The 30th season of the Powerhouse Theater with New York Stage and Film in collaboration with Vassar College opens on Thursday, June 26, with its Mainstage production of Richard Greenberg’s, The Babylon Line, (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain, The Dazzle) directed by Terry Kinney. It will run through July 6.
The Babylon Line is the first of three nearly finished works in progress. It’s 1967. A writer from bohemian Greenwich Village commutes to Levittown to teach a creative writing class. His students discover the power of storytelling to alter their lives, and one special student reawakens his own artistic impulses.
The Babylon Line will be followed by The Danish Widow by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Outside Mullingar), July 16– July 27, and In Your Arms, ten dance vignettes of lovers’ stories by preeminent playwrights including Carrie Fisher, Terrence McNally, Christopher Durang, and Alfred Uhry. It will be brought to life by Broadway heavyweights Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and Lynn Ahrens. The all-star cast includes the wonderful Robert Morse, late of AMC TV’s Mad Men. Showing July 5 – 13.
Famous for giving the theater-going public its first glimpse of many works that make it to the Broadway stage and many other venues, Powerhouse Theater offers its participants, both on and offstage, a unique experience to experiment and enjoy the development of new works for the theater.
Besides the Mainstage shows, the eight week program offers musical workshops, two readings festivals, and the Apprentice Company’s performances of Chekhov’s The Seagull and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Readings and Apprentice performances are free.
Theatergoers will have a hard time choosing which play, workshop or reading to attend, but are guaranteed many exciting afternoons and evenings.
For full performance schedule, calendar and tickets see:
All photos by Buck Lewis, Courtesy Powerhouse Theater.
Featured image, Samantha Sturm and Brendon Stimson – IN YOUR ARMS