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2016 Season Schedule

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Please note: All programs and artists subject to change.

Mainstage

Transfers

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 Niegel 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.

Frequently asked questions:

Q. What’s being presented?

A. This is a work-in-progress showing of a concert of 12 decades of popular song from 1836-1956.   It forms half of what will ultimately be a 24-decade cycle of American popular music (and history) from 1776 to the present.

Taylor and the team have been developing this project for several years; some decades we present will feel very finished and will include full technical elements, and some will be more sparsely rehearsed.  All are works-in-progress.

 

Q. Is it really 12 hours?

A. Taylor will be performing 12 consecutive decades, and we expect it to take 12 hours, from noon to midnight.  But this is the first and only time Taylor will be performing a section this long until the full 24-Decade presentation this fall in NYC, so we will learn together!

 

Q.  Can I arrive anytime throughout the day?

A.  You should plan to arrive for the beginning of the performance at 12pm.

 

Q. Will there be intermissions?  

There aren’t traditional “intermissions” – where the performers leave the stage and the audience leaves the theater all at once.  Each decade will take about an hour, and Taylor and the company will perform straight through, with an occasional pause to reset the stage and change costumes between decades.

 

Q. But I can leave the theater, right?

A. Yes!  As Taylor will remind us, you should do what you need to be comfortable.  Use the restroom at your convenience, get up and stretch your legs, etc.  Please be considerate of your fellow theatergoers as you come and go, and Taylor’s hope is that you’ll stay until the end of a decade before you leave, if possible.  (Each decade is about an hour.)

 

Q.  What about food?  Can I eat during the performance?

A.  A small menu of boxed meals will be available to purchase in advance, from our friends at Le’ Express / Farmers and Chefs.  Please CLICK HERE to purchase.  

Certain decades are designed to accommodate the audience eating meals. In our marathon, those meal times will be around 3pm and 4pm, and again at around 9pm. During these hours, you’re welcome to eat your boxed meal inside the theater.

Please note that these boxed meals are the only food that may be consumed inside the theater.  There will be other light snacks available at foodtrucks outside the theater throughout the day, and you’re welcome to bring your own food – we just ask that you step out briefly to eat these at your convenience.  Beverages in lidded containers will be allowed in the theater.

(***A limited number of meals will be available for purchase at the theater – but please order ahead by noon on Friday, July 29 to ensure adequate quantities.)

 

Q. What else may I bring?

A.  We strongly suggest you bring as few personal items as possible.  If you need to bring a bag, please try to make it small and portable.   

Some audience members will be asked to move around the theater; they will generally come back to their own seats, but may be relocated for 30-45 minutes at a time.  Ushers and other personnel will be on hand to help you with this movement but we cannot be responsible for your personal items.  There will not be a coat or bag check available.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office with additional questions at phtboxoffice@vassar.edu or 845-437-5599.

Inside Look Workshops

Fury

July 9 - 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). 

Fingersmith

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

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

Reading Festival 1: June 17-19 (Subscribers Only), June 21-23 (Open to all)
Reading Festival 2: July 15-17 (Subscribers Only), July 19-21 (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. 

Good Grief

June 24 at 8pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Lorien Haynes
Directed by John Slattery

Good Grief is a romantic comedy - about grief. Four Weddings With A Funeral - it’s sharp, funny, brutal, irreverent and quintessentially British. In the aftermath of Liv’s untimely death, her boyfriend, Adam and her best friend, Cat begin a secret affair; hiding from Liv’s sister Sally, with whom they’re attempting to negotiate everything between a raucous wake and releasing her worldly goods to the Jewish Women’s League. Running the gauntlet of the five stages of grief, the thirtysomething trio compete for who ranks highest on The Grief Meter, reveal hidden unspeakable truths and fail to agree on epitaphs and the allocation of earrings. Ending up in cupboards, in bed, on trains and in the emptiest Indian restaurant in England, Good Grief explores how the young are ill equipped to lose each other. And whether, when you’ve lost the love of your life, your sense of humour can keep you alive.

The Ways of Necessity

June 25 at 3pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Stephen Nathan
Directed by Evan Yionoulis

Richard, a modest New York accountant, has just received devastating news. As his wife and three grown children try to come together to deal with impending losses, a secret from Richard’s past threatens to break them apart. From Emmy-nominated writer and producer, Stephen Nathan, The Ways of Necessity explores the lengths to which one man will go to preserve his family.

Nollywood Dreams

June 25 at 8pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Saheem Ali

It's the nineties and in Lagos, Nigeria, the "Nollywood" film industry is exploding. Looking to make the first Nollywood film with Western crossover appeal, Gbenga Ezie, Nigeria's hottest director, has decided to host an open casting call for the female lead of his new romantic drama/thriller "The Comfort Zone." Casting for the film draws on more emotions than expected in this imagining of what the growing Nollywood film scene was like as it rose to become the phenomenon it is today.

Socrates

June 26 at 1pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by Maria Mileaf

Informed by Plato’s dialogues, Socrates imagines the tumultuous conclusion to the life of one of the world’s most confounding men.  Penned by acclaimed actor, director and writer Tim Blake Nelson, the teachings and philosophies attributed to Socrates are passionately debated in this intricate, funny, and emotional new play.

The Great Blueness

June 26 at 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Andrew Gerle
Based on the book by Arnold Lobel
Directed by John Carrafa

In a fairy tale world where everything is grey, the town Wizard accidentally invents Blue, with unexpected consequences. Four-time Richard Rodgers Award-winner Andrew Gerle and two-time Tony nominee John Carrafa bring to life the book by Arnold Lobel, author of the beloved Frog and Toad series, in a new musical about the joys of exploration and discovery (and sometimes needing to make a little mess along the way). The Great Blueness is a musical intended for young audiences. Families with children ages 6 and up are most welcome!

The Portuguese Kid

July 22 at 8pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley

The Portuguese Kid is a romantic comedy about impossible people banging heads in Providence, Rhode Island. A Greek American woman named Atalanta, who has made a fortune in real estate, is chasing/persecuting a local two bit attorney named Barry Dragonetti. Both Atalanta and Barry have younger lovers, and a checkered past. The play crashes into real issues about men and women on its way to a satisfying resolution/train wreck. 

We Are Among Us

July 23 at 12pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Stephen Belber
Directed by Daniella Topol

War; love; deceit; omission. A 20 year old son still living with his mother; a daughter and her dead father.  We Are Among Us tells the story of a younger generation grappling with the actions and inactions of those who came before it.

Sacred Valley

July 23 at 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva 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 what he thought would be a harmless little 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 unconventional comedy from Josh Radnor (Liberal Arts, “How I Met your Mother”, Powerhouse’s The Babylon Line).

Between The Lines

July 24 at 12pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Music and lyrics by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the books “Between the Lines” and “Off the Page” by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Directed by Jeff Calhoun.

Between the Lines, based on the bestselling book by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer, is an enchanting new musical that asks what happens if the line between fiction and real life becomes blurred?  When the handsome hero of her favorite book literally starts speaking to her from the page, Delilah thinks she has found the perfect escape from a challenging junior year in high school… her overworked single Mom, her constant ability to get on the outs with the “in” crowd, and her need to find a friend who truly understands her. Produced by special arrangement with Daryl Roth, with book by Timothy Allen McDonald, music and lyrics by Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel, and directed by Jeff Calhoun, this musical is for everyone who has ever wondered if they have the power to change their own story.

Rancho Viejo

July 24 at 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Dan LeFranc
Directed by Daniel Aukin

We never meet young Richie and Lonna, whose marriage is on the rocks. But miles and miles away, in the affluent Southwestern suburb where their parents live, this couple’s separation is disturbing the tranquility of a community they’ve barely met. In Dan LeFranc’s comedy of anxiety and awkward neighbors, the residents of Rancho Viejo drift from one gathering to the next, wrestling life’s grandest themes while fending off existential despair — set against the lustful, yearning strains of a distant bolero.

In Residence

Reservations may be made by subscribers by calling the box office (845) 437-5599.

Please note that the purchase of a full subscription gives you access to a residency presentation, but cannot guarantee a reservation.

The Wild Hunt

July 16

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Written & Directed by Bill Pullman
Co-Produced & Co-Directed by Jennifer McCray Rincon
Composed & Arranged by Gary Grundei

THE WILD HUNT  is a winter solstice story with elves and magic but no jolly Santa Claus…  It is a performance piece that uses music, text, puppetry and movement to investigate a young girl’s journey to triumph over the darkest day of the year – a time filled with delusions of contentment and premonitions of Earth's impending catastrophe.  Beginning at her Health Care facility, she eventually transitions into a mysterious, alter-world framed by ancient Yuletide mythology with the promise of rescuing her lost brother and preventing a dark implosion of humankind. 

Additional information can be found here.

This residency is presented in association with Visionbox Studio and The I&G Fries Foundation.

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 William Lindberg

Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway juxtaposes the life of socialite Clarissa Dalloway the day she is giving an important party with the life of traumatized WWI veteran Septimus Warren Smith the day he is driven to suicide. Written in the early 1920s during the aftermath of WWI, Woolf's prescient novel explores privilege, queerness, and what we would now call PTSD but was known at the time as "shell shock." In this world premiere adaptation by queer fiction author Mark William Lindberg, Woolf's gorgeous and pointed text flows from a chorus of 15 young actors from The Training Company.

In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be presented onsite, inside the newly revovated barn.

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

When Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is re-imagined as a music-infused vaudevillian romp, who is really being "tamed," and from whose perspective? Is it the "wild" Kate, or the "mad" Petruchio? Or both? Or is it the drunken Christopher Sly, for whom Kate and Petruchio's story is being performed? In a unique adaptation of the classic text, The Training Company explore these questions and more.

Soundpainting: This is All Very True

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

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Composed & Directed by Max Reuben

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

Fifteen actors, a live sound designer, and a Soundpainting composer attempt to create a narratively cohesive, emotionally honest story out of thin air. Every show is 100% improvised, leading to a dynamic and ephemeral ensemble performance that can never be repeated.

The Price of Salt

July 24, 25

In the Mug

by Emily Mendelsohn and Margaret Namulyanga
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Two women walk home in their respective cities, San Francisco and Kampala. They get lost. With film, poetic text, and everyday task, The Price of Salt drifts through fragments of memory, record, and city surface as the women arrive at new configurations of strangeness and belonging.