2016 Season Schedule

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Please note: All programs and artists subject to change.



June 30 - July 10, 2016

In the Powerhouse Theater

By Lucy Thurber
Directed by Jackson Gay

As two young men from the Bronx vie for acceptance to an elite college, their shared past threatens to overshadow their bright futures.  Class, ambition, and expectations are called into question when higher education – and its life-changing potential – is just within reach.  From Obie Award-winning writer Lucy Thurber (The Hill Town Plays, Scarcity), directed by Jackson Gay (These Paper Bullets!, The Jammer, Where We’re Born).

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

The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd

July 7 - July 9, 2016

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley 
Adapted Book by Santino Fontana
Directed by Scott Ellis

Tony-nominated actor Santino Fontana (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, 1776, “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) returns to Powerhouse with his adaptation of this classic musical (including such songs as “Who Can I Turn To” and “Feeling Good”). Acclaimed director Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, On The Twentieth Century) makes his Powerhouse debut.

Another Word for Beauty

July 15 - July 17, 2016

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book by José Rivera
Music and Lyrics by Héctor Buitrago
Directed by Steven Cosson

It’s time for the yearly beauty pageant at Colombia’s notorious Buen Pastor prison, when the female inmates don gowns and satin sashes and try to leave their daily suffering behind.  This event is meant to motivate, rehabilitate, and inspire the women, and its impact is more than just skin deep.  Inspired by true stories, this new musical combines a script from the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Motorcycle Diaries and a score by the Grammy winning songwriter of Colombian rock sensation Aterciopelados, in a moving portrait of women who transcend their dire circumstances. 

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 Neigel 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.

Inside Look Workshops


July 8 - July 10, 2016

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Mark Brokaw

Alice Harper is about to win a major humanitarian award when her teenage son commits a sensational, hateful act.  In the ensuing fallout, devastating secrets from Alice’s own radical past come to light, and threaten to dismantle her well-made life.  Joanna Murray-Smith (Honour, The Gift, Ninety) returns to Powerhouse with her newest play, directed by Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, Cinderella, This Is Our Youth). 


July 29 - July 31, 2016

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Alexa Junge
Based on the novel by Sarah Waters
Directed by Bill Rauch

Pickpocket Sue Tinder partners with a con man to cheat a gullible young heiress out of her fortune.  But before long, she’s drawn into a complex web, caught between London’s seedy underworld and its mysterious, stifling upper reaches.  By turns squalid, gritty and glamorous, this Dickensian epic brings Sarah Water’s highly-regarded novel to the stage, adapted by writer Alexa Junge (Friends, Grace and Frankie, The West Wing) and directed by Bill Rauch (All The Way).  

Readings Festivals

WE ARE AMONG US by Stephen Belber
GOOD GRIEF by Lorien Haynes
SOCRATES by Tim Blake Nelson
SACRED VALLEY by Josh Radnor
THE PORTUGUESE KID by John Patrick Shanley

Plus additional projects to be announced.

Readings Festival 1

June 24-26

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Readings to be announced.

Readings Festival 2

July 22-24*

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Readings to be announced.

*Note new weekend for Readings Festival 2!

The Powerhouse Training Company Performances

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

July 15, 16, 17

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

Adapted & Directed by Mark Lindberg

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

Soundpainting: This is All Very True

Thursdays at 6pm - July 7, 14, 21, 28

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

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

A series of improvisational performances featuring music, dance, and acting in a dynamic and unique type of ensemble performance you have to experience for yourself!

Workshop Performances

July 24, 25

In the The Mug

The Price of Salt
by Emily Mendelsohn and Maggie Namulyanga
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn