Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater's six final readings for the 2010 season are new plays by Eve Ensler, Romulus Linney & Eleanor Cooney, Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik, Kate Walbert and Patricia Wettig, and a screenplay by Jennifer Westfeldt (the Tony Award nominee of Wonderful Town who wrote the film "Kissing Jessica Stein"). A special workshop based on Walton Jones' 1940's Radio Hour is also appearing, directed by Mark Linn-Baker.
Among performers participating at Powerhouse during the July 29-Aug. 1 reading/workshop schedule are Conlee (The Constant Wife, The Full Monty); Noah Emmerich (Fault Lines, Beautiful Girls); Lecy Goranson ("Roseanne"); Hamm (Don Draper of AMC's "Mad Men"); Neil Huff (Take Me Out); Keira Keeley (Off-Broadway's The Glass Menagerie - 2010 Theatre World Award); Kalember (Losing Louie, The Nerd); McGinnis (Les Miserables, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast); Deirdre O'Connell (Whisper House at Powerhouse in 2009); Olin (ABC's "Brothers and Sisters"); Drama Desk winner Heidi Schreck (Playwrights Horizons' Circle Mirror Transformation); and Tony nominee Westfeldt (Wonderful Town, "Kissing Jessica Stein").
All the readings and the workshop for 1940's Radio Hour are free, but seating is very limited. Advance reservations are required. For further information, call the box office at (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599 or visit powerhouse.vassar.edu.
Here's the schedule for the readings in the in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater:
July 29 at 8 PM
I Am An Emotional Girl: the secret life of girls around the world
By Eve Ensler
Co-directed by Josie Rourke and Rosario Dawson
Featuring Vikki Eugenis, Ashley Fisher, Chloe Goutal, Molly Houlahan, Olivia Oguma, Tanya Tawengwa, Kennebrew Taylor, Angelic Zambrana July 30 at 8 PM
F to M
By Patricia Wettig
Directed by Maria Mileaf
Featuring Keira Keeley, Halley Wegryn Gross, Kate Bornstein, Ken Olin and Deirdre O'Connell
July 31 at 2 PM
A Short History of Women
By Kate Walbert
Directed by Judith Ivey
Featuring Rachel Black, Patricia Kalember, Peter McRobbie, Pamela Payton-Wright, Heidi Schreck, Robert Stanton and Monica West
July 31 at 5 PM
Over Martinis, Driving Somewhere
By Romulus Linney & Eleanor Cooney
From "Death in Slow Motion" by Eleanor Cooney and a memoir by Romulus Linney
Directed by Michael Wilson
Featuring Shannon Burkett, James DeMarse, Lecy Goranson, Neil Huff and Kathryn Meisle.
Aug. 1 at 2 PM
"Friends With Kids"
A screenplay by Jennifer Westfeldt
Featuring Rebecca Creskoff (Losing Louie, TV's "Hung"), Rosemarie Dewitt ("Mad Men," "Rachel Getting Married," "United States of Tara"), Noah Emmerich ("Fault Lines," "Beautiful Girls"), Jon Hamm (AMC's "Mad Men"), Adam Scott ("The Aviator") and Jennifer Westfeldt.
Aug. 1 at 5 PM
Book and lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Peter Askin
Featuring Monika Oliveira; other cast members to be announced.
July 31 at 8 PM
1940's Radio Hour
In the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
By Walton Jones
Directed by Mark Linn-Baker
Music direction by Andrew Gerle
"A workshop presentation of a collaboration between the apprentice and professional companies based on Walton Jones' [show that is] "filled to the brim with favorite period songs." This version "whisks audiences behind the scenes of a live Hudson Valley radio broadcast at Christmastime in 1942."
Featuring Tony nominee John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty), Constantine Germanacos (Powerhouse's On a Clear Day… revision), Joe Grifasi (Drama Desk nominee for 1940's Radio Hour), Megan McGinnis (Les Miserables, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast), Jessi Trauth, Shona Tucker (Well, The African Company Presents..., From the Mississippi Delta) and Josh Wynn, plus all the actors of the Powerhouse Apprentice Company: Christopher Adams-Cohen, Frankie Allegra, Richard Bastuck, Daniel Belford, Marissa Bergman, Maureen Boman, Katherine Burns, Ross Carmichael, Mara Dale, Genevieve Fowler, Juliet Garrett, Talia Heller, Margaux LeBlanc, Emily Kaplan, Rachel Katz, Diane Machin, Victoria McNaughton, Elisabeth Mitchell, Jonathan Patterson, Francesca Placidi, Clare Redden, Leslie Roth, Bria Schultz, Laura Schramm, Rachel Sedwick, Brian Shaffer, Alexa Smith, Gracierae Smith-Gallegos, Rashaad Spence, Kate Wachsman and Michael Wachowiak.