POWERHOUSE 2019 | READINGS

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THE NOTEBOOK

based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson

book by Bekah Brunstetter

In 1940s South Carolina, young Noah and Allie are star-crossed lovers. Twenty years later, what happens next? An achingly tender, and soaring  journey about the enduring power of love, The Notebook is a heart-wrenching musical story of one great love over a lifetime.  

Sunday June 23 | 3pm

featuring

Jelani Aladdin

Nicholas Belton

Candy Buckley

Antonio Cipriano

Janet Dacal

Mili Diaz

Clifton Duncan

Vanessa Hudgens

Hailey Kilgore

Jennifer Mudge

James Naughton

Ben Jackson Walker

 

GALILEO

book by Danny Strong

music and lyrics by Michael Weiner

& Zoe Sarnak

directed by Michael Mayer

Mathematician. Inventor. Astronomer. Scientist. When Galileo Galilei makes a discovery that will change the entire understanding of the universe, he has to reconcile one small thing: unfortunately, what he has uncovered directly conflicts with the standard teachings of the most powerful institution in the the world. With a rebellious sound that parallels his rebellion, Galileo is a classic tale of an individual battling an entire system, and of how leaders of nations must lie to protect their own power, no matter how apparent the truth may be.

Saturday June 29 | 4pm

 
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featuring

Gabriel Anthony Amoroso

Max Chernin

Nick Choksi

Raúl Esparza

Michael Esper

Mia Gentile

Sean Allan Krill

Julian Emile Lerner

Charlotte Macleod

Robert Pendilla

Solea Pfeiffer

Colton Ryan

Nora Marie Schell

Madeliene Lane Spacapan

Gabe Violett

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SANCTUARY CITY

by Martyna Majok

directed by Rebecca Frecknall

DREAMers. Love(r)s. Life-long friends. Negotiating the promise of safety and the weight of responsibility, they’ll fight like hell to establish a place for themselves and each other in America. 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok bring us an unforgettable story that asks what we’re willing to sacrifice for someone we love. Rebecca Frecknall, director of the 2019 Olivier Award-winning Summer and Smoke, helms the production.

Saturday July 13 | 5pm

 

featuring

Sharlene Cruz

Gil Perez-Abraham

Austin Smith

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BECKY NURSE OF SALEM

written and directed by Sarah Ruhl

Out of work and out of love, Becky Nurse is an ordinary but strong-willed grandmother just trying to get by in post-Obama America. She’s also the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was infamously executed for witchcraft in 1692—but things have changed for women since then, haven’t they? Desperate to raise her troubled teenaged granddaughter right, and also hook up with an old flame, Becky visits a local witch for help. But those spells and potions don’t work out exactly as planned.

The latest play from Tony-nominated Sarah Ruhl, Becky Nurse of Salem speaks to the trials and triumphs of women today—and is also a comedic, warmhearted story about trying to do the right thing in a chaotic world.

Friday July 19 | 8pm

 

featuring

Mark Bedard
Brian Kerwin
Ann McDonough
David McElwee
Polly Noonan
Susannah Perkins
Miriam Silverman

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DELUSION BY PROXY

by Brooke Adams

directed by Ethan Silverman

A black comedy about love and tyranny.

 

Set in the near future, about a family that has been torn apart by personal grievances, this metaphor for the oppressive violence of the world outside addresses our collective anxieties about the fate of our society.

Saturday July 20 | 12pm

 

featuring

Caroline Aaron
Lynne Adams
Sarah Deaver
Sara Ettner
Peter Gerety

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THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN

by Jessica Huang

directed by Kip Fagan

During the Chinese Exclusion Act, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, entered the U.S. by buying forged documentation. Like other “Paper Sons,” Harry underwent a brutal detention and interrogation, and lived the rest of his life keeping secrets – even from his daughter. Told through the eyes of a middle-aged Chin, The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin reveals the complicated loves and regrets of this Chinese immigrant who wound up in Minnesota. Through dreamlike leaps of time and space and with the powerful assistance of ghosts, the story of the Chin family reveals the personal and political repercussions of making group of people “illegal.”

Saturday July 20 | 5pm

 

featuring

Kim Blanck
Caroline Hewitt
David Shih
Kaipo Schwab
Ricardo Vazquez
Jeena Yi

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THE EXCAVATION OF MARY ANNING

by Ian August

directed by Sammi Cannold

Amidst the groaning cliff sides and weather beaten shores of southern England, fossil hunter Mary Anning combs the earth for glimpses of the ancient past.  Armed with only her determination, her lucky hammer, and her canine companion, Tray, Mary uncovers secrets that redefine science and religion and philosophy.  But 19th century geology is a nobleman’s game, and Mary’s discoveries are buried beneath the rubble while the stars of her male counterparts grow ever brighter.  The Excavation of Mary Anning is a historical fantasia about things that come from the earth and things that go to the earth, and one woman’s quest to reclaim her legacy in a society that refuses to acknowledge her worth.

Sunday July 21 | 4pm

featuring

Sami Bray
Alejandra Escalante
Amy Jo Jackson
Nike Kadri
Vanessa Kai
Patrena Murray

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