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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

This Week at Powerhouse:

MAINSTAGE

The Waves

JULY 19-29, 2018

IN THE POWERHOUSE THEATER

Adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf
Book by Lisa Peterson
Music and Lyrics by David Bucknam
Additional Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Creative Consultant Raúl Esparza

Scenic Design by Rachel Hauck
Costume Design by Michael Krass
Lighting Design by Jen Schriever
Sound Design by Nick Kourtides

Featuring: Ken Barnett, Raúl Esparza, Eleasha Gamble, Douglas Lyons, Alice Ripley, Lauren Worsham

Six childhood friends and their shifting relationships come vibrantly to life in this captivating chamber musical inspired by Virginia Woolf’s celebrated novel.  Over the course of one day - or is it a lifetime? - The Waves illuminates the interior yearnings, ambitions, and defeats of these extraordinary individuals with stirring choral music and Woolf’s signature text. Writer/director Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) and composer Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days) revisit and reimagine Bucknam and Peterson’s lush and layered musical, which premiered off-Broadway over thirty years ago.

READINGS FESTIVAL

The North Star

JULY 20, 2018 at 8pm

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Donja R. Love
Directed by Malika Oyetimein

Somewhere in North Philly the North Star shines bright. It lights the way for North, a Shakespearean-like rapper in his hood. But right after he lands a record deal his father is released from prison and he becomes forced to see the man that he always was.

The Dizziness of Freedom

JULY 21, 2018 at 12pm

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Stephen Nathan
Directed by Daniella Topol

Roger is the last remaining tenant of an old apartment building scheduled for demolition to make way for a new shopping mall. At 75 and with a history of left-wing social activism, Roger has no intention of giving the corporate interests the satisfaction of moving without a fight – his last stand. A young attorney, Annie, shows up charged with the task of evicting Roger. What should be easy for Annie becomes a test of wills and integrity, which uncovers both of their fears and their gaping generational divide. But this battle also shows them their ability to to transcend their differences and ultimately what binds even the most intransigent pair of combatants.

The Purists

JULY 21, 2018 at 5pm

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

By Dan McCabe
Directed by Billy Porter

A former rapper, a DJ, and a musical theatre fanatic have become unlikely stoop buddies in Sunnyside, Queens. When their friendly riffing about race, sexuality and music in America turns personal – and with the arrival of two up-and-coming female emcees – the trio must confront the changes to their purist ideals and question what it means to be authentic.

Melissa R and Dorothy Sue

JULY 22, 2018 at 5pm

IN THE SUSAN STEIN SHIVA THEATER

Book by Geoffrey Nauffts
Music and Lyrics by Jonatha Brooke
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

When two women learn they have been living in each other's lives for the past forty years, their journey towards who it is they were supposed to have been leads them to some old familiar and new and unexpected places.

THE TRAINING COMPANY

I’m Trying to Tell You Something Important

JULY 19, 26, 2018 at 6pm

IN THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER

Composed and Directed by Max Reuben

Hello. Thanks for coming. Why don’t you take a seat? I have something to tell you. It’s important. It’s going to be hard to put it into words, but I’m going to do my best. Please keep an open mind. Don’t be scared, it’s nothing bad. It’s just... important. 

I'm Trying to Tell You Something Important utilizes the gestural composing language of Soundpainting to combine acting, music, movement, and storytelling to create a spontaneous, ensemble-based improvised performance about how hard it can be to say what we feel. 

Part of “Late Night at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center”.
Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

As You Like It

JULY 20, 21, 22, 2018 at 7pm

IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATIVE AT THE VASSAR BARNS

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Doug Paulson

Do you believe in love at first sight? …or too much of a good thing? What would happen if a family feud forced you out of familiar trappings and propelled you headlong into a world full of surprises? Follow Orlando, Rosalind, Celia and Touchstone into the forest of Arden to search for the banished Duke, and watch them as they discover so much more than they bargained for!

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Metamorphoses

JULY 22, 23, 2018 at 7:30pm

IN THE THE MUG IN THE COLLEGE CENTER

By Ovid (Translated by Ted Hughes)
Directed and Adapted by Elizabeth Hess

A man is transformed into a woman by snakes. A boy drowns in his own image. A daughter smashes through taboos to mate with her father. A goddess aches to make love with beauty incarnate. A runner stumbles into love.

This is the world of Ovid’s Metamorphoses where dreams and desires erupt, collide and interact with the supernatural. Bodies are magically transformed, and psyches are suddenly altered as insatiable wants become feverish and frenzied. Mortals and gods commingle in the dark recesses of the Underworld or breathe in the intoxicating fumes of the Overworld. Extremes of passion drives these tales. Passion that is ecstatic. Passion that is doomed. Passion that is relentless. Passion that is irrational. Passion that is totally recognizable as being all too human.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.