Parties & Openings
June 20 - Lenox
Gina Hyams' Book Launch
June 20 - Becket
Jacob's Pillow Opening Gala
June 13 - Kinderhook
First Columbians Gala
Vassar & New York Stage and Film Summer Preview
Twenty-seven years ago, Mark Linn-Baker and some other New York actors set up a summer program at Vassar that has blossomed into an annual festival where established and emerging theater artists collaborate on new productions in all stages of development. Though most of the professional actors come from New York or LA, it is the residents of Poughkeepsie and neighboring towns—especially the Hudson Valley Advisory Board—that make the Vassar & New York Stage and Film present Powerhouse Theater a dynamic, intellectually challenging venue for new dramatic works. The upcoming season includes a full-production of F2M, a play about a woman becoming a man written by actress Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething and Brothers & Sisters) that will feature her husband, Ken Olin (thirtysomething and Brothers & Sisters). There will also be a production of Poughkeepsie native Rob Handel‘s A Maze, and a special musical “reading” by singer/songwriter Dar Williams, who sang at the preview (see video below.) The party was a bit of a tease, because the full summer-schedule was not announced for it has not yet been finalized.
Jerry Greenberg and Dana Effron, a member of the Hudson Valley Advisory Board; Joan Venable, whose parents both taught at Vassar, with Diana Salsberg.
Shirley and Bernard Handel, whose son Rob’s play A Maze will be performed this summer on the mainstage; composer David Forman, New York Stage and Film board chairman Mark Sagan (who has a house in Great Barrington) with Dr. Sheldon Werner, a member of the Hudson Valley Advisory Board.
Phyliss Bressman and Corinne Fuimarello; Scott Bowen and Teressa Del Campo of the Millbrook Arts Group.
Dar Williams, who lives in the Hudson Valley, sang for the guests. She will bring her family-friendly show, The Island Musical, to Vassar this summer.