 participants from across the country to form the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company. They are current college and high school students and recent graduates, who over six weeks on the Vassar campus study a discipline (acting, directing, or writing), create their own work, and assist the professional productions of the Powerhouse season.

New York Stage and Film is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film.  Since 1985 New York Stage and Film has played a significant role in the development of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures and established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan region. 

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. Consistently ranked as one of the country’s best liberal arts colleges, Vassar is renowned for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the natural and architectural beauty of its campus.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Monday-Friday, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, July 17, 2013