2016 Season Schedule

Single tickets and subscription packages are now available for purchase online or at our box office!

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.

Additional work-in-progress performances on July 22 and 23 each feature three decades: 1836-1846, 1856-1866, and 1876-1886.

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!

Readings Festival 2

July 22-24*

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Schedule TBA

WE ARE AMONG US by Stephen Belber
directed by Daniella Topol

RANCHO VIEJO by Dan LeFranc
directed by Daniel Aukin

SACRED VALLEY by Josh Radnor
directed by Sheryl Kaller

BETWEEN THE LINES music & lyrics by Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson; book by Timothy Allen McDonald
directed by Jeff Calhoun

THE PORTUGUESE KID written and directed by John Patrick Shanley

*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