Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
A new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, a new drama by Stephen Belber, a new rock opera by rock superstar Pete Townshend, and a musical featuring the hits of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett are among the productions slated for New York Stage & Film's Powerhouse Theater season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The season, to run June 22-July 29, will also include workshops and readings in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater and free outdoor performances of classic plays by the apprentice company. The four Mainstage and Martel Theater productions are listed below.

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Geometry of Fire
By Stephen Belber; directed by Lucie Tiberghien
(June 27-July 8, Mainstage)
Logan Marshall-Green stars in this new play by the author of Match and Tape, about a Marine reservist sniper just back from Iraq and a Saudi American looking for the cause of his father's death. When their paths cross, both men must grapple with their past and their future.

Romantic Poetry: A Musical Play
Book and lyrics by John Patrick Shanley, music by Henry Krieger; directed by John Patrick Shanley
(July 18-July 29, Mainstage)
A "mad musical New York champagne evening" of six interrelated plays in two acts by the author of Doubt and the composer of Dreamgirls. The cast includes William Thomas Evans, Ivan Hernandez, Mark Linn-Baker, Chris McGarry, Idina Menzel, and Patina Miller.

Book by Stephen Fischer, music and lyrics by artists from East Memphis Music; directed by Oz Scott
(June 29 and 30, Martel Theater)
A tale of rival high school students in Memphis during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, this show features the hits of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave.

The Boy Who Heard Music
Story, music, and lyrics by Pete Townshend; adapted and directed by Ethan Silverman
(July 13 and 14, Martel Theater)
This new rock opera by Townshend of the rock supergroup The Who tells the hallucinatory tale of the rise and fall of a band made up of three teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds, as seen through the eyes of an aging rock star.