Wednesday, April 24, 2013





New York, NY – New York Stage and Film (Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director; Thomas Pearson, Executive Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors) and Vassar College (Ed Cheetham, Producing Director) have announced the line-up of their 2013 Powerhouse Theater Season, which includes new works from actor, writer and prolific, Grammy Award®-winning musician Steve Martin and Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Broadway’s In the Heights, among many others.  The 2013 Powerhouse Theater Season runs from June 21st – July 28th at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, New York), and a full calendar and description of events are below.  Casting is underway and will be announced shortly. 

“The 2013 season has the wide variety of voices and perspectives that Powerhouse is known for,” says Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer.  “Some of the artists are household names, and some our audiences will encounter for the first time.  Much of this year’s work is rooted in a specific time and place - New York City in the 1970s, the Blue Ridge Mountains after World War II, even a superhero’s secret hide-out.  But these stories have a universal quality that transcends their time and place.  That’s something made possible by an artist’s singular vision, and we are thrilled to welcome this extraordinary group this summer.”

The 2013 season will include fully staged productions of new plays by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and Mozhan Marnò, as well as two exciting musical workshops: the Steve Martin & Edie Brickell collaboration Bright Star (featuring music from their newly released recording “Love Has Come For You”), directed by Tony Award®-winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago); and A new musical inspired by The Brooklyn Hero Supply Company, music and lyrics by Peter Lerman, book by Simon Rich, based on characters created by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, directed by Tony Award®-winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). In addition, there will be readings of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s newest work The Hamilton Mixtape, which reunites the In the Heights creator with director Thomas Kail and musical director Alex Lacamoire; and Yellow Kingdom by Emmy Award® winning actress and playwrightPatricia Wettig (F2M). The season will also include developmental workshops of two additional plays, two week-long Readings Festivals, and free outdoor theater presented by the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company.

“Each summer we are given another incredible opportunity to welcome a wide range of theatrical artists both established and new. We nurture each project just as we nurture each student in the training program, preparing him or her for the next step of his or her journey,” said Producing Director, Ed Cheetham.

The full season which runs June 21-July 28 is as follows:

Mainstage (fully staged and designed works-in-progress) at Powerhouse Theater
Tickets: $40

               June 26 – July 7
By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
Directed by Scott Elliot

There’s a riot on in Washington Square Park and a motley band of feckless, funny young men are spoiling for a fight.  Against this backdrop of tribal loyalties and petty beefs, 18-year old Pnut McPartland has to pick sides and hustle his family and his friends just to stay alive. Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (The Flatted Fifth, Servy-n-Bernice 4ever; HBO’s “How To Make it in America”) and director Scott Elliott (Hurlyburly, Mike Leigh’s Ecstacy) bring us this electric portrait of a city and a boy in crisis.

July 17 - 28
By Mozhan Marnò
Directed by Kate Whoriskey

On the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003, six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories.  In the darkness, two strangers fall in love during an epic walk across Manhattan; an older couple marooned in their apartment must finally grapple with their past; and a conflicted Iraqi immigrant makes her way across the Brooklyn Bridge chasing memories of her lost son and her homeland through the shadows. Mozhan Marnò will be joined for her playwriting debut by director Kate Whoriskey (world premieres of Ruined, The Piano Teacher, Fabulation).

Martel Musical Workshops (concert readings of works-in-progress) at Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Tickets: $30
July 12 -14
Music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin
Lyrics by Edie Brickell
Book by Steve Martin
Based on an original story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Directed by Walter Bobbie

Renowned actor/playwright/composer Steve Martin and iconoclastic musician Edie Brickell (The New Bohemians) join with the Tony Award-winning director of Chicago and Venus in Fur to bring to life a stirring story set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  The story takes us between 1945 and 1922, as a young man returns from war and uncovers hidden yearnings and dark secrets about his past.  Features a live bluegrass score including songs from Brickell and Martin’s new album “Love Has Come for You.” 

July 26 - 28
A NEW MUSICAL Inspired by the Brooklyn Hero Supply Company
Music and Lyrics by Peter Lerman
Book by Simon Rich
Based on Characters Created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
Directed by Michael Mayer

Trey Swieskowski, an idealistic young Brooklynite, fantasizes about becoming a superhero.  Meanwhile, Astrolass (AKA “Astroman’s daughter”) is desperate to pack in her cape and escape the burden of her father’s legacy.  When the two of them cross paths, they hatch a plan to change their lives forever.  Director Michael Mayer (Side ManAmerican IdiotOn a Clear Day You Can See Forever) returns to Powerhouse to develop this exciting new pop musical.

Inside Look Play Workshops (semi-staged workshops) at Susan Stein Shiva Theater
Tickets: $25

July 12-14
Book by Hunter Bell & Lee Overtree
Music & Original Lyrics by Eli Bolin
Based on the Found books and magazines by Davy Rothbart
Additional Material Created in Collaboration with Story Pirates
Directed by Lee Overtree

Based on Davy Rothbart's popular Found magazine, comes a new musical comedy about the things we've lost and the ways they bring us together. Tony-nominated bookwriter Hunter Bell ([title of show]) joins composer/lyricist Eli Bolin to create the semi-autobiographical account of Davy's life and loves as he performs around the country and imagines the stories behind the discarded notes, diaries, love letters, to-do lists, photographs - anything that is a glimpse into someone else's life.  When Davy meets and falls for Kate, a schoolteacher, he is forced to choose between his wild existence on the road and a life with her.  Found explores not just the things, but the people we find in life and proves we all have stories worth telling.

July 19 - 21
By James Lecesne
Directed by Michael Wilson

When Dottie Rupp’s children come to move her into assisted living, they end up having to deal with more baggage than just her Samsonite.  As her memory fails and the truth about her life blurs, a mysterious stranger arrives and the Rupps face big questions: was Dottie more or less than they imagined her to be?  How do we go on living after our own stories have disappeared?  And where do we look for new ones?  A warm-hearted comedy from the Emmy-nominated writer of Further Tales of the City, Word of Mouth, and the film Trevor, and director Michael Wilson (Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man).

Readings Festival at Susan Stein Shiva Theater
FREE with advance reservations suggested (seating very limited)

Readings Festival 1: June 21- 23
Readings Festival 2: July 26 - 28

THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE by Lin-Manuel Miranda with Music Direction by Alex Lacamoire, directed by Thomas Kail

IDYLLWILD by Patrick Burleigh

KINSHIP by Carey Perloff, directed by Maria Mileaf

PETTY HARBOUR by Martyna Majok

SWIMMERS by Rachel Bonds

YELLOW KINGDOM by Patricia Wettig

Please note:  Additional works-in-progress will be announced shortly.

The Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Program Public Performances

Thursday July 4, 11, 18, 25 at 6pm.
Part of “Late Night at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center”)LOOK DON’T LOOK
A devised performance about how we pay attention, created for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center by Tomi Tsunoda with members of the Apprentice Company.  The performance is created in part through the language of Soundpainting, the multidisciplinary sign language used for live composition, created by Walter Thompson.

Performances of the Classics:
At the Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve (rain location: Matthew’s Mug, College Center, Main Building)

July 5-8 at 6:30pm
By Aeschylus
Directed by Mark Lindberg

July 12-15 at 6:30pm
By Federico Garcia Lorca
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

July 19-22 at 6:30pm
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Drew Cortese

Ticket Information

Subscriptions to the 2013 Powerhouse Theater Season are available online beginning May 15, with single tickets available online onJune 5 at The Powerhouse Theater box office on the Vassar College campus (124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY) opens June 12(845) 437-5599 or
About Powerhouse Theater
Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film. The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works. Many shows from past seasons have found their way to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and theaters nationwide, including Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theater); Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (Golden Theater); Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club, Union Square Theater); Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander’s The Twenty-Seventh Man(The Public Theater); and Storefront Church, John Patrick Shanley’s final installment to his “Church and State” trilogy that began withDoubt (Atlantic Theatre Company).  Other projects developed at the Powerhouse include the Tony Award-winning Side Man and Tru; the multi-award-winning Doubt; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot, and A Steady Rain, produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. Each summer Vassar and New York Stage and Film also collaborate on the Powerhouse Theater Training Program, one of the country’s leading theater immersion programs for young artists. The program brings together 40-50 participants from across the country to form the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company. They are current college and high school students and recent graduates, who over six weeks on the Vassar campus study a discipline (acting, directing, or writing), create their own work, and assist the professional productions of the Powerhouse season. The result of a unique collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, the Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works.
New York Stage and Film is the 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.  For more information, visit
Vassar College 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 services, 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.

Powerhouse Theater Training Program is the educational component of the Powerhouse season.  40-50 student apprentices from across the country come together to form the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company. These young artists – current students, recent graduates, and future theater professionals – are provided with a distinctive opportunity to create their own work as well as work on the development of theater and musical productions headed for Broadway and top-ranked theaters nation-wide. This educational experience is not replicated anywhere else in the country.

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WALTER BOBBIE (Director, Bright Star) recently directed Manhattan Theater Club’s production of Golden Age. He directed David Ives' Venus in Fur (Broadway, MTC, CSC). Walter won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best Director of Chicago which has become the longest-running revival in Broadway history. Other Broadway includes White Christmas, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, and A Grand Night For Singing. Recently, Paul Rudnick's Cabin Pressure (59 E 59), Ives's New Jerusalem and School For Lies (CSC), Jeff Talbott's The Submission (MCC), McNally's Golden Age (Kennedy Center), Evan Smith's The Savannah Disputation (PH), Ives' The Other Woman (EST), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout). As an actor, Bobbie's New York appearances include plays and musicals as varied as the original cast of Grease, Shaw's Getting MarriedAssassins, I Love My Wife, A History of the American Film, Driving Miss Daisy, Café Crown, Lincoln Center's Anything Goes, the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, and Polish Joke at MTC. Bobbie was Artistic Director of City Center's acclaimed Encores!, and he serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

EDIE BRICKELL (Writer, Bright Star)- When acclaimed singer-songwriter Edie Brickell was a student at Southern Methodist University in her hometown of Dallas, Texas, she had no intention of pursuing a career in music. But that all changed one night in 1985 when Brickell was invited to sing on stage with her former high school classmates of the local folk rock group, New Bohemians. Unable to think of anything but music from that point forward, she joined the band as the lead singer and they were promptly signed to a recording contract under the new band name Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.
Following the multi-platinum success of the group’s 1989 debut album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, and its anticipated 1990 follow-up, Ghost of a Dog, Brickell branched out as a solo artist, releasing Picture Perfect Morning (1994) and Volcano(2003). Over the years, as Brickell pursued her own musical endeavors, she and her bandmates continued to jam together (and still do today) before officially reuniting on the 2006 release of Strange Things.  In 2010, Brickell became a founding member of Gaddabouts, a collaboration that includes Steve Gadd, Pino Palladino and Andy Fairweather Low. The 2011 release of the group’s debut album, The Gaddabouts, which coincided with the release of Brickell’s third solo album, Edie Brickell, was shortly followed by the fall 2012 release of the Gaddabouts’ double-disc album, Look Out Now. Additionally, Brickell began her Song of the Day project in April 2012, writing, recording, and posting a new song—which she records live into her phone—to her website daily. Today, she has amassed over 365 song-of-the-day recordings.
Brickell’s most recent work, a rootsy, 13-track collaboration with Steve Martin titled Love Has Come For You, was released in April to widespread acclaim. Of Brickell’s vocal style, Alec Wilkinson of  New  Yorker says “She manages to sing as if she were speaking intimately to another person, the way actors in Shakespeare manage, by means of breathing and pace, to deliver lines as if the thoughts they contain had just occurred to them.” Combining Martin’s five-string banjo work with Brickell’s distinctive, slightly Southern-sounding vocals, the album serves as a creative milestone for Brickell, as she explains, saying “This is the kind of music that I’ve always wanted to make, but never knew how until now.” It’s this success that led Brickell and Martin to collaborate yet again, this time on the musical, Bright Star

PATRICK BURLEIGH (Writer, Idyllwild)’s plays include WordCasual Comedy and U.S. Undressed (Dublin and Edinburgh International Fringe Festivals).  Patrick’s work has also been regularly featured in readings by the Naked Angels Theater Company at their long running series, Tuesdays@9.  Most recently, the Blank Theater Company in Los Angeles performed a staged reading of his full-length play Idyllwild.  He has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the Chesterfield Film Writers Fellowship and twice for the Sundance Lab, and was mentored at Dartmouth by playwrights Peter Parnell and Willy Holtzman.

THOMAS KAIL (Director, The Hamilton Mixtape)was nominated for a Tony Award for his direction of the musical In the Heights.  Other Broadway directing credits include the plays Lombardi and Magic/Bird.   Off B'way: In the Heights (Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics nom.); Lincoln Center Theater: Broke-ology and When I Come to Die (World Premiere); New York City Center: The Wiz; Second Stage Uptown: The Tutors.   Williamstown Theater Festival: Broke-ology (World Premiere).   National Tour: In the Heights.  Paper Mill Playhouse: Once on this Island.  Co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, which played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, US Comedy Arts Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival.  Creative Director of the 2012 & 2013 Webby Awards. TV: Directed episodes of 2 Broke Girls; directed Oprah Winfrey's 2010 Primetime Oscar Special for ABC; directed pilot episode of Storymakers for AMC; Co-Music director and consulting producer on first season of PBS show The Electric Company. Recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center. Graduate of Wesleyan University, CT.                                                                               
ALEX LACAMOIRE (Music Director, The Hamilton Mixtape)won a Tony and a Grammy as the music supervisor, co-orchestrator and cast album producer of In The Heights. In 2005, he served as the Music Director of Wicked on Broadway, for which he also contributed music arrangements. Other credits as music director, arranger and/or orchestrator: Bring It On; the current revival of AnnieWorking (59E59); The People In The Picture9 To 5 (Drama Desk and Grammy nominations); Legally BlondeHigh FidelityBat Boy: The Musical (Off-B’way), the 2001 National Tour of Godspell, and the new musical Fly (Dallas Theater Center). Alex recently began composing music for Sesame Street on PBS.
JAMES LECESNE (Writer, Mother of Invention) created several one-person shows including Word of Mouth directed by Eve Ensler and produced by Mike Nichols & Elaine May. He wrote the short film Trevor (Academy Award) and he is co-founder of THE TREVOR PROJECT, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth.  Other writing credits include: The Road Home, Stories of Children of War, One Man Band, Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City (Emmy nom.) and Will & Grace.  Lecesne is the executive producer of the documentary film,After the Storm and author of three novels for young adults.
MARTYNA MAJOK (Writer, Petty Harbor)was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in North Jersey and Chicago. Her plays include Mouse in a Jar (Red Tape Theatre, The LIDA Project), the friendship of her thighs (Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, workshops at The Tank, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, and The Kennedy Center), and Petty Harbour (finalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting). Martyna has been awarded the Merage Fellowship for the American Dream, The Olga and Paul Menn Award in Playwriting, a Ragdale residency, The Howard Stein Scholarship for Playwriting and a nomination for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project. Her short play, After Hours Stan, was published by Smith & Kraus.  Martyna holds an honors BA in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago and an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. She has taught playwriting at Wesleyan, The New Haven Co-Op High School, and New Jersey Repertory Company, in addition to assisting her mentor, Paula Vogel, at Yale.  Martyna is working on her first musical about modern day re-settlers to the area of Chernobyl. Recent productions include All Rise (Walkabout Theatre) andreWilding (The Satori Group). This year, Martyna is the NNPN playwright-in-residence at New Jersey Repertory Company.
MOHZAN MARNO (Writer, When The Lights Went Out)’S acting credits include the title character in The Stoning of Soraya M. (World premiere - Toronto International Film Festival, winner of the Cinema for Peace Prize), Traitor (with Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce), Charlie Wilson’s War (Mike Nichols, dir.) and the upcoming Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Elijah Wood, producer). She has made guest and recurring appearances on television shows such as The Mentalist, Hung, and Bones. Theater credits include 9 Parts of Desire (one-woman show) at Berkeley Rep and The Geffen Playhouse and Much Ado About Nothing(Beatrice) at Shakespeare on the Sound.   Her short film Incoming, which she wrote and directed, has been screened at the LA Shorts Fest, Noor Film Festival, the Asians on Film Festival, and the NYC Downtown Shorts Fest.  As a screenwriter, she has been a quarterfinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship, a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and the Nantucket Screenwriter’s Colony, and won third prize at the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition.   A graduate of Barnard College (B.A, Comparative Literature) and the Yale School of Drama (M.F.A, Acting), she is also a 2013 alumna of the Berlin Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival. This is her first play.
STEVE MARTIN (Writer, Bright Star) was twenty-three years old when he won an Emmy Award for his work as a co-writer on the television show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian, regularly appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His comedy albums Let's Get Small and A Wild and Crazy Guy, released in the late 1970s, both went platinum and won Grammy Awards. Following his first major film role in The Jerk in 1979, which he also co-wrote, he has appeared in over fifty films, including Father of the BrideParenthood, and Roxanne, writing the screen plays for a number of them. He was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005.  Steve is also a Grammy-award winning musician who has released three critically acclaimed bluegrass albums.
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA (Writer, The Hamilton Mixtape) won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score for In the Heights, a 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album, and was named a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in addition to numerous other awards. He contributed new songs to the upcoming revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Workingand collaborated with Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim on Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway Revival of West Side Story. He recently wrote the music and lyrics, along with Tom Kitt and Amanda Green, for Bring It On the musical. TV Credits: “The Electric Company”, “The Sopranos”, “House”, “Modern Family”, and “Sesame Street”. He is a co-founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip-hop comedy group that tours comedy festivals worldwide.
CAREY PERLOFF (Writer, Kinship) is a director, playwright and producer who is currently celebrating her 20th season as artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater, which she helped rebuild from the rubble of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and has led to major artistic, financial and critical success, earning A.C.T. the Jujamcyn Award for Artistic Excellence among many other awards. For A.C.T. she recently directed Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, starring David Strathairn, andEndgame/Play by Samuel Becket, starring Bill Irwin. Perloff also recently staged Pinter’s The Homecoming, Racine’s Phédre(translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker, starring Seanna McKenna) for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada; and a newElektra for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, starring Olympia Dukakis. Last season, Perloff co-created (with choreographer Val Caniparoli) a major new movement-theater work entitled The Tosca Project that was named Outstanding Production of 2010 by the Bay Area Theater Critics’ Award and then completed an acclaimed Canadian tour to Calgary and Vancouver under the title Tosca Café in the fall of 2011.   Known for directing innovative productions of classics and championing new writing for the theater, Perloff collaborated with Jose Rivera Boleros for the Disenchanted and Philip Kan Gotanda on After the War(workshopped at the Sundance Institute), and is one of the foremost interpreters of the work of Tom Stoppard, having staged the American premieres of Indian Ink (with Art Malik) and The Invention of Love (with Jamie Cromwell) as well as Rock ’n’ Roll (in a co-production with the Huntington Theater), Travesties, The Real Thing, Night and Day, and Arcadia, all in collaboration with the playwright. She is also known for her work with Harold Pinter: her production of The Birthday Party with Peter Reigert and Jean Stapleton was a landmark at CSC Repertory in New York, as was her American premiere production of Mountain Language.
SETH ZVI ROSENFELD (Writer, Downtown Race Riot) was born and raised in NYC. Most of his plays are love letters in one form or another to his home town and the collision of cultures in its midst. Early on he was nurtured by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the now defunct Double Image and Angel Theatres. His plays include: The Writing on the Wall (Westbeth Theatre Center); The Blackeyed Brotherswhich he directed as well, (Double Image Theatre) winner of the Samuel French short play award;A Brother’s Kiss and After the Marching Stopped co-directed Ana Traina, produced by Angel Theatre at Intar and re-titled Brothers. Mothers and OthersServy-n-Bernice 4everproduced commercially Off-Bway at the Provincetown Playhouse;A Passover Story commissioned by the late Joseph Papp for the Public Theatre; The Flatted Fifth and Everythings Turning Into Beautiful produced by The New Group. His latest plays are Handball which was at NY Stage and Film in 2011 and will be produced by Urban Theater Movement in Los Angeles fall 2013 and Downtown Race Riot. Seth is currently at work on the book for the musical stage version of the film Superfly, Produced by The Dodgers and Tommy Mottola and directed by Bill T. Jones. It is to have an out of town production at Montclair State August 2013. He is on the board of Urban Theater Movement and a member of The NY Playwrights’ Lab. He has worked extensively in Film and TV as both a Writer/Producer and Director. He has written and directed the films “A Brother’s Kiss” and “King of the Jungle” which were both adaptations of his plays. He served as Writer/Producer on HBO’s “How to Make it in America” for two seasons. He wrote and directed a segment of “Subway Stories” also for HBO. He has developed films and TV for most of the studios and Networks and taught at the graduate Film program at Columbia University. Currently he is adapting the book “The Wrecking Crew” with Arty Nelson to star Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is also developing a TV series at HBO with John Legend.

PATRICIA WETTIG (Writer, Yellow Kingdom)is thrilled to be returning to NYSAF for the first time since her main stage production of F2M the summer of 2011. Her play MY ANDY received its first workshop production here in Poughkeepsie and went on to the One Voice Festival at the Hartford Stage and also became a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize. She was a member of the Circle Rep Acting Company for twenty years originating parts in Bill Mastrosimone’s The Woolgatherer and Lanford Wilson’s A Tale Told among others. Patricia spent last summer acting in George Wolfe’s production of The Normal Heart at the Arena Stage. Her film credits include Guilty by Suspicion, City Slickers I & II, Dancer, Texas, Parallel Lives, and Bongwater. She is probably best known for her television appearances inBrothers & Sisters, Prison BreakLangoliers, and thirtysomething, for which she won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

MICHAEL WILSON (Director, Mother of Invention) – returns to NYSAF, where he has began his association in 1996.  Currently, he is represented on Broadway with Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful and Off-Broadway with Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly.  Other Broadway: Foote’s Tony nominated Best Plays Dividing The Estate and Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April, and the Tony nominated Best Revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and Roundabout’s revival of John Van Druten’s Old Acquaintance.  Off-Broadway: Chris Shinn’sWhat Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons) and Picked (Vineyard Theater); Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children (Lincoln Center Theater), The Day Emily Married (Primary Stages), and The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Signature Theater), for which he received 2010 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. International: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (Venice Biennale).  He has directed at our nation’s major theaters, including Hartford Stage, where as Artistic Director from 1998 to 2011, he commissioned Quiara Alegria Hudes’ 21012 Pulitzer Prize winning play Water By the Spoonful.

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