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Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced additional casting for the 34th Powerhouse Season

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – RAÚL ESPARZA, ALICE RIPLEY, DENEÉ BENTON, LAUREN WORSHAM, ALEX BRIGHTMAN, NOAH GALVIN, FRANKIE J. ALVAREZ, LESLI MARGHERITA, MICHAEL ESPER, CARSON ELROD, AND MANY MORE

Vassar & New York Stage and Film
have announced additional casting for the 34th Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which starts this Friday, June 22 and runs through Sunday, July 29. Notable actors joining the annual summer play development incubator include Tony Award® nominee Raúl Esparza, Tony Award winner Alice Ripley, Tony Award nominee Deneé Benton, Tony Award nominee Lauren Worsham, Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Frankie J. Alvarez, Lesli Margherita, Michael Esper, and Carson Elrod. For tickets and more information on the season, visit https://powerhouse.vassar.edu/season/

The mainstage production of The Waves, the musical adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf with book by Lisa Peterson, music and lyrics by David Bucknam, additional music by Adam Gwon, and direction by Ms. Peterson will feature Raúl Esparza (who also serves as creative consultant for the production), Ken Barnett, Eleasha Gamble, Douglas Lyons, Alice Ripley, and Lauren Worsham. The Waves will play Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 29 at the Powerhouse Theater.

As previously announced, the first mainstage production, Radio Island, a new play by Liza Birkenmeier, directed by Jaki Bradley, will star Pascale Armand, Adina Verson, Maryann Plunkett, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Kelly AuCoin, and Birgit Huppuch. The production will play Thursday, June 28 through Sunday, July 8 at the Powerhouse Theater. The creative team includes Daniel Zimmerman (set design), Tilly Grimes (costume design), Bradley King (lighting design), and Broken Chord (sound design).

The workshop presentation of Alice By Heart, the new musical with book by Steven Sater and Jessie Nelson, music by Duncan Sheik, lyrics by Mr. Sater, and directed by Ms. Nelson will star Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Megan Masako Haley, Zachary Infante, Gizel Jiménez, J. Quinton Johnson, Lesli Margherita, Heath Saunders, and Don Stephenson. Alice By Heart will play Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 7 at the Martel Theater.

Casting for Readings Festival #1, which runs June 22 through June 24 features playwright Halley Feiffer appearing in the reading of her new playThe Pain of My Belligerence (June 22 at 8 PM) under the direction of Trip Cullman. The reading will also feature Michael Esper, Vanessa Kai, and Amaya Press.

Casting for Lick O’The Knife (June 23 at 2 PM) by Jackie Roberts, directed by Kent Gash will include McKinley Belcher, Carson Elrod, Walker Jones, Carolyn Michelle Smith, J.D. Mollison, and Christina Pumeriega.

On That Day in Amsterdam
(June 23 at 8 PM) by Clarence Coo, directed by Kareem Fahmy will star Frankie J. Alvarez, Julian Cihi, James Cusati-Moyer, Rocky Vega, and Justin Walker White.

The new play milk and honey (June 24 at 2PM) by rupi kaur based on her best-selling book of poetry, directed by Leah C. Gardiner will include Dahlia Azama, Denée Benton, Mahira Kakkar, Susannah Perkins, and Nadine Malouf.

The Hole
(June 24 at 8 PM), by Sarah Gancher, directed by Danya Taymor will feature Betsy Aidem, Brittany Allen, Heidi Armbruster, Marc Bovino, Jacob Faunce, Joel Marsh Garland, and Andy Grotelueschen.

Additional casting for remaining projects including The Connector, Little Orphan Danny, Cowboy Bob, India Pale Ale, Our Country, and Readings Festival #2 will be announced shortly.


Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse collaboration continues to be the launching pad for some of the most groundbreaking new works for the American theater, with countless productions in New York City, regionally and internationally. Notably, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and Stephen Karam’s The Humans the 2016 Tony® winners for Best Musical and Best Play, respectively – received early development at Powerhouse, and Powerhouse presented first-look productions of two daring new works that were named finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which moved directly from its Powerhouse premiere to recent celebrated runs at The Playwrights Realm and Lincoln Center Theater in NYC; and Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, which is currently on an international tour. Among 30 other projects developed recently at Powerhouse with new or upcoming major productions: Amy and the Orphans Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company; Head Over Heels, the new Go-Go’s musical at San Francisco’s Curran and Broadway; Lucy Thurber’s play Transfers at MCC Theater; the Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz, Rick Elice musical This Ain’t No Disco at Atlantic Theater Company, Ngozi Anyanwu’s The Homecoming Queen, and Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap at Atlantic Theater Company; and the David Bryan, Joe DiPietro musical Diana at La Jolla Playhouse.

New York Stage and Film (Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director; Thomas Pearson, Executive Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors) 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 www.newyorkstageandfilm.org

Vassar College (Ed Cheetham, Michael Sheehan, Producing Directors) 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 sciences, 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.  www.vassar.edu

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, June 19, 2018