The 5:30 PM reading will be held in the Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. Sternhagen, a member of the Vassar class of 1951, will offer selections from Marta Góes' A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop.
A question-and-answer session with Sternhagen will follow the reading.
In a statement Patricia Duane Lichtenberg, executive director of the Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College (AAVC) and Vassar class of 1990, said, "We are delighted that alumna Frances Sternhagen, our 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award, will be with us for a few days this semester to work and meet with students and faculty and present this reading. Through great symbiosis she has chosen to perform an original play first presented by Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater, that is based upon another noted Vassar alumna, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop."
Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop, according to press notes, "recounts Bishop's 20-year South American sojourn in Brazil, where Bishop bears witness to the enormous upheaval and reform in the country, while at the same time personally experiencing passion, idealism, love and loss." Safe Harbor made its debut performance during the 20th anniversary season of Vassar and New York Stage & Film’s Powerhouse Theater in 2004. Amy Irving starred under the direction of Richard Jay-Alexander.
Frances Sternhagen won Tony Awards for her performances in The Good Doctor and The Heiress and was also nominated for her work in The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Equus, Angel, On Golden Pond and Morning's at Seven. She has also been seen on the New York stage in Grownups, You Can't Take it With You, Seascape, Steel Magnolias, Talking Heads, The Foreigner and The Exact. Sternhagen's many screen credits include "Hospital," "Starting Over," "Independence Day," "Misery," "Doc Hollywood," "Sex and the City," "Cheers," "ER," "The Closer" and "Law & Order." She was also inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Although admission is free, reservations are required by calling (845) 437-5584.