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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


Announcing Powerhouse Theater Season casting highlights, including Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Santino Fontana, La Chanze, Jon Tenney, and more!

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar & New York Stage and Film announce casting highlights for the 28th annual Powerhouse Theater season (June 22-July 29, 2012) and the schedule for Readings Festival 1 (June 22-24).
Some of the noted actors joining the Powerhouse season include:

  • Chloe Sevigny (“Big Love,” Boy’s Don’t Cry, American Psycho) appears as Abigail in Abigail/1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by David Esbjornson. Joining her are Patrick Heusinger (Next Fall, Black Swan) as John Brown, Paxton Whitehead (The Importance of Being Ernest, My Fair Lady, Noises Off) as Judge/Rev. Parris/Man in Gray Suit, and Laila Robins (Heartbreak House) as Elizabeth/Margaret Hale.
  • Drama Desk and Obie winner Santino Fontana (Sons of the Prophet, A View from the Bridge, Brighton Beach Memoirs), Kyle Beltran (In the Heights), André De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Wiz), John Ellison Conlee (The Constant Wife, The Full Monty, 1776), and Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot) appear in Itamar Moses and Michael Friedman’s The Fortress of Solitude, based on Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel, conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin.
  • Tim Daly (“Wings,” “Private Practice”), Dana Delany (“Body of Proof,” “Desperate Housewives,” “China Beach”), Seth Gilliam (“The Wire,” “Oz”)  , Tony winner La Chanze (The Color Purple, Dreamgirls), and Vassar alumnus Jon Tenney '84 (“The Closer,” “Brothers and Sisters,” The Heiress) are among some of the many actors to appear in the free Readings Festival 1 (June 22-24).
  • In addition to the works already announced, Readings Festival 1 features Wendy and the Lost Boys, a screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities, Three Hotels) and Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station), and For Worse by Deborah Rennard (“Due South”).

Additional casting for the season will be announced shortly.

Subscriptions to the 2012 Powerhouse Theater season are available online, with single tickets available online Friday, June 1: powerhouse.vassar.edu. The Powerhouse Theater box office on the Vassar College campus (124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY) opens Wednesday, June 6: (845) 437-5599 or PHTBoxOffice@vassar.edu.

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

Each summer Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater presents new plays and musicals in development, many of which go on to reach wider audiences, including Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theater); Michael Mayer and Peter Parnell’s re-imagining of Lerner & Lowe’s On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (St James Theater); Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (Golden Theater); Gabriel Kahane & Seth Bockley’s new musical February House (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). Other projects developed at the Powerhouse include the Tony Award-winning Side Man and Tru; the multi-award-winning Doubt; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot, and A Steady Rain, produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

The result of a unique collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, the Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works.

New York Stage and Film is the not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film.  Since 1985 New York Stage and Film has played a significant role in the development 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 residents of the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan region.  For more information, visit www.newyorkstageandfilm.org/.

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 services, 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 (http://www.vassar.edu/visitors). 

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, June 1, 2012