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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

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.