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Second Wave of Casting is Announced for Powerhouse Theater season

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced the next wave of casting for their highly anticipated 33rd Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which starts this Friday, June 23 and runs through July 30, 2017.  Among the stars joining the annual summer development incubator: Tony® and Emmy® nominee Lily Rabe, Tony® nominee Jessica Hecht, Emmy® winner and Academy Award® nominee Carol Kane, Tony® nominees Craig Bierko and Marc Kudisch, plus Adam Chanler-Berat (who recently starred in Amelie in Broadway), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Lindsay Mendez (of Significant Other and Wicked) and many more.  Additional casting of the 2017 Powerhouse season will be announced shortly. For tickets and more information on the season, visit
The Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz & Rick Elice musical This Ain’t No Disco, directed by Trip Cullman, will feature Broadway favorites Adam Chanler-Berat, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Lindsay Mendez, plus Krystina Alabado, Ryan Cassata, Will Connelly, Chris Dwan, Antwayn Hopper, Jahi Kearse, Jo Lampert, Carson McCalley, and Samantha Marie Ware.  This workshop presentation will play the Martel Theater at the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film from June 30 – July 2.
Dozens of celebrated actors will also perform in the first Readings Festival, which runs June 24 and 25.  The casting is as follows:
- Paris, Actors  (June 25) by Hamish Linklater, directed by Leigh Silverman, will jnclude Lily Rabe, Marc Kudisch and Craig Bierko plus Danielle Davenport, Lilly Englert, Lucinda Linklater, Michael Rabe, Matthew Rauch and Noah Robbins.
- Ironweed (June 24) by William Kennedy and Jodie Markell, based on the novel by William Kennedy, directed by Jodie Markell will feature Jessica Hecht, Carol Kane, Kathryn Erbe and Jason Butler Harner plus Kristen Bush, Neil D’Astolfo, Alex Esola, Gibson Frazier, Peter Gerety, Ken Marks, Chris McGarry and David Rysdahl.
- Little Orphan Danny (June 25) with book, music, and lyrics by Dan Finnerty, additional music by Dan Lipton, directed by Sean Daniels, will be performed by Dan Finnerty and Julie Foldesi.
- Kid Prince and Pablo (June 24) by Brian Quijada, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, will star Brian Quijada, Marvin Quijada, Shannon Matesky, Christina Nieves and Krystal Oritz.
- Casting for The Secret Life of BeesGood Men Wanted, ‘Inside Look’ Workshops, Readings Festival #2 and more will be announced shortly.  Season casting for Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater is by Telsey + Company / Will Cantler, CSA; Karyn Casl, CSA.
As previously announced, Michael Chernus, Abigail Spencer, and David T. Patterson star in Powerhouse alum and “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor’s playwriting premiere Sacred Valley, the first mainstage play of the 2017 Powerhouse Season, directed by Sheryl Kaller (June 29 – July 9, 2017).
Also previously announced: Powerhouse’s first musical workshop, Stilyagi, featuring lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Peter Lerman, and direction by Michael Mayer, will feature Krysta Rodriguez, Dave Thomas Brown, Lauren Patten, Dale Soules, Jeb Brown, George Salazar, Alex Boniello, Joel Perez, Sarah Hunt, Marla Louissaint, Chelsea Turbin, Megan Masako Haley, Karl Josef Co, Daniel Jackson, Thomas Hettrick, in addition to lyricist Lisa Kron who will also be performing in the workshop. The first musical workshop will play the Martel Theater at the Vogelstein Center from Drama and Film from June 23-25, 2017.
Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse collaboration continues to be the launching pad for some of the most groundbreaking new works for the American theater, with countless productions in New York City, regionally and internationally.  Notably, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and Stephen Karam’s The Humans—2016 Tony® winners for Best Musical and Best Play, respectively—received early development at Powerhouse.  Most recently, during its 32nd Season last summer, Powerhouse presented first-look productions of two daring new works that were just named finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which moved directly from its Powerhouse premiere to a recent celebrated run at The Playwrights Realm in NYC; and Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.  Among 30 other projects developed recently at Powerhouse with new or upcoming major productions: Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line at Lincoln Center Theater; The Light Years at Playwrights Horizons; Ayad Akhtar’s Junk at Lincoln Center Theater; and Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, June 22, 2017