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Richard Greenberg draws a star cast for the world premiere of “The Babylon Line”

Heading the cast at the play’s debut during Vassar College’s 2014 Powerhouse Season will be Josh Radnor- straight from “How I Met Your Mother.”

Renowned playwright Richard Greenberg will be presenting the world premiere of his  play, “The Babylon Line” from June 25th to July 6th as the opening production in this season’s Powerhouse Theater program which takes place annually at the prestigious Vassar College, in the town of Poughkeepsie,  in the New York State.

The Vassar College, a  private, coeducational liberal arts college, was founded by Matthew Vassar in 1861,  and boasts a long list of alumni, one of them being Josh Radnor, who i has agreed to return  to his former school of learning to appear in Greenberg’s  play.

Joining Radnor in the cast will be other film and television heavyweights including Leslie Bibb, best known to movie lover’s for appearing in the “Iron Man” film series, with Tony Award winners Randy Graff and Frank Wood also part of the cast.

The Powerhouse Theater, a long-running collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film and Vassar has been attracting  leading writers, directors and actors throughout its thirty years history, who have have learned to appreciate the benefits  of presenting  their latest works in the cloistered setting that Poughkeepsie presents.

Also appearing in Greenberg’s production, as well as other plays that will be featured as part of the Powerhouse Theatre program for this year, will be a number of students not only from Vassar but around the world congregate every year to form what has become known as the Powerhouse Apprentice Company.

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Powerhouse Theater apprentices, who can either be current students, or have recently graduated  from Vassar or any other college are handed the opportunity to c work on the development of theater and musical productions, which are being polished up prior to making their way to either a Broadway theater or any other top-ranked theater across the United States s nation-wide.

Some of the program’s participants over the years have included   Rob Handel, Josh Joya, Catherine Kellner, Katherine Kovner,   Jordan Roth, Jen Silverman and Alexandra Tolk.

Richard Greenberg, graduated magna cum laude Princeton University, where he studied  creative writing under Joyce Carol Oates, before spending some time at Harvard University, studying in English and American Literature, before being accepted for  the Yale School of Drama’s playwriting program in 1985.

During his professional career, Greenberg has had more than 25 plays premiere both  on and off-Broadway in New York City and eight at Los Angeles’ South Coast Repertory Theatre, with his best known being  “The Violet Hour”, ” Everett Beekin”, and ”Hurrah at Last “, with his best known and most commercially successful production being  “Take Me Out” for which he won a  Tony Award  in 2003 as well as a number of other prestigious awards.

 

Josh Radnor graduated with a B.A. in Drama from New York University going on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree the University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts in 1999, after taking some time out to participate in an Israel experience program through Livnot U’Lehibanot in 1997.

Radnor made his professional debut in Broadway Theatre in the stage version of The Graduate, playing opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone.

Despite being involved in How I Met Your Mother since 2005, Radnor has continued to appear in theatre and films, not only as an actor but also as a writer and director. In 2008, Josh appeared in the New York Stage and Film production of Joe Gilford’s play opposite Jennifer Westfeldt.

Radnor made his film debut in 2010 not only starring in but also writing and directing the comedy drama Happythankyoumoreplease, for which he awarded the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award as well as being nominated nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

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