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2017 Season Schedule

Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2017 Powerhouse season will be available for purchase as follows:

May 10 - FULL SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE
May 16 - SUBSCRIPTIONS & SINGLE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE
June 8 - ONLINE, PHONE & IN-PERSON SALES AT THE POWERHOUSE

Please note: All programs and artists subject to change.

Mainstage

Sacred Valley

June 29-July 9, 2017

In the Powerhouse 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 his first 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 bittersweet comedy from Josh Radnor (Liberal Arts, “How I Met Your Mother,” Powerhouse’s The Babylon Line).

Good Men Wanted

July 20-30, 2017

In the Powerhouse Theater

By Kevin Armento
Directed by Jaki Bradley
Choreographed by Ani Taj

Good Men Wanted brings to life the incredible true stories of renegade women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War. In a searing drama punctuated by explosive dance sequences set to contemporary pop music, five women of vastly different backgrounds become warriors and spies, endure prison camps and midnight raids, and ultimately intersect at America's most storied battlefield, Gettysburg. These unsung heroes circumvented the limitations of their time, with a boldness that speaks loudly to our own. 

Musical Workshops

Stilyagi

June 23-25, 2017

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Peter Lerman
Based on the motion picture The Hipsters, produced by Red Arrow Films
Directed by Michael Mayer

“This is musical about me, Mels Yefimovich Vasnetsov, about difficult time in my life when I was young (hard to believe) and good looking (harder to believe) in no-longer-existing world of 1950s Moscow, when I was pulled from promising future in Komosomol Leninist Youth Brigade by beautiful, corrupt and dissipated Stilyaga girl by name of Polly, who ruined my life in best and worst possible manner, which, to this day, I am not reconciling.  Obviously, this is complicated Soviet story, not fit subject for frivolous American musical.  But they ask for blurb so here is blurb so if you are interested, please, I invite you, come.  But if you ask me this is terrible idea.”  

This Ain't No Disco

June 30, July 1-2, 2017

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz
Book by Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz
and
Rick Elice
Directed by Trip Cullman

Set against the garbage strikes, the grit, the graffiti of NYC 1979, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers who search for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and the Mudd Club. Ultimately, it’s about finding community and purpose in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag, where every few steps gives you a chance to pick a new direction, to take a new path. From co-creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the director of Six Degrees of Separation.

The Secret Life of Bees

July 27-29, 2017

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book by Lynn Nottage
Composed by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd
Directed by Sam Gold

It’s 1964 in South Carolina, and restless white teenager Lily Owens wrestles with her controlling father and a haunting memory of her dead mother. When Rosaleen, her Black caretaker, is beaten and jailed for attempting to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is awakened and she and Rosaleen escape their circumstances on an adventure, to find the truth about her mother’s death. One portentous clue leads them to a colorful bee farm run by three eccentric and spiritual Black sisters, whose wisdom, warmth and motherly love help both Lily and Rosaleen grow and heal. Written by two time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, lyrics by Tony and Drama Desk nominee Susan Birkenhead,composed by Tony winner Duncan Sheik, and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold.

Inside Look Workshops

The Great Leap

July 7-9, 2017

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Will Davis

San Francisco, spring 1989.  Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a "friendship" game.  His background is a mystery, but he can sink 100 free throws in a row, so who cares?  When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. There’s more at stake on the court than just who wins or loses.  Inspired by events from the life (and short-lived basketball career) of playwright Lauren Yee’s father.

The Homecoming Queen

July 28-30, 2017

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Awoye Timpo
 
A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she's long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.

Readings Festivals

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

Reading Festival 1: June 16-18 (Subscribers Only), June 20-22 (Open to all)
Reading Festival 2: July 14-16 (Subscribers Only), July 18-20 (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.

Kid Prince and Pablo

June 24, 2017, 2 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Written by Brian Quijada
Original Music by Marvin Quijada
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Based off Mark Twain's The Prince and The Pauper, Quijada's newest play, Kid Prince and Pablo reimagines the classic tale of mistaken identity with a Digital Age, Hip Hop-Infused twist, to examine race, class, the wealth divide, and what it means to walk in someone else's shoes in our America.

Ironweed

June 24, 2017, 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By William Kennedy & Jodie Markell
Based on the novel by William Kennedy
Directed by Jodie Markell

Ironweed is a play with music based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by William Kennedy, adapted for the stage by the author in collaboration with the director Jodie Markell. The play delves into the rich voice of the novel bringing out the poetry, humor and heartbreak. Set on All Hallow’s Eve in 1938, on the streets of Albany, New York, Ironweed is one man’s journey through purgatory and his struggle for redemption.

Little Orphan Danny

June 25, 2017, 2pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Created by Dan Finnerty
Conceived by Dan Finnerty & Sean Daniels
Book, music and lyrics by Dan Finnerty
Additional music by Dan Lipton
Directed by Sean Daniels

The uproarious musical memoir of The Dan Band’s brilliant frontman Dan Finnerty: Growing up a small town altar boy in a nice conservative family doesn’t always suit our adopted protagonist. Childhood outbursts of blasphemy in church only lead to pathetic adolescent attempts at playing sports. But of the many lessons he’ll learn, none could prepare him for the fateful day he and his mother meet the woman who gave birth to him. An irreverent-yet-tender story of a boy and the women who made him.

Paris, Actors

June 25, 2017, 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Hamish Linklater
Directed by Leigh Silverman

1944, Nazi-occupied Paris. "The Merchant of Venice," starring real life Nazi stage and screen celebrity Werner Krauss ("The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari," "Jud Süs," "Paracelsus," et al), as the Jew.  Paris, Actors is a family farce set in a theater, set in a nation, under the thumb of a totalitarian dictatorship - (sound familiar?) which wants to ask you, how do you solve a crime against humanity? What is an artist in war? Is there such a thing as an artist without war? How do you forgive the unforgivable? And how much strain can the quality of mercy truly take?

Jane Says

July 15, 2017, 8 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Diana Son
Directed by Mark Brokaw

A young woman turns up floating in the East River -- alive but with no idea of who she is or how she got there. Jane Doe. Her reunion with her mother only produces more questions and mystery and Jane tries to convince a newspaper reporter to take her in and help her build a new life. Is Jane really suffering from amnesia or is this her latest, most desperate attempt to escape a relationship that is as foundational to her identity as her name?

Reading Festival #2

July 21-23

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Order and performance times TBA

Diana

Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music & Lyrics by David Bryan
Directed by Christopher Ashley

One Good Egg

By Annie Evans
Directed by Melia Bensussen

Amy & The Orphans

By Lindsey Ferrentino
Directed by Scott Ellis

The Fit

By Carey Perloff
Directed by Daniel Aukin

Serious Moonlight

Written by and based on the film by Adrienne Shelly 
Co-adapted by Liz Tuccillo and Andy Ostroy

The Training Company

Hamlet

July 14-16, 2017

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Cymbeline

July 21-23, 2017

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

Soundpainting

Thursdays at 6pm, July 6, 13, 20, 27

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Composed and Directed by Max Reuben 

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

12 Ophelias (A play with broken songs)

July 23-24, 2017

In the Mug

By Caridad Svich
Directed by Heidi Handelsman

One Act Play Festival

July 26, 2017

Location to be announced

By Members of the Training Company

Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Enough Oxygen

In the Mug

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Members of the Training Company