Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater announces casting updates for the season, including Griffin Dunne (After Hours, An American Werewolf in London) and Samantha Mathis (33 Variations, Pump Up the Volume) who join the cast of Fires Are Confusing by Eva Anderson, Will Berson, and Zach Helm, created by Teatro de Facto. Ilana Levine (Jake's Women, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Last Night of Ballyhoo) joins Dominic Fumusa, Greg Kinnear, and Jennifer Westfeldt in the cast of the second Mainstage production of The Power of Duff by Stephen Belber, directed by Peter DuBois (7/18-29).
Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15.
Inside Look Play Workshops (semi-staged workshops)
In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater
FIRES ARE CONFUSING
By Eva Anderson, Will Berson & Zach Helm
Directed by Zach Helm
Created by Teatro de Facto
From Los Angeles company Teatro de Facto, this highly theatrical piece combines dramatic invention and journalistic research to tell the real-life story of Cameron Todd Willingham. Scheduled for execution in the arson death of his children, Willingham awaits his fate while a scientist recreates his crime, casting shadows over Willingham's conviction, and his community. With Erin Anderson, Michael Braun, Patrick Carroll, Michael Chernus, Griffin Dunne, Wayne Duvall, Joanne Lubeck, Samantha Mathis, Stephanie O'Neill, Danton Stone, Jeremy Webb, and Libby Woodbridge.
Performance dates: July 13, 14, at 8pm; July 15 at 2pm and 7pm
Mainstage (fully staged and designed works-in-progress)
In the Powerhouse Theater
Wednesday, July 18 – Sunday, July 29
THE POWER OF DUFF
By Stephen Belber
Directed by Peter DuBois
Charles Duff, a news anchor in a mid-market backwater, has an unexpected spiritual awakening on live TV. His prayers, and their answers, change his audience, his family, and his own life forever. Stephen Belber (Tape, Match, Dusk Rings a Bell, Fault Lines) returns to the Powerhouse alongside Peter DuBois (Sons of the Prophet, Becky Shaw, Jack Goes Boating, All New People). The cast includes Desmin Borges, Dominic Fumusa, Neil Huff, Russell G. Jones, Greg Kinnear, Ilana Levine, Ben Platt, and Jennifer Westfeldt.
Performance dates: July 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 (post show discussion), 25, 26, 27, 28 at 8pm; July 21, 22, 28 (post show discussion), 29 at 2pm
[Note that actress Maura Tierney had to withdraw from this production due to a conflicting commitment.]