‘Spring’ team, Wettig fuel Powerhouse

2011 season builds on 'F2M,' 'Nightingale'

A new tuner from the creators of “Spring Awakening” and a play by Patricia Wettig are among the offerings on tap for the 2011 Powerhouse Theater Season from New York Stage and Film and Vassar College.

Annual lineup of developmental legit stagings and workshops, held at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has yielded high-profile fare in the past, including the upcoming Broadway revival of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.”

This year, the play by Wettig, “F2M,” is one of two Main Stage offerings of fully staged works-in-progress. Maria Mileaf helms the production, June 29-July 10, with a cast that includes Ken Olin, Deirdre O’Connell, Keira Keeley and Phoebe Strole. Storyline follows two parents struggling to come to grips with their college-age child’s newly chosen identity.

Also on tap for the Main Stage is Rob Handel’s “A Maze” (July 20-31), which sees a trio of characters grappling with creativity and addiction. Sam Buntrock (“Sunday in the Park With George”) directs.

Meanwhile, “Nightingale” (July 8-10) from “Spring Awakening” collaborators Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, is one of the shows on tap for the series of concert readings. Moises Kaufman directs the tuner, a contempo take on the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Also among the musical offerings are the Davis McCallum-helmed “February House” (July 14-16) with music by Gabriel Kahane and book by Seth Bockley, about the 1940s luminaries who gathered in a Brooklyn boardinghouse; and Bert Berns catalog tuner “Piece of My Heart” (July 28-31) from scribes Daniel Goldfarb, Brett Berns and Cassandra Berns and director Leigh Silverman.

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