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Vassar & New York Stage and Film announce complete casting for the three Martel Musicals at Powerhouse Theater this summer.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar & New York Stage and Film announce the award-winning casts of its three Martel Musicals: The Nightingale by Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik, directed by Moisés Kaufman (7/8-10); February House by Gabriel Kahane & Seth Bockley, directed by Davis McCallum (7/14-16); and Piece of My Heart by Bert Berns, Daniel Goldfarb, Brett & Cassandra Berns, directed by Leigh Silverman (7/29-31).

Among those in the casts are Tony® Award winners Michael Cerveris and Harriet Harris in The Nightingale; David Costabile, Drama Desk winner Santino Fontana, and Cristin Milioti in February House; and de’Adre Aziza, Linda Hart, and Jarrod Spector in Piece of My Heart.

The Nightingale

Book & lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
Music direction by Lon Hoyt
July 8-10, Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Tickets: $30

The Tony Award-winning creators of Spring Awakening return to the Powerhouse with this compelling contemporary musical rendering of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of a young emperor who finds his heart in the song of a small grey bird – and in the soul of a common servant girl - far beyond the walls of the Forbidden City. Directed by the Tony Award-nominated Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, I Am My Own Wife, Bengal Tiger..., Tectonic Theater Project).

The cast of The Nightingale includes Tony® Award winners Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, The Assassins, In the Next Room: or the Vibrator Play) as Emperor and Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Desperate Housewives, Fringe) as Dowager Empress as well as Uzo Aduba (Coram Boy) as Fisherwoman, Celina Carvajal (Cats, 42nd Street, Dracula) as ensemble, Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening) as Lieutenant Eunuch, Andrew Durand (The Burnt Part Boys, Spring Awakening) as Emissary et al, Michael Esper (American Idiot, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide...) as Young Emperor, Kimiko Glenn as Princess Ssu-ming, Kylie Liya Goldstein (Les Misérables) as Nightingale, Arielle Jacobs (In the Heights) as Feiyan, Michael Mastro (West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Side Man) as Chief Eunuch, Matt McGrath (Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire, Dalton’s Back) as Minister of State.

Performances: July 8, 9 at 8:00pm; July 10 at 2:00pm 

February House

Music & lyrics by Gabriel Kahane
Book by Seth Bockley
Directed by Davis McCallum
Musical direction by Andy Boroson
Choreography by Danny Mefford
July 14-16, Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Tickets: $30 

Visionary and flamboyant editor George Davis transforms a dilapidated Brooklyn boardinghouse into a bohemian commune for the leading lights of 1940s New York, including novelist Carson McCullers, composer Benjamin Britten, poet W.H. Auden, and the infamous Gypsy Rose Lee. The luminaries of 7 Middagh Street form a tumultuous and remarkable makeshift family, and search for love, inspiration, and refuge from the looming war in Europe. Inspired by true events, this powerful and funny new musical marks the first commission of The Public Theater’s Music Theater Initiative.

The cast for February House includes David Costabile (Translations, Caroline, or Change) as George Davis, Cristin Milioti (That FaceCoram Boy) as Carson McCullers, David Abeles (The Pursuit of Persephone) as W. H. Auden, Andy Mientus (Shine, Spring Awakening) as Chester Kallman, Santino Fontana (The Importance of Being Earnest, A View from the Bridge, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Billy Elliott: The Musical) as Benjamin Britten, Ken Barnett (Wonderful Town) as Peter Pears, Bryce Pinkham (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Good Wife) as Reeves McCullers, Emily Swallow (High Fidelity) as Erika Mann, and Emily Young (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Gypsy Rose Lee.

Performances: July 14, 15, 16 at 8:00pm

Piece of My Heart

Music and lyrics by Bert Berns
Book by Daniel Goldfarb, Brett Berns and Cassandra Berns
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Musical direction by Dave Keyes
Musical arrangements by Garry Sherman
Choreography by Denis Jones
July 29-31, Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Tickets: $30 

In just seven years, from 1960 to 1967 when he died of a heart attack at age 38, Bert Berns wrote songs that would come to define the sound of an era including “Twist and Shout,” “Piece Of My Heart,” “Hang On Sloopy,” “Cry To Me,” “Cry Baby,” as well as hundreds of others. In addition, he was the producer of “Under The Boardwalk,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” and dozens of others, collaborating with Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Isley Brothers, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, The Drifters, and Jimmy Page.  A discovery and celebration of the most famous composer you’ve never heard of!

The cast includes de'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange) as Candy, Kelli Barrett (Baby It’s You, The Royal Family) as Sloopy, Jenn Collela (Urban Cowboy, High Fidelity) as Jessie, Ned Eisenberg (Awake and Sing, The Green Bird) as Wazzel, Glenn Fleshler (Spring Awakening, Arcadia, Damages), Linda Hart (Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray) as Mom, Corey Antonio Hawkins (A Raisin in the Son) as Hoagy, Manuel Herrera (West Side Story, Legally Blond, Wicked) as Carlos, Dominic Nolfi (Jersey Boys) as Young Wazzel, Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys) as Bert, as well as Rachel Stern, Teresa Gattison, Pilar Millhollen, Michael Millan, and Christian Carter in the ensemble.

Performances: July 29, 30 at 8:00pm; July 31 at 2:00pm

Powerhouse Theater’s Café on the Quad will be open pre-performance on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the Powerhouse season and will feature Mediterranean favorites from Gigi’s Hudson Valley. Relax and have a bite before the shows at the Café, located by the Marcel Breuer-designed Ferry House on the Frances Daly Fergusson Quadrangle. Artists and audiences will gather, mingle, relax, and enjoy Powerhouse’s festival atmosphere, while savoring Gigi’s signature dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients that highlight the bounty of the farms, gardens, and food artisans of the Hudson Valley, as well as wine and beer (Friday and Saturdays, through July 30). In addition, Tree City Coffee will serve as concessionaire at all performances featuring their special brews and a selection of sweets. For more information and menus, see the website http://powerhouse.vassar.edu/visit or call (845) 437-7645.

Powerhouse Theater 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 (124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY) during which more than 250 professional artists and 40-50 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works. Award-winning writers, directors, and actors all converge in Poughkeepsie, New York, for six weeks each summer to create exciting new work in an intimate setting.

Each summer New York Stage and Film (Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors) and Vassar College (Ed Cheetham, Producing Director) have offered discerning audiences a chance to see new works, which have included the the multi-award-winning Doubt (2004); the re-imagined classic On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (2010), to be presented on Broadway this fall; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot (2009); and A Steady Rain (2006), produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

Subscriptions to the 2011 Powerhouse Theater season and single tickets are available both online at powerhouse.vassar.edu and through the Powerhouse Theater box office on the Vassar campus: (845) 437.5599 // (845) 437.7235; PHTBoxoffice@vassar.edu; Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY.

About the Martel Musicals creative teams

The Nightingale creative team 

LON HOYT (Musical Director, The Nightingale)  
Lon Hoyt was the music director/conductor for Hairspray on Broadway, as well as the Hairspray movie. He was the Music Supervisor for the 2 National Tours, Toronto, Las Vegas, London, Johannesburg and Cologne companies of Hairspray. He was also the Music Supervisor for Lennon. Currently, he is the associate conductor for Catch Me If You Can on Broadway. Other Broadway MD and conductor credits include: Hair; The Rocky Horror Show; Street Corner Symphony; and Footloose. Off-Broadway, he has conducted Forever Plaid, Song of Singapore, A Backer’s Audition, Hit the Lights, and The Diva is Dismissed. As an actor, Lon has appeared in lead roles on Broadway in Tommy, Baby, Leader of the Pack, Starlight Express, and RockNRoll! The First 5000 Years. He can be heard playing piano for Whoopi Goldberg in the film and on the soundtrack of Boys on the Side. Most recently, he arranged and orchestrated songs for the Todd Graff film BandSlam. Love to the 3Ls.

MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Director, The Nightingale)  
Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Drama Desk nomination, Drama League Nomination); 33 Variations (writer and director –  Tony nomination Best Play, Steinberg American Theatre Critics New Play Award); I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortell nominations, OBIE Award). West End: Gross Indecency (Gielgud Theatre); I Am My Own Wife (Duke of York Theater); and This Is How It Goes by Neil LaBute (Donmar Warehouse). Off Broadway/Regional: Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Delacorte Theater); One Arm by Tennessee Williams (Steppenwolf Theater); Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); El Gato Con Botas (New Victory Theater); The Laramie Project (Theater In The Square, Drama Desk nomination); The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Alice Tully Hall); Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde (writer and director, Best Play: Lucille Lortell Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction.)  Film/TV: “The Laramie Project” (HBO, 2 Emmy nominations for writing and directing, Opening Night Selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, National Board of Review Award); “The L Word.” He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.

STEVEN SATER (Book and Lyrics, The Nightingale)  
Steven won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score, the Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Lyrics, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, as well as the London Critics Circle Award and the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Musical for Spring Awakening.  Plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams; Perfect for You; Doll (Rosenthal Prize); A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film); Asylum (Naked Angels), and a reconceived musical version of Shakespeare’s Tempest (Lyric Hammersmith).  He has also collaborated with Duncan Sheik on Nero (Magic Theatre, New York Stage and Film); Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize, New York Stage and Film); Alice By Heart (commissioned by The National Theatre of London: Connections); and the critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch).  Sater wrote the script and lyrics for Prometheus Bound, with music by Serj Tankian, directed by Diane Paulus, which premiered at the A.R.T. in March 2011. He has also written the script and lyrics for Some Lovers, with music by Burt Bacharach, which will premiere at the Old Globe later this year.  Additionally, Sater works as a pop/rock lyricist and as a screenwriter (the forthcoming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remake for Sony Pictures). 

DUNCAN SHEIK (Music, The Nightingale)  
Duncan Sheik was awarded the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Orchestration and Best Original Score and a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for his Broadway hit, Spring Awakening. Sheik is currently composing for the forthcoming Broadway production of American Psycho, as well as Alice by Heart, inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in development at the National Theatre in London. Sheik was part of the 2010 Powerhouse Theater Season with Umbrage with his collaborator on Spring Awakening, playwright Steven Sater, the 2009 Powerhouse Theater Season with a workshop of Whisper House, a collaboration with Kyle Jarrow, which premiered at The Old Globe Theatre in 2010, and Sheik and Sater presented a workshop of Nero (Another Golden Rome) at the Powerhouse Theater in 2008. In the mid 1990’s, Sheik’s self-titled debut on Atlantic Records was an enormous popular and critical success, spent 50+ weeks on the Billboard 200 and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Vocal. In the midst of Sheik’s theater projects, he continues to tour and release his own records, including 2011's "Covers 80s," a collection of Sheik's interpretation of classics and obscurities from artists from the synth pop-era. Sheik has composed for film and TV, including the film score for Mary Stuart Masterson’s directorial debut, The Cake Eaters, a film score for Curious Pictures’ animated film Little Spirit, and most recently Harvest. His albums include “Duncan Sheik” (1996), “Humming” (1998), “Phantom Moon” (2001), “Daylight” (2002), “White Limousine” (2006), “Brighter/Later: A Duncan Sheik Anthology” (2006),“Greatest Hits: A Duncan Sheik Collection” (2007), "Whisper House" (2009), and "Covers 80s" (2011).

February House creative team

SETH BOCKLEY (Book, February House)  
Seth Bockley is a Chicago-based playwright, director and performer. Writing credits include: February House, premiering at the Public in spring of 2011; adaptations of two George Saunders short stories – CommComm (commissioned by the Goodman Theater and developed by New York’s Page 73) and Jon, winner of the 2008 Equity Jeff Citation for Best New Adaptation; The Twins Would Like To Say for Dog & Pony; and Laika’s Coffin and Winter Pageant 2010 for Redmoon Theater, where he spent two years as a Directing Apprentice through TCG’s New Generations program. As a director, credits include Jason Grote’s Civilization: all you can eat for Clubbed Thumb (Summerworks 2011) and Grote’s 1001 for Collaboraction, as well as CommComm, Jon and numerous Redmoon events and spectacles. In August he begins a collaboration with Mexico City-based clown artist Artus Chavez through TCG’s “Global Connections: On The Road” grant, which he was awarded with Devon de Mayo. He is a member of the Goodman Theater’s Playwrights’ Unit and a recipient of the Goodman’s Ofner Prize. 

ANDY BOROSON (Musical Director, February House)  
As Musical Director/Pianist: Whida Peru (59E59) and Adding Machine (Minetta Lane), both by Joshua Schmidt. With The Civilians (as Associate Artist): Gone Missing (Barrow Street, The Belt) and (I Am) Nobody's Lunch (Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, 59E59, PS122), both by Michael Friedman. As pianist only: Molly's Dream (Soho Rep) and  I Do! I Do! (Westport Country Playhouse), among others. B.A. in Music, Harvard '01. 

GABRIEL KAHANE (Music and Lyrics, February House)  
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for “an all around dazzling performance” in his orchestral debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic earlier this year (in the premiere of his song cycle Orinoco Sketches, conducted by John Adams), composer/performer Gabriel Kahane moves with ease between musical realms, having appeared with artists as varied as Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, Audra McDonald, and Alisa Weilerstein. The fall of 2011 witnesses the release of Where Are the Arms, Kahane’s second full album as a recording artist. A North American solo tour in support of the record is scheduled for later this year. This summer he appears in recital at Vail, Aspen and Caramoor. Launched by his 2006 song cycle Craigslistlieder, Kahane has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Bravo Vail Valley Chamber Music Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Signature Theater in Arlington VA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the American Composers Orchestra, with whom he will make his Carnegie Hall debut next season. A 2010 MacDowell Colony fellow, Kahane makes his home in Brooklyn, New York. 

DAVIS MCCALLUM (Director, February House)  
Davis is delighted to be back for a fifth summer at New York Stage and Film. He recently directed the world premiere of Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea at the 2011 Humana Festival. New York: Sam Hunter’s A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort, Drama Desk Nomination) and Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb); Greg Moss’s punkplay (Clubbed Thumb); Chuck Mee’s Queens Boulevard (Signature Theatre); Quiara Hudes’ Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (P73; Pulitzer Prize Finalist);  Henry V (New Victory); Jane Eyre, The Tempest, and The Turn Of The Screw (The Acting Company); Unbound: The Journals of Fanny Kemble(co-created with Laura Marks); The Belle’s Stratagem; Rob Urbinati’s West Moon Street (Prospect Theater Company); and Chuck Mee’s Perfect Wedding (NYU Grad Acting). Regional: the Guthrie, the Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, Alliance Theater Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, the O’Neill, Playmakers Rep, Two River, others. Other: Drama League Fellowship (2001); Killian Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2003); NEA/TCG Career Development Program (2007); Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown Theater Festival (2010). He has taught at Princeton University and the National Theater Institute, and is currently on the faculty at the New School for Drama. He trained at LAMDA and studied at Princeton and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. 

DANNY MEFFORD (Choreographer, February House)
Choreographer and director Danny Mefford choreographed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway at the Jacobs Theatre (Fred Astaire Award Nomination, Best Choreography), Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination, Outstanding Choreography; Lortel Award, Best Musical; Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off-Broadway Musical), and regionally at the initial workshop at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other choreography credits include the 2011 24-Hour Musicals, Three Penny Opera, Two Gentlemen of Verona (the musical), F#@king Up Everything, Dance Dance Revolution, I Have Loved Strangers, and Ganymede, which he also wrote and directed. His other directing credits include The Maids by Jean Genet and Dirty Pictures by Dinitia Smith. His choreographic notation for Dance Dance Revolution was published in Play: A Journal of Plays, Issue 4. He is currently developing a movement piece loosely based on W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage with Tony-nominated composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa and creating original choreographic work for Dance On, The Dance Video Network. Danny holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep and a BS in Theatre Performance with a Minor in International Studies from the University of Evansville.

Piece of My Heart creative team

BERT BERNS (Music and Lyrics, Piece of My Heart)  
Songwriter, record producer and label chief Bert Russell Berns was one of the great originals of the golden age of Rhythm & Blues.  Responsible for the triumphs of Solomon Burke, The Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison, Bert Berns was one of the most gifted and charismatic figures of the 1960s – on par with Phil Spector and Leiber & Stoller.  In seven short years, Berns created a unique body of work – oftentimes alone yet sometimes with gifted collaborators such as Jerry Ragovoy – and is credited with bringing Latin to Soul and Soul to Rock & Roll.  Bert Berns died at the young age of 38, but not before making some of the most honest and powerful music of his generation. 

BRETT BERNS (Book, Piece of My Heart)  
Firstborn son of Bert Berns, Brett has devoted much of his life to discovering and championing his late father.  In unison with his sister Cassandra, he has lead efforts to uncover and document his father’s story and canon, buried under layers of time and lies.  Realizing that it was the greatest untold story in the history of Rock & Roll, Brett convinced his sister to work with him in the writing of a biographical musical.  Only through the telling of the story would they succeed in truly establishing the enormity of their father’s musical heritage.  He lives in Malibu with his wife and three children, and is directing a documentary film about Bert Berns. 

CASSANDRA BERNS (Book, Piece of My Heart)  
Born in the tumultuous year of her father’s death, Cassandra Berns inherited a legacy of music and history that took years to unfold.  From the days of skipping school to help her mother ship records, to the years of creating record and publishing companies of her own, Cassandra walked a mile in the footsteps of her father as performer, songwriter, producer, publisher and indie label prexy.  In lockstep with her brother Brett, she spent decades learning a depth of story and body of musical work shrouded in mystery, determined that it would be revealed.  Cassandra lives in Malibu, where she manages the affairs of her father’s estate. 

DANIEL GOLDFARB (Book, Piece of My Heart)  
NYSAF:  Jerry Christmas. New York:  Cradle and All and Sarah, Sarah at Manhattan Theatre Club; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me on Broadway; The Retributionists at Playwrights Horizons; Modern Orthodox at Dodger Stages; Adam Baum and the Jew Movie at Blue Light (written at NYSAF  – Oppenheimer Award, Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Play, Dramatist’s Guild Hull-Warriner Award Finalist); NYMF; NAMT. Regional: Radio Girl at Goodspeed; Party Come Here at Williamstown Theatre Festival; etc. Education: NYU (BFA, MFA – now teaches there); The Juilliard School. Member: The Dramatist’s Guild (also chairs publications committee), WGAE, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition. Wife: Marianna. Children: Isabel, Tess. 

DENIS JONES (Choreographer, Piece of My Heart)  
Denis Jones’ choreographic work has garnered raves across the board, including Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal’s exclamation, “I’ve never seen better choreography...” and Jenna Scherer of the Boston Herald’s acclaim, “Denis Jones’ choreography is inspired.” Recent projects include: Post Office (CTG); Pirates! (Huntington Theatre Company); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Williamstown); Liberty Smith (Ford’s Theater); Pop! (Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle nom., Outstanding Chroeography); Coraline (MCC); The Boyfriend (Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Carbonell Award, Best Choreography); She Loves Me (Williamstown, Huntington Theatre); High School Musical (Papermill Playouse). Other theater: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Paper Mill Playhouse); La Cage Aux Folles (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Hairspray and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Cape Playhouse); and Meet Me in St. Louis (Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars). He was represented on the road as Jerry Mitchell’s associate for the national touring production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, and was the director and choreographer for BROADWAY BARES from 2004 to 2008. Choreography for TV includes: “Rosie Live” (NBC), Choreography Guru on “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods” (MTV), and the Julie Harris tribute for “The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS). Film: Sex and the City 2

DAVE KEYES (Musical Director, Piece of My Heart)  
Dave is a veteran of both the American roots music scenes and Broadway as a live performer, conductor, keyboardist, singer and songwriter. He was Associate Conductor for the Broadway runs of the Grammy Award winning Smokey Joe’s Café, and Lennon. Most recently, he was the music director and conductor for the Off Broadway hit musical Freckleface Strawberry. He has performed with countless classic R&B, R&R and gospel artists such as Bo Diddley, Odetta, David Johansen, Marie Knight and Popa Chubby among many others. The Dave Keyes Band regularly tours internationally and his recently released 4th CD “Roots In the Blues” received 3 ½ stars from Downbeat. He also composes music for TV shows such as “Oprah,” “Inside Edition” and many others. www.davekeyes.com

GARRY SHERMAN (Musical Arranger, Piece of My Heart)  
Garry Sherman maintains 2 simultaneous careers. Music: Orchestrated about 30 top 10 records (“Brown Eyed Girl,” “On Broadway,” “Good Lovin”). Composed and orchestrated numerous movies (Midnight Cowboy, Heartbreak Kid, Alice’s Restaurant). Concurrently, for 15 years, he was the Chief Orchestrator for Coca Cola (“Mean Joe Green,” “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”), Miller Beer and Lowenbrau Beer, receiving numerous Cleo and other awards. Broadway credits include Purlie, Comin Uptown with Gregory Hines and James Baldwin’s Amen Corner. He has two Pulitzer nominations for his symphonies and worked with over 100 superstars (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Tony Bennett, etc.). Medicine: Currently “Rutgers University’s Biomechanical Sports Podiatrist” (predicting, preventing and treating injuries), was a team physician for Billy Jean King’s NJ Stars, a researcher for USFSA and twice received the “Outstanding Physician Researcher Award of the Year” (Morristown Memorial Hospital). 

LEIGH SILVERMAN (Director, Piece of My Heart)  
Broadway: Lisa Kron's Well. Recent world premieres: Chinglish (Goodman Theatre); In The Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater; OBIE Award, Lortel Nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons: OBIE Award); David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face (Center Theater Group/The Public Theater); From Up Here (MTC; Drama Desk Nomination); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group/ 37 Arts); Creature (New Georges/P73); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Well (The Public Theater, The Huntington Theater and ACT); The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Oedipus At Palm Springs (NYTW); Jump/Cut (Woolly Mammoth Theatre/Theater J and Women's Project). Also: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre). West End: Wit (Vaudeville Theatre).  She is Artistic Associate at Two River Theater and on the Board of SDC. 

The Powerhouse Theater Season at Vassar College strives to make its performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons. If you have questions, would like to request an accommodation or service, or would like to receive additional information about accessibility at Powerhouse Theater, Martel Theater, or the Shiva Theater, please contact us or visit our website: powerhouse.vassar.edu/accessibility. For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation not mentioned on the website, please contact Matthew Bourne by telephone or email, (845) 437-7645 or powerhouse@vassar.edu.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, July 5, 2011