Saturday

"Abigail/1702" at the Powerhouse Summer Theater Season

One of the great theater events each summer is the Powerhouse Summer Theater Season which New York Stage Film runs at Vassar College. This year there are few interesting productions taking place including a new play by Stephen Belber ("Tape") and a musical, "Fortress of Solitude," based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem.

The most interesting show, though, has to be "Abigail/1702" written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasca, the noted television writer ("Glee," "Big Love"), comics writer ("Fantastic Four: Season One"), musical book writer ("It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Superman," "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," "American Psycho") and playwright ("The Mystery Plays," "Based on a Totally True Story"). Directing the play will be David Esbjornson who directed "Much Ado About Nothing" at New York's Shakespeare Festival and the recent revival of "Driving Miss Daisy" with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. If that weren't enough, the fabulous Chloe Sevigny is starring in the play.

The official description of the play:  "Ten years after the events of The Crucible, Abigail Williams is living under a new identity in Boston and haunted by her past.  When a mysterious figure appears, she confronts Salem’s dark history head on and must atone for her role in it."

I, of course, won't be around to see the play. Hopefully there will be another production soon. Next year? New York City? Fingers crossed.

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