Irving in Safe Harbor Kicks Off New York Stage and Film Season June 18; Chalfant Cast in Warhol Play

News   Irving in Safe Harbor Kicks Off New York Stage and Film Season June 18; Chalfant Cast in Warhol Play
New York Stage and Film launches its 2004 summer season at Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre June 18 with the U.S premiere of Marta Goes' A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop starring Amy Irving under the direction of Richard Jay-Alexander.
Amy Irving
Amy Irving

The work tells the story of the great modern American poet who fell in love on a tour of South America and didn't return to the U.S. for almost 20 years.

The NYS&F season is set to run June 18-Aug. 1. The presentations include developing and full productions, readings and workshops. Works presented there often find productions on stages in New York City and elsewhere.

Musical workshop presentations will feature the world premiere of Nerds — a "musical software satire" by The Bomb-itty of Errors creators Jordan Allen Dutton and Erik Weiner with music by Hal Goldberg. The Beach Boys-infused musical work in-progress Good Vibrations — a celebration of the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, which features a book by Richard Dresser — will also be seen at NYS&F under the direction of John Carrafa (Urinetown).

Audiences will also witness a sneak peek at Expedition 6, a work conceived and directed by Bill Pullman (The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, "Independence Day"). The multimedia conception — using "a shifting collage of visuals, found texts, music and trapeze" — tells the story of three astronauts who are stranded in space after the loss of the shuttle Columbia.

Actress Lucy Liu ("Charlie's Angels") will be featured in Zach Helm's Good Canary, a new play set in the world of the literary elite where a young woman copes with the sudden success of her husband's novel. Under the "Powerhouse Plays" title, workshop presentations of plays will include Anton Dudley's Honor and the River, Itamar Moses' In Bach at Leipzig directed by Pam MacKinnon (Peter and Jerry) and featuring a cast that includes Mark Linn-Baker (...Frog and Toad, "Perfect Strangers"), Peter Frechette (Valhalla), Rocco Sisto and Jason Butler Harner as well as My Andy by Patricia Wettig ("thirtysomething"). The last will star Robert Joy and Kathleen Chalfant.

Rock band The Petersons teams with director Trip Cullman to present The Petersons Project about an unorthodox hard-rockin' family who face corporate interests that threaten to shut down their business.

Two weekends of readings will take place over June 18-20 and July 23-25 and include John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed, Carey Perloff's Luminescence Dating, Stuart Spencer's Painted from Memory featuring actor Rob Morrow, Alexandra Gersten Vassilaros' The Argument, David Marshall Grant's Pen featuring Marcia Gay Harden and James Lapine's Fran's Bed starring Mia Farrow.

The summer season also includes the Free Outdoor Theater in Repertory featuring the apprentice company performing on the Vassar campus green. That slate includes William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Coriolanus and Fanny Kemble an adaption of Kemble's journals by Laura Marks and Davis McCallum.

The NYS&F lineup is as follows (subject to change):

Readings Festival 1 (June 18-20)

  • Big Wyoming by David Neipris
  • The Catch by Alison Tatlock
  • Luminescence Dating by Carey Perloff
  • No Boundaries by Liz Oliver
  • Painted from Memory by Stuart Spencer, starring Rob Morrow A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop starring Amy Irving (June 23-July 3) - Powerhouse Theater
    Expedition 6 conceived and directed by Bill Pullman (June 25 and 26) Martel Theater
    Honor and the River (July 7-10) Powerhouse
    Good Canary starring Lucy Liu (July 9-11) - Susan Stein Shiva Theater
    Bach at Leipzig starring Mark Linn-Baker (July 14-17) - Powerhouse

    Free Outdoor Theater in Repertory (July 14-25)

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, directed by Dennis Reid
  • Fanny Kemble, adapted by Laura Marks and director Davis McCallum
  • Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, directed by Emily Mendelson Nerds (July 15-18) - Martel

    Readings Festival 2 (July 23-25)

  • The Argument by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
  • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
  • Fran’s Bed by James Lapine, starring Mia Farrow
  • The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane
  • Pen by David Marshall Grant, starring Marcia Gay Harden Good Vibrations (July 29-Aug. 1) - Martel
    My Andy by (July 22-24) Powerhouse
    The Petersons Project (July 30-Aug. 1) - Shiva

    For tickets and information, call (845) 437-7235 or

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