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This Week at Powerhouse:

MAINSTAGE

Lightning (or The Unbuttoning)

JULY 18-JULY 28, 2019

IN THE POWERHOUSE THEATER

By Beth Henley
Directed by Mark Brokaw

Scenic Design by Kimie Nishikawa
Costume Design by Michael Krass
Lighting Design by Scott Zielinski
Sound Design by David Van Tieghem
Fight/Intimacy Direction by Dave Anzuelo

Featuring: Alex Breaux, Stephanie DiMaggio, Alfie Fuller

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.

READINGS

Becky Nurse of Salem

JULY 19, 2019, 8PM

IN THE MARTEL THEATER, VOGELSTEIN CENTER FOR DRAMA AND FILM

Written and Directed by Sarah Ruhl

Featuring: Mark Bedard, Brian Kerwin, Ann McDonough, David McElwee, Polly Noonan, Susannah Perkins, Miriam Silverman

Out of work and out of love, Becky Nurse is an ordinary but strong-willed grandmother just trying to get by in post-Obama America. She’s also the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was infamously executed for witchcraft in 1692—but things have changed for women since then, haven’t they? Desperate to raise her troubled teenaged granddaughter right, and also hook up with an old flame, Becky visits a local witch for help. But those spells and potions don’t work out exactly as planned. The latest play from Tony-nominated Sarah Ruhl, Becky Nurse of Salem speaks to the trials and triumphs of women today—and is also a comedic, warmhearted story about trying to do the right thing in a chaotic world.

Delusion by Proxy

JULY 20, 2019, 12PM

IN THE MARTEL THEATER, VOGELSTEIN CENTER FOR DRAMA AND FILM

By Brooke Adams
Directed by Ethan Silverman

Featuring: Caroline Aaron,  Lynne Adams, Sarah Deaver, Sara Ettner, Peter Gerety

A black comedy about love and tyranny.
The story, set in the near future, is about a family that has been torn apart by personal grievances. It is a metaphor for the oppressive violence of the world outside. It addresses our collective anxieties about the fate of our society.

The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

JULY 20, 2019, 5PM

IN THE MARTEL THEATER, VOGELSTEIN CENTER FOR DRAMA AND FILM

By Jessica Huang
Directed by Kip Fagan

Featuring: Kim Blanck, Caroline Hewitt, David Shih, Kaipo Schwab, Ricardo Vazquez, Jeena Yi

During the Chinese Exclusion Act, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, entered the U.S. by buying forged documentation. Like other “Paper Sons,” Harry underwent a brutal detention and interrogation, and lived the rest of his life keeping secrets – even from his daughter. Told through the eyes of a middle-aged Chin, The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin reveals the complicated loves and regrets of this Chinese immigrant who wound up in Minnesota. Through dreamlike leaps of time and space and with the powerful assistance of ghosts, the story of the Chin family reveals the personal and political repercussions of making group of people “illegal.”

The Excavation of Mary Anning

JULY 21, 2019, 4PM

IN THE MARTEL THEATER, VOGELSTEIN CENTER FOR DRAMA AND FILM

By Ian August
Directed by Sammi Cannold

Featuring: Sami Bray, Alejandra Escalante, Amy Jo Jackson, Nike Kadri, Vanessa Kai, Patrena Murray

Amidst the groaning cliff sides and weather beaten shores of southern England, fossil hunter Mary Anning combs the earth for glimpses of the ancient past.  Armed with only her determination, her lucky hammer, and her canine companion, Tray, Mary uncovers secrets that redefine science and religion and philosophy.  But 19th century geology is a nobleman’s game, and Mary’s discoveries are buried beneath the rubble while the stars of her male counterparts grow ever brighter.  The Excavation of Mary Anning is a historical fantasia about things that come from the earth and things that go to the earth, and one woman’s quest to reclaim her legacy in a society that refuses to acknowledge her worth.

THE TRAINING COMPANY

The Winter’s Tale

JULY 19-21, 2019, 7PM

IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATIVE AT THE VASSAR BARNS

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

Featuring: Lukas Baeskow, Simran Bal, Ashley Elizabeth Benson, Journey Brown-Saintel, Kevin Chaikelson, Miranda Cooper, Jack Frommelt, Georgia Garrison, Leah Jarvik, Aaron Linker, Ashley Long, Audrey McMullen, Zoë Bowen Smith, Charles Tangires, Dustin Uher

A tale of Kings and Queens, love and jealousy, oracles and mysteries, storms and disguises, and an often-referred-to bear. A fanciful romp, but questions of redemption, accountability, and "happy" endings linger in this new adaptation of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required. 

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

JULY 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019, 6PM

IN THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER

Composed and Directed by Max Reuben

Featuring: Lukas Baeskow, Simran Bal, Ashley Elizabeth Benson, Journey Brown-Saintel, Kevin Chaikelson, Miranda Cooper, Jack Frommelt, Georgia Garrison, Leah Jarvik, Aaron Linker, Ashley Long, Audrey McMullen, Zoë Bowen Smith, Charles Tangires, Dustin Uher

You've been ignoring this leak for some time, haven't you? There's been so many other things to focus on. Your work, your dog, your succulent. But the water is cold and it's rising and your arms are getting tired from treading. But don't worry. There's some rescue boats on the way. Keep Your Head Above Water So As Not to Sink utilizes the gestural composing language of Soundpainting to create a spontaneous, ensemble-based improvised performance about how to stay afloat when the water is pouring in.  

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

Free and open to the public. No ticket required. 

From One To Another: Rites of Passage for our Times

JULY 21-22, 2019, 7:30PM

IN THE THE MUG IN THE COLLEGE CENTER

Created by Emily Mendelsohn and members of the Training Company

Featuring: Alexander Carnot, Hollis Dohr, Lulu Fairclough-Stewart, Abbey George, Heather Gervasi, Naomi Honig, Riley Klauza, Kate Lester, Rahul Makwana, Tali Papouchado, Gregor Patti, Raven Ray, Sofia Riba, Tristan Strasser, Eli Wassertzug

An evening of student-devised contemporary rites of passage. How do we attend? How do we invite the attention of others? How do we embody and mark transformation? How/what do we want to transform? The Powerhouse Training Company will engage these questions over 10 days through explorations of gesture, site, performance architecture, and deep listening as we create our own rituals to mark meaningful change.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.