Each summer Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater presents new plays and musicals in development. Many go on to reach wider audiences on Broadway and beyond. Equally impressive is the star talent each season brings to the Vassar campus. Here’s a listing of cast members confirmed so far:
Chloe Sevigny (Big Love, Boy’s Don’t Cry, American Psycho) will appear in Abigail/1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (The Mystery Plays, Glee, Big Love), directed by David Esbjornson (Driving Miss Daisy). Joining her will be Patrick Heusinger (Next Fall, Black Swan), Paxton Whitehead (The Importance of Being Ernest, My Fair Lady, Noises Off), and Laila Robins (Heartbreak House).
Appearing in Itamar Moses and Michael Friedman’s The Fortress of Solitude, based on Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel, will be Drama Desk and Obie winner Santino Fontana (Sons of the Prophet, A View from the Bridge, Brighton Beach Memoirs), Kyle Beltran (In the Heights), André De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Wiz), John Ellison Conlee (The Constant Wife, The Full Monty, 1776), and Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot). The play was conceived and will be directed by Daniel Aukin.
Among the many actors to appear in the free Readings Festival 1 (June 22-24) are Tim Daly (Wings, Private Practice), Dana Delany (Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives, China Beach), Seth Gilliam (The Wire, Oz), Tony winner La Chanze (The Color Purple, Dreamgirls), and Vassar alumnus Jon Tenney '84 (The Closer, Brothers and Sisters, The Heiress).
During the Readings Festivals, Powerhouse will also welcome Vassar alumnae/i and playwrights Hannah Bos ’00, April Yvette Thompson ’94, and Paul Thureen ’00 back to campus.
Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater is the result of a unique collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College. The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works. New York Stage and Film is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film.
For tickets and more information on this season’s Powerhouse offerings, visit powerhouse.vassar.edu. Single tickets and subscriptions to the 2012 Powerhouse Theater season are available online, in person through the Powerhouse Theater’s on-campus box office (124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie), or by phone or email: (845) 437-5599 or PHTBoxOffice@vassar.edu. Please note that reservations are required for the Readings Festivals as seating is very limited.Vassar alumnae/i receive a 15 percent discount on individual ticket sales by using the code “ALUM12.”