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Powerhouse Theater announces preview of 24th season

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Vassar College and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater is pleased to announce that writer and actor Eric Bogosian will debut his new play, 1+1, as a Mainstage production during the 2008 summer season.

Bogosian currently stars on NBC’S Law and Order: Criminal Intent, but is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the play Talk Radio, for which he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including subUrbia, Griller, Red Angel, and Humpty Dumpty. He is the author of two novels, Mall and Wasted Beauty and a novella, Notes from Underground. Bogosian’s new play, 1+1, will be directed by Mark Brokaw, award winning director of How I Learned to Drive, This is Our Youth, and the upcoming Cry-Baby on Broadway.

In addition, the creators of the 2007 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Spring Awakening, will debut their latest musical collaboration at Powerhouse. Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik, who won Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestration for Spring Awakening, and playwright Steven Sater, who won a Tony for Best Book for Spring Awakening, will present Nero as a Martel Musical.

Notes to MariAnne, a new musical by David Rossmer and Dan Lipton, will also be unveiled as a Martel Musical at Powerhouse. Rossmer and Lipton have performed in several musicals on and off Broadway – Rossmer as an actor and Lipton as a musician and arranger – including The Light in the Piazza, Titanic, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, The Full Monty, and Zhivago.

As part of Powerhouse’s Inside Look! series, comedy writer Alan Zweibel will present his one-man show, The History of Me. One of the original writers for Saturday Night Live, Zweibel recently won a Tony Award for 700 Sundays, the one-man show he collaborated on with Billy Crystal. Zweibel has won five Emmy, six Ace, and two Writer’s Guild awards for his work in television, which includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Dael Orlandersmith, Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play Yellowman, will unveil her new work, Horsedreams, as part of the Inside Look! series as well. Orlandersmith won an Obie Award for Beauty’s Daughter, which she wrote and starred in at American Place Theatre.

Obie Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues, Necessary Targets) will debut her new play, O.P.C., during the first Powerhouse Readings Festival. Nine more plays will be included in the two Readings Festivals, one in June and one in July.

The 2008 Powerhouse Theater season will run from June 27 – August 3, 2008. More details about the upcoming season, including a schedule of performance times, will be released at a later date.

About Powerhouse

The Powerhouse Program is the result of a unique partnership between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College. The program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar College campus during which more than 200 professional artists and some 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theatre works.

The Powerhouse Program is dedicated to both emerging and established artists. Since its inception in 1985, Powerhouse has played a significant role in the development of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and established itself as a vital cultural institution for the Hudson Valley, the New York metropolitan area, and the surrounding region. Powerhouse audiences have been the first to see such Tony Award-winning plays as Tru by Jay Presson Allen, Side Man by Warren Leight, and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley.

Subscription, Schedule, and Box Office Information:

Subscription tickets only may be purchased online at starting May 21, 2008. Subscription and single tickets may be purchased online and at the Powerhouse box office on the Vassar campus starting June 4, 2008 or by calling (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

Founded in 1985 by Producing Directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer and Leslie Urdang, New York Stage and Film (SAF) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, March 31, 2008