Powerhouse Theater to Workshop Plays by Winnie Holzman, Stephen Karam, David Rabe and More

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12 May 2014

Stephen Karam
Stephen Karam
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New plays by Winnie Holzman, Stephen Karam, David Rabe and Ayad Akhtar have been selected as part of the Play Readings Festival, which will be presented this summer during New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theatre Season.

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.

The Reading Festival #1, which runs June 20–22 follows:

The Unbuilt City by Keith Bunin, directed by Sean Mathias
Choice by Winnie Holzman, directed by Sheryl Kaller
The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Sam Gold
Gilgamesh, The Prince by David Rabe
Fall by Bernard Weinraub, directed by Peter DuBois

The Readings Festival #2, which runs July 25-27 follows:



The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
American Pop by Michael Friedman, directed by Trip Cullman
Turn Me Loose by Gretchen Law, directed by John Gould Rubin
Ripcord by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by David Hyde Pierce

Previously announced mainstage productions include The Babylon Line by Richard Greenberg and directed by Terry Kinney (June 26-July 6); In Your Arms, a 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 for a 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).

Musical workshops include SeaWife by Seth Moore and The Lobbyists, directed by and developed with Liz Carlson (June 27–29); and A Walk on the Moon with music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, book and additional lyrics by Pamela Gray, and directed by Michael Greif (July 25–27). Play workshops include The Light Years written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, developed and directed by Oliver Butler (July 11–13); and Laugh by Beth Henley, directed by David Schweizer (July 18–20).

Single tickets go on sale May 20. Visit newyorkstageandfilm.org. For more information, visit Powerhouse.Vassar.edu.