POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-The 25th anniversary season of Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater will continue through Sunday, August 2, with Mainstage performances of the new musical The Burnt Part Boys (7/17 - 26) and the play Vera Laughed (7/22 - 8/2); the Martel Musical Tina Girlstar (7/31 - 8/1); the Inside Look workshop series of new plays Slight Hitch (sold-out, 7/17 - 19) and Shoe Story (7/23 - 25). Concluding the season will be the ever-popular Readings Festival 2 (7/30 - 8/2) with new plays by Andrew Dolan, Beth Henley, Dan Moran, John Patrick Shanley, and Regina Taylor. Seating is limited for all these performances, so don't delay in purchasing your tickets online, by phone (845) 437-5599, or in person at the box office on the Vassar campus.
ABOUT VERA LAUGHED ON THE POWERHOUSE MAINSTAGE
The third offering on Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater Mainstage this season will be Keith Bunin's funny, sexy, romantic, and moving story Vera Laughed, about a great writer living in exile - with his wife and his mistress. Vera Laughed will open on Wednesday, July 22, and run through Sunday, August 2, at the Powerhouse Theater on the Vassar College campus.
Vera Laughed is set in April of 1942 against the backdrop of WWII. Nobel Prize-winning author Ivan Bunin, who escaped the Russian Revolution 20 years earlier, has successfully created a new life for himself in the French countryside with his wife Vera and his mistress Galina. However, he still dreams of returning home, but he's not a young man anymore, and the world is at war again.
Not only does Ivan have to deal with his own love triangle, but many others, including Galina's ‘other' love Margarita; Margarita's ‘fiancé' Vladimir; and Vera's devotee, a younger Russian writer, Leonid.
Based on a true story, Vera Laughed provides a provocative and yet humorous glimpse into the household and antics of this great writer (Powerhouse Theater, 7/22 - 8/2, $35).
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM OF VERA LAUGHED
The cast will include Tony & Drama Desk-nominated actress Maureen Anderman (The Lady from Dubuque, You Can't Take It With You, The Year of Magical Thinking, Edward Albee's Seascape & Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) as Vera, Jeffrey DeMunn (Our Town, Bent, CableACE Award for HBO's Citizen X, Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption) as her husband Ivan, Obie Award-winner Ana Reeder (Small Tragedy, Hedda Gabler, Top Girls, Sight Unseen) as Margarita, Gareth Saxe (The Homecoming, Heartbreak House, Michael Mann's Public Enemy) as Vladimir, Jesse Pennington as Leonid, Bess Wohl (CSI NY, Bones) as Galina, and Jason Dechert as Andrei.
The playwright Keith Bunin is a Hudson Valley (Poughkeepsie) native and the author of The Busy World is Hushed, The Credeaux Canvas, and a writer of HBO's award-winning In Treatment.
Director Carolyn Cantor (Pumpgirl, Something You Did, Orange Flower Water) is the founding artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Edge Theater.
THE POWERHOUSE THEATER SEASON THROUGH AUGUST 2
ABOUT THE MAINSTAGE MUSICAL
The Powerhouse Mainstage will feature the fully-staged new musical The Burnt Part Boys, by Mariana Elder (book), Chris Miller (music), Nathan Tysen (lyrics), and directed by Erica Schmidt with musical direction by Vadim Feichtner. Five teenagers set out on personal quests in the mountains of West Virginia, in a deeply moving and powerful odyssey, set to a haunting and distinctive bluegrass and pop-inspired score. The cast will include Al Calderon (13) as Pete, Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening) as Jake, Noah Galvin as Dusty, Andrew Durand as Chet, Molly Ranson as Frances, Joe Cassidy (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 1776, Show Boat, Les Misérables) as Pete's Movie Fantasy Men / Dad, and as the other three miners: Timothy Warmen (The Who's Tommy), John Schiappa (Assassins, Take Me Out), and David Abeles. A spring 2010 off-Broadway run is planned. There will be 12 performances of The Burnt Part Boys in the Martel Theater, July 17 through July 26, $35.
ABOUT THE MARTEL MUSICAL
The second Martel Musical this season will be Tina Girlstar by Anton Dudley (book), Charlie Sohne (lyrics), and Brian Feinstein (music), directed by Jeremy Dobrish, with musical direction by Chris Fenwick. Tina Girlstar is a pop music fairy tale about the corruptive lure of fame and the redemptive power of true talent! An aging record producer Daniella (Sandy Binion / Jane Eyre) decides her swan song will be to create the ultimate pop princess Tina (Mariand Torres), literally piece by piece. The cast will include Vanessa (Leslie Kritzer / A Catered Affair, Legally Blond, Hairspray), Jeff (Eric William Morris / Coram Boy), Piper (Natalie Weiss), CeCe (Deone Zanotto / A Chorus Line), and Neela (Ronica Reddick / Jonestown). There will be two performances only in the Martel Theater on July 31 and August 1 at 8pm, $25.
ABOUT THE INSIDE LOOK SERIES
This year, Powerhouse Theater will present two play workshops in the Inside Look series:
Following on the four sold-out performances of Slight Hitch by Lewis Black, directed by Joe Grifasi (July 17-19)-with a cast including Peter Maloney as Doc, Kristine Nielsen as Delia, Johnny Galecki as Ryan, Sarah Steele as P.B., Kathleen McElfresh as Melanie, Hannah Cabell as Courtney, and Eric Bryant as Harper-is Ben Snyder's Shoe Story, directed by Thomas Kail (director of the Tony-winning In the Heights), July 23 - 25. The cast of this urban fairy tale of love, loss and the metaphysical significance of a fresh pair of kicks will include Victor Rasuk as Peewee/Juney, Dominique Morisseau as Sarah/Sabrina, Angelo Lozada as Rob, Ron Simons as O.G. Mar, Jinn S. Kim as Yu, Lucas Papaelias and Dominic Colon as Customers. All seats $20, Susan Stein Shiva Theater.
ABOUT THE READINGS FESTIVAL 2
The final weekend of the 25th anniversary season of Powerhouse Theater will feature the ever popular, and free, Powerhouse Festival 2, which will open with Dan Moran's Soul Cake, directed by David Wohl (7/30, 8pm); Pirate, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (7/31, 8pm); Regina Taylor's Rain, directed by Sheryl Kaller (8/1, 2pm); Andrew Dolan's That Good Night, directed by Bob Krakower (8/2, 2pm); and Beth Henley's The Jacksonian, directed by Doug Hughes (8/2, 5pm). While the readings are free to the public, reservations are strongly recommended as there is very limited seating. Call the box office at (845) 437-5599 for information and reservations.
ABOUT THE POWERHOUSE APPRENTICE COMPANY PERFORMANCES
The Powerhouse Apprentice Company will perform selections from the classics at the Outdoor Amphitheater: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (7/17-20) and Taming of the Shrew (7/24-27). They will soundpaint Dances at an Exhibition during "Late Night at the Lehman Loeb" at the Art Center (7/16, 23); and will give a concert reading of the new musical Hello! My Baby (8/1, Martel Theater, 5pm). All Powerhouse Apprentice Company performances are free and begin at 6pm (except as noted).
ABOUT POWERHOUSE SUMMER SUPPERS
On Friday and Saturday evenings catch great fresh food on the way to the theater with Powerhouse Summer Suppers prepared by a rotating selection of Arlington's restaurants at Café on the Quad from 5:30pm to 8pm [Beech Tree Grill & Bittersweet - July 17, 18; Twisted Soul - July 24, 25; Babycakes Cafe - July 31, Aug 1]. Wine and beer will be offered (no reservations necessary). "Hudson Valley Mediterranean" flavors will be presented by Gigi Hudson Valley at the Alumnae House starting at 6pm on 7/17-18, 7/24-25, 7/31-8/1 (reservation requests: (914) 388-7175). Seventeen Arlington restaurants will offer Powerhouse ticket holders who present their ticket stubs a discount or special menu items for pre- or post- theater meal or dessert.
So join the Powerhouse Theater community and become among the first to see a new play or musical performed, often before it goes on to a larger venue, on or off-Broadway, or in theaters across the country.
Season after season Powerhouse audiences have had the chance to be a witness to the creative process and development of award-winning works through artistically exceptional and affordably priced performances, including John Patrick Shanley's Doubt (four Tony Awards including Best Play and Pulitzer for Drama), Warren Leight's Side Man (two Tony Awards including Best Play and Pulitzer nominee), and Jay Presson Allen's Tru (Tony Award for Best Actor).
Last summer Opera News described Powerhouse as "a safe haven for plays to be nurtured before they make their way into the world, an incubator where writers can work on the development of a show without commercial and critical pressures, far from the ka-ching of Broadway."
THE BOX OFFICE
Individual tickets to Mainstage shows are $35; Martel Musicals $25; and the Inside Look series $20. This year, continuing its mission of presenting artistically exceptional and affordably priced performances, Powerhouse Theater will offer a $5 student rush ticket for students 25 years and under [as available 15 minutes before curtain].
To purchase tickets, go online, call (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599, or visit the Box Office on the Vassar campus.
Vassar is sited in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY. Go online for directions to the Vassar campus.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.
Powerhouse Theater, now entering its 25th season, is the result of a unique collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College. The program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 200 professional artists and some 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works. Powerhouse steadfastly supports both emerging and established artists.
The annual residency has included such writers as John Patrick Shanley, Beth Henley, Henry Kreiger, Warren Leight, Christopher Durang, Richard Greenberg, Stephen Belber, Eric Bogosian, Steve Martin, Dael Orlandersmith, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater; directors Mark Brokaw, Joe Mantello, Lisa Peterson, Roger Rees, Liz Swados, David Warren, and Michael Wilson; and actors Chris Cooper, Dana Delany, Olympia Dukakis, Edie Falco, Peter Gallagher, Joel Grey, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Johnston, Lucy Liu, Julianna Margulies, Rob Morrow, Frances McDormand, Josh Radnor, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Kyra Sedgwick, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Westfeldt, among many others.
Since its inception in 1985, Powerhouse has played a significant role in the development of hundreds of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and established itself as a vital cultural institution for the Hudson Valley, the New York metropolitan area, and the surrounding region.
ABOUT NEW YORK STAGE AND FILM
Founded in 1985 by Producing Directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer and Leslie Urdang, and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer, New York Stage and Film (SAF) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to the development and production of new works for theater and film. SAF has developed and produced premiere works by such writers as John Patrick Shanley, Jon Robin Baitz, Steve Martin, Theresa Rebeck and Eve Ensler.
ABOUT VASSAR COLLEGE
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. Consistently ranked as one of the country's best liberal arts colleges, Vassar is renowned for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the natural and architectural beauty of its campus. More than 50 academic departments and degree programs -- from Anthropology to Cognitive Sciences to Urban Studies -- encompass the arts, foreign languages, natural sciences, and social services, and combine to offer a curriculum of more than 1,000 courses.
Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater
25th Anniversary Season
Through August 2, 2009
http://powerhouse.vassar.edu or (845) 437-5599
(Fully-staged productions held in the 145-seat Powerhouse Theater and the 325 seat Martel Theater, $35)
The Burnt Part Boys
Book by Mariana Elder
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Music by Chris Miller
Directed by Erica Schmidt
Choreography by Peter Pucci
Musical direction by Vadim Feichtner
Set design by Derek McLane
Costume design by Kaye Voyce
Lighting design by David Weiner
Sound designer Brett Jarvis
Guitarist Matt Hinkley
Fiddle player Joseph Brent
Pete - Al Calderon
Jake - Skylar Astin
Dusty - Noah Galvin
Chet - Andrew Durand
Frances - Molly Ranson
Pete's Movie Fantasy Men/Dad - Joe Cassidy
Miners - Timothy Warmen, John Schiappa, David Abeles
July 17, 18, 21*, 22, 23, 24, 25 at 8pm; July 19, 25, 26 at 2pm; July 19 at 7pm
*Post-show discussion on Tuesday, July 21
Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
By Keith Bunin
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Set design by Neil Patel
Lighting design by Ben Stanton
Costume design by Clint Ramos
Sound design by Drew Levy
Leonid - Jesse Pennington
Vera - Maureen Anderman
Ivan - Jeffrey DeMunn
Galina - Bess Wohl
Margarita - Ana Reeder
Vladimir - Gareth Saxe
Andrei - Jason Dechert
July 22, 23, 24, 25, 28*, 29, 30, 31, August 1 at 8pm; July 25, 26, August 1, 2 at 2pm.
*Post-show discussion on Tuesday, July 28
THE MARTEL MUSICALS
(Concert readings held in the 325-seat Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, $25)
Book by Anton Dudley
Lyrics by Charlie Sohne
Music by Brian Feinstein
Directed by Jeremy Dobrish
Musical direction by Chris Fenwick
Daniella - Sandy Binion
Tina - Mariand Torres
Vanessa - Leslie Kritzer
Jeff - Eric William Morris
Piper - Natalie Weiss
CeCe - Deone Zanotto
Neela - Ronica Reddick
July 31 and August 1 at 8pm
INSIDE LOOK SERIES
(Workshop presentations of plays with partial production values, held in the 125-seat Susan Stein Shiva Theater, $20)
One Slight Hitch
By Lewis Black
Directed by Joe Grifasi
Doc - Peter Maloney
Delia - Kristine Nielsen
Ryan - Johnny Galecki
P.B. - Sarah Steele
Melani - Kathleen McElfresh
Courtney - Hannah Cabell
Harper - Eric Bryant
ALL PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT!
July 17, 18 at 8pm; July 19 at 2pm and 7pm
By Ben Snyder
Directed by Thomas Kail
DJ Bobbito Garcia
Peewee/Juney - Victor Rasuk
O.G. Mar - Ron Simons
Yu - Jinn S. Kim
Customers - Lucas Papaelias, Dominic Colon
July 23, 24, 25 at 8pm; July 25 at 2pm
THE READINGS FESTIVALS
(Held in the 125-seat Susan Stein Shiva Theater, free to the public with reservations strongly recommended)
Readings Festival 2
July 30 - August 2
By Dan Moran
Directed by David Wohl
Thursday, July 30 at 8pm
Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley
Friday, July 31 at 8pm
By Regina Taylor
Saturday, August 1 at 2pm
That Good Night
By Andrew Dolan
Directed by Bob Krakower
Sunday, August 2 at 2pm
By Beth Henley
Directed by Doug Hughes
Sunday, August 2 at 5pm
THE POWERHOUSE APPRENTICE COMPANY PERFORMANCES
(All performances are free, no reservations are needed.)
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Anthony Luciano
July 17, 18, 19, 20 at 6pm
The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian McManamon
July 24, 25, 26, 27 at 6pm
SOUNDPAINTING AT LATE NIGHT AT THE LEHMAN LOEB
Dances at an Exhibition
Directed and soundpainted by Mark Lindberg
July 16, 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm
SPECIAL MUSICAL PRESENTATION IN THE MARTEL THEATER
(Concert reading in the 325-seat Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film.)
Hello! My Baby
Book and new lyrics by Cheri Steinkellner
New music and arrangements by Jeff Rizzo
Directed by Christa Kimlicko-Jones
August 1 at 5pm
Please note that all programs and artists are subject to change.