Powerhouse Fills Plate With Works by Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, John Patrick Shanley, Dar Williams

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The Nightingale, the musical by Spring Awakening creators Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, will be staged as part of  New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's 2011 Powerhouse Theater season.

Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The annual event offers writers an eight-week residency in which to develop new works with professional artists. Johanna Pfaelzer serves as artistic director, with producing artistic directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang and Vassar's Ed Cheetham.

In addition to The Nightingale, the Powerhouse season will include the new Public Theater commission February House, by composer Gabriel Kahane; the Bert Berns musical Piece of My Heart; David Solomon's Margaret and Craig with Mario Cantone; and a full production of the Rob Handel play Maze, directed by Tony Award nominee Sam Buntrock.

The fully-staged main stage productions include the new play F2M, from "30 Something" and "Brothers & Sisters" actress Patricia Wettig (June 29-July 10). Maria Mileaf will direct a cast including Keira Keeley, Ken Olin, Deirdre O’Connell and Phoebe Strole. Also planned is Handel's Maze, under the direction of Buntrock (Sunday in the Park with George) (July 20-July 31).

Musical workshops include Sheik and Sater's Nightingale, directed by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman (July 8-10); Kahane's February House, with a book by Seth Bockley and direction by Davis McCallum (July 14-16); and the Berns musical Piece of My Heart, with a book by Daniel Goldfarb, Brett Berns and Cassandra Berns and direction by Leigh Silverman (July 28-31).

Play workshops include Solomon's Margaret and Craig, directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall) and starring Cantone (Assassins, Laugh Whore) (July 1-3); Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Handball (July 15-17); and a special musical presentation by singer-songwriter Dar Williams, The Island Musical (July 17). Reading festival programming includes Playground: The Hallie Flanagan Project by Mattie Brickman; Rising Returns by Daniel MacIvor; Day One, A Hotel Room, Evening by Joanna Murray-Smith; and Rivers of January by Ben Snyder (presented June 24-26); as well as The Public by Ed Hime; The Hour of Feeling by Mona Mansour; Matty’s Place by Frank Pugliese; Marry Harry by Jennifer Robbins, Michael Biello and Dan Martin; and Sleeping Demon by John Patrick Shanley (presented July 29-31).

Apprentice company productions include Mark Lindberg's Wuthering (July 7, 14, 21, 28); Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (July 8-11); and Cymbeline (July 15-18).

Subscriptions will be available online beginning May 18 and in person at the Vassar box office June 8. Phone (845) 437-5599 or visit Powerhouse.Vassar.edu.

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