Powerhouse Season Includes Premieres by Richard Greenberg, John Patrick Shanley and Stephen Flaherty

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07 Apr 2014

In Your Arms, a new dance musical with a score by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty featuring vignettes by playwrights including Douglas Carter Beane, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, Rajiv Joseph and Marsha Norman, will premiere during New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's Powerhouse Theater season this summer.

In Your Arms is among three mainstage productions announced as part of the Powerhouse season, which runs June 20-July 27 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Also planned are Richard Greenberg's The Babylon Line and John Patrick Shanley's The Listener.

"We are delighted to welcome this enormously exciting group of theatre artists to our 30th Powerhouse season. In this landmark year, we are thrilled to have John Patrick Shanley and Richard Greenberg back on our mainstage, and to help bring such a unique, ambitious theatrical event as In Your Arms to life," said NYSF artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer in a statement.

The mainstage season follows:

The Babylon Line
By Richard Greenberg
Directed by Terry Kinney
June 25-July 6
"1967. A 38-year-old writer from bohemian Greenwich Village commutes to Levittown, Long Island to teach an adult-education Creative Writing class. He finds anything but the cookie-cutter lives he expected in this straight-laced community, as his students come to discover the power of storytelling to transform their lives. And one special student – a kindred spirit? or something more? – reawakens him to his own artistic impulses."



In Your Arms
Directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Vignettes written by Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Uhry
July 5-13
"In Your Arms features ten dance vignettes—written by a unprecedented collection of preeminent playwrights—that each tell a story without words of a pair of lovers, constituting an evening of storytelling, dance and music with a cast of more than 20 performers."

The Listener
Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley
July 16-27
"The Listener is a mystery which unfolds against an international backdrop. The main character, a female insurance investigator, finds herself battling wits with a formidable Danish widow. Disturbing, funny, deadly serious, sexy, like a Hitchcock film with a modernist edge."

Subscriptions will go on sale May 7. Single tickets go on sale May 20. Visit newyorkstageandfilm.org.