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2017 Season Schedule

Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2017 Powerhouse season will be available for purchase as follows:


Please note: All programs and artists subject to change.


Sacred Valley

June 29-July 9, 2017

In the Powerhouse Theater

By Josh Radnor
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

Narby and Natalie can’t remember a time when they weren’t friends. But their seemingly rock-solid friendship is upended when Narby takes Natalie’s husband Brian out for his first mushroom trip. The next day, a confused Brian leaves Natalie, an enraged Natalie blames Narby, and three people are forced to ask themselves the deepest questions about love, friendship, and growing up in this bittersweet comedy from Josh Radnor (Liberal Arts, “How I Met Your Mother,” Powerhouse’s The Babylon Line).

Good Men Wanted

July 20-30, 2017

In the Powerhouse Theater

By Kevin Armento
Directed by Jaki Bradley
Choreographed by Ani Taj

Good Men Wanted brings to life the incredible true stories of renegade women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War. In a searing drama punctuated by explosive dance sequences set to contemporary pop music, five women of vastly different backgrounds become warriors and spies, endure prison camps and midnight raids, and ultimately intersect at America's most storied battlefield, Gettysburg. These unsung heroes circumvented the limitations of their time, with a boldness that speaks loudly to our own. 

Musical Workshops


June 23-25, 2017

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Peter Lerman
Based on the motion picture The Hipsters, produced by Red Arrow Films
Directed by Michael Mayer

“This is musical about me, Mels Yefimovich Vasnetsov, about difficult time in my life when I was young (hard to believe) and good looking (harder to believe) in no-longer-existing world of 1950s Moscow, when I was pulled from promising future in Komosomol Leninist Youth Brigade by beautiful, corrupt and dissipated Stilyaga girl by name of Polly, who ruined my life in best and worst possible manner, which, to this day, I am not reconciling.  Obviously, this is complicated Soviet story, not fit subject for frivolous American musical.  But they ask for blurb so here is blurb so if you are interested, please, I invite you, come.  But if you ask me this is terrible idea.”  

This Ain't No Disco

June 30, July 1-2, 2017

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz
Book by Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz
Rick Elice
Directed by Trip Cullman

Set against the garbage strikes, the grit, the graffiti of NYC 1979, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers who search for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and the Mudd Club. Ultimately, it’s about finding community and purpose in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag, where every few steps gives you a chance to pick a new direction, to take a new path. From co-creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the director of Six Degrees of Separation.

The Secret Life of Bees

July 27-30, 2017

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book by Lynn Nottage
Composed by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd
Directed by Sam Gold

It’s 1964 in South Carolina, and restless white teenager Lily Owens wrestles with her controlling father and a haunting memory of her dead mother. When Rosaleen, her Black caretaker, is beaten and jailed for attempting to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is awakened and she and Rosaleen escape their circumstances on an adventure, to find the truth about her mother’s death. One portentous clue leads them to a colorful bee farm run by three eccentric and spiritual Black sisters, whose wisdom, warmth and motherly love help both Lily and Rosaleen grow and heal. Written by two time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, lyrics by Tony and Drama Desk nominee Susan Birkenhead,composed by Tony winner Duncan Sheik, and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold.

Inside Look Workshops

The Great Leap

July 7-9, 2017

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Will Davis

San Francisco, spring 1989.  Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a "friendship" game.  His background is a mystery, but he can sink 100 free throws in a row, so who cares?  When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. There’s more at stake on the court than just who wins or loses.  Inspired by events from the life (and short-lived basketball career) of playwright Lauren Yee’s father.

The Homecoming Queen

July 28-30, 2017

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Ngozi Anyanwu

Directed by Awoye Timpo

A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she's long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.

Readings Festivals

To request a reservation to one of our readings, call the box office (845-437-5599) during the following reservation periods:

Reading Festival 1: June 16-18 (Subscribers Only), June 20-22 (Open to all)
Reading Festival 2: July 14-16 (Subscribers Only), July 18-20 (Open to all)

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 reservations.

Kid Prince and Pablo

June 24, 2017, 2 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Written by Brian Quijada
Original Music by Marvin Quijada
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Based off Mark Twain's The Prince and The Pauper, Quijada's newest play, Kid Prince and Pablo reimagines the classic tale of mistaken identity with a Digital Age, Hip Hop-Infused twist, to examine race, class, the wealth divide, and what it means to walk in someone else's shoes in our America.


June 24, 2017, 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By William Kennedy & Jodie Markell
Based on the novel by William Kennedy
Directed by Jodie Markell

Ironweed is a play with music based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by William Kennedy, adapted for the stage by the author in collaboration with the director Jodie Markell. The play delves into the rich voice of the novel bringing out the poetry, humor and heartbreak. Set on All Hallow’s Eve in 1938, on the streets of Albany, New York, Ironweed is one man’s journey through purgatory and his struggle for redemption.

Little Orphan Danny

June 25, 2017, 2pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Created by Dan Finnerty
Conceived by Dan Finnerty & Sean Daniels
Book, music and lyrics by Dan Finnerty
Additional music by Dan Lipton
Directed by Sean Daniels

The uproarious musical memoir of The Dan Band’s brilliant frontman Dan Finnerty: Growing up a small town altar boy in a nice conservative family doesn’t always suit our adopted protagonist. Childhood outbursts of blasphemy in church only lead to pathetic adolescent attempts at playing sports. But of the many lessons he’ll learn, none could prepare him for the fateful day he and his mother meet the woman who gave birth to him. An irreverent-yet-tender story of a boy and the women who made him.

Paris, Actors

June 25, 2017, 5pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Hamish Linklater
Directed by Leigh Silverman

1944, Nazi-occupied Paris. "The Merchant of Venice," starring real life Nazi stage and screen celebrity Werner Krauss ("The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari," "Jud Süs," "Paracelsus," et al), as the Jew.  Paris, Actors is a family farce set in a theater, set in a nation, under the thumb of a totalitarian dictatorship - (sound familiar?) which wants to ask you, how do you solve a crime against humanity? What is an artist in war? Is there such a thing as an artist without war? How do you forgive the unforgivable? And how much strain can the quality of mercy truly take?

Jane Says

July 15, 2017, 8 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Diana Son
Directed by Mark Brokaw

A young woman turns up floating in the East River -- alive but with no idea of who she is or how she got there. Jane Doe. Her reunion with her mother only produces more questions and mystery and Jane tries to convince a newspaper reporter to take her in and help her build a new life. Is Jane really suffering from amnesia or is this her latest, most desperate attempt to escape a relationship that is as foundational to her identity as her name?

Serious Moonlight

July 21, 2017, 8 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Written by and based on the film by Adrienne Shelly
Co-adapted by Liz Tuccillo and Andy Ostroy
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

Serious Moonlight centers on Louise, a high-powered attorney, whose husband Ian is planning to leave her for a much younger woman. Determined to save her marriage, Louise kidnaps Ian and sets out to make him love her again. Unfortunately for Louise, things don't go as planned.....

One Good Egg

July 22, 2017, 12 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

 By Annie Evans
Directed by Melia Bensussen

When a clinic offers a contest to win a free in-vitro fertilization, three couples who’ve gone broke trying to get pregnant pin their hopes on making a video that proves they deserve the prize. By delving into their failures to make a baby, unexpected friendships form, truths are revealed and new paths discovered in this comedy about the heartbreak of infertility and the dream of becoming loving parents.

The Fit

July 22, 2017, 5 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Carey Perloff
Directed by Daniel Aukin

A young Indian-American woman battles for her place in the outrageously macho world of high-stakes investing in this hilarious and chilling look at tribalism, ambition and venture capital.

Amy And The Orphans

July 23, 2017, 12 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Lindsey Ferrentino
Directed by Scott Ellis

After their father’s death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together, they careen down the Great American Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind.

Written by playwright Lindsey Ferrentino, who made her New York debut at Roundabout with the acclaimed world premiere of Ugly Lies the Bone, and directed by Scott Ellis (The Elephant ManShe Loves Me), Amy and the Orphans is a rollicking ride that proves it’s never too late to follow a new road.


July 23, 2017, 5 pm

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music & Lyrics by David Bryan
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Young Diana Spencer dreams of marrying a prince. Amazingly, she does. Unfortunately, he does not love her. And he has a mistress. And a difficult family. From the Tony-Award winning writers of Memphis comes a new musical about the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

The Training Company


July 14-16, 2017

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Corruption and contempt are at the helm of a world in change. When the ghost of Hamlet’s slain father demands he exact his revenge, the young prince ventures down a path fraught with mounting turmoil. This new adaptation - incorporating music, movement, puppets, and more - probes our relationship to the state, our capacity to trust, and the manifestation of rage into action for the betterment of all.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.


July 21-23, 2017

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

King Cymbeline of Britain arranges the marriage of Imogen, his idyllic daughter, to Cloten, the egotistic son of his vile new Queen. Going against her father’s wishes, Imogen marries poor but noble Posthumus Leonatus. As Posthumus is sent into exile, scheming Iachimo further jeopardizes their union. This Shakespearean fairy tale enlists heroes and villains, disguises and deception, and above all wit to chronicle the lengths we’ll go for love.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

this is what it’s like: a soundpainting performance

Thursdays at 6pm, July 6, 13, 20, 27

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Composed and Painted by Max Reuben 


I want you to try and remember what it was like to have been very young.
And particularly the days when you were first in love.

When you were like a person sleepwalking, and you didn’t quite see the street you were in, and didn’t quite hear everything that was said to you.
You’re just a little bit crazy.
Will you remember that, please?
- Thornton Wilder, Our Town

Soundpainting employs a gestural language to combine music, movement, acting, and more for improvised performance. Steeped in ensemble and spontaneity, Soundpainting remains a pioneering method for interdisciplinary collaboration and performance.

Part of “Late Night at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center”.
Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

12 Ophelias (A play with broken songs)

July 23-24, 2017

In The Old Book Store in College Center

By Caridad Svich
Directed by Heidi Handelsman

Sure, Hamlet ends with a pile of dead bodies on the carpet, but what about the one that landed in the river? Remember her? What if that crazy babe with the flowers rose up out of the river to find herself ravenous, righteous, and dripping with sweetness in a wild new world? Originally developed by members of the Powerhouse Theater Training Company in 2002, 12 Ophelias is a lyrical, sultry odyssey as seen through the eyes of Shakespeare's most beguiled maiden.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

One Act Play Festival

July 26, 2017

In Sanders Auditorium

By Members of the Training Company

This night of new works is the culminating event for the writers of our Training Company. Along with their coursework, playwrights observe the process of bringing a script to life in professional rehearsal settings. With the help of a professional director, they implement their newfound knowledge to workshop a play from a body of work developed over the summer. Featuring performances from actors of the Training Company, each play reflects the writer’s unique voice and vision for the future of American theater.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.


Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen

July 28, 2017

In the The Mug in the College Center

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Members of the Training Company

Post-apocalyptic London, where the air is toxic and morale bleaker still. Vivian longs to move in with Mick, who remembers opening windows to hear the birds sing. Could a visit from Mick’s estranged son Claude be the salvation these weathered souls are seeking?

This production is the culminating event for the directors of our Training Company. Each director receives a portion of Caryl Churchill’s dystopian short Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen to craft and conceptualize individually. On performance night, the scenes come together and are performed in chronological order by actors from the Training Company. See how six distinct visions become one extraordinary live theatrical event. 
Free and open to the public. No ticket required.