Yale Rep 2014-15 Season Brochure
DARING ARTISTS BOLD CHOICES ADVENTUROUS AUDIENCES 2014–15 SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW Sarah Sokolovic and RenĂŠ Augesen in A Streetcar Named Desire, 2013. Cover photo: Ariana Venturi, Bryan Fenkart, and James Barry in These Paper Bullets!, 2014. 2014–15 SEASON By TOM STOPPARD Directed by JAMES BUNDY OCTOBER 3–25, 2014 WORLD PREMIERE ARCADIA WAR By BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS Directed by LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ NOVEMBER 21–DECEMBER 13, 2014 Commissioned by Yale Rep WORLD PREMIERE FAMILIAR THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Directed by REBECCA TAICHMAN JANUARY 30–FEBRUARY 21, 2015 Commissioned by Yale Rep By DANAI GURIRA By BERTOLT BRECHT Directed by LIZ DIAMOND MARCH 20–APRIL 11, 2015 WORLD PREMIERE By SHEILA CALLAGHAN Directed by JACKSON GAY APRIL 24–MAY 16, 2015 Commissioned by Yale Rep ELEVADA YALEREP.ORG DARING ARTISTS. BOLD CHOIC I am thrilled to invite you to Yale Repertory Theatre’s 2014–15 season: two modern masterpieces and three brand new plays commissioned by Yale Rep offering a breathtaking diversity of emotions, experiences, and perspectives that reflect and celebrate our shared humanity. The season opens with a new production, which I will direct, of ARCADIA, the ravishingly romantic time-traveling masterpiece by Tom Stoppard, one of the most accomplished writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. OBIE Award winning resident director Liz Diamond, whose Yale Rep credits include her acclaimed production of The Winter’s Tale, returns with Bertolt Brecht’s theatrical, lyrical, and bitingly satiric THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE. As we celebrate the continued success of recent Yale Rep-commissioned plays such as Amy Herzog’s Belleville, David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette, and Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, which just opened on Broadway, our 2014–15 season features the world premieres of extraordinary new plays by three singular voices in the American theatre. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, whose provocative and explosively funny plays include the recent critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Appropriate, makes his Yale Rep debut with WAR. Pulitzer Prize finalist Danai Gurira— author of Eclipsed and In the Continuum, co-written with Nikkole Salter—returns with her intergenerational comedy-drama, FAMILIAR. Sheila Callaghan, profiled by Marie Claire as one of “18 Women Who Are Changing the World,” makes her own Yale Rep debut with the romantic comedy, ELEVADA, a 2014 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In addition to these five magnificent plays, which comprise our subscription series, Yale Rep will also present three unique opportunities to experience remarkable performances from around the world as part of our annual NO BOUNDARIES series. Yale Rep subscribers will receive priority booking for these limited engagements, which will be announced in the fall. Please join us! Sincerely, James Bundy Artistic Director CES. ADVENTUROUS AUDIENCES. Harriett D. Foy and Joniece Abbott-Pratt in The House that will not Stand, 2014. YALEREP.ORG â€œTheatre is first and foremost it can be recrea professional rivalries on an English country estate, a brilliant young pupil proposes a startling scientific theory well beyond her own comprehension. More than 200 years later, two academic adversaries try to piece together puzzling clues from the past in their quest for an elusive truth. Arcadia is an achingly romantic and heartbreakingly funny waltz of the mind and the body, dancing across centuries. Amidst illicit passions and ARC â€œItâ€™s thrilling to work on a play so brilliant, so generou viscerally to the forces of the universe, and to th OCTOBER 3–25 ation for people who like to stretch their minds.” TOM STOPPARD, PLAYWRIGHT t a recreation. But it’s not just a children’s playground; CADIA JAMES BUNDY, DIRECTOR he longings of the human heart.” YALEREP.ORG usly funny: Arcadia connects “The word ‘war’ actually means two different things in English and German. I like that something can look like one thing, but have two seemingly different meanings. I’m really interested in that slipperiness of language— the way it succeeds and fails us in defining ourselves and each other and our world—the sadness and the comedy—the theatre of it, basically.” WA WORLD PREMIERE BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS PLAYWRIGHT NOVEMBER 21–DECEMBER 13 AR at the hospital bedside of their comatose mother. As they attack each other’s smallest words and biggest choices, they are ambushed by two strangers who make a shocking claim about their grandfather’s WWII tour of duty. War is a wildly provocative, bracingly funny, and all-toohuman portrait of a family navigating the landmines of the past as they try to broker peace with each other—and themselves—in the present. Tensions escalate between Tate and Joanne “I love theatre that grapples with humanity on a grand scale, theatre that turns how we have seen the world upside down.” LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ DIRECTOR YALEREP.ORG FAMIL WORLD PREMIERE Marvelous and Donald are preparing for the marriage of their eldest daughter. Clashes erupt within the family when the first-generation American bride-to-be insists on observing a traditional Zimbabwean wedding ritual. Familiar is a richly funny and deeply moving new play about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, wives and husbands— the customs they keep, and the secrets they keep buried. In a snowy Midwestern suburb, “Familiar is about love, marriage, how cultural identity gets passed on or lost through generations, how crazy family members can make each other—and just how overflowing the love is even amidst all the madness.” REBECCA TAICHMAN, DIRECTOR LIAR DANAI GURIRA, PLAYWRIGHT “We don’t often see stories of current first generation Americans—children whose parents speak differently, perhaps completely different languages, whose identity is complex and multinational. I believe that JANUARY 30–FEBRUARY 21 cultural specificity in storytelling can reveal to us how universally familiar we all are.” YALEREP.ORG “Change the world: BERTOLT BRECHT, PLAYWRIGHT a young servant named Grusha rescues the abandoned baby of a deposed Governor and raises him as her own. Years later, the ruler’s wife returns to reclaim her child—and the two mothers bring their case before a cynical, battle-weary judge. An epic fable set against the harrowing backdrop of civil war, The Caucasian Chalk Circle puts the competing claims of law and justice, of blood and love, to the ultimate test. In the war-torn country of Grusinia, CAUCASIAN THE MARCH 20–APRIL 11 it needs it.” CHALK CIRCLE “Brecht’s great play is a jubilant act of war—on the easy fierce and cynicism of his time, and our own. Its weapons? Wild and crazy comedy, taut drama, lyrical romance, song, dance, and vivid storytelling!” LIZ DIAMOND, DIRECTOR YALEREP.ORG “I’m drawn to and the human desire what peo ELE This is my “I write plays because I need incomplete, heartbroken, str at all times. APRIL 24–MAY 16 eople are scared of— to be seen and to be known by someone else.” JACKSON GAY, DIRECTOR EVADA WORLD PREMIERE going on lots of first dates but is intentionally sabotaging her chances for a second. Khalil, a social media superstar, is about to close a huge deal that will take him completely off the market. They’ll do anything to ﬂoat above their own lives, even as fate tries to pull them both back down to earth. Elevada is a warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy about the fear of being alone—and the fear of not being alone. New York City. Right now. Ramona’s SHEILA CALLAGHAN, PLAYWRIGHT d to be surrounded by messy, scrappy, malcontent, ruggling, intelligent, tenacious, feral, furious people I’d be half-human without them.” tribe. YALEREP.ORG NO BOUNDARIES Yale Rep’s NO BOUNDARIES series explores the frontiers of theatrical invention through cutting edge, thought provoking performance from around the world. NO BOUNDARIES has introduced Yale Rep audiences to an astonishing array of performances—including theatre, dance, music, and multimedia—from the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Poland, Peru, Colombia, Spain, Germany, Japan, Israel, Georgia, East Africa, West Africa, and right here in the U.S. This season’s three limited engagement events will be announced in the fall. Yale Rep subscribers will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before they are available to the general public. Engagement Féminin: An Evening of West African Dance, 2011. the break/s: a mixtape for stage, 2009. Super Night Shot, 2013. The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac, 2010. SCLAVI/The Song of an Emigrant, 2008. YALEREP.ORG SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS Subscribers get the best seats all season long. And if something comes up, you can EXCHANGE your tickets for another performance FREE OF CHARGE.* ADVANCE TICKETS FOR NO BOUNDARIES Subscribers can purchase tickets to Yale Rep’s NO BOUNDARIES series before the general public. PARKING DISCOUNTS DINING DISCOUNTS Special subscriber rates are available at nearby garages. Heirloom, Oaxaca Kitchen, Thali, Thali Too, and Zaroka restaurants offer 15–20% discounts to Yale Rep subscribers. BRING A FRIEND Save 10% on every additional regularly priced Yale Rep ticket purchase. *Upgrade fees may apply for more expensive performances. Jessica Jelliffe and Celeste Arias in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, 2014. YALEREP.ORG 5-PLAY SUBSCRIPTIONS See all five plays in the best seats at the best prices. WEEKDAY WEEKEND UP TO PREVIEW SAVINGS $166 $233 $325 $170 YALEREP.ORG 203.432.1234 YALE REP BOX OFFICE YALEREP@YALE.EDU 1120 Chapel Street (at York Street) Monday to Friday 10AM to 5PM Saturday 12PM to 5PM Until 8PM on performance evenings May 19 through August 29: Monday to Friday 10AM to 5PM 3-PLAY SUBSCRIPTIONS Choose three plays and build your own subscription. UP TO PREVIEW WEEKDAY WEEKEND SAVINGS $108 $156 $225 $81 Eugene Ma, Steven Epp, Allen Gilmore, and Liam Craig in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, 2013. 4-TICKET AND 6-TICKET PASSES are also available and may be redeemed for seats beginning August 19, 2014. SINGLE TICKETS go on sale September 2, 2014. For information on Senior Subscriptions, Yale Faculty and Staff Subscriptions, or Student Passes, visit yalerep.org. 2014 ARCADIA UNIVERSITY THEATRE OCT 6 8PM P MON TUE WED THU FRI OCT 3 8PM P SAT OCT 4 8PM P OCT 7 8PM P OCT 8 8PM P OCT 9 8PM O OCT 10 8PM OCT 11 2PM TB 8PM OCT 14 8PM OCT 15 2PM SR 8PM OCT 16 8PM OCT 17 8PM OCT 18 2PM OC TB 8PM OCT 21 8PM OCT 22 8PM OCT 23 8PM OCT 24 8PM OCT 25 2PM AD 8PM WAR NOV 24 8PM NOV 21 8PM NOV 22 8PM P P YALE REPERTORY THEATRE NOV 25 8PM NOV 26 8PM NOV 28 8PM NOV 29 2PM P P P O TB 8PM DEC 2 8PM DEC 3 2PM SR 8PM DEC 4 8PM DEC 5 8PM DEC 6 2PM OC TB 8PM DEC 9 8PM DEC 10 8PM DEC 11 8PM DEC 12 8PM DEC 13 2PM AD 8PM ACCESSIBILITY Please mention your interest in any of these services when purchasing your subscription. SPECIAL EVENTS Talk Backs Moderated Q&As with members of the cast immediately following the show. WILL POWER! Senior Reception The Caucasian Chalk Circle is Yale Rep’s 2014–15 WILL POWER! production, which includes 10:15AM performances on April 8 and 9, 2015, available only to high school students. A pre-show dessert reception and conversation with members of the creative team. 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