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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


Powerhouse Theater announces casting for Pulitzer, Tony, and Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley's newest work PIRATE, July 21 - August 1, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater is pleased to announce the cast of PIRATE (July 21 - Aug 1), the latest among 13 new works by John Patrick Shanley to have premiered at Powerhouse since 1985. The cast will feature Bill Camp (Coram BoyHeartbreak House, Revolutionary Road), Ivan Hernandez (Yank!Romantic PoetryMost Happy Fella), Charlotte Parry (EquivocationCoram BoyThe Real Thing), and Michael Puzzo (Killing WomenKhartoum, Dirty Story, In Arabia We'd All be Kings).

This fully-staged production on the Powerhouse mainstage is a funny, provocative, and wildly theatrical tale of a guy who keeps showing up. One never knows where the Pirate may appear. But when evil makes its entrance, Pirate can usually be found.  

Writer and director John Patrick Shanley has returned again and again to Powerhouse Theater ever since the initial Powerhouse season in 1985 when Mark Linn-Baker directed his Savage in Limbo. Shanley noted that the Powerhouse "audience is genius ... They know everything and you just have to listen to them." 

Among Shanley's works that have had their premiere at Powerhouse are: Pirate (2010***, 2009*), Veronica (2008*) Romantic Poetry (with Henry Krieger, 2007***), Defiance (2005*), Doubt (2004*), Cellini (1998***, 1995*), Don't Forget Your Gun(1997*), The Fool and Her Fortune (1994***), The January Man (1987**), I Am Angry (1987), the dreamer examines his pillow(1986***), Welcome to the Moon (1986*), and Savage in Limbo (1985***). [Asterisks indicate mainstage (***), workshops (**), or readings (*).] 

For further information about PIRATE and the Powerhouse Theater season, call the box office at (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599, see the website http://powerhouse.vassar.edu, friend Powerhouse on Facebook®, or follow Powerhouse on Twitter®.


July 21 - August 1


Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley

A funny, provocative, and wildly theatrical tale from the author of the Pulitzer and Tony-winning Doubt and the Oscar-winning film Moonstruck. The cast includes Bill Camp as Pirate, Ivan Hernandez as Nick, Charlotte Parry as Portia, and Michael Puzzo as Klaus.

The Powerhouse Theater Mainstage  / $35 

Performance dates and times: July 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 at 8:00pm; July 24, 25, 31, August 1 at 2:00pm. There will be a post-show discussion on Tuesday, July 27.


The Powerhouse Theater season through August 1, 2010
Powerhouse Theater, now beginning its 26th season, continues its mission to offer a haven for world-class artists to gather and explore new material in an atmosphere that is both protected and challenging. Each season Powerhouse offers its audience debuts by Pulitzer, Oscar, and Tony-winning writers, directors, and actors, and introduces its patrons to exciting emerging artists, all at affordable ticket prices.

The 2010 season includes fully produced and designed productions on the Powerhouse Mainstage:

  • WE ARE HERE (June 29 - July 11) by Tracy Thorne, directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall), featuring Uzo Aduba (Coram Boy), Tony nominee de'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange), Tony winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt, Chicago, Caroline, or Change), Larry Pine (The Seagull, End of the World, Roy Cohn in Angels in America), Adam Rothenberg (The Retributionists, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea), and Michael Cummings (Joe Turner's Come and Gone). 
  • PIRATE (July 21 - August 1) written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, featuring Bill Camp (Coram Boy, Heartbreak House, Revolutionary Road), Ivan Hernandez (Yank!, Romantic Poetry, Most Happy Fella), Charlotte Parry (Equivocation, Coram Boy, The Real Thing), and Michael Puzzo (Killing Women, Khartoum, Dirty Story, In Arabia We'd All be Kings).

Martel Musicals:

  • BONFIRE NIGHT (July 16 - 18) with book, music, and lyrics by Justin Levine, directed by Obie winner Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), and with musical supervision by Kimberly Grigsby, features Santino Fontana (Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George) and Tony Award nominee John Ellison Conlee (The Constant Wife, The Full Monty)
  • ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (July 29 - August 1) lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Burton Lane, with new book by Peter Parnell, based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner, musical direction and arrangements by Lawrence Yurman, choreography by JoAnn Hunter, re-conceived and directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer,featuring Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James (Time Stands Still, Next To Normal, Shrek The Musical) and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change; Dreamgirls)

Inside Look series of workshops:

  • A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE (July 9 - 11) by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Pippin Parker, featuring Cassie Beck (The Norman Conquests), Brooke Bloom, Darren Goldstein (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Oohrah!), and Donnetta Lavinia Grays (In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Well) 
  • Maria Cassi in MY LIFE WITH MEN - AND OTHER ANIMALS (July 16 - 18) by Maria Cassi & Patrick Pacheco, directed by Peter Schneider 
  • INTERVIEWING THE AUDIENCE (July 23 - 25) by Zach Helm, featuring Zach Helm and Powerhouse audience members
The Readings Festival 2 (July 29 - August 1) will include new works by Eve Ensler, Romulus Linney & Eleanor Cooney, Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik, Kate Walbert, Patricia Wettig, and Jennifer Westfeldt (screenplay).

Individual tickets ($35 for "Mainstage"; $30 for "Martel Musicals"; $20 for the "Inside Look" series) are available online athttp://powerhouse.vassar.edu and in person or by phone at the Powerhouse box office: (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599.

This year, continuing its mission of presenting artistically exceptional and affordably priced performances, Powerhouse Theater will offer a $5 student rush ticket for students of up to 25 years of age [as available 15 minutes before curtain].

Additional details for the creative teams and casting will be announced throughout the season. For further information, see the website http://powerhouse.vassar.edu, friend Powerhouse on Facebook®, or follow Powerhouse on Twitter®.


About Powerhouse Theater

Powerhouse Theater, now entering its 26th 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 and Managing Director Nicki Genovese, 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 (www.newyorkstageandfilm.org). 

About the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Training Program

This year, around 40 student apprentices from across the U.S. and abroad will participate and form the 2010 Powerhouse Apprentice company. These young artists - current students, recent graduates, and future theater professionals - are provided with a distinctive opportunity to create their own new work as well as work on the development of theater and musical productions headed for Broadway and top-ranked theaters nations-wide. The educational experience is not replicated anywhere else in the country. Some of the program alumnae/i include Erin Buckley, Edward Cheetham, Katherine Kovner, Melissa Errico, Amy Fox, Catherine Kellner, Kate MacCluggage, Josh Radnor, Jordan Roth, Leah Ryan, Alexandra Tolk, and Jonathan Togo.  

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 sciences, and combine to offer a curriculum of more than 1,000 courses. 

Vassar College is sited in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY. Go to http://www.vassar.edu/directions for directions to the Vassar campus.

Note: All programs and artists are subject to change.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, July 12, 2010