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Two-time Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh to star in upcoming Powerhouse Theater production of 'The Crazy Girl,' June 27- 29

Jill Clayburgh, a movie, television, and theater veteran whose talent and élan have kept audiences enthralled for over thirty years, will perform with her daughter, actress Lily Rabe, in the opening production of the Powerhouse Theater's special presentation line-up, "The Crazy Girl."

Jill's expansive dramatic and comedic career has won her a plethora of awards and recognition, including two consecutive Academy Award Best Actress nominations for her roles in "An Unmarried Woman" (1979) and "Starting Over" (1980). Along with her Oscar nomination for "An Unmarried Woman," Clayburgh also won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress in addition to Best Actress nominations by the American Movie Awards, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTA Awards.

In 1999, "Entertainment Weekly" named Jill Clayburgh to its list of Hollywood's Greatest Actresses. Although in recent years Jill has chosen to spend time with her family in Connecticut, she continues to appear in movies and on television, most recently playing Matthew Perry's mother in the 1997 romantic comedy "Fools Rush In" and starring in the television series "My Little Assassins" (1999).

Though an accomplished screen actress, Clayburgh began her career in theater in the late 1960s, appearing in Broadway productions such as "The Rothschilds" and "Pippin." She is also scheduled to star opposite Richard Dreyfuss in the upcoming production of the Arthur Miller classic, "All My Sons."

This season Clayburgh will star in playwright Frank Pugliese's "The Crazy Girl," a story that follows a young New Yorker's retreat to her mother's suburban home during the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack. The daughter's sanctuary, however, becomes shrouded with disillusion as she finds enemies disguised as lovers, family, and her own self. Jill will play "Stacey," a mother struggling with the failures and disappointments of an unfulfilled life, but still attempting to repair a severed relationship with her emotionally disturbed daughter.

"The Crazy Girl" will be the first special presentation of the 2003 Powerhouse Summer Theater season. Written by renowned playwright Frank Pugliese, the show will be performed at the Susan Shiva Stein Theater and runs June 27-29. Tickets may be purchased by calling (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599, or by visiting the Box Office at Vassar College in person. Since 1985, Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Summer Theater Season has produced remarkable works of theater and trained an entire generation of young artists through the apprentice-training program. For the past 19 years, Powerhouse has made Poughkeepsie a theater destination for thousands.

For further information, please contact Beth Fargis-Lancaster, executive producer of Powerhouse Summer Theater Program, at (845) 437-5902.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, June 27, 2003