Powerhouse Theater annual Winter Gala. Monday, November 10, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Husband and wife actors, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, along with Douglas Harmon will be honored for their ongoing commitment to live performance and support of New York Stage and Film (SAF), during the Winter Gala on November 10, in Manhattan. Each summer, Vassar College and New York Stage and Film present the Powerhouse Theater Program—termed a “pipeline for Gotham theater since 1984” by Variety. Powerhouse will be celebrating its 25th anniversary season in 2009.

“We are excited to kick off our 25th year of producing new and exciting theater by honoring Kyra, Kevin, and Doug for their wonderful contributions to SAF and to the theater community in general,” said SAF Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer. “Since 1985, we have dedicated ourselves to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of theater and film and we look forward to continuing for the next 25 years.”


Kyra Sedgwick has appeared twice at Powerhouse Theater—first in a workshop with Meryl Streep and Sam Waterston of Joanna Murray-Smith’s play Honour in 1996; then again in 1999 in a workshop of Yield of a Long Bond by Larry Atlas, with David Strathairn and Byron Jennings. “Mr. Bacon’s devotion to the theater and his support of live performance has been truly extraordinary,” stated Ms. Pfaelzer. “Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are the first married couple to be honored by New York Stage and Film.”

Douglas Harmon, the senior managing director of Eastdil Secured, the real estate investment banking company, has been on the Board of Directors of New York Stage and Film since 1994. In 2007, Harmon was the executive producer of Andrew Wagner’s critically acclaimed Starting Out in the Evening starring Frank Langella.


Julianna Margulies, Jon Tenney, and David Strathairn serve as honorary chairs for the gala. Winter gala tickets prices (which are tax-deductible) begin at $350 and may be purchased by calling (212) 736-4240. The gala, which will begin at 6:30pm on November 10, will be held at Capitale (130 Bowery between Broom and Grand Streets).


“The partnership between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film has been a vital part of bringing professional theater to the Hudson Valley for 25 years,” explained Edward Cheetham, producing director of Powerhouse Theater. “In addition to the superb company of actors, playwrights, and directors assembled each summer by SAF, the Vassar campus hosts members of the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Program. This theater training program provides a supportive environment for young artists of all theatrical disciplines to each find their own unique voice by exercising it in the classroom and through performances of original and classic works.”

Founded in 1985 by Producing Directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, and Leslie Urdang, and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer, New York Stage and Film is dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film.

Through the Powerhouse Theater Program, SAF’s longstanding partnership with Vassar College, New York Stage and Film has provided a creative home for over 2,000 artists. This annual eight-week residency at Vassar has included such writers as Jon Robin Baitz, Eric Bogosian, Beth Henley, Steve Martin, Theresa Rebeck, John Patrick Shanley, and Nicky Silver; directors Mark Brokaw, Joe Mantello, Lisa Peterson, Roger Rees, Liz Swados, David Warren, and Michael Wilson; and actors Olympia Dukakis, Mary McDonnell, Rob Morrow, David Strathairn, and Frances McDormand among many others.

New York Stage and Film developed and/or premiered such plays as Honour, Snakebit, Current Events, and the Tony Award-winning Tru, Sideman, as well as John Patrick Shanley’s Tony and Pulitzer winning Doubt.

This fall, four plays opened off-Broadway that began with as performances or readings during the annual Powerhouse Theater program of New York Stage and Film and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY ( ):

--Romantic Poetry by John Patrick Shanley; music by Henry Krieger.  Manhattan Theater Club. [Powerhouse Theater Mainstage production, 2007.]

--Fault Lines by Stephen Belber, directed by David Schwimmer.  Naked Angels (in association with New York Stage and Film). [Powerhouse Theater Inside Look reading, 2008.]

--Beast by Michael Weller, directed by Jo Bonney.  New York Theater Workshop. [Powerhouse Theater reading, 2008.]

--Geometry of Fire by Stephen Belber, directed by Lucie Tiberghien.  Rattlestick Theater. [Powerhouse Theater Mainstage production, 2007.]

Details of the 2009 25th anniversary Powerhouse Theater season—June 26 through August 2, 2009—will be announced this spring, however gift certificates for season subscriptions are available for purchase now at the website,

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 5, 2008