2015 Season Schedule

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). Read more about casting here.

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

CAST: Erica Aubrey, James Beaman, Whitney Maris Brown, Peter Davenport, Rachael Duddy, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Bill Heck, Amber Iman, Justin Keyes, Kevin Mambo, Destinee Rea, and Akron Watson.

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

Tennessee Williams' Desire

July 2 - July 5, 2015

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Six new plays based on stories by Tennessee Williams

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

CAST: Pascale Armand, Alex Mickiewicz, Natalia Payne, and Lorenzo Pisoni.

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


Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8pm

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Doug Hughes

Robert Merkin is the most successful junk bond trader in the business, and Everson Steel and United is his next target. He claims to be on the side of the people, but Thomas Everson and company would disagree.

The Profane

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at noon

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

by Zayd Dohrn, directed by Carolyn Cantor

Two New York Middle-Eastern immigrant families clash over assimilation values when they discover that their children are dating.

15 Minutes: A New Musical

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 8pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

book by Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz, directed by Trip Cullman

Chad strives to find his 15 minutes of fame, and discovers what he is really looking for along the way. Based on the experience of Steve Rubell, co-owner of the New York City disco, Studio 54.

The Dizzy Little Dance of Russell DiFinaldi

Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

by Stephen Belber, directed by David Cromer

A sprawling modern American epic about Russell DiFinaldi and his brother Jerry, two men trying to figure out what it means to do good in the world.

A Boy Put This Girl In A Cage With A Dog And The Dog Killed The Girl

Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

by Clare Barron, directed by Stella Powell-Jones

White Noise, White Light

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:30pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Westchester couple Helen and Eliot have two children, lots of history, and a marriage that may be at the breaking point. Eliot is just trying to keep his family together, but may have made the mistake that tears them apart for good. From the scathingly hilarious pen of Nicky Silver (The Lyons on Broadway, The Altruists, Pterodactyls).

CAST: Ari GraynorRebecca HendersonLee PacePaula PlumRichard Poe, and Danny Wolohan

Talk to Me of Love

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at noon

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Meghan Kennedy takes a deep dive into the heart of Brooklyn to explore Italian-Catholic tradition in America, and conflicting views between the first and second generation of an immigrant family.  Can Anna learn to stand up for herself while also teaching her daughters how to be strong women? Written by Meghan Kennedy (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many; Light) and directed by Daniella Topol (Cori Thomas’s When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick).

CAST: Michael J. Daily, Reyna De Courcy, Jessica Dickey, Caitlin McGee, Christina Pumariega, Armando Riesco, Stacey Sargeant, Erin Wilhelmi

The Brother(s)

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Conservative Filipino Edmond struggles to accept his transgendered brother Eric(a) in the wake of their death. Written and directed by Colman Domingo (Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League nominated, OBIE, Lortel and GLAAD award winning artist, and writer of Dot).

CAST: Renee AlbularioRuy IskandarOrville MendozaPaolo MontalbanJP MoragaChing Valdes-Aran

Open Road

Sunday, August 2, 2015 at noon

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Bringing together the real and imagined, the mundane and the spectacular, Stanley’s family and friends gather together to celebrate his life and to retell his stories. With music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman (Bright Lights, Big City; A Walk on The Moon at Powerhouse), book by Paul Scott Goodman and Joseph Hendel; Directed by Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway, How I Learned to Drive, Eric Bogosian’s One+One at the Powerhouse).

CAST: Christy Altomare, Jessie Austrian, Jake Boyd, Bill Buell, Jennifer Byrne, Joey Calveri, Kevin R. Free, Margaret Kelly, Jason Kravits, Jeremy Kushnier, Nancy Opel, Amy Marie Stewart, Tom Zemon

Romance Novels for Dummies

Sunday, August 2, 201 at 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Newly-widowed Liz tries to find love in New York City after the sudden death of her husband, with the help of her sister Bernie, her eccentric daughter Lily, and her newly minted OK Cupid profile. Written by Boo Killabrew (Days Like Diamonds, A Play About My Dad, The Momentum ) and directed by Kip Fagan (Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist and Asuncion, Heidi Schreck’s The Consultant (Long Wharf Theatre), Halley Feiffer’s How to Make Friends and then Kill Them (Rattlestick).

CAST: Cassie Beck, Margaret Colin, Catherine Combs, Bobby Moreno, Kolette Tetlow, Andrew Weems

The Powerhouse Apprentice Company Performances


In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

THURSDAYS JULY 2, 9, 16, 23, 2015 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!

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

Oh My Palimpsest

In the The Mug

FRIDAY JULY 3, 2015 AT 7PM & SUNDAY JULY 5, 2015 AT 3PM 

By Maggie Namulyanga

Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Workshop presentation of a Ugandan/American live-narrated filmic essay exploring home in rapidly changing cities. The final piece will parallel stories from developing Kampala and gentrifying San Francisco, layering filmed images of both cities with live music and incantation. This workshop will focus on Kampala.


Twelfth Night

July 10-July 12, 2015

In the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

FRIDAY and SUNDAY performances at 7pm, SATURDAY at 6pm

In the event of rain or inclement weather, performances will be held in the Villard Room (College Center)

Vinegar Tom

July 17-July 19, 2015

In the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Brian McManamon

FRIDAY and SUNDAY performances at 7pm, SATURDAY at 6pm

In the event of rain or inclement weather, performances will be held in the Villard Room (College Center)


The play examines gender and power relationships through the lens of 17th century witchcraft trials in England. The script employs features of the epic theater associated with German playwright Bertolt Brecht, particularly the non-realistic use of songs. The play's title comes from the name of one character's pet cat, supposed to be her familiar spirit, likely inspired by the supposed imp of one Elizabeth Clarke, a woman tried and executed for witchcraft in Essex in 1645. The play was inspired by the Women's Rights Act in 1970 and explored the thought that women were treated unequally to men in England, both at the time in which the play takes place, and the time in which the play was written. (Wikipedia)


In the The Mug

FRIDAY JULY 17, 2015 & SATURDAY JULY 18, 2015 at 9PM

Created by Tomi Tsunoda and Stephanie Johnstone

Reflecting on current issues of drought and water shortages, this devised theater and music project explores scarcity, sacredness, and the possible human landscape that waits for us on the other side of climate change.


Much Ado About Nothing

July 23-July 25, 2015

In the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jessi Hill

THURSDAY and FRIDAY performances at 7pm, SATURDAY at 6pm

In the event of rain or inclement weather, performances will be held in the Villard Room (College Center)