The Powerhouse season of summer theater at Vassar hits its stride in July with Lightning (or the Unbuttoning), a new work by the Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright and screenwriter Beth Henley. In a cabin high on a peak, surrounded by the blue mountains and a vibrant, swirling sky, a young woman is visited by a traveling salesman as a lightning storm brews. A mysterious, mystical visitor, he awakens in her the promise and the peril of something more. Directed by Mark Brokaw, Lightning features a cast of Alex Breaux (The Real Thing, Red Speedo), Stephanie DiMaggio (A Free Man of Color) and Obie Award-winner Alfie Fuller (Is God Is, BLKS). The production runs from July 18 through 28, Tuesdays through Sundays. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. except Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Matinées begin at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, July 20 and 27, and Sundays, July 21 and 28. Tickets cost $45. All shows are in the Powerhouse Theater.
Members of the Powerhouse Theater Training Program will present a free performance of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (July 19-21), adapted and directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward, at the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns. Members of the Training Company will also present Keep Your Head Above Water so as Not to Sink: A Soundpainting Performance (July 18, 25), composed and directed by Max Reuben, at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, as well as workshop performances of From One to Another: Rites of Passage for our Times (July 21-22), created and directed by Emily Mendelsohn and members of the Training Company.
For more information, and to reserve tickets, visit the Powerhouse Theater website at https://powerhouse.vassar.edu/season.
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