A New York preview of "Tuesdays with Morrie," based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and directed by OBIE Award-winner David Esbjornson, will open the Vassar College/New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Summer Theater season.
"Tuesdays with Morrie," adapted for the stage by Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher, opens on Friday, June 21, and runs through Saturday, July 6.
Esbjornson has staged new plays by Tony Kushner, Arthur Miller, Migdalia Cruz, Neal Bell, Patrick Marber, Jose Rivera, Ellen McLaughlin, Romulus Linney, Reynolds Price, Len Jenkin, and Larry Kramer, among many others. He served as artistic director of the Classic Stage Company. Esbjornson's credits include Kushner's "Home Body/Kabul (London), "Angels in America" which won the Bay Area Critics Award for Best Direction, and Bell's "Therese Raquin," for which he received an OBIE Award for Direction.
Lighting designer Brian McDevitt, just won a Tony Award for "Into the Woods."
Set designer Robert Brill designed the scenery for the recent Broadway productions of "Cabaret," "Design for Living," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Buried Child," and "The Rehearsal." Other recent credits include "The First Picture Show" and "Twilight: Los Angeles," at the Mark Taper Forum, and "The Laramie Project" at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Starring Jon Tenney as Mitch Albom, "Tuesdays with Morrie' is a New York City-bound adaptation of one of the best-selling books of all time. The play will open in New York in the fall. In "Tuesdays," through wit and wisdom, an older teacher transforms his student with lessons in how to live.
Since its founding in 1985, the Powerhouse theater program at Vassar College has fostered emerging artists, produced new works by some of the nation's most innovative young playwrights, and trained aspiring actors, directors, and designers for theater careers. This is Vassar's 18th collaboration with New York Stage and Film.
Single ticket prices for mainstage productions are $25. Season tickets are also available. For more information call the box office at (845) 437-7235 or 5599. Call the Special Info Line at (845) 437-7645 or visit the Web site at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu/.
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