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Vassar & New York Stage and Film announce complete casting for the award-winning new play A Maze, July 20-31, 2011..

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar & New York Stage and Film announce the complete cast of A Maze by Rob Handel, directed by Sam Buntrock, a highly theatrical examination of creativity, addiction, love, and power (July 20-31). The cast of A Maze will include Mark Alhadeff (Cradle and All), Heidi Armbruster (Tea and Sympathy), Patrick Carroll (Good People, Redacted), Betsy Hogg (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Crucible), Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), Austin Lysy (Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The American Plan), Mariann Mayberry (August: Osage County), and Daniel Oreskes (Billy Elliot: The Musical, Aida, Electra).

Three storylines intersect and interweave throughout A Maze: a graphic novelist (Patrick Carroll) struggles to complete his 15,000 page comic book, a musician (Austin Lysy) searches for the inspiration for his next hit, and a young girl (Betsy Hogg) strives to recreate her identity after years in captivity. Tony-nominated director Sam Buntrock (Roundabout’s Sunday in the Park with George), together with set designer Beowulf Boritt, lighting designer David Weiner, sound designer Jill B.C. DuBuff, costume designer Clint Ramos will bring the first fully-staged production of Rob Handel’s (Aphrodisiac) award-winning new play to the Powerhouse Theater Mainstage for thirteen performances only (July 20-31).  

A Maze will mark Rob Handel’s first return to Powerhouse since 1987. A Poughkeepsie (NY) native, Handel was a member of the apprentice company as a playwright in 1987, studying with Jon Robin Baitz. Handel currently heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and is a founding member of 13P, the Obie-winning playwrights collective. This past fall, New Dramatists awarded Handel the 2010 Whitfield Cook Award for A Maze.

In addition to his award-winning directing credits on both sides of the Atlantic, Sam Buntrock is also an animator and animation director. As part of the British comedy team Club Seals, he created the animation for The Award-Winning Show, Live Ghost Hunt, DJ Danny, Sins of the Grandfathers, The Museum of Everything, and We Are History for BBC2. He has worked as an animation director on numerous commercial and corporate projects, most recently the film Stuart, A Life Backwards.

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 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.

Tickets for the 2011 Powerhouse Theater season 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.

July 20-31, 2011

A Maze

By Rob Handel
Directed by Sam Buntrock
Set design by Beowulf Boritt
Costume design by Clint Ramos
Lighting design by David Weiner
Sound design by Jill B.C. DuBoff

A graphic novelist struggles to complete his 15,000 page comic book, a musician searches for the inspiration for his next hit, and a young girl strives to recreate her identity after years in captivity in this highly theatrical examination of creativity, addiction, love, and power. Rob Handel (Aphrodisiac, founding member of 13P) is joined for his Powerhouse debut by Tony Award® nominee Sam Buntrock (Roundabout’s Sunday in the Park with George).

The cast for A Maze includes Mark Alhadeff (Cradle and All) as Tom/Alexander/Voice/Günter, Heidi Armbruster (Tea and Sympathy) as Kim/Tish, Patrick Carroll (Good People, Redacted) as Beeson/Galgalim, Betsy Hogg (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Crucible) as Jessica, Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange) as Oksana, Austin Lysy (Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The American Plan) as Paul, Mariann Mayberry (August: Osage County) Angela/Queen/Hermione, and Daniel Oreskes (Billy Elliot: The Musical, Aida, Electra) King/Gareth.

Location: Powerhouse Theater on the Vassar College campus
Performances: July 20, 21, 22, 23, 26 (post-show discussion), 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00pm; July 23, 24, 30 (post-show discussion), 31 at 2:00pm
Tickets: $35

About the A Maze creative team

SAM BUNTROCK (Director, A Maze)  

Sam Buntrock’s directing credits include: Sunday in the Park With George (Broadway, West End, Menier and 5th Avenue Seattle - 5 Olivier Awards including Outstanding Musical Production, Olivier Nomination for Best Director, 9 Tony Nominations including Best Director and Drama Desk Nomination for Best Director); Cradle and All (MTC); Cradle to Rave (UK National Tour); God Collar (Edinburgh, UK National Tour and West End); Take Flight (Menier and McCarter); the current European tour of The Rocky Horror Show (since 2008); the first London revival of Assassins (New End); and Get a Life and Help Yourself (both Edinburgh and UK tour).

ROB HANDEL (Playwright, A Maze)

Rob Handel is a Poughkeepsie native and was a playwright intern at the Powerhouse Theatre in 1987. He is a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which has won two Obie Awards, and heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. His plays have been produced by SPF, Target Margin, Long Wharf Theater (New Haven), Theater Ninjas (Cleveland), and Curious Theatre Company (Denver). Residencies include the Portland Center Stage JAW Festival, Soho Rep, Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court Theatre, and the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His plays Millicent Scowlworthy and Aphrodisiac are published by Samuel French. Honors include a 2007 Helen Merrill Award and the 2010 Whitfield Cook Award for A Maze. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

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 Friday, July 8, 2011