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Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater at Vassar, Poughkeepsie

Since 1985, Vassar and New York Stage and Film have partnered in the Powerhouse Season, a distinctive collaboration between two world-class groups. The season is known for being the springboard for new stories that go on to theaters across the country and around the world.

For six glorious weeks each summer the Powerhouse Season brings fully-produced plays, musical workshops, and readings of works-in-progress to the beautiful college campus. More than 200 professional artists make Powerhouse happen each season, bringing to life 20-25 new works. The Powerhouse Theater Training Program gives aspiring theater professionals – the interns! - a chance to plunge into acting, directing, and playwriting. The best part is their free performances of classis, often outdoors, all season long.

Now don’t forget, you’re an important part of this equation! You must be willing to be adventurous, to try new things and sometimes, as in all risks, you might not love the outcome. But what fun is it to play it safe all the time? But the dedicated audiences, who return each year, know it’s a thrill to be a part of this community. You never know what you are doing to witness - it could be (and often has been) history in the making! You make it possible for these talented, inspired artists of the American theater to give voice to new characters. Check out the list of new works, circle the date on your calendar, and get out your credit card! Plan to be in the audience for another thrilling Powerhouse summer season from June 22-July 29!


Radio Island: June 28 - July 8. Liza Birkenmeier, Jaki Bradley
The Waves: July 19 – 29. David Bucknam, Raúl Esparza, Adam Gwon, Lisa Peterson


Alice By Heart: July 5 – 7. Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik, Jessie Nelson
The Connector: July 13 – 15. Jason Robert Brown, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Daisy Prince
Little Orphan Danny: July 25 – 27. Dan Finnerty, Dan Lipton, Sean Daniels
Cowboy Bob: July 27 – 29. Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, Alex Thrailkill, Annie Tippe


India Pale Ale: July 6 – 8. Jaclyn Backhaus, Will Davis
Our Country: July 13 – 15. Annie Saunders, Becca Wolff

Next up on the mainstage: The Waves will run from July 19-29 in the Powerhouse Theater.

Six childhood friends and their shifting relationships come vibrantly to life in this captivating chamber musical inspired by Virginia Woolf’s celebrated novel.  Over the course of one day - or is it a lifetime? - The Waves illuminates the interior yearnings, ambitions, and defeats of these extraordinary individuals with stirring choral music and Woolf’s signature text. Writer/director Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) and composer Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days) revisit and reimagine Bucknam and Peterson’s lush and layered musical, which premiered off-Broadway over thirty years ago.

Cathc “The Wave” featuring Ken Barnett, Raúl Esparza, Eleasha Gamble, Douglas Lyons, Alice Ripley, Lauren Worsham. Adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf. Book by Lisa Peterson. Music and Lyrics by David Bucknam. Additional Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon. Directed by Lisa Peterson. Creative Consultant Raúl Esparza.

In addition, there’s still an opportunity to attend Reading Festival 2: July 13-15 (subscribers only), & July 17-19 (open to all). The purchase of a full subscription gives you priority access to the readings reservations prior to the general public, but cannot guarantee reservations.

The Training Company offers free public performances.

Measure for Measure: July 13, 14, 15, - in the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns. By William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward. Free and open to all. No ticket required.
As You Like It: July 20, 21, 22, - in the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Doug Paulson. Free and open to all. No ticket required.

The apprentices also give performances as part of Late Night at the Lehman Loeb Art Center and offer readings at The Mug in the College Center– see website for more information.

Single tickets & subscription packages now available online. For assistance with online purchases call the Box Office at (845) 437-5599. The Powerhouse Theater season takes place on the campus of Vassar College at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie. See Getting Here and the Interactive Campus Map for help, and Facilities to find the right venue.

Make a night of it – have dinner first at one of our terrific local restaurants.  In fact, make a weekend of it, or escape for a longer getaway – check out our gracious accommodations for where to stay while you’re visiting. And relax! It may be unexpected, but its distinctly Dutchess.




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