This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

Lorenzo Pisoni '97 in a rehearsal for "All's Well That Ends Well." Photo courtesy The Public Theater / Nella Vera.

On Stage in the Big Apple

Vassar's alumnae/i are taking New York City by storm this summer. Lorenzo Pisoni ’97, for one, returns to the wildly popular Shakespeare in the Park free summer theater series.

Pisoni, who appeared in the college’s “Vassar Voices” Sesquicentennial celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center, will appear in “Measure for Measure” (in which he plays The Duke, the play’s central character), and “All’s Well That Ends Well.” The two productions will alternate through June and July, and are put on by the Public Theater, founded in 1954 as the Shakespeare Workshop. The outdoor performances at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater have become a beloved New York City summer tradition.

Later this year, from late September through late October, Pisoni will also undertake a one-month run at the Seattle Repertory Theater in “Humor Abuse,” which he co-wrote and in which he stars. The play, which the New York Times called “an endearing stage memoir,” tells the true story of Pisoni’s upbringing as the youngest member of the San Francisco-based Pickle Family Circus, in which his father, Larry, was a clown. The Times called Pisoni’s performance in the play “breathtaking.”

Meanwhile, Jeslyn Kelly '97 and Elliot Villar '02 continue their Lincoln Center Theater debuts in “War Horse,” recently nominated for 5 Tony Awards. After opening on April 14, the New York Post called it “magnificent” and “exhilarating.” Kelly previously appeared in “Tarzan” on Broadway (as well as “Third Watch” on television, and in numerous off-Broadway theatrical performances). Villar, who appeared alongside Pisoni in Vassar’s New York City “Vassar Voices” Sesquicentennial celebration at Lincoln Center, has previously appeared in numerous off-Broadway theatrical performances, as well as television’s “Mercy,” “Law & Order,” and others. —Peter Bronski

Delacorte Theater

The outdoor Delacorte Theater, home of Shakespeare in the Park, at Central Park. Photo courtesy The Public Theater / Joseph Moran.

June 2011

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