New York Stage and Film's Summer Season to Premiere Works by Shanley, Thorne and Mayer

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New York Stage and Film at Vassar College's Powerhouse Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY, will present a summer 2010 season that includes a fully staged world-premiere production from John Patrick Shanley and a new musical project from director Michael Mayer, among many others.

Michael Mayer
Michael Mayer Photo by Greg Kalafatas

Pulitzer, Tony and Oscar-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley penned Pirate, one of two Mainstage productions at Powerhouse this year. Shanley has a long history with the theatre; many of his plays, including Doubt, have had their start at the upstate venue. Pirate, which was seen in a reading at Powerhouse last summer, will mark his 14th work to debut there.

The season's other mainstage production, We Are Here Also, will be the first full production for playwright/actor Tracy Thorne. She was a playwriting fellow at The Lark Theatre and is currently participating in their "Meeting of the Minds" project.

Director Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Side Man) will return to Powerhouse to workshop his newest musical project, a re-envisioning of Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever with a new book by Peter Parnell. This will be one of two musical workshops presented this season at Powerhouse.

Other workshops will include Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Handball, Maria Cassi and Patrick Pacheco's My Life with Men – and other Animals, and a musical workshop of Bonfire Night by Justin Levine.

The two Readings Festivals, which bookend the season, will include new works from Romulus Linney, Richard Nelson, Patricia Wettig, Keith Bunin and Stephen Karam as well as a new screenplay by Jennifer Westfeldt, among others. The Powerhouse Theater season will run June 25 – Aug. 1, with specific show dates to be announced. Season subscriptions will go on sale online May 19; individual tickets will be available beginning June 2.

Since 1985, the Powerhouse Summer Theater Season, a collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, has been "dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film."

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