"Strange Grace," a story of love and healing by Jane Shepard, runs at the Powerhouse/New York Stage and Film's Susan Stein Shiva Theater at Vassar College from Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22. The play was written by Jane Shepard and will be directed by Daniel De Raey.
"Strange Grace' tells the story of Bob, a gentle philosopher who runs a roadside diner; Win, a free spirit who rekindles his heart; and Macy, a suicidal biker who picks Bob's diner as her final stop.
Shepard wrote the original Showtime movie "Freak City" starring Marlee Maitlin, Jonathan Silverman, and Natalie Cole. "Freak City" was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award. She also wrote, directed, and produced the featurette "Nine' which won honorable mention at the Rochester Film Festival. On stage, Shepard wrote "Commencing" which won the Jane Chambers Award, "Prelude to Walking" at Circle in the Square, "Anybody's Game' at One Dream; "Nine' at Circle Rep's laboratory, and "God is a Dyke' at the Westbank. "Strange Grace' was read at the
Public's New Works Now series and will premiere at Encore in San Francisco this fall.
De Raey has directed world premieres of George F. Walker's "Problem Child," "Criminal Genius," and "Risk Everything," as well as "Zastrozzi," and Chekhov's "The Celebration" with Olympia Dukakis.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday; at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday; and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15.
For more information or reservations, call the box office at (845) 437-7235 or 5599. For a taped message on show times, call the Special Info Line at (845) 437-7645, or visit the Powerhouse website at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu/.