Women are in the spotlight in Powerhouse Theater’s two mainstage shows this summer

The 32nd season of Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater will feature two mainstage shows written and directed by women.

The season kicks off with new work from Obie Award-winning playwright Lucy Thurber. Transfers focuses on two young men from the South Bronx who are being considered for scholarships at an elite college. The play is set during their interviews at the college, and explores the questions and tensions that arise as they, and the interviewers themselves, navigate this highly-charged process.

”With this play, Lucy, a self-described ‘scholarship kid’ herself, hopes to stimulate and participate in a conversation about education in America right now, and the transformative opportunities it can create,” says Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director of New York Stage and Film. 

Transfers will be directed by Jackson Gay, who in addition to her recent off-Broadway successes including These Paper Bullets! at the Atlantic Theater and The Moors at Yale Rep, has helmed other plays by Thurber, including Where We’re Born.   Transfers will be performed June 30-July 10.

Emerging playwright Sarah DeLappe is bringing her dark comedy The Wolves, for which she was awarded the inaugural Relentless Award by the American Playwriting Foundation in honor of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, to the mainstage. The Wolves takes place during the winter season of a high school girls’ soccer team. This physically demanding play, directed by Lila Neugebauer (Signature Plays, Wayside Motor Inn, Kill Floor), will have its all-female cast stretching in sync as it paints an offbeat portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. The Wolves will be performed July 21-31.

“Powerhouse’s mission is centered around supporting new work,” Pfaelzer explains.  “In a moment in which the dearth of women’s voices in various fields has rightly been a focus, we’re delighted and proud to be producing these thrilling plays by these wonderfully talented artists.”

Mainstage shows take place in the Powerhouse Theater and are fully-realized productions, unlike the workshops and readings which are also part of the season. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office (845) 437-5599.

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

Vassar College (Ed Cheetham, Michael Sheehan, 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.

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

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, June 3, 2016