Drama department presents the fall season of the Experimental Theater, with three productions in November and December

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The fall season of Experimental Theater of Vassar College, presented by the drama department, will offer three productions this November and December that are free and open to the public. Please note that seating for most drama department productions is very limited and reservations are required. For information and reservations (available two weeks before performance), call the box office at 845-437-5584 or 5599 or visit

First Lady Suite by Michael John LaChiusa

November 6 and 7, at 8:00 pm; November 8, at 3:00 pm
Three performances will be offered of the chamber musical, First Lady Suite, by Michael John LaChiusa, from November 6-8. The production will be directed by senior drama student Caitlin Crisp with musical direction by senior John Lagomarsino. The four vignettes –ranging from riotously funny to hauntingly lyrical – highlight celebrated First Ladies: Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jacqueline Kennedy as well as the people surrounding them. The production is supported by The Joan Kostick Andrews ‘52 Fund for Musical Theatre (November 6 and 7, at 8:00 pm; November 8, at 3:00 pm, Martel Theater).

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt

November 20, 21, 22 at 7:00 pm (very limited seating)
Directed by Christopher Grabowski, there will be three performances of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, translated by Paul Schmidt, in the Powerhouse Theater on November 20-22. Of Chekhov’s masterpiece, Wilborn Hampton noted in the New York Times, that “the characters who inhabit Chekhov’s drawing rooms and gardens in provincial Russia speak more clearly to the eternal yearnings and frustrations of the human condition than those in a hundred contemporary plays.” Seating will be extremely limited for this performance, reservations are on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. (November 20-22, at 7:00 pm, Powerhouse Theater).

THE SKRIKER by Caryl Churchill

December 4, 5, 6, at 8:00 pm  (very limited seating)
British playwright Caryl Churchill’s THE SKRIKER will be the final production of the fall 2008 season of The Experimental Theater at Vassar, with three performances December 4-6. Directed by Vassar junior Nate Silver, this production is supported by The E.J. Safirstein ’83 Memorial Fund. In a review of a Public Theater production, Ben Brantley noted in the New York Times, that “Ms. Churchill, the author of Fen and Top Girls, has delivered her most unsettling indictment yet of an incurably diseased world. While it is also her most densely cerebral, difficult work, its enveloping chill isn’t just intellectual.” Please note that seating is extremely limited for this performance also and required reservations are on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. (December 4-6 at 8:00 pm, Martel Theater’s Heinlein Stage.)

Reservations for The Experimental Theater of Vassar College Drama Department performances are available in person through the Box Office located at the Powerhouse Theater. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 1–5 pm.  The box office may also be reached by e-mailing or calling (845) 437-5584 or (845) 437-5599. (Please note the box office cannot respond on weekends.)

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370 and/or Box office directly x5584. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 31, 2008