Vassar and New York Stage and Film have announced the line-up for the 32nd Powerhouse Season, the annual summer program that offers full productions of new plays and musicals, workshop presentations and readings of works-in-progress.
Included in this summer’s line-up will be new works by Taylor Mac (Hir), Lucy Thurber (Where We’re Born), How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor, and a new adaptation of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s The Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of a Crowd by Broadway actor Santino Fontana. Emmy-nominated Madmen star John Slattery will also be featured as a director.
The musical workshop presentations will include Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a 12-hour performance that charts the history of popular music from 1776 to the present day.
Additionally, the Powerhouse Season will provide an artistic residency, not open to the public, for the new musical Head Over Heels, with a book by Jeff Whitty and music by The Go-Go’s, directed by Michael Mayer with musical supervision by Tom Kitt. Mayer and Kitt reunite following their earlier collaboration on American Idiot at Powerhouse.
Powerhouse Season will run June 24-July 31 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. The two headlining productions will be fully staged productions of Thurber’s Transfers, directed by Jackson Gay, and Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, directed by Lila Neugebauer. Radnor will debut his first play, Sacred Valley, as part of the reading series; and Slattery will direct a reading of Lorien Haynes’ new play, Good Grief.
Members of the Powerhouse training program will present Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, adapted and directed by Mark Lindberg, while Andrew Willis-Woodward will direct a re-imagining of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
Casting and additional projects will be announced at a later date. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit powerhouse.vassar.edu/.