The Powerhouse season is dedicated to "both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film." The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 50 apprentices in the Powerhouse training program live and work together to create new theatre works.
Here's a look at the season:
By Seth Moore and The Lobbyists
Directed by and developed with Liz Carlson
Performances June 27–29 in The Susan Stein Shiva Theater
"Supernatural characters, romance, tragedy and stirring original music by The Lobbyists combine in this one-of-a-kind event – part play, part concert, and part immersive experience. We follow Percy, a young sailor bred in the golden age of the American whaling boom, as he journeys through port cities and wrestles with ghosts, sea monsters, and the loss of his one true love."
Music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman
Book and additional lyrics by Pamela Gray
Directed by Michael Greif
Performances July 25–27 in The Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
"It's the summer of 1969 in a Catskill Mountains bungalow colony. While her husband spends each week working in the city, Pearl Kantrowitz finds herself drawn toward a free-spirited traveling salesman. Her personal crisis plays out against one of America’s most tumultuous summers, as astronauts walk on the moon, the Vietnam War escalates, and Woodstock takes place right down the road. Michael Greif, the award-winning director of Rent, Grey Gardens and Next To Normal, returns to Powerhouse with this deeply romantic story of awakening, adapted from the hit film."
The Light Years
Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Developed and directed by Oliver Butler
Performances July 11–13 in The Susan Stein Shiva Theater
"From The Debate Society, a haunted love story spanning four decades. Chicago 1893: The Zoopraxiscope, cracker jacks and neon lights. The Ferris Wheel, hootchy-kootchy... hell they even had the hamburger! On the eve of a glowing new century, something terrible happens in a humble two-story home. And everything ends. Chicago 1933: When the fair returns 40 years later, so do the unfinished histories of everything that could have been. And so things begin for the hermit upstairs and the mysterious look-a-like below."
By Beth Henley
Directed by David Schweizer
Performances July 18–20 in The Susan Stein Shiva Theater
"Mabel's had a hard few weeks: A dynamite accident at a gold mine has left her wealthy but orphaned, and she’s shipped off to a scheming aunt and a long-lost cousin, who’s charged with seducing her to control Mabel’s fortune. This hapless courtship reveals a shared love of silent movies and a plan for greater things. A story of mishaps and moxie, the romance of Hollywood and ultimately a Hollywood-caliber romance. A slapstick comedy from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Crimes of the Heart and The Jacksonian."
As previously announced, the three mainstage productions of the 30th Powerhouse Theater Season are The Babylon Line by Richard Greenberg and directed by Terry Kinney (June 26-July 6); In Your Arms, an unprecedented collaboration with 10 playwrights (Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Uhry) writing wordless vignettes that will culminate in a new dance piece directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, with music by Stephen Flaherty (July 5-13); and The Danish Widow, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (July 16-27).
Full programming will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit Powerhouse.Vassar.edu.