STAGE II PRESENTS

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Two evenings of (mostly) original one-act plays and monologues will be presented in the Powerhouse Theatre at 8 pm on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. Featured works are by Holly Aladin, Gary Betsworth, Vanessa David, Rosemary Foley, Conor McPherson, Laurie Newkirk, Tom Rushen, and Mary Jane Schaefer.

Performing the works will be Gary Betsworth, Nancy Brier, Deborah Burke, Katy Castaldi, Marcia Cummings-Vinci, Vanessa David, Andrea Garmun, Jamie Gerelli, Larry Greeley, ...

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Skylight Rehearsals Begin

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Congratulations to the cast of David Hare’s Skylight:

Alexandra Burke: Kyra Hollis
Tyler Giggi: Edward Sergeant
Bob Filipowich: Tom Sergeant

Tim Cronin will direct the show, which runs from May 2 through May 17. The Stage Manager is Jessica Taborda.

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Auditions For “Skylight” on February 24-25

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Skylight, by David Hare and directed by TPNC veteran Tim Cronin, features three characters over the course of approximately 16 hours in present day London.East London school teacher Kyra Hollis is visited on the same night by Edward Sergeant and his father Tom. Kyra had been living with the Sargeant family years earlier, but left after her affair with Tom was discovered by Tom’s wife, who has since died. Edward now accuses Kyra of having left him as well, ...
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“Engagement Rules” Opens February 7

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“Engagement Rules,” presented as a staged reading, is a hilarious look at young love and old love re-making the “rules.”   Featured performers are Jim Brownold, Louise Kaminer, Ammie Kinsman and Daniel Mann.  Performances are February 7 and 8 at 8 pm, and February 9 at 2:30 pm.

Here we find two couples, one about to get married and the other married over forty years, who help each other as they confront questions of love, mortality and the nature of the ...

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We Have A Cast!

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We’re proud to announce the cast of “The Governor’s Son,” the premiere of Jim Gordon’s original play which opens at the Powerhouse Theatre on February 21, 2014:

KATE O’NEIL: Kimberley Lowden
BILL WILSON: Kyle Runestad
CONGRESSMAN RICHARD MEEKS: Frank Speranzo
SUSAN THOMAS: Kristin Gagliardi
VERA MEEKS: Davina Porter
JESSICA MULLINS: Leighanne Champion
SAM BRODSKY: Larry Greeley

Tom Butterworth will direct.    Rehearsals begin January 6.

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Holiday Panto is “Pure Joy”

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The Town Players of New Canaan is the only area theatre to perform a British “panto” every year for its family holiday show. This year’s offering, Trouble In Pantoland by Sharon Hulm, opens at 8 pm ...

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Our Lives Go On

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Our Lives Go On

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts by Brian Michael Riley.

I had the pleasure of seeing the Powerhouse Players’ presentation of Our Town last weekend and it hit me like a ton of bricks. To be honest this is one of those plays that I never really feel an overwhelming excitement to catch. My high school put Our Town on during my sophomore year ...

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Our Kids

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This is the third in a series of blog posts about “Our Town,” by Brian Michael Riley.

Rounding up the two youngest cast members of Our Town took some doing. Getting them to share their nervous excitement over their fast approaching opening night was a piece of cake. I’m always thrilled to see kids sharing the stage with us old fogies in community theatre – it so often livens the place up. Having young ones around during rehearsals and shows lends ...

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

This is the second in a series of blog posts about “Our Town,” by Brian Michael Riley.

Visiting the cast and crew of the Powerhouse Players’ Our Town for the first time I find them in the midst of Act One. Tonight is the first time the gang is giving it a go off book. I consider this phase of the process a freefall. It is at this point when the actors are finally connecting to one another eye to eye. ...

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Her Town

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This interview with “Our Town” Director Julie Bell Petrak is the first in a series of Blog posts written by Brian Michael Riley

This space is very familiar to me, the intimate theater where I am preparing to interview the director of Town Players of New Canaan’s upcoming Our Town. Julie and I had just recently worked on Of Mice and Men together here at The Powerhouse. She directed me in what I feel was my best character-work yet – Lennie ...

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