Beth Dixon and Carter Hudson Join Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Season in Keith Bunin's The Unbuilt City, July 1-12, 2015

Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater recently announced that Beth Dixon and Carter Hudson have been cast in the world premiere of Keith Bunin’s The Unbuilt City. Performances will run July 1-12. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at (845) 437-5599. The Box Office is located in the Powerhouse Theater on the Vassar campus, 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie.


Keith Bunin (The Busy World is Hushed, The Credeaux Canvas, Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir) returns to Powerhouse with The Unbuilt City, which was part of last season’s Reading Series. It will be directed by Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias (Indiscretions, Waiting for Godot/No Man’s Land). The play, set in Brooklyn Heights, features Beth Dixon (Major Barbara, Royal Family, City of Conversation (Drama Desk & Lortel Nominee) and Carter Hudson (The Substance of Fire) and tells a story that reveals a series of mysteries about the nature of love, legacy and the untold history of the city. Read more about the plot here.


About Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater

Now in its 31st season, Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College 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 50 apprentices in the Powerhouse Training Program live and work together to create new theater works.  Recent highlights at Powerhouse include Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway-bound Hamilton; Bright Star, an original musical from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; The Fortress of Solitude, Itamar Moses, Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin’s musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Jonathan Lethem, and Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line.  Many additional shows from past seasons have found their way to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and theaters nationwide, including Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet and The Humans (Roundabout Theater); The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar (NYTW), Found by Hunter Bell, Lee Overtree and Eli Bolin (Atlantic Theater Co), Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman’s Brooklynite (Vineyard Theater), Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club); and Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander’s The Twenty-Seventh Man (The Public Theater; Old Globe Theater);.  Other projects developed at the Powerhouse include the Tony Award-winning Side Man and Tru; the multi-award-winning Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot, and A Steady Rain, produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. 


New York Stage and Film (Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director; Thomas Pearson, Executive Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors)  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. For more information visit


Vassar College (Ed Cheetham, Tom Pacio, Producing Directors) 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 sciences, and combine to offer a curriculum of more than 1,000 courses.  Vassar College is sited in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY. For more information visit

Artist Bios

Keith Bunin (Playwright) was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY. His plays include The Credeaux Canvas, The World Over, and The Busy World Is Hushed, all of which premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons; The Principality of Sorrows, which was first produced Off-Broadway by Pure Orange Productions; and Sam Bendrix at The Bon Soir, which premiered at City Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. His play Vera Laughed premiered here at NYSAF, and many of his other plays were first workshopped here. He wrote the screenplay for the film Horns, based on the novel by Joe Hill, and he is currently writing screenplays for Likely Story, Disney Pictures, Fox Searchlight, and CBS Films. He was also a writer for the HBO TV series “In Treatment.” He is a graduate of Goddard College and Columbia University.


Sean Mathias (Director) productions have received global acclaim from Northern Ireland to New Zealand. They have visited many international cities including Paris, Sydney, Cape Town, Los Angeles, New York and London and have played on various stages including the Royal National Theatre, the Music Centre Los Angeles, the Kennedy Centre Washington DC, Berkeley Rep, the Sydney Opera House, the Market Theatre Johannesburg, the Oliver Tambo Hall in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa as well as the London Fringe, the West End and Broadway. He has directed classic plays by Anhouilh, Beckett, Chekhov, Cocteau, Coward, De Filippo, Ibsen, Pinter, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Strindberg and Williams as well as works by contemporary writers Samuel Adamson, Pam Gems, Richard Greenberg, Ronald Harwood, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Edna O’Brien, Bernard Pomerance, Martin Sherman and Stephen Sondheim. He has won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, a Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival, a Critics’ Circle Award and an Evening Standard Award as well as nominations for the Olivier and Tony Awards. He was Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 2009/2010 where his legendary production of Waiting For Godot starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart smashed all box office records and the debut production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s enjoyed a sensational run prior to playing on Broadway. In 2013 he co-produced and directed two plays in rep on Broadway which comprised Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Pinter’s No Man’s Land. He is the author of the plays Cowardice, Infidelities, A Prayer For Wings, Poor Nanny, Swansea Boys and of the screenplay The Lost Language of Cranes. He directed the movie Bent.


Beth Dixon (Claudia) Broadway: Major Barbara, Wrong Mountain, Royal Family (u/s Rosemary Harris). Lincoln Center: City of Conversation (Drama Desk & Lortel Nominee). Off-B’way:  Rapture, Blister, Burn; Wings, Vieux Carre, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Mary Stuart, Endpapers, Terese Raquin, Booth is Back, America Dreaming, Unbound, The Grille Room. Regional:  4000 Miles (Philadelphia Theatre Co – Barrymore Nom) Three Tall Women, Tartuffe, All My Sons, The Grapes of Wrath, The Glass Menagerie, Vincent in Brixton, The Constant Wife, Fuddy Meers, King Lear, etc.  Film: Non-Stop, Infinitely Polar Bear, Off- Ramp, Ballad of the Sad Café, Dark Tides. Television: Storm of the Century, Queen, Home Improvement, Law and Order, L&O Criminal Intent, Game Change, Zero Hour, Black List, Mozart in The Jungle, and The Good Wife.


Carter Hudson (Jonah) Off-Broadway: The Substance of Fire (Second Stage), Wyoming (Lesser America), The Boogeyman Thumbs A-1-A (NY Fringe/Glass Bandits), '68 (LAByrinth workshop). Regional: The Chosen, The Whipping Man (Portland Center Stage), Mai Dang Lao, DB (JAW West Festival), Honus and Me (Mountain Playhouse), Empire Comics Presents . . . (Strangemen & Co.), Upcoming Television: Crime (HBO), Codes of Conduct (HBO). Mr. Hudson is a founding member of Glass Bandits Theater Company, a graduate of SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory and studies acting with Reed Birney.


Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, June 17, 2015