Season Schedule

Musical Workshops

Luna and the Starbodies

July 8–9, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater

Music, Words and Story by Truth Future Bachman

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.

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

Composed and Music Direction by Scotty Arnold
Produced by Brittany Proia & Hannah Karp

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.

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

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.

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
Developed with the Movement Theatre Company

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?

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

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.

Readings

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June 26, 2022
In the Powerhouse Theater

From the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Adapted by Matt Minnicino
Featuring Christa Kimlicko Jones as “Anna”

“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.)

Final Boarding Call

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

Written by Stefani Kuo

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.

Additional readings will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Training Company

The Tempest

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

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Shaun Patrick Tubbs

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. No ticket required.

The Trojan Women

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

Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Ellenor Riley-Condit

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?

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Things To Do When No One Can See You

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

Conceived by members of the Training Company
Composed and Directed by Max Reuben
At the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

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. No ticket required.

NYC: 1975

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

Conceived, Written and Directed by Cusi Cram

New York City, in the 1970’s: the decade of the serial killer Son of Sam and of a nightmarish 1977 power blackout. These were “The Bronx is burning” years. City workers — garbage collectors, hospital doctors, police officers — all went on strike, systemic police corruption abounded: Think, “Serpico.” Cusi Cram leads an ensemble of actors “like a caffeinated New Yorker, who is late to work.” Moving between board rooms and school board meetings, the play traverses the geography of the city from the Upper West Side to The Bronx where characters broker deals with bankers and drug addicts alike, exploring the power elite and the powerless in equal measure.

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

New Works Play Festival

July 30, 2022
In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

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.