Parties & Openings
March 9 – Pittsfield
Pittsfield Education Foundation
March 3 – New Lebanon
Culinary Crossroads Tea
Feb. 22 – Dalton
Taste Of The Berkshires
A Summer Preview Party for Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater
It was the ideal weather to be thinking about summer theater in the Hudson Valley. New York Stage & Film and Vassar invited its local supporters and advisory board for a preview on April 7 of the upcoming season, and the guests spilled out onto the terrace of the Alumnae House, where waiters from Gigi Hudson Valley in Rhinebeck passed addictive hors d’oeuvres. Johanna Pfaelzer, artistic director of New York Stage and Film, and Edward Cheetham, producing director of the Powerhouse program, announced that they would be mounting a main stage production of Pulitzer-, Tony- and Oscar-winning writer John Patrick Shanley’s new play, Pirate, which is “theatrical as hell,” according to Pfaelzer. Their other mainstage production is We Are Here by playwright Tracy Thorne. Luke McFarlane, who plays Scotty on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, will star in a workshop production of Life with Men—and Other Animals, which is being directed by Peter Schneider. There will several other workshops and readings (including new work by Richard Nelson, Romulus Linley, and Patricia Wettig), and Pfaelzer made it clear that summer at Powerhouse is all about developing new work. She said that audience reaction is critical to the creative process, and she urged everyone to buy tickets to everything (on sale online May 19) and let their opinions be known.
Powerhouse’s Ed Cheetham and New York Stage and Film’s Johanna Pfzaelzer; New York Stage and Film board members Sylvia Steiner and Ina Meibach.
Becky Baxter-Foard and Phoebe Foard.
Drama professor Chris Grabowski with Corinne & Dave Fuimarello; student journalists Carrie Hojnicki and Mitchell Gilburne of The Miscellany News.
Lydia J. Higginson, deputy director of Dutchess County Tourism, with Tanner Townsend, the manager of Babycakes Cafe, and Ken Snodgrass, executive director of the historic Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie.
Maria Marewski, founder of the Children’s Media Project, and Joanne Feigenheimer, executive director of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center; lawyer Niki Pagones and Carol Gordon, chief operating officer of Rhinebeck Savings Bank.
Phyllis Bressman and Lynn Baker of the Powerhouse Hudson Valley Advisory Board; Vassar graphic designer Charles Mosco and Nicole Roylance, coordinator of public education for Vassar’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.
Vassar students Jeremy Bloom and Nicole Wood.