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Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company will perform July 4-22, 2013, including the shows Look Don’t Look, As You Like It, Agamemnon, and Blood Wedding

The Vassar and New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company performance season kicks off on Thursday, July 4, and will run through Monday, July 22. The ambitious season will include productions of Look Don’t Look, a devised performance created for and performed in the Vassar campus's Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through the use of the live composing sign language called "soundpainting." Look Don’t Look will be performed on Thursdays July  4, 11, 18, 25 at 6:00pm.  Apprentice Company productions of the plays As You Like It, Agamemnon, and Blood Wedding will take place at the Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve, across the street from the main Vassar campus at the intersection of Raymond Avenue (state highway 376) and Hooker Avenue.  All Apprentice Company performances are free and open to the public, without reservations (full performance calendar follows below, and is online at powerhouse.vassar.edu). For more performance information call 845.437.5907, or email powerhouse@vassar.edu.  For information about the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. 

About the Powerhouse Theater Program

Now in its twenty-ninth season, the Powerhouse Theater Program is a unique collaboration between Vassar, a prestigious liberal arts college, and New York Stage and Film, an established professional theater company. Powerhouse is nationally renowned for its dedication to new theater works through support for both emerging and established artists.

Alongside Powerhouse's professional productions, the program also provides a six-week apprentice training program for high school and college students. Young theater artists choose to study acting, playwriting, or directing, and together they form the Powerhouse Apprentice Company. All acting apprentices are cast in one of three outdoor productions of adapted and abridged texts, which are attended by the public. The 2013 season includes Agamemnon, directed and adapted by Mark Lindberg; Blood Wedding, directed and adapted by Emily Mendelsohn; As You Like It, directed and adapted by Drew Cortese and Sarah Ivans, and the Soundpainting project, Look Don’t Look, conceived by Tomi Tsunoda and members of the Apprentice Company.

Complementing their training, the apprentices also gain invaluable experience within the framework of the larger Powerhouse Theater summer community on campus. Through Vassar’s collaboration with New York Stage and Film, apprentices have the opportunity to work in various capacities alongside some of the country’s leading theater talents.  In past years this has included such well-known and emerging theater artists as John Patrick Shanley, Duncan Sheik, Sarah Ruhl, Tomi Tsunoda, Erik Ehn, Deborah Asiimwe, Davis McCallum, and Emily Mendelsohn. 

2013 Apprentice Company Performance Schedule

LOOK DON’T LOOK
A devised performance about how we pay attention, created for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center by Tomi Tsunoda with members of the Apprentice Company.  The performance is created in part through the language of Soundpainting, the multidisciplinary sign language used for live composition, created by Walter Thompson.

July 4, 11, 18, 25 at 6:00pm

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

(part of Late Night at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center)

AGAMEMNON
By Aeschylus
Directed and adapted by Mark Lindberg

July 5-8 at 6:30pm
Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve 

BLOOD WEDDING
By Federico Garcia Lorca
Directed and adapted by Emily Mendelsohn

July 12-15 at 6:30pm
Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve

AS YOU LIKE IT
By William Shakespeare
Directed and adapted by Drew Cortese & Sarah Ivins

July 19-22 at 6:30pm
Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve

About Powerhouse Theater

Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film. The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works. Many shows from past seasons have found their way to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and theaters nationwide, including Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theater); Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (Golden Theater); Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club, Union Square Theater); Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander’s The Twenty-Seventh Man (The Public Theater); and Storefront Church, John Patrick Shanley’s final installment to his “Church and State” trilogy that began with Doubt (Atlantic Theatre Company).  Other projects developed at the Powerhouse include the Tony Award-winning Side Man and Tru; the multi-award-winning Doubt; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot, and A Steady Rain, produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. Each summer Vassar and New York Stage and Film also collaborate on the Powerhouse Theater Training Program, one of the country’s leading theater immersion programs for young artists. The program brings together 40-50 participants from across the country to form the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company. They are current college and high school students and recent graduates, who over six weeks on the Vassar campus study a discipline (acting, directing, or writing), create their own work, and assist the professional productions of the Powerhouse season. 

New York Stage and Film is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film.  Since 1985 New York Stage and Film 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 residents of the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan region. 

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. Consistently ranked as one of the country’s best liberal arts colleges, Vassar is renowned for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the natural and architectural beauty of its campus. More than 50 academic departments and degree programs — from Anthropology to Cognitive Sciences to Urban Studies — encompass the arts, foreign languages, natural sciences, and social services, and combine to offer a curriculum of more than 1,000 courses.  

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (www.vassar.edu).

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, July 2, 2013