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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

Inside Look Workshops

India Pale Ale

July 6-8, 2018

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Will Davis

Featuring: Adeel Ahmed, Eshan Bay, Purva Bedi, Jay Charan, Anna Itty, Sophia Mahmud, Nate Miller, Shazi Raja and Lipica Shah

In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the engagement of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. One generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations and ancestors from the family's past haunt the present day, when one sudden event changes everything.  This smart, poignant and funny new play about legacy, life and pirates comes from the fresh voice of Jaclyn Backhaus (the award-winning Men on Boats), who teams up with director Will Davis (The Great Leap, 2017 Powerhouse Inside Look workshop).

Our Country

July 13-15, 2018

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Conceived by Annie Saunders and Becca Wolff
Direction and Dramaturgy by Becca Wolff
Additional Dramaturgy and Original Writing by Annie Saunders
Additional Devising by the company

Featuring: Max Hersey and Annie Saunders

“Who do you think decides what is a big deal and what isn’t?” Inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone and origin stories from the American frontier, Our Country is set in California’s marijuana country, our still-Wild West. Based on recorded conversations between Annie Saunders and her younger brother, and steeped in childhood memories and mythologies from Ancient Greece, this autobiographical creation recalls a time when we were young — as siblings, as a nation, and as a democratic system.