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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


New York Stage and Film's Winter Gala honors Julianna Margulies and Marc Platt, December 13, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— “We are proud to celebrate a quarter-century of producing new and innovative theater by honoring Julianna and Marc for their significant contributions to New York Stage and Film and to the entire theater community,” said Johanna Pfaelzer, artistic director for New York Stage and Film, of the two 25th anniversary Winter Gala honorees - actor Julianna Margulies and producer Marc Platt.
On Sunday, December 13, at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, New York Stage and Film will honor Margulies and Platt for their extraordinary achievements in theater, film and television, as well as their ongoing commitment to live performance and support of SAF, at the 25th annual Winter Gala. Nicki Genovese, the new managing director of SAF, added: “Julianna and Marc’s work in theater, film and television is truly unparalleled.”
Each summer, Vassar College and New York Stage and Film collaborate to present the Powerhouse Theater Program, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary season. The annual Winter Gala helps to support this program and this year will be held at the Plaza Hotel (770 Fifth Avenue), beginning at 7:00pm with cocktails followed by dinner and entertainment at 8:00pm. The ticket price (a portion of which is tax-deductible) begins at $350; tickets can be purchased by calling New York Stage and Film at (212) 736–4240.
Christine Baranski, George Clooney, Jonathan Demme, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Denis Leary, Rob Marshall & John DeLuca, James L. Nederlander, Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd, Stephen Schwartz, and Reese Witherspoon serve as Honorary Chairs for the gala.
About the Honorees
Julianna Margulies is an award-winning actress whose work in theater, film and television has won the admiration of audiences all over the world. From her current hit series The Good Wife to the groundbreaking ER, from productions on and off-Broadway to films including Evelyn, Paradise Road and the upcoming City Island, Margulies has played characters of passion and complexity, and collaborated with many of the extraordinary writers, directors and actors of our time. She starred in the Powerhouse Theater mainstage production of Intrigue With Faye by Kate Robin in 1999; the play subsequently transferred off Broadway to MCC Theater, where she starred in that production as well.
Marc Platt stands among the few producers who have successfully bridged the worlds of theater, film and television. From the stage musical Wicked to the critically acclaimed film Rachel Getting Married to the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, throughout his 25 year career as a motion picture studio president and independent producer Platt has inspired and nurtured new playwrights, screenwriters, directors and actors, and guided accomplished artists as they have embarked on new challenges.
About Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Program
Founded in 1985 by producing directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, and Leslie Urdang, and now under the leadership of artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer and managing director Nicki Genovese, New York Stage and Film (SAF) is dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film.
Through the annual summer Powerhouse Theater program, New York Stage and Film’s longstanding collaboration with Vassar College, has provided a creative home for over 2,000 artists. This annual eight week residency at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has included such writers as Jon Robin Baitz, Eric Bogosian, Beth Henley, Steve Martin, Theresa Rebeck, John Patrick Shanley, and Nicky Silver; directors Mark Brokaw, Joe Mantello, Lisa Peterson, Roger Rees, Liz Swados, David Warren, and Michael Wilson; and actors Olympia Dukakis, Mary McDonnell, Rob Morrow, David Strathairn, and Frances McDormand among many others.
Just some of the plays that have been developed and premiered at Powerhouse include Honour, Snakebit, Current Events, the Broadway hit A Steady Rain, and the Tony Award-winning Tru and Sideman, as well as John Patrick Shanley’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning Doubt.
“The collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film has been a vital part of bringing professional theater to the Hudson Valley for 25 years,” explained Edward Cheetham, producing director of Powerhouse Theater. “In addition to the superb company of actors, playwrights, and directors assembled each summer by SAF, the Vassar campus hosts members of the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Program. This theater training program provides a supportive environment for young artists of all theatrical disciplines to each find their own unique voice by exercising it in the classroom and through performances of original and classic works.”
Details of the 2010 Powerhouse Theater season—June 25 through August 1, 2010—will be announced this spring, however gift certificates are available for purchase now. For further information, visit the website http://powerhouse.vassar.edu, email powerhouse@vassar.edu, or call Mary Decker at (845) 437-5907.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, December 1, 2009