Sinking Ship Productions
A New Play
Created by Director Jon Levin, Writer Josh Luxenberg, and the Sinking Ship Ensemble
POWERHOUSE ran at the New Ohio Theater in NYC from Nov. 3 - 23, 2014.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Sinking Ship Productions’ devised play Powerhouse uses physical theater, music, and puppetry to tell the story of brilliant, idiosyncratic composer and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.
Inspired by swing music, animated cartoons and futuristic machines, Powerhouse takes the audience inside the mind of Raymond Scott. He wrote fast-paced, tightly orchestrated compositions, attempting to reinvent swing in the 1930s. 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.
Informed by interviews with family members and colleagues, and dozens of phone calls recorded by Scott, Powerhouse spins a kaleidoscopic, kinetic story about creativity and the chasm between what an artist imagines and what his audience perceives.
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"To learn something new at the theater... is worth celebrating. Take this 75-minute biodrama by the splendid company Sinking Ship... Aiming to honor the mad, creative urge to perfectly transmute ideas into art, this work succeeds beautifully."
Director Jon Levin
Writer Josh Luxenberg
& the Sinking Ship Ensemble
Powerhouse was created collaboratively by the Sinking Ship ensemble, including, over the years: Tyler Bunch, Ben Dziuba, Erik Lochtefeld, Jon Levin, Josh Luxenberg, Clare McNulty, Joshua Morris, Deborah Radloff, Hanley Smith, Eric Wright.
2014 New Ohio Cast: Tyler Bunch, Jessica Frey, Spencer Lott, Erik Lochtefeld, Clare McNulty, Hanley Smith, Eric Wright
Producer: Dina Vovsi
Desk Design: Carolyn Mraz
Costume Design: Erin Schultz
Puppet Design: The Puppet Kitchen
Lighting Design: Nicholas Houfek
Sound Design: Sean Brennan
Props Master: Claire M. Savannah
Stage Manager: Carly Levin
Premiere: The New Ohio Theater (2014)
Workshop: Development and Staged Reading (2010)
Workshop: New York International Fringe Festival (2009)
Extension: FringeNYC Encore Series (2009)
Sinking Ship workshopped Powerhouse at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, where it played to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. The production won an award from the festival for “Outstanding Ensemble” and went on to play a short extension as part of the FringeNYC Encores Series. In 2012, the script for Powerhouse was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
Trailer: Jesse Garrison
Poster Art: Monozorro