POUGHKEEPSIE, NY —In two emotionally charged acts separated by 25 years, an idealistic couple faces a life-altering choice, and questions whether happiness can be found in a life of comfort and acquisition, in Jessica Goldberg's Get What You Need, premiering July 15-17 at the 21st Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theatre Season.
Get What You Need straddles 1979 and 2004 to shed light on the American Dream, through the consequences of one family's economic and emotional decisions. As "Edgar," lead Tim McGeever is trying to move ahead from his turbulent days of anti-Vietnam War activism to raising a family with his wife "Joan" (Sarah Rafferty). But when his old friend "Arthur" (Tony nominee Reg Rogers) visits and proposes a tempting business deal, Edgar and Joan must decide what they truly care about before making a pivotal life decision. Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons rounds out the cast as "Hester," Joan's aging mother.
Tim McGeever has performed Off-Broadway in the Lincoln Center's production of Chaucer in Rome, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's The White Devil, the Improbable Theatre Company's Lifegame and the New York Shakespeare Festival's Tartuffe. A Juilliard graduate, McGeever has appeared regionally at The Guthrie Theater, Studio Arena, Portland Stage Company, Folio Theatre and the Pioneer Theater Company.
Performing in her third Powerhouse season, Best known for her big and small screen work, Sarah Rafferty's films include Social Grace, Tremors, and Speakeasy. On television, she's been seen in CSI, The Practice, Six Feet Under, Without a Trace, Law and Order, and Second Time Around.Estelle Parsons's 43-year acting career includes one Academy Award, two Oscar nominations, four Tony Award nominations, and over thirty feature films. She recently played "Cora Swanson" in the Broadway revival ofMorning's At Seven, a part that earned Parsons her fourth Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress. Parsons won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the 1967 classic crime drama Bonnie and Clyde. She was also a regular on ABC's hit sitcom Roseanne, where she played Roseanne's mother, Beverly.
A highly regarded stage performer and longtime Powerhouse contributor, Reg Rogers earned a 1996 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in Holiday, playing "Ned Seton." Rogers had two roles in the Tony-nominated production of The Moliére Comedies. His extensive film work includes Analyze That, Four Lane Highway, Stone Cold, Igby Goes Down, and Get Well Soon. Rogers was seen in the award-winning made for television film Attila, and has appeared on the programs Touched by an Angel, Eyes, Ed, Friends, and Law and Order.
Best known for her big and small screen work, Sarah Rafferty's films include Social Grace, Tremors, and Speakeasy. On television, she's been seen in CSI, The Practice, Six Feet Under, Without a Trace, Law and Order, and Second Time Around.
Jessica Goldberg wrote Get What You Need on a commission from The Atlantic Theater Company. Goldberg's play Sex Parasite was supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and recently premiered at The Mark Taper Forum's Taper TOO in Los Angeles. Her Refuge premiered at Playwrights' Horizons and won the 1999 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and her plays The Schaubuhne,The Hologram Theory, and Stuck Good Thing have also been produced. A graduate of the New York University dramatic writing program and Juilliard, Goldberg was a Tennessee Williams Fellow at The University of the South, a recipient of The Le Compte de Nouy stipend, winner of the first annual Helen Merrill Award, and recipient of the 2000 Berrilla Kerr Foundation Award.
Four performances of Get What You Need will be presented Friday July 15 through Sunday July17 at Vassar's Susan Stein Shiva Theatre, with shows July 15 and 16 at 8:00 p.m., and on July 17 at both 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased online at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu, by phone at (845) 437-5599 or (845) 437-7235, or by visiting the Powerhouse box office on Vassar's Poughkeepsie, New York campus.
Since 1985, Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Season has premiered numerous new works destined for on- and off-Broadway production, and made Poughkeepsie a theater destination for thousands of theatre lovers. Powerhouse has also trained an entire generation of young artists through its annual summer apprentice training program, which produces an outdoor repertory series on the Vassar campus. More than 200 professional playwrights, directors, actors, and designers, and more than 50 apprentices from high schools and colleges across the United States, live and work together each summer in a rich collaborative environment on the Vassar campus.
Further information on the Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Season can be found at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu.
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