Powerhouse Summer Suppers at Café on the Quad available on Fridays & Saturdays, July 3 - Aug. 1, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater has joined with five Arlington restaurants and will offer "Powerhouse Summer Suppers at Café on the Quad," on Friday and Saturday evenings - July 3 to August 1 - from 5:30 to 8:00pm (note there is no offering on July 4).

Powerhouse patrons will now be able to relax, savor, and enjoy a selection of cuisines on five weekends this summer. These will be offered on a rotating basis by Arlington's Babycakes Café, Beech Tree Grill (with desserts by Bittersweet), the Dubliner, Twisted Soul, and Zorona Restaurant.

The Café on the Quad will be located between the Powerhouse Theater and the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film on the Vassar campus. Wine and beer will be offered in addition to a menu sampling from each of the restaurants (cash only):

  • On Friday, July 3, The Dubliner will offer selections from their popular Irish pub menu.
  • On Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11, Zorona Restaurant will offer samplings from their Middle-Eastern menu.
  • On Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, The Beech Tree Grill will offer samplings from their American bistro menu, while Bittersweet will offer a dessert selection.
  • On Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, Twisted Soul will offer selections from their new American menu.
  • Concluding the 2009 Café on the Quad on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1, will be selections from Babycakes Café European-style eatery menu.

In addition, at the Alumnae House on Friday and Saturday evenings [7/10-11, 7/17-18, 7/24-25, 7/31-8/1] Gigi Hudson Valley will offer  "Hudson Valley Mediterranean" flavors starting at 6pm. The prix-fixe dinner menu is available to view online. Reservation requests should be made to (914) 388-7175.

In addition, Powerhouse patrons should save their ticket stubs as 17 Arlington restaurants will redeem them for a pre- and post- theater discount or special Powerhouse menu offerings.


Join the Powerhouse Theater community and become among the first to see a new play or musical performed, often before it goes on to a larger venue, on or off-Broadway, or in theaters across the country.

The Powerhouse Mainstage productions this season will feature Joanna Murray-Smith's Ninety, directed by Maria Mileaf and featuring Sarita Choudhury and Kevin Kilner (June 30 - July 12); there will be a special musical presentation of The Burnt Part Boys (7/17-26); and Hudson Valley native and HBO's In Treatment writer Keith Bunin's Vera Laughed, directed by Carolyn Cantor (July 22 - August 2) - all tickets $35.

All tickets to the Martel Musicals are $25. Performances and seating is limited for the concert readings of Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow's Whisper House, directed by Keith Powell (July 10, 11) and Anton Dudley, Charlie Sohne, and Brian Feinstein's Tina Girlstar, directed by Jeremy Dobrish (7/31 - 8/1).

All performances for comedian Lewis Black's comedy Slight Hitch, directed by Joe Grifasi, have already sold-out, however limited tickets for Ben Snyder's urban fairy tale Shoe Story, directed by Tony Award-winner Thomas Kail, are still available (July 23 - July 25) - all tickets for the Inside Look series are $20.

The second free Readings Festivals will close the season and will include new plays by Andrew Dolan, Beth Henley, Dan Moran, John Patrick Shanley, and Regina Taylor. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are strongly recommended for this free series.

Mainstage subscriptions ($89.25) offer admission to any performance of the three Mainstage shows (Ninety, The Burnt Part Boys, and Ninety) and all nine readings at 15% off single ticket prices.

This year, continuing its mission of presenting artistically exceptional and affordably priced performances, Powerhouse Theater will offer a $5 student rush ticket for students 25 years and under [as available 15 minutes before curtain].

To purchase tickets, go online to the Box Office, call (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599, or visit the Box Office on the Vassar campus.

Vassar is sited in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY. Go online for directions to the Vassar campus.

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.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, June 30, 2009