Season Schedule

Musical Workshops

Luna and the Starbodies

July 8–9, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater

Luna Triptyc

 

Music, Words and Story by Truth Future Bachman
Music Direction by Josh Kight
Direction and Dramaturgy by Dezi Tibbs

Featuring Truth Future Bachman, Z Infante, Mariyea, Blu Morpho, and Zia

Earth is no longer safe for Luna, a transient starlet on the cusp of womanhood. Hitchhiking the night sky, she conceives three young rock stars, The Starbodies, who ignite the mother within her and illuminate her cosmic destiny. A transcendent new concept album that combines the suspense of Watchmen with the camp of Glee, Luna and the Starbodies is an epic musical short about a life in transition.

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Shakespeare: Unplugged

July 29–31, 2022
In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Part of the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Lab residency

Shakespeare Unplugged

 

Composed and Music Direction by Scotty Arnold
Directed by Elizabeth Audley
Produced by Brittany Proia and Hannah Karp

Featuring Kristin Battersby, Wesley Cady, Jesse Carrey-Chan, Yansa Fatima, John Furey and Rob Kellogg

Scotty Arnold’s musical adaptations of Shakespeare's All’s Well That Ends Well and Twelfth Night. In All’s Well That Ends Well, low-born Helen pursues the love of high-born Bertram. But even if she can overcome her station, can she get Bertram to love her back? A fun mirror to Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well asks: how far is Helen willing to go to get what she wants? Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola and Sebastian, twins who are separated in a shipwreck. How will these two survive on their own in a strange land, will they find their way back to each other, and might they find love of another kind along the way? Find out in this adventurous romantic comedy.

Arnold, a musical theater writer and five-time Powerhouse alum, dusts off these classic plays and boils them down to their essence, enlivening them with contemporary songs and music.

These pieces are from Arnold’s Tales from Shakespeare project, which combines Shakespeare’s text with narration from Mary Lamb and Charles Lamb’s 19th century book Tales from Shakespeare and Arnold’s original songs to create accessible, moving abridgements of all twenty of Shakesepeare’s plays that the Lambs tackled. The project was recently launched and has already received development from the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Wayne State University, and the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory.

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Play Workshops

The World Is Not Silent

July 15–17, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater
Part of the New York Stage and Film residency

Written by Don Nguyen Directed by Marya Mazor

Written by Don Nguyen
Directed by Marya Mazor

Featuring Tina Ari, Vien Hong, Nancy Ma and Jon Norman Schneider

Don, an astrophotographer, returns home to reconnect with his estranged Vietnamese father only to discover that the communication gap between them has grown even wider in the wake of his father's recent deafness. Hoping that sign language will provide a bridge to overcome that distance, Don begins taking lessons. But the closer he gets to being able to communicate with his father, the further he seems to get from actually understanding the man, leaving Don to realize that mastering a language means very little if you're not willing to speak from the heart. Performed in English, Vietnamese and Sign Language, The World is Not Silent is a multilingual play that explores how language simultaneously divides and unites us.

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Sweet Chariot

July 22–24, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater
Part of the New York Stage and Film residency

Written by Eric Lockley Directed by Shariffa Ali

Written by Eric Lockley
Directed by Shariffa Ali
Developed with the Movement Theatre Company

Featuring Taylor A. Blackman, Alana Bowers, Cherrye Davis, Xavier Scott Evans, Janelle McDermoth and JD Mollison

When the prospect of a far off place called Home seems more appealing than the terrors of Earth, Marcus, a down and out teacher, launches himself on a journey across planets and centuries. Marcus risks everything, and a dysfunctional space crew will stop at nothing to discover Home. But as they encounter mysterious alien figures, Afro-Bots, and a very uncertain future, Home may not be all that they expected. Sweet Chariot is an Afrofuturistic exploration of the sorted line between escape and resilience, posing the question: is true liberation only possible for Black people beyond Earth?

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Tell Them I’m Still Young

July 28–July 30, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater
Part of the New York Stage and Film residency

Written by Julia Doolittle Directed by May Adrales

Written by Julia Doolittle
Directed by May Adrales

Featuring Andre Braugher, John El-Jor, Michele Pawk and Paola Sanchez Abreu

Allen and Kay are approaching sixty-five when their only daughter is killed in a car crash. Now parents without children, the two struggle to renegotiate their identities and their marriage, as the entrance of two young people revives a painful longing for what’s been lost: their family and their futures.

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Readings

annA

June 26, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater

From the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Adapted by Matt Minnicino Directed by Nick Piacente Featuring Christa Kimlicko Jones as “Anna”

Adapted by Matt Minnicino
Directed by Nick Piacente

Featuring Christa Kimlicko Jones as “Anna”, Ben Beckley, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, Maurice Jones, Helen Laser, Pete McElligot, Lauren Pisano and Evelyn Spahr

“All happy families are alike…each unhappy family is…wait…no. (An epic, intimate, queer refraction of Tolstoy's classic about falling in the wrong kind of love and the story the world tells about you when you fall.)

Funnie; Or, The Most Lamentable Comedie of Jane the Foole

July 1, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater
Part of the Leah Ryan Fund residency

Written by Jessica Moss Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker

Written by Jessica Moss
Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker

Featuring Alton Alburo, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Maki Borden, Matthew Bovee, Allison Buck, Ugo Chukwu, Lindsley Howard, Amy Jo Jackson, Jessica Moss 

All Jane wants is to perform comedy. But she is struggling even to get stage time in the court of King Henry VIII, in 1533. Despite the support of her friend Anne Boleyn, Jane can’t break into the boys club of Tudor nightly entertainment – King Henry would rather see acts like Carl the Funny One, who makes wry observations about contemporary life, but who also is known to publicly masturbate. But Carl the Funny One has a degree of power, and an interest in Jane: which he uses to put her in a humiliating and upsetting situation. When the event goes public, the court is divided, and as Carl makes half-hearted non-apologies, Jane still can’t get onstage – until she and Anne have finally had enough. In a world where you are inherently seen as less-than, what kind of justice is possible? How can you ever be seen as funny when you’re not really seen as a person?

Final Boarding Call

July 2, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater
Part of the Leah Ryan Fund residency

Written by Stefani Kuo Directed by Desdemona Chiang

Written by Stefani Kuo
Directed by Desdemona Chiang

Featuring Ya Han Chang, Will Dao, Abbey George, Rohan Kymal, Lou Liberatore, Sarah Lo, Barbie Wu and Mike Yang

Final Boarding Call tells the stories of the most recent Hong Kong protests. The play revolves around the interconnected stories of seven characters whose backgrounds and perspectives run the spectrum – a protesting brother and flight attendant sister struggling to keep her job; a Mainland Chinese mother and her estranged Hong Kong daughter; a non-Cantonese speaking reporter and her Indian partner; and an American expat CEO and Hong Kong lover living in the shadows. The play begins and ends with a flight, an entrance into the Hong Kong protests and how the politics we see on the news every day affects the citizens of Hong Kong in their day-to-day lives. It gives the audience a window into China’s grip on global capitalism. How far will they go to fight for family, freedom, and the right to be heard?

All readings are free. Tickets can be reserved beginning on June 17, 2022.

The Training Company

The Tempest

July 15–17, 2022 - 7PM
In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

Cast of The Tempest at Powerhouse Theater

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Shaun Patrick Tubbs

Featuring Chloë Bachofen, Sammy Bluth, Matthew John Butler, Theo Ciperski, Jacqueline Evangelista, Bruce Gomez, Bailee Gull, Faith Hernandez, Ansley Joseph, Sebastian Karlson, Emma Skinner, Evan Vay, Krista Wander, and Ada Wright

Straddling the line between comedy and tragedy, The Tempest focuses on Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, who was ousted from his position and found refuge on a mysterious island inhabited only by himself, his daughter Miranda, and the grotesque fish-man Caliban. Prospero may be stranded, but he’s far from helpless — he makes use of his magic staff and command of the spirit Ariel to summon a storm that wrecks on his island a ship carrying the most important people from his former life. Once the castaways have washed ashore, Prospero gets to work to avenge the wrong that’s been done to him.

Free and open to the public. Registration encouraged.

The Trojan Women

July 22–24, 2022 - 7PM
In the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns

Cast of The Trojan Women at Powerhouse Theater

Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Ellenor Riley-Condit

Featuring Emma DeWitt, Theo Duclo, Abbye Friedman, Nicole Gardner, Stella Gunn, Hope Hanson, Devony Hof, Mei-Lan Holland, Jovani Ibrahim, Nandi Loizzo, Amanda Montgomery, Emily Palmerchuck, John Sommerfield and Alex Winnick

On a beach below the ruined city of Troy a group of women await their fate at the hands of the conquering Greeks. Former queen Hecuba and those that remain of her retinue hold tightly to each other as they mourn their city and search for what comes next. Once the war is over for the armies, where does that leave us?

The Trojan Women deals with intense themes. Recommended for persons age 12+.

Free and open to the public. Registration encouraged. ASL interpretation on July 24.

Things To Do When No One Can See You

July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022 - 6PM
In the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Cast of Things To Do When No One Can See You at Powerhouse Theater

Conceived by members of the Training Company
Composed and Directed by Max Reuben

Featuring Emma DeWitt, Theo Duclo, Abbye Friedman, Nicole Gardner, Stella Gunn, Hope Hanson, Devony Hof, Mei-Lan Holland, Jovani Ibrahim, Nandi Loizzo, Amanda Montgomery, Emily Palmerchuck, John Sommerfield and Alex Winnick

Maybe, after all this time isolating, you've run out of things to do when you're all by yourself. Don't fret. We're here to help. Things to Do When No One Can See You utilizes the gestural composing language of Soundpainting to create a spontaneous, ensemble-based improvised performance.

Part of “Late Night at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center”.

Free and open to the public. Registration encouraged.

NYC: 1975

July 24–25, 2022 - 7:30pm
In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Cast of NYC: 1975 at Powerhouse Theater

Conceived and Directed by Cusi Cram

Featuring Chloë Bachofen, Sammy Bluth, Matthew John Butler, Theo Ciperski, Jacqueline Evangelista, Bruce Gomez, Bailee Gull, Faith Hernandez, Ansley Joseph, Sebastian Karlson, Emma Skinner, Evan Vay, Krista Wander, and Ada Wright

NYC: 1975 takes a deep dive into the year New York City almost went bankrupt. It zips through time and space like a runaway subway train looking at how the city changed when austerity became the norm and bankers took over the city budget. It imagines how a cross section of New Yorkers experienced that year and how that point in time echoes the present moment.

Free and open to the public. Reservation required. Tickets can be reserved beginning on June 17, 2022.

New Works Play Festival

July 30, 2022 - 7:30pm
In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Training Company: New Works

Written and Directed by members of the Training Company

This festival of new works is the culminating event for the directors and writers of the Training Company. Along with their coursework, directors and playwrights will have observed the process of bringing a new script to life in a professional rehearsal setting. Each pair of writers and directors will workshop a play which they have developed over the summer. Featuring performances by the actors of the Training Company, these short plays reflect the student's unique voice and vision for the future of American theater.

Free and open to the public. Reservation required. Tickets can be reserved beginning on June 17, 2022.

Covid-19 Safety

Powerhouse Theater is dedicated to safely bringing our community together. Below are the measures we’re putting in place to ensure everyone’s health this season. 

These guidelines are subject to change. We will continue to evaluate our safety practices to reflect up-to-date guidance from relevant government authorities and unions and reevaluate our policies accordingly. 

General Guidelines

  • Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required for all staff (except performers when they are performing) during performances and when audience members are present.
  • Masks should fit tightly and meet CDC guidelines.

Vaccination Checks 

  • All audience members attending a performance at an indoor location must be prepared to present proof of full* COVID-19 vaccination along with a photo ID.

    *Full vaccination meaning at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose COVID-19 vaccine. 
     
  • Any ONE of the following methods can be supplied for proving vaccination, along with a photo ID:
    • Physical vaccination card
    • NY Excelsior Pass
    • Photo of vaccination card
    • Members of the Vassar community (students, faculty, staff) may show their Vassar ID, as their proof of vaccination has been cleared with the College.

Attendance Procedures

  • There will be a minimum of ten (10) feet between performers and audience members at all times.
  • Contactless scanning of theater tickets is available at each venu.
  • Members of the public will not be allowed backstage or in other work areas.
  • We will be seating the theaters up to their full capacity.

Audience Health Disclaimer

If you are sick or do not feel well, please do not attend the performance out of consideration for your community, fellow audience members, performers and staff. If any of the following apply, please do not attend the performance:  

  • You tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  • You currently have a fever of 100.4 °F or greater.
  • You have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 48 hours. 
  • You have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 5 days.