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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


Radio Island

June 28-July 8, 2018

In the Powerhouse Theater

By Liza Birkenmeier
Directed by Jaki Bradley

Scenic Design by Daniel Zimmerman
Costume Design by Tilly Grimes
Lighting Design by Bradley King
Sound Design by Broken Chord

Featuring: Pascale Armand, Kelly AuCoin, Birgit Huppuch, Maryann Plunkett, Adina Verson and Stephen Tyrone Williams

Ellen is an expert hostage negotiator facing her biggest challenges yet.  In this high-stakes thriller, she works from her rural childhood home to free an oil tanker from pirates – while also balancing her injured mother’s rehab, salvaging her crumbling love life, and tracking down a mysterious visitor from her troubled past.  Home life and international crisis converge in this inventive new play from Liza Birkenmeier, directed by Jaki Bradley (Good Men Wanted, 2017 Powerhouse mainstage production).

The Waves

July 19-29, 2018

In the Powerhouse Theater

Adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf
Book by Lisa Peterson
Music and Lyrics by David Bucknam
Additional Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Creative Consultant Raúl Esparza

Scenic Design by Rachel Hauck
Costume Design by Michael Krass
Lighting Design by Jen Schriever
Sound Design by Nick Kourtides

Featuring: Ken Barnett, Raúl Esparza, Eleasha Gamble, Douglas Lyons, Alice Ripley, Lauren Worsham

Six childhood friends and their shifting relationships come vibrantly to life in this captivating chamber musical inspired by Virginia Woolf’s celebrated novel.  Over the course of one day - or is it a lifetime? - The Waves illuminates the interior yearnings, ambitions, and defeats of these extraordinary individuals with stirring choral music and Woolf’s signature text. Writer/director Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) and composer Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days) revisit and reimagine Bucknam and Peterson’s lush and layered musical, which premiered off-Broadway over thirty years ago.