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Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater season schedule, June 22 - July 29, 2012.

2012 Season Schedule
June 22 - July 29, 2012 

Friday, June 22 - Sunday, June 24
Readings Festival 1
/ In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater
Free. Very limited seating available. Please note that the purchase of a full subscription gives you priority access to the readings reservations prior to the general public, but cannot guarantee the reservations. Reservations may be made by calling the box office at (845) 437-5599. Reservation dates: June 14-17 (subscribers only), June 19-22 (open to all).

  • Friday, June 22 at 8pm: 
GOOD BREAD ALLEY by April Yvette Thompson,  directed by Jessica Blank
  • Saturday, June 23 at 3pm: 
WENDY & THE LOST BOYS (screenplay) by Jon Robin Baitz and Michael Hoffman, directed by Michael Hoffman
  • Saturday, June 23 at 8pm
: BIG SKY by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, directed by Michael Hoffman
  • Sunday, June 24 at 2pm
: 22 SECONDS by Michele Lowe, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
  • Sunday, June 24 at 5pm
: FOR WORSE By Deborah Rennard, directed by Mark Linn-Baker

Seating in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater is general admission, reservations are recommended. (The Shiva is intimate and all seat locations are excellent.) Theater opens 15 minutes before curtain. There is no late seating. 

Mainstage (fully staged and designed works-in-progress)
/ In the Powerhouse Theater
$35 

Wednesday, June 27 – Sunday, July 8
ABIGAIL/1702
By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by David Esbjornson
Ten years after the events of The Crucible, Abigail Williams is living under a new identity in Boston and haunted by her past.  When a mysterious figure appears, she confronts Salem’s dark history head on and must atone for her role in it.  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (The Mystery Plays, Good Boys and True, Glee and Big Love) makes his Powerhouse debut with this suspenseful tale of a young woman’s quest for forgiveness. With Patrick Heusinger, Lucas Pfeifer, Laila Robins, Chloe Sevigny, and Paxton Whitehead.
Performances dates: June 27, 28, 29, 30, July 3 (post show discussion), 5, 6, 7, at 8pm; June 30, July 1, 7 (post show discussion), 8 at 2pm 

Wednesday, July 18 – Sunday, July 29
THE POWER OF DUFF
By Stephen Belber
Directed by Peter DuBois
Charles Duff, a news anchor in a mid-market backwater, has an unexpected spiritual awakening on live TV.  His prayers, and their answers, change his audience, his family, and his own life forever. Stephen Belber (Tape, Match, Dusk Rings a Bell, Fault Lines) returns to the Powerhouse alongside Peter DuBois (Sons of the Prophet, Becky Shaw, Jack Goes Boating, All New People). The cast includes Desmin Borges, Dominic Fumusa, Neal Huff, Russell G. Jones, Greg Kinnear, Ilana Levine, Ben Platt, and Jennifer Westfeldt.
Performance dates: July 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 (post show discussion), 25, 26, 27, 28 at 8pm; July 21, 22, 28 (post show discussion), 29 at 2pm 

Martel Musical Workshops (concert readings of works-in-progress)
/ In the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
$30

Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1
THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE
Book by Itamar Moses
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem
Conceived and Directed by Daniel Aukin
Based on the best-selling novel, this is the story of black and white America in the 1970’s, of two boys, Dylan and Mingus, of impossibly joyful afternoons of games in the street and of living in a society that you don’t belong to. This is the story of prison and of college, of Brooklyn and Berkeley, of soul and rap, of murder and redemption. And this is the story of what would happen if two teens obsessed with comic book heroes actually ... maybe … had superpowers. With Kyle Beltran, Alex Brightman, John Ellison Conlee, Andre de Shields, Carla Duren, Santino Fontana, Brandon Gill, Conlin Hanlon, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jahi Kearse, Meghan McGeary, Lauren Molina, and David St. Louis.
Performance dates: June 29, 30 at 8pm; July 1 at 2pm 

Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29
MURDER BALLAD  
By Julia Jordan & Juliana Nash
Directed by Trip Cullman
Musical direction by Justin Levine
Sound design by Leon Rothenberg
Choreography by Doug Varone
A love triangle gone wrong, Murder Ballad centers on Sara, an Upper West Side mom who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. Created by composer Juliana Nash, front-woman for the 90’s indie rock band Talking to Animals and award-winning playwright Julia Jordan (Tatjana in Color; Sarah, Plain and Tall), this sexy, explosive, newSound rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the small betrayals that can ultimately undo us. Cast includes Daniel Breaker, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Dee Roscioli, and Will Swenson. With Thomas Juliano (lead guitar), Josh Myers (bass), and Seth Faulk (drums)
Performance dates: July 27, 28 at 8pm; July 29 at 2pm 

Inside Look Play Workshops (semi-staged workshops)
/ In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater
$25
Seating in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater is general admission, reservations are recommended. (The Shiva is intimate and all seat locations are excellent.) Theater opens 15 minutes before curtain. There is no late seating. 

Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15
FIRES ARE CONFUSING
By Eva Anderson, Will Berson & Zach Helm
Created by Teatro de Facto
From Los Angeles company Teatro de Facto, this highly theatrical piece combines dramatic invention and journalistic research to tell the real-life story of Cameron Todd Willingham. Scheduled for execution in the arson death of his children, Willingham awaits his fate while a scientist recreates his crime, casting shadows over Willingham’s conviction, and his community. With Erin Anderson, Michael Braun, Patrick Carroll, Michael Chernus, Griffin Dunne, Wayne Duvall, Joanne Lubeck, Samantha Mathis, Stephanie O’Neill, Danton Stone, Jeremy Webb, and Libby Woodbridge.
Performance dates: July 13, 14, at 8pm; July 15 at 2pm and 7pm 

Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22
THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Marion McClinton
After the mysterious death of her lover, Beartrice Albans imposes a period of mourning on her household, keeping her three daughters locked in the house to embroider linens. But when the summer heat intensifies, a handsome bachelor comes calling, and a familial secret is revealed, the foundation of Beartrice’s house is rocked to its core. Set in New Orleans in 1836, this loose adaptation of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba examines the complex system of plaçage – common-law marriages of white men and black Creole women. These free women of color became wealthy and powerful activists who fought against racial oppression pre-Civil War. With Denise Burse, Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravatt, Nikiya Mathis, Dennis Parlato, Saycon Sengbloh, and Tracie Thoms.
Performance dates and times: July 20, 21 at 8pm; July 22 at 2pm and 7pm 

Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29
Readings Festival 2
/ In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater
Free. Very limited seating available. Please note that the purchase of a full subscription gives you priority access to the readings reservations prior to the general public, but cannot guarantee the reservations. Reservations may be made by calling the box office at (845) 437-5599. Reservation dates: July 19-22 (subscribers only), July 24-27 (open to all).

  • Friday, July 27, at 8pm: WHILE I YET LIVE
By Billy Porter
, Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
  • Saturday, July 28 at 12noon: 
THE UNTITLED WORLD’S FAIR PLAY 
By The Debate Society
  • Saturday, July 28 at 5pm: 
JEROME 
By Ron Lagomarsino
, Directed by Maria Mileaf 
  • Sunday, July 29 at 12noon:
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH MAN
 By Nathan Englander
, Directed by Barry Edelstein
  • Sunday, July 29 at 5pm
: A SEPARATE PEACE, 
By Warren Leight & Todd Almond
, Directed by Stafford Arima

Seating in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater is general admission, reservations are recommended. (The Shiva is intimate and all seat locations are excellent.) Theater opens 15 minutes before curtain. There is no late seating. 

The Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company Public Performances
Free 

Soundpainting
/ In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19 at 6pm
THE AFTER GALLERY
A “Soundpainted,” dance theater piece by Mark Lindberg, created for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center with members of the Apprentice Company. A seemingly random assortment of characters awake in an art gallery and begin a journey together that will take them beyond what can be known in this life.  The performance is created in part through the language of Soundpainting, the multidisciplinary sign language used for live composition, created by composer Walter Thompson.  Part of “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” 

Performances of the Classics
/ At the Outdoor Amphitheater (rain location: Matthew’s Mug, College Center, Main Building)
Friday, July 6 – Monday, July 9 at 6pm
JULIUS CAESAR
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Drew Cortese 

Friday, July 13 – Monday, July 16 at 6pm
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian McManamon 

Friday, July 20 – Monday, July 23 at 6pm
MEDEA
By Euripides
Directed by Tomi Tsunoda

Special Presentation
/On the Mary Virginia Heinlein Stage in the Martel Theater at 8pm
Friday, July 20 at 8pm
BURNT UMBER
By Erik Ehn
Directed by Mia Rovegno
Burnt Umber bridges events in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rwanda and Bosnia and examines how moral carelessness and lack of empathy provide genocidal ideology with the requisite permissions. A part of Erik Ehn’s “Soulographie” play cycle, a durational performance event looking at 20th century America from the point of view of genocides in the United States (the Tulsa Race Riot), in East Africa (Rwanda and Uganda), and Central America (Guatemala and El Salvador). 

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. 

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, June 22, 2012