POWERHOUSE SEASON

The Powerhouse Season, our annual partnership with Vassar College, is the core of our artistic programming.  About three hundred and fifty professional playwrights, directors, actors, and designers, plus fifty students in the Training Company live and work together, away from critical and commercial pressures, allowing them to take risks as they explore and develop new projects.

 

The 2019 Powerhouse Season ran from June 20 - July 28, 2019.

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the bandaged place

by Harrison David Rivers

directed by David Mendizábal

scenic design by Wilson Chin

costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter

lighting design by Stacey Derosier

original music & sound design by Mauricio Escamilla

movement design by Jeremy McQueen

fight/intimacy direction by Rocio Mendez

casting by Telsey + Company

Jonah is a dancer.
Jonah is injured.
Jonah has an ex-boyfriend.

When a former lover resurfaces, re-opening a painful wound, Jonah is forced to turn to his funny, precocious daughter and tough-love grandmother for support. A brutal and lyrical portrait of the things we hang on to and the price of moving forward, this Relentless Award-winning play tells of one man’s attempt to free himself from the abuses of his past. From New York Stage and Film Founders’ Award recipient Harrison David Rivers.

June 27 - July 7

 
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LIGHTNING

(or The Unbuttoning)

by Beth Henley

directed by Mark Brokaw

scenic design by Kimie Nishikawa

costume design by Michael Krass

lighting design by Scott Zielinski

sound design by David Van Tieghem

fight/intimacy direction by Dave Anzuelo

casting by Telsey + Company

In a cabin high on a peak surrounded by the blue mountains and a vibrant, swirling sky, a young woman is visited by a traveling salesman as a lightning storm brews. A mysterious, mystical vistor, he awakens in her the promise and the peril of something more. Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley returns to Powerhouse with this story of resilience and determination in an unforgiving world.

July 18 - July 28

 

ANNIE SALEM:

AN AMERICAN TALE

adapted from the novel by Mac Wellman

book by Rachel Chavkin

music by Heather Christian

lyrics by Heather Christian and

Rachel Chavkin

directed by Rachel Chavkin

movement by Raja Feather Kelly

An otherworldly journey into the jagged heart of rust-belt Ohio, where blue monkeys play in the wreckage of post-industrial America, and where high school boy Jack Scan is in love with the prettiest girl in town. This timely adaptation of Mac Wellman’s wry, surrealist coming-of-age story, adapted by Obie Award-winning artists Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, The Great Comet) and Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom), travels through time and space, to Mars and back again as it tries to make sense of the forces lurking in the American woods.

July 5 - 7

 

THE ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW

music and lyrics by César Alvarez

book by César Alvarez with Emily Orling

directed by Sarah Benson

You can die, you just have to answer a few crazy questions first. And sing. And dance.

A young girl attempts suicide and wakes up trapped in a cosmic vaudevillian game show that she must win in order to enter the void of death. But the more she wants to die, the harder she has to work. A new musical of why to exist when you no longer want to, with up-tempo genre-bending songs and a healthy dose of the absurd from the creators of Futurity.

July 12 - 14

 

GODDESS

conceived by Saheem Ali

music & lyrics by Michael Thurber

book by Jocelyn Bioh

additional lyrics by Mkhululi Z. Mabija

directed by Saheem Ali

A young man returns home to the African coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, to marry his betrothed and step into his family’s political dynasty. But when he visits Moto Moto – a steamy afro-jazz club and the stomping ground of his youth – he finds himself drawn to a beautiful, mysterious new singer. Soon, he must decide whether to fulfill the legacy of his lineage, or give in to his love of music and a newfound attraction.  A story of love, destiny, the spirit world and the power of passion, inspired by the ancient myth of Marimba, the goddess of music.

July 26 - 28

 
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...and the horse you rode in on

by Zach Helm

directed by Kate Whoriskey

The story of Ben, a young hacktivist. Federally incarcerated for digital civil-disobedience, Ben attempts to bring the entire US Judiciary to its knees from inside prison as a warning on totalitarianism... all while his mother, in scant visits, attempts to negotiate for his freedom and mental health. It is the first of a proposed five play cycle drawn as an analog of real events of the past decade that expose the state of international espionage and the human lives it has torn apart.

June 20 - 22

 
 
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THE BEST WE COULD (a family tragedy)

by Emily Feldman

directed by Daniel Aukin

A daughter’s road trip with her father becomes a theatrical journey across more than just state lines. This funny, wise, and heartbreaking debut from an exciting new writer will be brought to vibrant life by director Daniel Aukin.

July 25 - 27

 
 
 
 
 
 

DELUSION BY PROXY

by Brooke Adams

directed by Ethan Silverman

THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING

by Ian August

directed by Sammi Cannold

THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN

by Jessica Huang

directed by Kip Fagan

SANCTUARY CITY

by Martyna Majok

directed by Rebecca Frecknall

THE NOTEBOOK

based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson

book by Bekah Brunstetter

directed by Michael Greif

BECKY NURSE OF SALEM

written and directed by Sarah Ruhl

GALILEO

book by Danny Strong

music and lyrics by Michael Weiner

and Zoe Sarnak

directed by Michael Mayer

 

WILLIAMSBURG

book by Jason Katims

music by Tom Kitt

lyrics by Marcy Heisler

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE

a new musical adaptation of Laura Esquivel's novel

Like Water For Chocolate

by Lisa Loomer and La Santa Cecilia

directed by Michael Mayer

 
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FOUNDERS' AWARD RECIPIENT
Keelay Gipson

 

DRAMATISTS GUILD FOUNDATION FELLOW

Erika Dickerson-Despenza

LEO SHULL MUSICAL THEATER DIRECTING FELLOW

Ben Randle

*in partnership with The Drama League

EPSTEIN FELLOWS

Nell Bailey

Louisa Melcher

 
 

ROMEO AND JULIET

by William Shakespeare

adapted and directed by Devin Kawaoka

July 12 - 14

THE WINTER'S TALE

by William Shakespeare

adapted and directed by

Andrew Willis-Woodward

July 19 - 21

KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER SO AS NOT TO SINK: A SOUNDPAINTING PERFORMANCE

composed and directed by

Max Reuben

July 4, 11, 18, 25

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER: RIGHTS OF PASSAGE FOR OUR TIMES

created and directed by

Emily Mendelsohn

July 21 - 22

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