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Free Outdoor Shakespeare performed by Powerhouse Theater apprentice company to run July 9-20

July will begin with a bang with Vassar's latest addition to the summer theater line-up: Outdoor Shakespeare, performed by the Powerhouse Theater apprentice company. From Wednesday, July 9, through Sunday, July 20, the apprentices will perform abbreviated versions of classic plays in repertory at 6:30 pm on Rockefeller Lawn at Vassar College. In case of rain, performances will be held in room 200 of Rockefeller Hall. Shows are open to all ages and audiences are invited to bring their families and a picnic dinner.

Outdoor Shakespeare, produced through a unique collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film, has brought excellence in theater to the Poughkeepsie community for over 13 years. This year's Shakespearian plays include As You Like It, directed by Henry Clarke; Twelfth Night, directed by Michael Early; and Perdita Gracia, an adaptation of A Winter's Tale by Caridad Svich, directed by Debbie Saivetz. Student apprentices from across the nation will bring Shakespeare to life with their renditions of these classic tales.

As You Like It will be performed July 9, 12, 15, and 18, Twelfth Night on July 11, 14, 17, and 20, and Perdita Gracia on July 10, 13, 16, and 19.

Since 1989 the Powerhouse Theater has brought talented young actors, directors, and playwrights to the breathtaking Vassar Campus for an eight-week program in which they hone their skills alongside some of the country's leading theater practitioners. Each year the Powerhouse program educates a new generation of artists through the Shakespeare performances, rigorous coursework, and hands-on technical training.

Call the box office at (845) 437-5599/7235 for additional information and directions, or pick up a campus map at the Main Gate on Raymond Avenue.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, July 9, 2003