A Preview Of Vassar And New York Stage And Film's Powerhouse Season With Johanna Pfaelzer

Jun 21, 2018

Since 1985, Vassar and New York Stage and Film have been partners in the Powerhouse season, a collaboration known for being the springboard for new stories that go on to theaters across the country and around the world. The 2018 season begin this weekend with the first of two Readings Festivals and continues through July 29 bringing some of the most influential theatrical voices working today to Poughkeepsie, NY for fully-staged and workshop productions of new plays and musicals, and readings of other works in progress.

Johanna Pfaelzer is the Artistic Director of New York Stage and Film and she joins us with a preview.

Season at a glance:

 

MAINSTAGE IN THE POWERHOUSE

  • RADIO ISLAND - June 28 - July 8

by Liza Birkenmeier

directed by Jaki Bradley

featuring Pascale Armand, Kelly AuCoin, Birgit Huppuch, Maryann Plunkett, Adina Verson, Stephen Tyrone Williams

  • THE WAVES - July 19-29 -- premiered off-Broadway over thirty years ago

adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf

book by Lisa Peterson

music and lyrics by David Bucknam

with additional music by Adam Gwon

directed by Lisa Peterson

creative consultant Raúl Esparza

featuring Ken Barnett, Raúl Esparza, Eleasha Gamble, Douglas Lyons, Alice Ripley, Lauren Worsham

MUSICAL WORKSHOP IN THE MARTEL

  • ALICE BY HEART - July 5 - 7 - inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

book by Steven Sater with Jessie Nelson

music by Duncan Sheik

lyrics by Steven Sater

directed by Jessie Nelson

featuring Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Megan Masako Haley, Zachary Infante, Gizel Jeminez, J. Quinton Johnson, Lesli Margherita, Heath Saunders, Don Stephenson

  • THE CONNECTOR - July 13 - 15

music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

book by Jonathan Marc Sherman

directed by Daisy Prince

MUSICAL WORKSHOP IN THE SHIVA

  • LITTLE ORPHAN DANNY - July 25, 26, 28 - musical memoir of The Dan Band’s frontman

book, lyrics, & music by Dan Finnerty

created by Dan Finnerty & Sean Daniels

additional music by Dan Lipton

directed by Sean Daniels

  • COWBOY BOB - July 27-29

created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips & Annie Tippe

music & lyrics by Jeanna Phillips

book & additional lyrics by Molly Beach Murphy

additional music by Alex Thrailkill

directed by Annie Tippe

INSIDE LOOK PLAY WORKSHOP IN THE SHIVA

  • INDIA PALE ALE - July 6-8

by Jaclyn Backhaus

directed by Will Davis

  • OUR COUNTRY - July 13 - 15

conceived by Annie Saunders & Becca Wolff

direction & dramaturgy by Becca Wolff

additional dramaturgy & original writing

by Annie Saunders

additional devising by the company

FREE READINGS IN THE SHIVA

Readings Festival 1 | June 22 - 24

THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE

by Halley Feiffer

directed by Trip Cullman

Friday, June 22 | 8pm

LICK O'THE KNIFE

by Jackie Roberts

directed by Kent Gash

Saturday, June 23 | 2pm

ON THAT DAY IN AMSTERDAM

by Clarence Coo

directed by Kareem Fahmy

Saturday, June 23 | 8pm

untitled

by rupi kaur

directed by Leah C Gardiner

Sunday, June 24 | 2pm

THE HOLE

by Sarah Gancher

directed by Danya Taymor

Sunday, June 24 | 5pm

Readings Festival 2 | July 20 - 22

THE NORTH STAR

by Donja R. Love

directed by Malika Oyetimein

Friday, July 20 | 8pm

THE DIZZINESS OF FREEDOM

by Stephen Nathan

Saturday, July 21 | 12pm

THE PURISTS

by Dan McCabe

directed by Billy Porter

Saturday, July 21 | 5pm

MELISSA R. AND DOROTHY SUE

book by Geoffrey Nauffts

music & lyrics by Jonatha Brooke

directed by Sheryl Kaller

Sunday, July 22 | 5pm

 

THE TRAINING COMPANY

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

by William Shakespeare

adapted & directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward

July 13, 14, 15

AS YOU LIKE IT

by William Shakespeare

adapted & directed by Doug Paulson

July 20, 21, 22

I'M TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING IMPORTANT

composed & directed by Max Reuben

July 5, 12, 19, 26

METAMORPHOSES

by Ovid (translation by Ted Hughes)

adapted & directed by Elizabeth Hess

July 22, 23

ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL

by Members of the Training Company

July 25

NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT ENOUGH OXYGEN

by Caryl Churchill

directed by Members of the Training Company

July 27