As previously announced, Kelli Garner, Josh Hamilton, and Matt Maher will star in Eric Bogosian's new play 1+1 (July 1-13), to be directed by Mark Brokaw, which trawls the dark undercurrent of human desire through the lives of a waitress aspiring to be an actress, an assistant restaurant manager, and a photographer. Bogosian is the author of such works as subUrbia and Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll.
Also on the Mainstage will be Joe Gilford's Finks (July 23-August 3), set in the summer of 1952, and involving a stand-up comic and an actress/activist whose love is tested due to the machinations of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The play is based on true events from the lives of the author's late parents, Jack and Madeline Gilford.
The Powerhouse line-up also includes a concert reading of notes to MariAnne (July 18-20) with book, music and lyrics by David Rossmer & Dan Lipton, and direction by Jeremy Dobrish, about a brother and sister torn apart by their dark past, and reunited by undying love.
Additional shows will include comedy writer Alan Zweibel's autobiographical solo, The History of Me (July 18-20); Dael Orlandersmith's new work, Horsedreams (July 25-27), helmed by Gordon Edelstein, about a ten-year-old child who must invent an adult within in order to confront the devastation that surrounds him; and Stephen Belber's Fault Lines (August 2-3), about the tortured integrity of reaching age 40 -- and what it means for men to be friends.
There will be two free "readings festivals." The first, to run June 27-29, will include Above the Fold, by Bernard Weinraub; Beast, by Michael Weller; Moving On, by Anton Dudley; O.P.C., by Eve Ensler; and Whisper from the Book of Etiquette, by Claire Chafee. The second readings festival, August 1-3, will include Enough, by Deborah Haggis; Knowing Cairo, by Andrea Stolowitz; Little Black Dress, by Ronan Noone; Mean Time, by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros; and Veronica, by John Patrick Shanley.
Events in the Outdoor Amphitheatre will include The Good Woman of Setzuan (July 11-14), by Bertolt Brecht, adapted and directed by Tomi Tsunoda, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (July 18-21), by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Anthony Luciano. Profile Pictures, a site-specific performance installation directed and soundpainted by Mark Lindberg, will be presented in the Main Galleries of the college's Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, presented July 17-31.
For more information, visit powerhouse.vassar.edu.