"When The Lights Went Out tells the story of the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003 when six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories," press notes state. "In the darkness, two strangers fall in love during an epic walk across Manhattan; an older couple marooned in their apartment must finally grapple with their past; and a conflicted Iraqi immigrant trapped in an elevator chases memories of her lost son and her homeland through the shadows."
The creative team includes Dane Laffrey (set), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), David Weiner (lighting), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound) and Warren Adams (movement consultant).
Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theatre and film. The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theatre works.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.