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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

Season Schedule

Mainstage

the bandaged place

June 27-July 7, 2019

In the Powerhouse Theater

By Harrison David Rivers
Directed by David Mendizábal

Jonah is a dancer.
Jonah is injured.
Jonah has an ex-boyfriend.

When a former lover resurfaces, re-opening a painful wound, Jonah is forced to turn to his funny, precocious daughter and tough-love grandmother for support. A brutal and lyrical portrait of the things we hang on to and the price of moving forward, this Relentless Award-winning play tells of one man’s attempt to free himself from the abuses of his past. From New York Stage and Film Founders’ Award recipient Harrison David Rivers.

Lightning (or The Unbuttoning)

July 18-July 28, 2019

In the Powerhouse Theater

By Beth Henley
Directed by Mark Brokaw

In a cabin high on a peak surrounded by the blue mountains and a vibrant, swirling sky, a young woman is visited by a traveling salesman as a lightning storm brews. A mysterious, mystical visitor, he awakens in her the promise and the peril of something more. Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley returns to Powerhouse with this story of resilience and determination in an unforgiving world.

 

Musical Workshops

Annie Salem: An American Tale

July 5-7, 2019

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Adapted from the novel by Mac Wellman
Book by Rachel Chavkin
Music by Heather Christian
Lyrics by Heather Christian and Rachel Chavkin

An otherworldly journey into the jagged heart of rust-belt Ohio, where blue monkeys play in the wreckage of post-industrial America, and where high school boy Jack Scan is in love with the prettiest girl in town. This timely adaptation of Mac Wellman’s wry, surrealist coming-of-age story, adapted by Obie Award-winning artists Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, The Great Comet) and Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom), travels through time and space, to Mars and back again as it tries to make sense of the forces lurking in the American woods.

The Elementary Spacetime Show

July 12-14, 2019

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Music and Lyrics by César Alvarez
Book by César Alvarez with Emily Orling
Directed by Sarah Benson

You can die, you just have to answer a few crazy questions first. And sing. And dance.

A young girl attempts suicide and wakes up trapped in a cosmic vaudevillian game show that she must win in order to enter the void of death. But the more she wants to die, the harder she has to work. A new musical of why to exist when you no longer want to, with up-tempo genre-bending songs and a healthy dose of the absurd from the creators of Futurity and the frontman of The Lisps.

Goddess

July 26-28, 2019

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Conceived by Saheem Ali
Music and Lyrics by Michael Thurber
Book by Jocelyn Bioh
Additional lyrics by Mkhululi Z. Mabija
Directed by Saheem Ali

A young man returns home to the African coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, to marry his betrothed and step into his family’s political dynasty. But when he visits Moto Moto – a steamy afro-jazz club and the stomping ground of his youth – he finds himself drawn to a beautiful, mysterious new singer. Soon, he must decide whether to fulfill the legacy of his lineage, or give in to his love of music and a newfound attraction.  A story of love, destiny, the spirit world and the power of passion, inspired by the ancient myth of Marimba, the goddess of music.

Inside Look Workshops

…and the horse you rode in on

June 20-22, 2019

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

by Zach Helm
Directed by Kate Whoriskey

...and the horse you rode in on tells the story of Ben, a young hacktivist. Federally incarcerated for digital civil-disobedience, Ben attempts to bring the entire US Judiciary to its knees from inside prison as a warning on totalitarianism... all while his mother, in scant visits, attempts to negotiate for his freedom and mental health. It is the first of a proposed five play cycle drawn as an analog of real events of the past decade that expose the state of international espionage and the human lives it has torn apart.

The Best We Could (a family tragedy)

July 25-27, 2019

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Emily Feldman
Directed by Daniel Aukin 

A daughter’s road trip with her father becomes a theatrical journey across more than just state lines. This funny, wise, and heartbreaking debut from an exciting new writer will be brought to vibrant life by director Daniel Aukin (Broadway’s Fool for Love, Powerhouse’s The Fortress of Solitude).

Readings

The Notebook
Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
Music and Lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson
Book by Bekah Brunstetter

The Excavation of Mary Anning
By Ian August
Directed by Sammi Cannold 

Tuvalu or, The Saddest Song
By Antoinette Nwandu
Directed by Danya Taymor

The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
By Jessica Huang

Delusion by Proxy
By Brooke Adams
Directed by Ethan Silverman

Sanctuary City
By Martyna Majok

Additional projects and the readings schedule will be announced at a later date. 

Reading 1

June 23, 2019

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Reading 2

June 29, 2019

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Reading 3

July 13, 2019

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Reading 4

July 19, 2019

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Reading 5

July 20, 2019

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Reading 6

July 20, 2019

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Reading 7

July 21, 2019

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

The Training Company

Romeo and Juliet

July 12-14, 2019

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Devin Kawaoka

 

The Winter’s Tale

July 19-21, 2019

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

Keep Your Head Above Water so as Not to Sink: A Soundpainting Performance

July 4,11,18,25, 2019

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

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

From One To Another: Rites of Passage for our Times

July 21-22, 2019

In the The Mug in the College Center

Created and Directed by Emily Mendelsohn and members of the Training Company

New Works Play Festival

July 27, 2019

Location to be announced

Written and Directed by members of the Training Company