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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


Powerhouse Theater presents a reading of playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s new work, Abigail/1702, on February 11, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater will present a special free reading to help beat the mid-winter blues on Saturday, February 11.* 

A story of a woman’s quest for forgiveness for past sins, both real and imagined, Abigail/1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, explores what happened to The Crucible’s Abigail Williams once the Salem witch hunts were over. Award-winning playwright Aguirre-Sacasa is a writer on the hit television series Glee, an author of Marvel Comic Books, and his plays include Good Boys and True and The Mystery Plays. Casting to be announced shortly.
Free and open to the public, the reading will begin at 5:30pm in the Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. A reception will follow. Reservations are suggested. Go online to http://vassar.tix.com or visit powerhouse.vassar.edu for more information.
Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater will present this reading in conjunction with the 10th annual Modfest, a campus-wide celebration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Each summer Powerhouse Theater presents new plays and musicals in development. Some of those that are currently running in New York or are soon to be performed include: Michael Mayer and Peter Parnell’s re-imagining of Lerner & Lowe’s On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, starring Harry Connick Jr. (St James Theater); Seminar by Theresa Rebeck, featuring Alan Rickman (Golden Theater); Gabriel Kahane & Seth Bockley’s new musical February House (Long Wharf and The Public Theater); and Storefront Church, John Patrick Shanley’s final installment to his “Church and State” trilogy that began with Doubt (Atlantic Theatre Company).
Information about the 2012 Powerhouse Theater season will be announced this spring, but mark your calendar now to see exciting new theater during Powerhouse’s 28th season, June 22-July 29. For additional information, see powerhouse.vassar.edu and www.newyorkstageandfilm.org

About the playwright

Born in Washington, DC, award-winning playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is a 2003 graduate of the Yale School of Drama.  Recently he has re-written the book to the Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, is writing for the hit television series Glee, and working on commissions for Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, and Center Theatre Group. Among his laurels for playwriting, he received the prestigous Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for The Mystery Plays. From 2003 to 2005, he was the playwright-in-residence at 2econd Stage Theatre, in New York City, through a grant from TCG/NEA. He has been invited to the O’Neill Playwrights Conference twice: In 2003, to develop Dark Matters, and in 2007, to develop Good Boys and True.

He has written many critically acclaimed plays, including Doctor Cerberus (premiered at South Coast Rep, recorded for the radio by LA Theatre Works), an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda, MD), King of Shadows (The Working Theatre in New York), Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, 2econd Stage Theatre in NYC), Based on a Totally True Story (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Mystery Plays (2econd Stage, Yale Rep), The Velvet Sky (Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C.), The Muckle Man (City Theatre in Pittsburgh), Dark Matters (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in NYC), Rough Magic (Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York), and The Weird (an evening of short pulpy plays at Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta). His early comedies Golden Age and Say You Love Satan have been produced around the country and were both nominated for GLAAD media awards. For Dallas Theatre Center, he wrote a new book to the classic Charles Strouse/Lee Adams musical It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s SUPERMAN. He also writes for the Emmy nominated HBO series Big Love

About Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater

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), now on Broadway; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot (2009); and A Steady Rain (2006), produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

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 the Powerhouse Theater Program office at (845) 437-5907 or powerhouse@vassar.edu.

*This reading was originally scheduled for January 21, however has been postponed. All reservations will be honored.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, January 10, 2012