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Ari Graynor, Lee Pace, Nancy Opel, Kevin Mambo & More Join the Powerhouse Season

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New York, NY (July 23, 2015) Vassar & New York Stage and Film, whose 31st Powerhouse Season is underway in Poughkeepsie, are thrilled to announce additional casting for their summer collaboration, running through August 2.


Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated Lee Pace (“Pushing Daises,” The Twilight Saga), Emmy Award-winning Kevin Mambo (“Guiding Light,” Fortress of Solitude), stage and screen stars Ari Graynor (“The Sopranos,” “Fringe”) and Jason Kravits (“The Practice”), Tony® nominee Nancy Opel, plus New York stage stalwarts Theo Stockman, Christy Altomare, Cassie Beck, Lilli Cooper, Sarah Litzsinger, Samantha Ware, along with many more will appear in the remaining lineup of readings, workshops and main stage productions, detailed below.


Tickets are on sale at: http://powerhouse.vassar.edu or by calling the box office at 845-437-5599. Tickets to the Powerhouse Reading series are free – reservations are required.  Please note: Powerhouse Theater offers priority reservation access to the Readings Series to subscribers, before the general public.


The full lineup of casting for the remaining Powerhouse Season includes:


The Debate Society’s THE LIGHT YEARS | July 23 – August 2

Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen

Developed and Directed by Oliver Butler

Featuring: Ken Barnett, Hannah Bos, Brian Lee Huynh, Tom Nelis, Paul Thureen, Ashton Woerz, Josh Henderson-Cox, David Jackson, and Logan Pitts


NOIR | July 31 – August 2

Music by Duncan Sheik

Book by Kyle Jarrow

Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and Duncan Sheik

Directed by Rachel Chavkin

With: Lilli Cooper, Daniel Everidge, Kristine Haruna Lee, Kevin Mambo, John Schiappa, Theo Stockman, and Samantha Ware


READING FESTIVAL #2 | July 31 – August 2


White Noise, White Light | Friday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Written and Directed by Nicky Silver

Ari Graynor, Rebecca Henderson, Lee Pace, Paula Plum, Richard Poe, and Danny Wolohan


Talk to Me of Love by Meghan Kennedy | Saturday, August 1 at 12noon

Directed by Daniella Topol

Michael J. Daily, Reyna De Courcy, Caitlin McGee, Christina Pumariega, Stacey Sargeant, Erin Wilhelmi, plus others to be announced soon


The Brother(s) | Saturday, August 1 at 5:00pm

Written and Directed by Colman Domingo

Renee Albulario, Ruy Iskandar, Orville Mendoza, Paolo Montalban, JP Moraga, Ching Valdes-Aran


Open Road | Sunday, August 2 at 12noon

Music and Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, Book by Paul Scott Goodman and Joseph Hendel

Directed by Mark Brokaw

Christy Altomare, Jake Boyd, Bill Buell, Joey Calveri, Margaret Kelly, Jason Kravitz, Jeremy Kushnier, Sarah Litzsinger, Linda Mugleston, Nancy Opel, Amy Marie Stewart, Tom Zemon


Romance Novels for Dummies | Sunday, August 2 at 5:00pm

By Boo Killebrew

Directed by Kip Fagan

Cassie Beck, Bobby Moreno, Kolette Tetlow, plus more to be announced



Casting for Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Season by Telsey + Company, Will Cantler, CSA; Karyn Casl, CSA; Andrew Femenella, CSA and Patrick Goodwin, CSA.


Now in its 31st year, Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film.  The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 50 apprentices in the Powerhouse Training Program live and work together to create new theater works.  Recent highlights at Powerhouse include Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway-bound Hamilton; Bright Star, an original musical from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; The Fortress of Solitude, Itamar Moses, Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin’s musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Jonathan Lethem, and Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line.  Many additional shows from past seasons have found their way to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and theaters nationwide, including Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet and The Humans (Roundabout Theater); The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar (NYTW), Found by Hunter Bell, Lee Overtree and Eli Bolin (Atlantic Theater Co), Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman’s Brooklynite (Vineyard Theater), Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club); and Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander’s The Twenty-Seventh Man (The Public Theater; Old Globe Theater);.  Other projects developed at the Powerhouse include the Tony Award-winning Side Man and Tru; the multi-award-winning Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot, and A Steady Rain, produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.


New York Stage and Film (Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director; Thomas Pearson, Executive Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors)  is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film.  Since 1985 New York Stage and Film has played a significant role in the development of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan region www.newyorkstageandfilm.org.


Vassar College (Ed Cheetham, Tom Pacio, Producing Directors) is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. Consistently ranked as one of the country’s best liberal arts colleges, Vassar is renowned for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the natural and architectural beauty of its campus. More than 50 academic departments and degree programs — from Anthropology to Cognitive Sciences to Urban Studies — encompass the arts, foreign languages, natural sciences, and social sciences, and combine to offer a curriculum of more than 1,000 courses.  Vassar College is sited in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY.  www.vassar.edu



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