Vera Laughed Begins Powerhouse Theater Run July 22

News   Vera Laughed Begins Powerhouse Theater Run July 22 Vassar & New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater's 25th anniversary season continues July 22 with the first performance of the mainstage production of Keith Bunin's Vera Laughed.
Maureen Anderman, Bess Wohl and Gareth Saxe with Jeffrey DeMunn in rehearsal
Maureen Anderman, Bess Wohl and Gareth Saxe with Jeffrey DeMunn in rehearsal Photo by Kerry Long

Directed by Carolyn Cantor, performances will continue through Aug. 2 at the Powerhouse Theater on the Vassar College campus. The cast boasts Tony and Drama Desk nominee Maureen Anderman as Vera, Jeffrey DeMunn as her husband Ivan, Obie Award winner Ana Reeder as Margarita, Gareth Saxe as Vladimir, Jesse Pennington as Leonid, Bess Wohl as Galina and Jason Dechert as Andrei.

Based on a true story, Vera Laughed, according to press notes, "is set in April of 1942 against the backdrop of WWII. Nobel Prize-winning author Ivan Bunin, who escaped the Russian Revolution 20 years earlier, has successfully created a new life for himself in the French countryside with his wife Vera and his mistress Galina. However, he still dreams of returning home, but he's not a young man anymore, and the world is at war again.

"Not only does Ivan have to deal with his own love triangle, but many others, including Galina's 'other' love Margarita; Margarita's 'fiancé' Vladimir; and Vera's devotee, a younger Russian writer, Leonid."

Playwright Keith Bunin is the author of The Busy World is Hushed, The Credeaux Canvas, and a writer for HBO's award-winning "In Treatment."

For tickets visit http://powerhouse.vassar.edu or call (845) 437-5599.

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Since 1985, the Powerhouse Summer Theater Season, a collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar, "has produced remarkable works of theatre and trained an entire generation of young artists" through its apprentice training program.

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