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The Training Company

Romeo and Juliet

July 12-14, 2019, 7pm

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Devin Kawaoka

Featuring: Alexander Carnot, Hollis Dohr, Lulu Fairclough-Stewart, Abbey George, Heather Gervasi, Naomi Honig, Riley Klauza, Kate Lester, Rahul Makwana, Tali Papouchado, Gregor Patti, Raven Ray, Sofia Riba, Tristan Strasser, Eli Wassertzug

The Capulets and Montagues have long fought for power in Verona township, pitting neighbor against neighbor. A newly elected mayor promises a more peaceful era, but tensions only continue to rise. When Romeo--Montague's only son--and Juliet--Capulet's only daughter, meet by chance and fall in love, they secretly elope hoping it will bring the two families together. However, the best of intentions fast turn to bloodshed and our star-crossed lovers have no choice but to act quickly to stay together. 

Free and open to the public. No ticket required. 

The Winter’s Tale

July 19-21, 2019, 7pm

In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

Featuring: Lukas Baeskow, Simran Bal, Ashley Elizabeth Benson, Journey Brown-Saintel, Kevin Chaikelson, Miranda Cooper, Jack Frommelt, Georgia Garrison, Leah Jarvik, Aaron Linker, Ashley Long, Audrey McMullen, Zoë Bowen Smith, Charles Tangires, Dustin Uher

A tale of Kings and Queens, love and jealousy, oracles and mysteries, storms and disguises, and an often-referred-to bear. A fanciful romp, but questions of redemption, accountability, and "happy" endings linger in this new adaptation of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required. 

Keep Your Head Above Water so as Not to Sink: A Soundpainting Performance

July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019, 6pm

In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Composed and Directed by Max Reuben

Featuring: Lukas Baeskow, Simran Bal, Ashley Elizabeth Benson, Journey Brown-Saintel, Kevin Chaikelson, Miranda Cooper, Jack Frommelt, Georgia Garrison, Leah Jarvik, Aaron Linker, Ashley Long, Audrey McMullen, Zoë Bowen Smith, Charles Tangires, Dustin Uher

You've been ignoring this leak for some time, haven't you? There's been so many other things to focus on. Your work, your dog, your succulent. But the water is cold and it's rising and your arms are getting tired from treading. But don't worry. There's some rescue boats on the way. Keep Your Head Above Water So As Not to Sink utilizes the gestural composing language of Soundpainting to create a spontaneous, ensemble-based improvised performance about how to stay afloat when the water is pouring in.  

Part of “Late Night at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center”.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required. 

From One To Another: Rites of Passage for our Times

July 21-22, 2019, 7:30pm

In the The Mug in the College Center

Created by Emily Mendelsohn and members of the Training Company

Featuring: Alexander Carnot, Hollis Dohr, Lulu Fairclough-Stewart, Abbey George, Heather Gervasi, Naomi Honig, Riley Klauza, Kate Lester, Rahul Makwana, Tali Papouchado, Gregor Patti, Raven Ray, Sofia Riba, Tristan Strasser, Eli Wassertzug

An evening of student-devised contemporary rites of passage. How do we attend? How do we invite the attention of others? How do we embody and mark transformation? How/what do we want to transform? The Powerhouse Training Company will engage these questions over 10 days through explorations of gesture, site, performance architecture, and deep listening as we create our own rituals to mark meaningful change.

Please note that this is a site specific production. The performance will begin in The Mug, but the audience will be guided around the Vassar campus throughout the performance. 

Free and open to the public. No ticket required. 

New Works Play Festival

July 27, 2019, 2pm & 7:30pm

In Sanders Auditorium

This festival of new works is the culminating event for the directors and writers of the Training Company. Along with their coursework, directors and playwrights will have observed the process of bringing a new script to life in a professional rehearsal setting. Ten pairs of writers and directors will each workshop a play which they have developed over the summer. Featuring performances by the actors of the Training Company, these 10 short plays, presented over two performances, reflect the student's unique voice and vision for the future of American theater. Free and open to the public. No ticket required. 

Saturday, July 27, 2pm

The Asian Crime Show Play
By Kenjiro Lee
Directed by Vick Liu
Featuring: Julie Cai, Kevin Chaikelson, Rahul Makwana, Char Nakashima-Conway

To Touch Infinity
By Sydney Green
Directed by Emma Smith
Featuring: Simran Bal, Audrey McMullen, Tristan Strasser

Honey, She's Home
By Joan Milburn
Directed by Jen Jacobs
Featuring: Abbey George, Leah Jarvik, Dustin Uher

And Other Dreams We Had
By Phanesia Pharel
Directed by Angel Flores
Featuring: Aaron Linker, Raven Ray

The Pirate King of the Indigo Sea
By Ethan Venzon
Directed by Christa Retka
Featuring: Jack Frommelt, Naomi Honig, Tali Papouchado, Charlie Tangires 

Saturday, July 27, 7:30pm

Drama
By Zoe Redlich
Directed by Kate O'Carroll
Featuring: Ashley Elizabeth Benson, Hollis Dohr, Riley Klauza, Zoë Bowen Smith

Everything Else
By Alexander Hewlett
Directed by Jacob Ettkin
Featuring: Kate Lester, Gregor Patti, Eli Wassertzug 

Hold on to Anything: The Ribbon Child
By Larissa Guerrini-Maraldi
Directed by John DeSantis
Featuring: Journey Brown-Saintel, Miranda Cooper, Lulu Fairclough-Stewart

A Chance Encounter Near Nowhere in Particular
By Andy Letai
Directed by Carrie Babigian
Featuring: Lukas Baeskow, Alex Carnot, Heather Gervasi, Ashley Long

Ebb, Flow
By Phil Carroll
Directed by Macey Downs
Featuring: Georgia Garrison, Sofia Riba