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Hedwig Vets Michael C. Hall and Lena Hall Will Lead Reading of Stephen Trask's New Musical

”Wicked” alum Derek Klena will join them as part of the Vassar Powerhouse season.

Hedwig alums Michael C. Hall and Lena Hall will headline a reading of Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz's new musical 15 Minutes for the Vassar Powerhouse season.
Hedwig alums Michael C. Hall and Lena Hall will headline a reading of Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz's new musical, 15 Minutes, for the Vassar Powerhouse season.
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New York Stage and Film and Vassar College today revealed the first round of casting for their summer collaboration of the Powerhouse Reading Festivals, which run from June 26-August 2 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

Jennifer Westfeldt will star alongside Carmen Cusack, Jason Danieley, Elizabeth A. Davis, and David Harris in a workshop of the new musical Rain by Tony nominee Sybille Pearson, with music and lyrics by five-time Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa, based on the short story by Somerset Maugham and directed by Barry Edelstein (July 10-12).

Beth Dixon and Carter Hudson star in the mainstage production The Unbuilt City by Keith Bunin and directed by Tony nominee Sean Mathias (July 1-July 12).

Hedwig alums Michael C. Hall and Tony winner Lena Hall, along with Derek Klena, will headline a reading of the new musical 15 Minutes by Rick Elice, Hedwig composer Stephen Trask, and Peter Yanowitz, directed by Trip Cullman. The remainder of the cast includes Brandon Espinoza, Carla Duren, Lulu Fall, Jahi Kearse, Molly Pope, Condola Rashad, Steve Rosen, and Matt Saldivar.

Finn Wittrock will star alongside Samantha Soule in a reading of Stephen Belber’s new play The Dizzy Little Dance of Russell DiFinaldi, directed by David Cromer.

The reading of Junk, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner and Disgraced author Ayad Akhtar, will feature Michael O’Keefe, Armando Riesco, Stephen Spinella, Joey Slotnick, Michael Stuhlbarg, along with Gary Wilmes, Stephen Plunkett, Philip James Brannon, Michael Siberry, Kevin Isola, Hetienne Park, Annika Boras, Demosthenes Chrysan, Ted Koch, Dan Bittner, Ethan Phillips, Jason Kolotouros, and AJ Shively. Doug Hughes directs.

The reading of Clare Barron’s A Boy Put This Girl in a Cage With a Dog and the Dog Killed the Girl features Ashley Biel, Dylan Dawson, Susannah Flood, and Vella Lovell. Stella Powell-Jones directs.

The reading of Zayd Dohrn’s The Profane features Ramsey Faragallah, Lameece Issaq, Mahira Kakkar, Dariush Kashani, Dina Shihabi, and Sathya Sridharan. Carolyn Cantor directs.

Additional casting for the 2015 Powerhouse season will be announced shortly including the casts for Desire, six new plays based on stories by Tennessee Williams (July 2-6); and Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s lush and mysterious new musical, Noir, inspired by radio plays and classic film noir, directed by Rachel Chavkin (July 31-August 2). Powerhouse season casting by Telsey + Co.

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