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Frank Pugliese's new play 'The Crazy Girl' to kick-off Powerhouse Theater's special presentation series June 27-29

The Powerhouse Theater's premiere of Frank Pugliese's thought-provoking drama, "The Crazy Girl," directed by Annie Dorsen and starring legendary film and theater actress Jill Clayburgh, promises to be a heart-wrenching theater experience. "The Crazy Girl," a production of the Vassar College/ New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Summer Theater, opens on Friday, June 27, and runs through Sunday, June 29.

The moving tale of a troubled young woman grappling with the repercussions of the World Trade Center attacks, "The Crazy Girl" follows Jeanie, an emotionally fragile college student as she retreats to her mother's suburban home in an attempt to escape her psychologically destructive life in New York City. Jeanie's sanctuary, however, becomes shrouded with disillusion as she finds enemies disguised as lovers, family, and her own self.

Playwright Frank Pugliese is known for both stage and screen work, including his Obie Award winning play, Aven'U Boys. His screenplays include Shot in the Heart, Infamous, and Born to Run. A graduate of Cornell University, Frank now teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Columbia University. Pugliese is also a former NYU Playwright-in-Residence at the Royal Court in London, a member and former artistic director of Naked Angles, and member of the Drama Dept.

Yale School of Drama graduate Annie Dorsen has had a diverse and accomplished directing career. Her most recent projects include Somewhere Someplace Else by Ann Marie Healy (Clubbed Thumb) and Belgrade Trilogy by Biljana Srbljanovic (NYU/Tisch). Annie was also the recipient of the 2001 Sir John Gieglud Fellowship, the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship, and the Bill Foeller Directing Fellowship.

"The Crazy Girl" will be performed at the Susan Stein Shiva Theater and runs June 27-29. Shows June 27 and 28 at 8pm and June 29 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $18 and 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