The Hurdy Gurdy Man comes to Poughkeepsie, New York, July 21-23, when New York Stage and Film presents Dick Beebe's new play, directed by Sheryl Kaller. Maryann Plunkett (Saint Joan), Jay O. Sanders (The Taming of the Shrew), and Cotter Smith (An American Daughter) star.
In Hurdy Gurdy, a nice Boston butcher makes a bet in a bar one night and lives to pay the weighty price. "But was the whole thing a set up? And why does Jimmy's ex-wife keep having visions of a figure known as the Hurdy Gurdy Man?"
Still remaining on the NYSF schedule is Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler, directed by Michael Wilson, July 28-30. The play mixes a strident young disaster specialist, a pampered, urban therapist, an unlikely friendship, and a trip to Bosnia. Understandably, there are repercussions.
Also coming up is the second main stage offering, Richard Greenberg's The Dazzle, a new play expected to be part of the coming Drama Dept. season in New York City. Dazzle, running July 26-Aug. 5, and directed by David Warren, features Greenberg favorite Peter Frechette, as well as Reg Rogers and Francie Swift. *
The summer season has also included Susan Miller's A Map of Doubt and Rescues, starring Frank Wood; Quincy Long's latest, The Lively Lad; Under Cover of Darkness by Cindy Lou Johnson; and What Didn't Happen by Christopher Shinn.
For more information, call (845) 437-7235 or visit www.vassar.edu/powerhouse/.
--By Robert Simonson