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Submitted by jesse on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 10:50am
“Powerhouse, which somehow manages to pack very funny puppetry, exuberant dance numbers, fascinating historical tangents, a mountain of narrative and a vivid sense of period mood into one steam train of a drama, is the rare Fringe show that lives up to its title.”
The New York Times (Jason Zinoman)
Powerhouse uses live action and puppetry, swing dancing and physical comedy to tell the story of a brilliant man who wrote music that nearly every American has heard but almost no one can identify.
Inspired by swing music, animated cartoons and futuristic machines, Powerhouse takes the audience inside the mind of Raymond Scott, composer and electronic music pioneer. He wrote fast-paced, tightly orchestrated compositions, attempting to reinvent swing in the 1940s. Wildly successful in his own time, his music would be completely forgotten were it not for its use in countless Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s. But Scott never watched a cartoon in his life. Powerhouse is a story about the chasm between what an artist imagines and what his audience perceives.
Powerhouse was presented in an early version at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, where it played to sell-out crowds and rave reviews. The production won an award from the festival for Outstanding Ensemble, and went on to play a four-performance extension at FringeNYC Encores. A revised version of the script was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2012.
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Director and Concept, Producer
Developed in collaboration with Joshua Morris and the Sinking Ship Ensemble
Powerhouse was originally performed with the following company at The Connelly Theater and The Actors' Playhouse as part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival and FringeNYC Encores.
Pearl Zimney & others
Mitzi Scott & others
Mel (an animator), cartoon voices
Dorothy Collins & others
Chuck (an animator) & others
Carl (an animator) & others
Artistic & Production Team:
Kate J. Cudworth*
Encores Stage Manager
Set Design & Realization
Encores Lighting Design
Music Director & Sound Design
Encores Co-Sound Design
Carrie Dell Furay
Encores Assistant Stage Manager
FringeNYC Stage Manager
The Puppet Kitchen
Puppet Design & Construction
FringeNYC Assistant Stage Manager
*Member, Actors' Equity Association