Vassar & NY Stage and Film announce 2017 Powerhouse Season

4/25/2017 2:34pm

Vassar & New York Stage and Film has announce dthe programming lineup for their upcoming 33rd Powerhouse Season, the annual summer season which brings together some of the most influential theatrical voices working today for fully-staged productions of new plays, workshop presentations of new plays and musicals, and readings of other works in progress.  The season will be presented at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY from June 23 through July 30. The upcoming 33rd Powerhouse Season will feature two main stage productions in the Powerhouse Theater. First up will be SACRED VALLEY (June 29 – July 9) by Josh Radnor directed by Sheryl Kaller. Narby and Natalie can’t remember a time when they weren’t friends. But their seemingly rock-solid friendship is upended when Narby takes Natalie’s husband Brian out for his first mushroom trip. The next day, a confused Brian leaves Natalie, an enraged Natalie blames Narby, and three people are forced to ask themselves the deepest questions about love, friendship, and growing up. Next up will be GOOD MEN WANTED (July 20 – July 30) by Kevin Armento, directed by Jaki Bradley & choreographed by Ani Taj. "Good Men Wanted" brings to life the incredible true stories of renegade women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War. In a searing drama punctuated by explosive dance sequences set to contemporary pop music, five women of vastly different backgrounds become warriors and spies, endure prison camps and midnight raids, and ultimately intersect at America's most storied battlefield, Gettysburg. The musical workshop presentations, presented in the Vogelstein Center for Drama & Film, will include three new projects: STILYAGI (June 23-25), Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Music by Peter Lerman, based on the motion picture The Hipsters, produced by Red Arrow Films, directed by Michael Mayer. “This is musical about me, Mels Yefimovich Vasnetsov, about difficult time in my life when I was young (hard to believe) and good looking (harder to believe) in no-longer-existing world of 1950s Moscow, when I was pulled from promising future in Komosomol Leninist Youth Brigade by beautiful, corrupt and dissipated Stilyaga girl by name of Polly, who ruined my life in best and worst possible manner, which, to this day, I am not reconciling." THIS AIN'T NO DISCO (June 30 – July 2) Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz, Book by Rick Elice, Directed by Trip Cullman. Set against the garbage strikes, the grit, the graffiti of NYC 1979, "This Ain’t No Disco" tells the story of drifters and dreamers who search for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and the Mudd Club. Ultimately, it’s about finding community and purpose in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag, where every few steps gives you a chance to pick a new direction, to take a new path. THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (July 27-29), Book by Lynn Nottage, Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd, directed by Sam Gold. It’s 1964 in South Carolina, and restless white teenager Lily Owens wrestles with her controlling father and a haunting memory of her dead mother. When Rosaleen, her Black caretaker, is beaten and jailed for attempting to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is awakened and she and Rosaleen escape their circumstances on an adventure, to find the truth about her mother’s death. One portentous clue leads them to a colorful bee farm run by three eccentric and spiritual Black sisters, whose wisdom, warmth and motherly love help both Lily and Rosaleen grow and heal. This summer’s ‘Inside Look’ Workshops to be presented in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater are: THE GREAT LEAP (July 7-9) by Lauren Yee and HANG MAN (July 28-30) by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, directed by Leah C. Gardiner. For the full schedule, please visit powerhouse.vassar.edu. Press contact: DKC/O&M (212/695-7400)...