2015 Season Schedule

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Please note: All programs and artists subject to change.


The Unbuilt City

July 1 - July 12, 2015

In the Powerhouse Theater

By Keith Bunin
Directed by Sean Mathias

On a cold afternoon in February, Jonah knocks on the door of a townhouse in Brooklyn Heights. He’s come to persuade Claudia to sell her famously secret art collection to a university archive. Instead she turns the tables and reveals to him a series of mysteries about the nature of love, legacy and the untold history of the city. Keith Bunin (The Busy World is Hushed, The Credeaux Canvas, Sam Bendrix…) returns to Powerhouse with this world premiere directed by Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias (Indiscretions, Waiting for Godot/No Man’s Land).

The Light Years

July 23 - August 2, 2015

In the Powerhouse Theater

Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Developed and directed by Oliver Butler

The award-winning play-making company The Debate Society (Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2) crafts a haunted love story spanning 40 years. Set at the Chicago World’s Fairs of 1893 and 1933, The Light Years revolves around Steele MacKaye, a forgotten theatrical impresario commissioned to design and build the Spectatorium, a 12,000 seat theater at the 1893 fair. His audacious vision – and its life-changing consequences – paint a spectacularly vivid world of forgotten futures and the indomitable spirit of invention.

Musical Workshops


July 10 - July 12, 2015

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book by Sybille Pearson
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Based on the short story by Somerset Maugham
Directed by Barry Edelstein

1924. Two married couples find themselves quarantined on a small island in the South Pacific during a torrential storm. Enter Sadie Thompson, a woman with a dark past and a bottle of good whiskey. Secrets are revealed and sexual tensions ignite and explode in this new musical adaptation of the classic Somerset Maugham story. From five-time Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa (Giant, The Wild Party, Marie Christine), Tony-nominated writer Sybille Pearson (Baby, Giant) and director Barry Edelstein (Nathan Englander’s The Twenty- Seventh Man, Steve Martin’s The Underpants).

Loving v. Virginia

July 17 - July 19, 2015

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book and lyrics by Marcus Gardley
Music composition by Justin Ellington
Direction and additional lyrics
by Patricia McGregor
Conceived by Patricia McGregor

A soulful, period musical set in the early days of the civil rights movement. In 1958, Mildred and Richard Loving, a black woman and white man, married in Central Point, Virginia, violating their state’s laws against miscegenation. Their Romeo and Juliet love story ignited a firestorm in their communities, and sparked a landmark Supreme Court case. Their love – and their fight – paved the way for future generations to seek equality. From the award-winning team of Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand, Every Tongue Confess), Justin Ellington (The Seven, Stagger Lee), and Patricia McGregor (Hurt Village).


July 31 - August 2, 2015

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Music by Duncan Sheik
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and Duncan Sheik
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

A heartbroken man never leaves his apartment, consoled only by the music on the radio. Through the thin walls, he hears almost every word of the couple next door—and before long, his eavesdropping becomes an obsession. Soon he finds himself drawn into a web of lust, lies, deceit and danger. Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening, American Psycho) collaborates with Kyle Jarrow (Whisper House, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant) and Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) on this lush and mysterious new musical inspired by radio plays and classic film noir.

Inside Look Workshops


July 2 - July 5, 2015

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Six new plays based on stories by Tennessee Wiliams

by Elizabeth Egloff, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm, John Guare, and Beth Henley
Directed by Michael Wilson

Six of our best contemporary playwrights collaborate in a unique evening of short plays, inspired by a master American storyteller. Many of Williams’s stories were early sketches for his celebrated plays, and capture the same roiling emotions of people at life’s turning points, clinging to love to salve their lost innocence or their shadowy loneliness. Directed by Michael Wilson (Mother of Invention at Powerhouse, The Orphans Home Cycle, Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful).

The Last Match

July 17 - July 19, 2015

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Written by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch

The semifinals of the U.S. Open are underway. Sergei Sergeyev, an up-and-coming Russian phenom, and Tim Porter, a great American superstar in the twilight of his career, do battle under the lights on center court. As the intense, back-and-forth action unfolds, Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51, BFF) and Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Bethany, Simon Stephens’ Bluebird) take us inside the minds of these two extraordinary players to contemplate athleticism, masculinity and marriage. And by match point, much more has been won and lost than a game of tennis.

Readings Festivals

Readings Festivals

June 26 – June 28 and July 31–August 2

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater


June 26 – June 28

by Ayad Akhtar

a boy put this girl in a cage with a dog and the dog killed the girl
by Clare Barron

The Dizzy Little Dance of Russell DiFinaldi
by Stephen Belber

The Profane
by Zayd Dohrn

15 Minutes
Book by Rick Elice, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz


July 31–August 2

The Brother(s)
by Colman Domingo

Open Road
music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, book by Paul Scott Goodman and Joseph Hendel

Talk To Me of Love
by Meghan Kennedy

White Noise, White Light
by Nicky Silver

Times TBA. Plus additional projects to be announced.

Free to the public. Reservations required (845) 437-5599.

The Powerhouse Apprentice Company Performances

Performances of the Classics

July 10 - July 25, 2015

In the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

Twelfth Night / July 10, 11, 12
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

Vinegar Tom / July 17, 18, 19
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Brian McManamon

Much Ado About Nothing / July 23, 24, 25
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jessi Hill

Thursday, Friday, and Sunday performances at 7pm, Saturdays at 6pm


Thursdays July 2, 9, 16, 23

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

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

Thursdays July 2, 9, 16, 23 at 6pm

A series of improvisational performances featuring music, dance, and acting with members of the Powerhouse Apprentice company and the Brooklyn Soundpainting company in a dynamic and unique type of ensemble performance you have to experience for yourself!

Workshop Performances

July 3 - July 18, 2015

Location to be announced

Oh My Palimpsest / July 3, 5
By Maggie Namulyanga Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Water / July 17, 18
Created by Tomi Tsunoda & Stephanie Johnstone