Families: VASSAR COLLEGE/POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.: The Little White Way


James Van Alen isn't sure he wants to tell a reporter just how terrific he thinks the Powerhouse Theater festival at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is. "If people find out about it, it's going to get mobbed," he says. Van Alen, a stockbroker, has attended a dozen Powerhouse productions each summer for 15 years. "They're as good as, if not better than, plays I've seen on Broadway and off-Broadway," he says. Indeed, many of the plays that end up on New York City stages get their start at the Powerhouse.

New York Stage and Film, which co-produces the festival with...

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