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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


Powerhouse Theater reaches out to under thirty-year-olds with a special “20 under 30” ticket incentive, which offers a $20 ticket price on all remaining performances.

For the final week of the 2013 Powerhouse Theater season Vassar & New York Stage and Film are reaching out to people under thirty years old with a special “20 under 30” ticket incentive, which offers them a $20 ticket price on all remaining performances of the new mainstage play When The Lights Went Out and the new musical inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company. Full-price tickets to these presentations are $40 and $30 respectively.

“Today’s young adults and teens are Powerhouse’s future as both artists and audience, and we’ve got two terrific shows for them to see in this last week of the season,” said Thomas Pearson, executive director of New York Stage and Film. “We are particularly excited to share the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company musical with a younger audience as the protagonists of the story are all young themselves. Powerhouse tickets are already a fraction of the cost of a Broadway show, but we wanted to make it even easier for people under 30 to join us.” 

In When The Lights Went Out six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories during the night of the 2003 Northeast blackout.  Evening and matinee performances continue this week from Tuesday through Sunday, July 23-28. Only four concert readings of The Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company will be held this Friday-Sunday, July 26-28.  In this imaginative story, Trey Swieskowski, an idealistic young Brooklynite fantasizes about becoming a superhero.  Meanwhile, Astrolass (AKA Astroman’s daughter)is desperate to pack in her cape and escape the burden of her father’s legacy. When the two of them cross paths they hatch a plan to change their lives forever.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu/boxoffice, and through the box office at (845) 437-5599 or in person at the Powerhouse Theater on campus.  To receive the “20 under 30” discount, an age ID must be shown when the tickets are picked up at the theater.

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. 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.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, July 22, 2013