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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


Playwright John Corwin's provocative new drama Good Life to open at Powerhouse Theater's second stage July 5

Intrigue, betrayal, jealousy, revenge, and deception overtake the lives of four eccentric and manipulative characters in Good Life, a new drama by John Corwin. A production of the Vassar College/ New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Summer Theater, Good Life will run July 5-6 at the Susan Shiva Stein Theater at Vassar College.

Directed by theater veteran David Warren, Good Life is an eerie tale about the dependent and fragile nature of the human spirit. In the outskirts of New York City, a mysterious young tycoon offers the hospitality of his sumptuous home to an old friend, only to turn the tables and draw him into a web of false security and reliance. In this haunting drama, playwright John Corwin weaves a taut, sexy, and intricate dance of deceit and envy.

A founding member of the Wax Lips Theatre Company in Chicago and a member of the Dramatists Guild, John Corwin has written and developed both American and British projects. His plays include Navy Pier, Exit Ramp, and Gone Home, which opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club in London last fall. He also wrote for the British television series "Night and Day."

David Warren is a accomplished director with over 20 plays to his credit. In addition to working with New York Stage and Film for seven seasons, Warren has directed plays such as Harmony which will open on Broadway this winter and Summer and Smoke. This will be Warren's second time working with John Corwin, having previously directed Gone Home.
Good Life stars Ben Shenkman as the self-interested, elusive character "Dan." Shenkman has frequented New York theater, performing in plays like the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Proof, Roundabout's The Deep Blue Sea, as well as Baby Anger and Antony and Cleopatra. He has also been seen on screen in Requiem for a Dream (2000) and television's hit shows "Law and Order" and "Ed."

Kate Jennings Grant stars alongside Shenkman as the hard-edged, no-nonsense "Edwards." Grant's previous theater work has included the Broadway runs of Proof and An American Daughter. She has also been seen on "Law and Order" and "Sex and the City." Good Life will also star Dan Snook and Callie Thorne.
Good Life will be performed Saturday, July 5, at 2 and 8 pm and Sunday, July 6, at 2 and 7 pm. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased through the Powerhouse Box Office in person or by phone, at either (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599.

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 Saturday, July 5, 2003