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Powerhouse Theater Casting Highlights for 2013 Season include Stephen Bogardus, Michael Esper, Linda Lavin, Annabella Sciorra, and Mare Winningham

Casting highlights for the 2013 Vassar & New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater season (June 21-July 28) have been announced along with the schedule for the season’s Readings Festival 1 (June 21- 23). In addition, single tickets for the season are now available online only, at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu/boxoffice/

Among the noted actors joining the Powerhouse season are:

  • Annabella Sciorra (Motherf*cker with a Hat, Jungle Fever, HBO’s The Sopranos), will appear as Mary in Downtown Race Riot by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld, directed by Scott Elliot.
  • Tony Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Linda Lavin (The Lyons, Collected Stories), appears as Dottie in James Lecesne’s Mother of Invention, directed by Michael Wilson.
  • Stephen Bogardus (Falsettos) appears as Daddy Cane in Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's musical Bright Star, directed by Walter Bobbie. He is joined by Emmy Award-winning actress Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce, Hatfields & McCoys) as Mama Murphy, Michael Esper (American Idiot, The Lyons) as Jimmy Ray, Cory Michael Smith (Breakfast at Tiffany's, C*ck) as Billy, Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening) as Dora/Lucy, Skipp Sudduth (Third Watch, South Pacific) as Mayor Dobbs, and Carmen Cusack (first national tour of Wicked, South Pacific, Carrie) as Alice.

In addition, the plays for Readings Festival 1 were also announced:

  • Nice Girl by Melissa Ross (June 21, 8:00pm)
  • Swimmers by Rachel Bonds (June 22, 3:00pm)
  • Slàinte by John Gallagher, Jr. (June 22, 8:00pm)
  • Idyllwild by Patrick Burleigh (June 23, 2:00pm)

The Readings Festivals are free to the public but reservations are required. All performances are held in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater. Reservation dates for  Readings Festival 1 are June 13-16 for SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, and June 18-21 OPEN TO ALL. Reservations may be made by calling the Box Office.

Additional casting for the season and the schedule for Readings Festival 2 will be announced soon.

In-person sales for both single tickets and subscriptions begin on June 12. The Box Office can be reached at (845) 437-5599 or PHTBoxOffice@vassar.edu. The Box Office is located at Vassar in the Powerhouse Theater building. For online sales visit http://powerhouse.vassar.edu/boxoffice. For general season information call 845-437-5907 or visit powerhouse@vassar.edu.

About Powerhouse Theater

Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film. 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. Many shows from past seasons have found their way to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and theaters nationwide, including Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theater); Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (Golden Theater); Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club, Union Square Theater); Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander’s The Twenty-Seventh Man (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. Each summer Vassar and New York Stage and Film also collaborate on the Powerhouse Theater Training Program, one of the country’s leading theater immersion programs for young artists. The program brings together 40-50 participants from across the country to form the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company. They are current college and high school students and recent graduates, who over six weeks on the Vassar campus study a discipline (acting, directing, or writing), create their own work, and assist the professional productions of the Powerhouse season.

New York Stage and Film is a 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. 

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. 

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, June 6, 2013