31st Powerhouse Theater Season Announces Casting

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To see some of the most talented stage and screen artists take on new material in development, head on up to the Hudson Valley for the 31st Powerhouse Theater season!

A collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, Powerhouse runs from June 26 to Aug. 2 and gathers some of the most promising artists working today to Poughkeepsie for a summer of workshops, readings, and new productions. The program consists of eight-week residencies on the Vassar campus for over 250 professional artists, as well as 50 apprentices in the Powerhouse Training Program. Past seasons have helped launch Broadway-bound shows such as John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Green Day’s “American Idiot,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s upcoming “Hamilton.”

Headlining this year’s schedule are two mainstage shows: Keith Bunin’s “The Unbuilt City,” directed by Sean Mathias and starring Beth Dixon and Carter Hudson; and Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen’s “The Light Years,” helmed by Oliver Butler and the award-winning play-making company The Debate Society.

Exciting new musical workshops will be staged during three separate weekends throughout July, and include Sybille Pearson and Michael John LaChiusa’s stormy “Rain,” directed by Barry Edelstein and featuring a cast that includes Jennifer Westfeldt and Jason Danieley; “Loving V. Virginia,” a civil rights period piece from Marcus Gardley, Justin Ellington, and Patricia McGregor; and “Noir,” a mysterious new production from Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow, directed by Rachel Chavkin.

Two free readings festivals, running June 26–28 and July 31–Aug. 2, will feature adventurous new work from emerging and established playwrights, including Ayad Akhtar, Clare Barron, Colgan Domingo, and Nicky Silver. “15 Minutes,” a new musical by Rick Elice, Stephen Trask, and Peter Yanowitz, will feature “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” alumni Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) and Tony winner Lena Hall. Finn Wittrock of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” will co-star with Samantha Soule in Stephen Belber’s “The Dizzy Little Dance of Russell DiFinaldi.”

Several performances from the Powerhouse Training Program’s apprentices will also be presented throughout the summer, including productions of William Shakespeare and Caryl Churchill, and a collaboration with the multidisciplinary ensemble Brooklyn Soundpainting. Apprentices, who choose between acting, directing, or writing disciplines, spend their five weeks learning from and working with leading theater practitioners from around the world.

For the full list of this summer’s readings and productions, visit the Powerhouse website. Subscription or single tickets are on sale now.

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