The Power of Duff, Starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Westfeldt, Debuts at Powerhouse Theater July 18
By Adam Hetrick
Stage and screen stars Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Westfeldt lead the cast of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff beginning July 18 at the New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater.
Peter DuBois (Sons of the Prophet, Becky Shaw) directs the July 18-29 run on the Vassar College campus.
Joining Kinnear ("Little Miss Sunshine," "As Good As It Gets") and Westfeldt (Wonderful Town, "Kissing Jessica Stein") are Desmin Borges, Dominic Fumusa, Neil Huff, Russell G. Jones, Ben Platt and Ilana Levine.
"My inspiration for this play was a Time magazine article (from several years ago) that was dedicated to religion, and a sentence in it that read, '19 out of 20 Americans believe in God' – (or some form of God). And it struck me as potentially interesting to write a play about a person who was fundamentally ambivalent about religion, even about spirituality – who underwent a transformation of sorts, which led to him finding himself in a position where he was suddenly a sort of looked-to spiritual 'leader' – even as that ambivalence continued," Belber said in a statement. "I liked the question of what one should or can do when put in that position, and what one might do when faced with an almost undeniable spiritual reality taking place all around (and maybe even inside) him."
Here's how the play is billed: "In The Power of Duff, Charles Duff (Kinnear), a news anchor in a mid-market backwater, has an unexpected spiritual awakening on live TV. His prayers, and their answers, change his audience, his family, and his own life forever."
The production has set design by David Korins, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilly, lighting design by Russell H. Champa, sound design by ML Dogg and projection design by Aaron Ryhne.
For tickets, phone (845) 437-5599 or visit Powerhouse.Vassar.edu.
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