Vassar & New York Stage and Film has announced casting for the bandaged place, the first mainstage production of the Powerhouse Season, as well as the addition of the musical Galileo and the play Becky Nurse of Salem to the readings festival.
The bandaged place, written by Relentless Award winner Harrison David Rivers, will be presented June 27–July 7 in the Powerhouse Theater. Directed by David Mendizábal, the production will star Caroline Clay (The Little Foxes), Sam Encarnacion (Jessica Jones), Milan Marsh (Law & Order: SVU), Phillip Johnson Richardson (Hamilton), and Michael Hsu Rosen (Torch Song).
The creative team includes scenic designer Wilson Chin, costume designer Ásta Bennie Hostetter, lighting designer Stacey Derosier, sound designer and composer Mauricio Escamilla, and fight and intimacy director Rocio Mendez with movement by Jeremy McQueen.
Added to the annual summer readings festival is the new musical Galileo, featuring a book by two-time Emmy winner Danny Strong and music and lyrics by Michael Weiner and Zoe Sarnak. The June 29 performance, under the direction of Tony winner Michael Mayer, will be presented at 4 PM in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater with a cast that includes four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (Company), Michael Esper (FX’s Trust), Solea Pfeiffer (Hamilton), and Colton Ryan (Alice By Heart).
Galileo follows the title mathematician, inventor, astronomer, and scientist who makes a discovery that will change the entire understanding of the universe. Unfortunately, what he has uncovered directly conflicts with the standard teachings of the most powerful institution in the world.
Also added to the annual summer readings festival is Sarah Ruhl’s new play Becky Nurse of Salem, about an ordinary but strong-willed grandmother trying to get by in post-Obama America. Desperate to raise her troubled teenaged granddaughter right, and also hook up with an old flame, Becky visits a local witch for help. The play will be presented July 19 at 8 PM in the Martel Theater and later go on to make its official debut at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Vassar & New York Stage and Film also announced the recipients of their fellowships and awards: Keelay Gipson will receive the 2019 Founders’ Award, Nell Bailey and Louisa Melcher will receive the 2019 Epstein Fellowships, Erika Dickerson-Despenza will receive the 2019 Dramatists Guild Fund Fellowship, and Ben Randle will receive the 2019 Leo Shull Musical Theater Directing Fellowship, in partnership with the Drama League.
Additional casting will be announced later. Powerhouse Season casting is by Telsey + Company.