El Huracán

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FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Welcome to the world premiere of El Huracán, the first production of Yale Rep’s 2018–19 season! I’m delighted to introduce you to playwright Charise Castro Smith, whose debut at our theater marks a joyous homecoming. I count myself among the lucky theatergoers who got to see Charise’s first play, Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen], produced at Yale Cabaret while she was pursuing her M.F.A. in acting at Yale School of Drama. Since then, her plays have been staged across the country, while she has also maintained a busy career writing for television. El Huracán is a remarkably powerful new play that spans generations of a Cuban and Cuban American family caught in the eye of real and metaphorical storms. Its exquisite lyricism and stage magic are brought to life by director Laurie Woolery (who made her Yale Rep debut with Imogen Says Nothing in 2017) and a daring cohort of artistic collaborators and acting company. This production is also a celebration of Yale Rep’s first collaboration with The Sol Project, a national initiative founded by Jacob Padrón (himself a graduate of the School of Drama and a current a member of its faculty), that partners with theater companies to amplify the voices of Latinx playwrights and build artistic homes for artists of color across the country. Our entire 2018-19 season features work by some of the world’s most accomplished artists as well as exciting new voices in the American theater. Coming up in November, legendary director Peter Brook will make his Yale Rep debut with the American premiere of The Prisoner, which he created with his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. We also will present the world premieres of Good Faith: Four Chats about Race and the New Haven Fire Department, a new play by Karen Hartman inspired by the landmark Ricci v. DeStefano Supreme Court ruling, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon; and Tori Sampson’s Cadillac Crew, about four female activists at height of the Civil Rights Movement, directed by Jesse Rasmussen. And Carl Cofield, the newly appointed Associate Artistic Director at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, will stage a vibrant Afro-futurist production of Shakespeare’s wonderful romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. I hope you will join us. There are a variety of ways to enjoy the entire season at affordable prices—you can even apply the cost of today’s ticket to one of our subscription packages. (Call the box office at 203.432.1234 for more information.) Thank you for being here today. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts about El Huracán, or any of your experiences at Yale Rep. My email address is james.bundy@yale.edu.


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FROM THE SOL PROJECT Dear Friends, The Sol Project is an initiative that works in partnership with leading theaters around the country to amplify the voices of gifted Latinx playwrights. We are committed to illuminating the power of the stage as a place to hold all our stories, as we work in community to transform the artistic landscape and build a more inclusive world. This collaboration with Yale Repertory Theatre marks our fourth production, fortifying a national movement where Latinx theater artists are claiming space to share our extraordinary artistry. I have been thinking a lot about the great Cuban American playwright, María Irene Fornés—a pioneering force in the American theater for more than half a century. While prolific in her own right as a dramatist, her gifts as a teacher were unparalleled as she mentored an entire generation of rising Latinx playwrights. Yale was one of the many places she inspired young minds. Yet her name still lives in obscurity, along with her accomplishments and her struggles. She is 88 years old today and living with Alzheimer’s; to many, she is still unseen. Her story reminds me of the brave women we meet in El Huracán, the exquisite new American play by Charise Castro Smith. El Huracán is a towering achievement because of its depth and truth. Placing four generations of Latina women at the center of this universal tale, Charise is conjuring our ancestors while reconciling our shared pain. With this story, Charise is saying to our Latinx community, including Fornés: I see you. Charise and I first met here in New Haven as graduate students at Yale School of Drama, when in 2007 she handed me the first play she had ever written which we produced at Yale Cabaret during the 40th anniversary season. We knew then a major new voice had arrived. El Huracán is a testimony to that. Under the brilliant direction of Laurie Woolery, a founding member of The Sol Project, this homecoming marks a high point in the life of our theater initiative. I thank James Bundy and everyone on staff at Yale Rep for joining our growing movement as we make the path together towards a more inclusive American theater. We must honor where we come from and with this play, Charise is building on the legacy that began many years ago when Fornés had her own new play produced at Yale. I know the maestra would marvel at Charise, a writer who is becoming a singular 21st century Cuban American voice. Welcome to El Huracán!

Jacob G. Padrón Founder and Artistic Director, The Sol Project


James Bundy, Artistic Director Victoria Nolan, Managing Director in collaboration with THE SOL PROJECT Jacob G. Padrón, Artistic Director


By CHARISE CASTRO SMITH Directed by LAURIE WOOLERY Choreographer ANGHARAD DAVIES Scenic Designer GERARDO DÍAZ SÁNCHEZ Costume Designer HERIN KAPUTKIN Lighting Designer NIC VINCENT Sound Designer MEGUMI KATAYAMA Projection Designer YAARA BAR Magic Designer CHRISTOPHER ROSE Puppet Designer JAMES ORTIZ Production Dramaturg AMAUTA M. FIRMINO Technical Director ALEX WORTHINGTON Dialect Coach CYNTHIA DeCURE Fight Director RICK SORDELET Casting Directors TARA RUBIN/LAURA SCHUTZEL, C.S.A. Stage Manager CHRISTINA FONTANA

Production support for El Huracán is provided by Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre and by Time Warner Foundation, Inc. Yale Repertory Theatre gratefully acknowledges Carol L. Sirot for generously funding the 2018-19 season. El Huracán was developed as part of the 2016 DNA New Work Series at La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director; Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director). Yale Rep is supported in part by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.


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in order of appearance ADRIANA SEVAHN NICHOLS Valeria IRENE SOFIA LUCIO Young Valeria, Miranda ARTURO SORIA Young Alonso, Fernando, Theo MARIA-CHRISTINA OLIVERAS Ximena JENNIFER PAREDES Alicia, Dr. Kempler, Val JONATHAN NICHOLS Alonso FABIOLA FELICIANO-BATISTA Assistant Stage Manager Understudies Danielle Chaves, Ximena Jackeline Torres-7589 Cortés, Valeria Juliana Aiden Martinez, Miranda, Young Valeria Nefesh Cordero Pino, Alicia, Dr. Kempler, Val Dario Sanchez, Alonso Julian Sanchez, Fernando, Theo, Young Alonso

SETTING The play takes place in Miami, Florida. Part One takes place in August 1992. Before and during Hurricane Andrew. Part Two takes place in August 2019. In the aftermath of Hurricane Penelope.

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El Huracán is performed without an intermission. The taking of photographs or the use of recording devices of any kind in the theater without the written permission of the management is prohibited. 5

Where There’s No High Ground Can you forgive a loved one for forgetting you? Can you forget an unforgiveable act? In El Huracán, long-submerged memories haunt a Cuban American family braving a brutal storm. Valeria, the family’s matriarch, has Alzheimer’s disease. In 1992, as Hurricane Andrew bears down on her Miami home, Valeria’s daughter Ximena, and granddaughter Miranda, try their best to keep the family safe from the screaming winds and the rising sea. But in the turmoil of evacuation, Valeria’s memories of exile resurface, blurring the family’s mysterious past in Cuba with their perilous present in flood-prone Florida. El Huracán weaves together several layers of reality to construct a world that reflects the experience of exile and the psychological effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Often wrongly generalized as dementia, Alzheimer’s is a genetically inherited condition that directly attacks neurons in the brain. As neural connections deteriorate, the brain loses its ability to learn, create new memories, or perform mundane tasks. Memories shatter into fragments as synapses misfire and miss their marks, brewing


cyclones of chaos and scattershot logic. The disease begins slowly, but its course is irreversible. In later stages, the brain’s oldest and most deeply implanted memories resurface, sometimes revealing closely guarded secrets or longforgotten truths. The ninety miles of water between Cuba and South Florida hold the memories of more than a million Cuban exiles who have left the island since 1959. Valeria’s family, like so many other Cuban families, settled down in Miami, but their home was always elsewhere. Over the course of four generations, Valeria and her family battle with the anxieties of displacement and the pain of abandonment. Traumatic experiences, much like diseases, can be passed down from one generation to the next. In some cases a history of fear, violence, or stress can even cause physical adaptations on a cellular level. Scientists call this phenomenon “epigenetics.” But each new generation also presents an opportunity for healing and redemption. —AMAUTA M. FIRMINO PRODUCTION DRAMATURG




The Cuba that Valeria knew no longer exists. Throughout the 1950s, Cuba was one of the most developed nations in Latin America, with world-class medical care, the third-lowest adult mortality rate, and the world’s eighth-highest industrial salaries, according to the United Nations. In the fertile countryside, sugar plantations and rum distilleries helped bolster a prosperous tourism industry centered on Havana. By the mid-1950s, pleasure-seeking Americans saw Havana as a tropical paradise replete with rum, romance, and roulette. Magnificent nightclubs lined Havana’s 400-year-old boulevards and plazas. But the crowning jewel of the city’s nightlife was the Tropicana Club. First opened in 1939, the club became famous for its outdoor stage, glimmering raised catwalks, and garden-seating area lined with palms and fruit trees. In 1952, then under the ownership of British and American businessmen, the Tropicana opened an air-conditioned indoor stage (the first of its kind in Havana), called Los Arcos de Cristal (The Crystal Arches), composed of alternating parabolic concrete arches and glass walls. Palms and other tropical flora were left in-situ, growing up out of the floor of the club and scraping the crystalline ceiling. With its two stages, the Tropicana grew into an internationally renowned show venue, attracting A-list acts from around the world including Nat King Cole, Josephine Baker, Carmen Miranda, Liberace, and Paul Robeson. When the Cuban Revolution of 1959 swept into Havana, the Tropicana was shut down, and its owners—who had deep connections to organized crime—fled to Miami. In the midst of chaos, revolving winds of change pushed El Huracán’s Valeria, seeking refuge and safety for her family, to the shores of Miami—just ninety miles across the ocean, but still a world away. —AMF

Above: The Tropicana Club, Crystal Arches interior, 1952. University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection.


STORM after

STORM El Huracán is set around two different hurricanes—one real and one imagined—separated by 27 years. Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 hurricane that made landfall over South Florida on August 24, 1992. Sustained winds of 175 miles per hour, combined with up to 14 inches of rain and severe storm surges, killed 65 and caused more than $27 billion in damages. It would be the strongest hurricane ever to hit the United States until Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005. The second part of the play transports us to August 25, 2019, in the aftermath of Hurricane Penelope, a fictional hurricane of unprecedented strength that has just devastated Miami. As ocean temperatures rise, higher intensity hurricanes develop with more frequency. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest and most destructive season on record. Three major hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—developed in quick succession and were responsible for the majority of the destruction. All told, that season’s ten hurricanes caused $282 billion in damages and up to 3,400 deaths—at least 2,900 of which occurred in Puerto Rico alone. Beyond infrastructural damage, natural disasters like Hurricane Andrew have long-lasting repercussions on the mental health of survivor communities. A 1995 University of South Carolina study found symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in adolescent survivors of Hurricane Andrew, including irritability, emotional outbursts, and intrusive recollections—symptoms that are disturbingly similar to those experienced by Alzheimer’s patients. Black and Latinx survivors were the hardest hit and showed the highest prevalence of trauma.



Taíno mythology tells us that Yúcahu lived on the summit of El Yunque, the tallest mountain on the island of Puerto Rico. When a Juracán approached the island, an epic battle in the clouds ensued, reaching its climax over the peak of El Yunque, where Yúcahu successively calmed his mother’s wrath, dissipated the storm, and protected the Taíno from its destructive force. For this reason, when faced with incoming storms, the Taíno found refuge in the foothills of the mountain and in the belief that a child could heal a mother’s madness. The Taíno understanding of Atlantic hurricanes reminds us that sometimes nature seeks balance in destructive ways.


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“Hurricane”—like canoe, tobacco, and barbeque—is just one of the many words borrowed from the Taíno language. The original inhabitants of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Hispaniola, the Taíno were an agricultural people who worshipped ancestral spirits called Zemís. The most powerful of these Zemís were Yúcahu (the spirit of cassava, or yuca, their staple crop), and Atabey (mother of Yúcahu and spirit of the moon, water, and fertility). Atabey, like the water she represents, was mutable and could sometimes transform into Gubancex, the violent mother of storms and chaos. When unsatisfied with her offerings, the volatile Guabancex unleashed Juracánes, those spiral-shaped storms we now know as hurricanes.

HURRICANES Christopher Columbus meeting the Taíno on Hispaniola, 1493. Courtesy of Yale University Library.


CAST IRENE SOFIA LUCIO* (Young Valeria, Miranda) Broadway: Wit (Manhattan

MARIA-CHRISTINA OLIVERAS* (Ximena) Broadway: Amélie (cast album);

Theatre Club). Off Broadway: The Undertaking (BAM), Orange Julius (P73/ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), King Liz (Second Stage), Love and Information (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional: Romeo and Juliet, The Master Builder (Yale Rep); Bad Jews (Studio Theatre); Pygmalion (Cal Shakes). Irene co-created and performs in the viral webseries B.U.T.S. (Bilingual, Underrepresented, Titless, Sallies). Her short was a finalist at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival and twice nominated at the Imagen Awards. Television and film: The Americans, The Bartlett (with Lin-Manuel Miranda), Madam Secretary, Gossip Girl, and HBO Latino film Casi Casi. She is a graduate of Princeton and Yale School of Drama, a member of the Actors’ Center, and originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Machinal; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love (The Public, cast album); Pretty Filthy (Civilians, cast album); Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (St. Ann’s Warehouse); And Miles to Go, After (PCP); Reading Under the Influence (DR2); The Really Big Once (Target Margin); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Romeo and Juliet (The Public); Zorba! (Encores!); Night Sky (BPAC). Selected Regional: CTG, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown, Long Wharf, Huntington, Baltimore Center Stage. Dedicated to new plays and musicals, the majority of Maria-Christina’s work has been world premieres, most recently Soft Power by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori. She has developed work with Sundance, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizon, MCC, O’Neill, New Dramatists (Recipient of Charles Bowden Award), Ma-Yi, EST, NYTW, Lincoln Center, Primary Stages, NYSAF/Vassar, Red Bull, among numerous others. Selected film and television: Manhattan Night, St. Vincent, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist. Education: B.A., Yale; M.F.A., NTC.

JONATHAN NICHOLS* (Alonso) Theater: Little Children Dream of God (Road Theatre); Seven Spots on the Sun (Boston Court); Elemeno Pea, Anna in the Tropics (South Coast Repertory); Beauty of the Father (Seattle Repertory); Measure for Measure (Lincoln Center); Julius Caesar (Hartford Stage); two seasons at the Old Globe. National tour: The Acting Company. Television: Grey’s Anatomy, Major Crimes, Without a Trace, CSI, The West Wing, Friends, Judging Amy, NYPD Blue. Training: Juilliard, RADA. Dedicated to Adriana. Met 15 years ago in a play. On stage, played her husband. Off stage, became her husband. Today, I am both. Con todo mi amor.


JENNIFER PAREDES* (Alicia, Dr. Kemper, Val) is making her Yale Rep debut. Regional: American Mariachi (Denver Center for Performing Arts, Old Globe); Twelfth Night (Old Globe); Waking La Llorona, OjO: The Next Generation in Travel (La Jolla Playhouse/ WoW Festival); Manifest Destinitis, Into the Beautiful North, and Rapture, Blister, Burn (San Diego Repertory); Seven Spots on the Sun (InnerMission); Ballast (Diversionary Theatre); Lydia (Ion Theatre). Education: University of San Diego. Twitter and Instagram @miyao_mix; jenniferparedesactor.com

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. **Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.


YAARA BAR (Projection Designer)

just completed a sold-out run of Destiny of Desire at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include Yale Repertory Theatre (Boleros for the Disenchanted), The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, CSC, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Kirk Douglas Theatre, San Diego Repertory, Boston Court, Shakespeare & Company, INTAR, and numerous films and television shows. As a playwright, her award-winning Taking Flight and Night Over Erzinga, have been developed at The Lark, Sundance, Mark Taper Writer’s Lab, and South Coast Rep, and have been produced nationally and internationally. Her work is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, American Theatre magazine, and Northwestern Press. She teaches workshops blending horses, mythology, and theater as ritual. adrianasevahnnichols.com

is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Death of Yazdgerd. Other recent work includes Near the Krummholz (Women’s Voices in Theater Festival); Salt Repast (Jerusalem Design Week); Dragaret, Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, The Red Tent, Butterfly Terror (Yale Cabaret); and Lear (Yale Summer Cabaret). She holds a B.A. in visual communication from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where she worked as a motion and graphic designer.

ARTURO SORIA** (Young Alonso, Fernando, Theo, ) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Everything That Never Happened, Much Ado About Nothing, and Pentecost. Other credits include Rexy/Jason in The Legend of Georgia McBride (Guthrie Theater); The Meal, Débâcles (Yale Cabaret); Antony + Cleopatra (Yale Summer Cabaret); Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince (Yale Repertory Theatre); Hit the Wall (Steppenwolf, Barrow Street); Olivério: A Brazilian Twist (Kennedy Center); Deferred Action (Dallas Theater Center); Peter and the Starcatcher (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Rep); Water by the Spoonful (Studio Theatre); Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Oedipus el Rey, and Equivocation (Victory Gardens Theater). His solo show, NI MI MADRE has been produced at Yale Cabaret and Barrow Street Theatre. B.F.A., Theatre School at DePaul University. ArturoSoria.org @turosoria

ANGHARAD DAVIES (Choreographer) has presented work at venues throughout the U.S. and Germany, including Danspace Project and Joyce SoHo (NYC); Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and Radialsystem (Berlin); Bryant Lake Bowl, Mixed Blood Theatre, Ritz Theater, Ted Mann Concert Hall, and the Walker Art Center (MPLS); the Cleveland Museum of Art; ODC (San Francisco); and Yale. Her choreography credits for opera and theater productions include Robert Aldridge’s Parables—an interfaith oratorio; Brecht/ Weill’s The Three-Penny Opera; Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Andrew Hinderaker’s Colossal; Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; and Ayhan Sönmez’s Woher-Wohin?. Performance credits include Ivy Baldwin Dance, Drastic Action, and Gibney Dance (NYC); Hanna Hegenscheidt (Berlin); Mariano Pensotti (Buenos Aires); Andrea Schlehwein’s Netzwerk AKS (Austria); Megan Mayer, SuperGroup, Laurie Van Wieren, and Chris Yon (MPLS). She has taught at Yale, Princeton, Berlin’s Staatlicheballettschule, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and the University of Minnesota. angharaddavies.net

CYNTHIA DeCURE (Dialect Coach) is a voice, speech, and dialects coach certified in both Knight-Thompson Speechwork® and as an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, SAG/AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity, VASTA. Credits include In The Heights (Phoenix Theater, Chance Theater); South Coast Repertory’s The Long Road Today/ El Camino Largo de Hoy, Shelter (Center for New Performance); In the Red and Brown 11

CREATIVE TEAM Water (CalArts); Showtime’s The Affair. She is an assistant professor of Theater at California State University, Stanislaus. Other teaching: CalArts, UC Santa Barbara, USC, and CSU Los Angeles. She is co-editor of the upcoming book, Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre. cynthiadecure.com

FABIOLA FELICIANO-BATISTA* (Assistant Stage Manager) is a second year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Tent Revival, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Death of Yazdgerd. She has also worked on Disaster! and Jesus Christ Superstar with the Connecticut Repertory Theatre; as well on Wit, Este país no existe, and Costruyendo Verónica with Tantai Teatro in Puerto Rico. Fabiola holds a B.A. in drama from the University of Puerto Rico.

AMAUTA M. FIRMINO (Production Dramaturg) is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama. His writing has appeared in Howlround, Theater magazine, and a recent publication by 3Hole Press.

CHRISTINA FONTANA* (Stage Manager) previously worked at Yale Rep as assistant stage manager for Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley and as production assistant on Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhl. Christina will complete her M.F.A. this spring at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Tent Revival, Pentecost, The Hour of Great Mercy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Bulgaria! Revolt!. She also stage managed The Trojan Women at Yale Summer Cabaret. Prior to Yale, Christina worked at KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand and Criss Angel BeLIEve at the LUXOR in Las Vegas. She worked onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines with Blue Man Group, Nickelodeon, Cirque Dreams, Legends in Concert, and The Second City. Christina earned her B.A. in performing arts from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

HERIN KAPUTKIN (Costume Designer) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include The Girl Is Chained and Pentecost. Other credits: The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Vine); Romeo and Juliet (Elm Shakespeare Company); North of Providence, This Sweet Affliction (Yale Cabaret); Marvelous (FringeNYC); The Shakes: Romeo and Juliet (Flea Theater); Cendrillon (Purchase Opera Company); Twelfth Night and Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Purchase Repertory Theatre). She has assisted designers such as Linda Cho, Paul Carey, and Rachel Guilfoyle, among others, and was the design assistant at Long Wharf Theatre assisting Ilona Symogi, Jess Goldstein, Emily Rebholz, and Paul Tazewell. Herin holds a B.F.A. in costume design and construction from Purchase College.

MEGUMI KATAYAMA (Sound Designer) is a sound designer, composer, and engineer. She is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include In the Palm of a Giant, The Winter’s Tale, Sweat, and the Dwight/Edgewood Project. Other credits: Spine Line Awake: Manuel Neri Redux (Yale University Art Gallery); NonPlayer Character, KMS…the feels, Fuck Her, One Big Breath, The Red Tent, The Quonsets, Current Location, Butterfly’s Fear, Silent Sex (Yale Cabaret); and at Yale Rep, Field Guide (associate sound designer), Mary Jane, and Seven Guitars (assistant sound designer/ engineer). Megumi is originally from Japan and holds a B.F.A. in theater from the University of Central Oklahoma.

JAMES ORTIZ (Puppet Designer) is a multidisciplinary artist who is most known for his Off-Broadway creation, The Woodsman, which earned him a 2016 OBIE award for puppet design. Previous credits include The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Soho Rep., Naked Angels, New World Stages, Ars Nova, and 59e59. He is a 2017 Eugene O’Neill residency recipient, 2015 and 2019 Jim Henson Foundation Grant awardee, and Co-Artistic Director of Strangemen Theatre Company.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.




is a magic designer and magician from Las Vegas, Nevada. As the CEO of Artistic Conjuring: An Illusion Design and Consulting Agency, his work has been featured in numerous theatrical productions, Las Vegas casinos, and television programs around the world. For his work on Aaron Posner and Teller’s adaptation of The Tempest, he received a Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle award for Magic and Illusion Design. His work has also appeared on the CW Network program Penn & Teller Fool Us, NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Piff The Magic Dragon at Flamingo Las Vegas, CCTV, and many others. Instagram: Mindcontrolartist; Twitter: Mindcontrolart

is a playwright, television writer, and actor originally from Miami. Her playwriting credits include Feathers and Teeth (Goodman Theatre), Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] (Ars Nova/Halcyon Theatre), The Hunchback of Seville (Washington Ensemble Theatre/Trinity Repertory Company), Washeteria (Soho Rep), and Boomcracklefly (Miracle Theatre). Television credits include Sweetbitter (STARZ), The Haunting of Hillhouse (Netflix), and The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez (ABC Studios). Smith is a recipient of a Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists and is an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group and The New Georges Jam. She holds an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.

TARA RUBIN (Casting Director)

RICK SORDELET (Fight Director) and his

has been casting Yale Rep since 2004. Selected Broadway/National Tours: King Kong, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Band’s Visit, Prince of Broadway, Indecent, Bandstand, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Les Misérables, The Heiress, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Café, Jersey Boys, Here Lies Love. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Bucks County Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse. tararubincasting.com

GERARDO DÍAZ SÁNCHEZ (Scenic Designer) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Tent Revival and Romeo and Juliet. Other recent credits include Mud, This American Wife, Re:Union, Yale School of Drag 2017 (Yale Cabaret); and The Trojan Women (Yale Summer Cabaret). Originally from Guayama, Puerto Rico, Gerardo received a B.A. in environmental design from the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico, with a double major in theater design and techniques.

son, Christian Kelly-Sordelet, are the creators of Sordelet Inc., a stage combat company. Among their credits are 72 Broadway productions, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, and more than 60 first-class productions on five continents in hundreds of cities around the world. Rick and Christian have been fight directors for dozens of regional theaters around the U.S. Their shows range from Sam Shepard to William Shakespeare. They have four National Tours running across America and Beauty and the Beast internationally. Both Rick and Christian are stunt coordinators for television and film with over 1,000 episodes of daytime television and numerous feature films. Rick teaches stage combat for Yale School of Drama and with Christian at HB Studio in NYC. sordeletink.com

NIC VINCENT (Lighting Designer) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he designed the lighting for The Girl Is Chained, Passion, Pentecost, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include The Ugly One, The Red Tent, and This American Wife at Yale Cabaret. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Nic has worked with The Shaw Festival, Shakespeare in the Ruff, and The Banff Centre, among others. He holds a B.F.A. in theater performance production from Ryerson University.



THE SOL PROJECT is a national theater

is a director, playwright, educator, producer who has worked at theaters across the country including The Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep (Imogen Says Nothing, 2017), Trinity Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center, Cornerstone Theater Company, and South Coast Repertory. Recent projects: the world premieres of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Manahatta (OSF) and her musical adaptation of As You Like It (The Public Theater/Public Works) at the Delacorte Theater with 200 New Yorkers which was named as one of “The Best Theater of 2017” by The New York Times. Laurie has developed new work with diverse communities ranging from incarcerated women to residents of a Kansas town devastated by a tornado. She creates site-specific work that ranges from a working sawmill in Eureka to the banks of the Los Angeles River. Currently, Laurie is the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater. Laurie is the former Associate Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company and Conservatory Director at South Coast Repertory. Laurie teaches at universities across the country and serves on the Board of the Latinx Producers Action Network and Latinx Commons, and she is a founding member of The Sol Project.

initiative that works in partnership with leading theater companies to amplify the voices of Latinx playwrights and build artistic homes for artists of color in New York City and beyond. We champion singular voices to build a bold, powerful, and kaleidoscopic body of work for the new American theater. The Sol Project launched in December 2016 with the world premiere of Alligator by Hilary Bettis in collaboration with New Georges, followed by the New York premieres of Seven Spots on the Sun by Martín Zimmerman (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro (The Public Theater). The founding artistic collective is: Claudia Acosta, Elena Araoz, Adriana Gaviria, David Mendizábal, Jacob G. Padrón, Kyoung Park, and Laurie Woolery. Brian E. Herrera is the Resident Scholar. Stephanie Ybarra is the Resident Dramaturg. Our partners include: Atlantic Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cara Mía Theatre Co., Center Theatre Group, LAByrinth Theater Company, MCC Theater, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Pregones Theater/PRTT, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, WP Theater, and Yale Repertory Theatre. solproject.org

EL HURACÁN STAFF Assistant Director Danilo Gambini Assistant Scenic Designer Alexander McCargar Assistant Costume Designers Meg Powers Yunzhu Zeng Assistant Lighting Designers Evan Christian Anderson Riva Fairhall Assistant Projection Designers Erin M. Sullivan Elena Tilli Assistant Sound Designer and Engineer Emily Duncan Wilson


Fight Captain Christina Fontana

Associate Magic Designer and Animal Handler Allen Abbott

Assistant Properties Master Shannon Csorny

Singing Coach Daniel Gary Busby

Master Electrician Laura Copenhaver

Alexander Technique Coach Jessica Wolf

Projection Engineer Franklin Horvath

Production Assistant Jinghong “Kevin” Zhu

Senior First Hand Nikki Fazzone

Run Crew Estefani Castro Jeremy O. Harris Phuong Nguyen Edmond O’Neal Eliza Orleans Jinghong “Kevin” Zhu

ADMINISTRATION House Manager Madeline Carey


Associate Production Manager Martin Montaner V. Associate Safety Advisor Latiana (LT) Gourzong Assistant Technical Directors Dani Mader Dashiell Menard Ross Wick


Shariffa Ali, Eugene Burger, Yara Castro, Lyn Chamberlin, Lear deBessonet, Francisca Vidaurre de Ramos, Joby Earle, Oskar Eustis, Kaden Keyes, Emily Sophia Knapp, Dawn Lighthiser, Brisa Muñoz, Elena Vidaurre Ramos, Bob Sanders, Hannah Schenk, Yiris Castro Smith, Ogemdi Ude, Paula Vogel, Cooper James Woolery, Dean Michael Woolery, Laura Ramos Woolery

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE STAFF Artistic Director James Bundy

Artistic Associate Kay Perdue Meadows

Managing Director Victoria Nolan

Artistic Coordinator Jocelyn Prince

Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Programs Jennifer Kiger

ARTISTIC Resident Artists

Playwright in Residence Tarell Alvin McCraney Resident Director Liz Diamond Resident Dramaturg Catherine Sheehy Set Design Advisor, Resident Set Designer Michael Yeargan Costume Design Advisor Ilona Somogyi

Resident Costume Designer Jess Goldstein Lighting Design Advisor Jennifer Tipton Resident Lighting Designer Stephen Strawbridge Sound Design Advisor David Budries Voice and Speech Advisor Walton Wilson Fight Advisor Rick Sordelet Stage Management Advisor Mary Hunter

Associate Artists

52nd Street Project Kama Ginkas Mark Lamos MTYZ Theatre/Moscow New Generations Theatre Bill Rauch Sarah Ruhl Henrietta Yanovskaya

Artistic Management

Production Stage Manager James Mountcastle Literary Manager Amy Boratko


Technical Directors Neil Mulligan Matt Welander (on leave)


Lighting Supervisor Donald W. Titus Senior Head Electricians

Literary Associate Charles O’Malley

Interim Technical Director Andrew Young

Jennifer Carlson

Casting Tara Rubin, C.S.A. Laura Schutzel, C.S.A. Merri Sugarman, C.S.A. Kaitlin Shaw, C.S.A. Claire Burke, C.S.A. Peter Van Dam C.S.A. Felicia Rudolph, C.S.A. Xavier Rubiano Louis DiPaolo

Electro Mechanical Laboratory Supervisor Alan Hendrickson

Assistants to the Lighting Supervisor Kyra Tamiko Murzyn Ruo Qiao

Senior Administrative Assistant to the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director Josie Brown Senior Administrative Assistant for the Directing, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Playwriting, and Stage Management Departments Laurie Coppola Senior Administrative Assistant for the Design and Sound Design Departments Kate Begley Baker

Shop Foreman Eric Sparks Master Shop Carpenters Matt Gaffney Ryan Gardner Sharon Reinhart Libby Stone

Linda-Cristal Young


Sound Supervisor Mike Backhaus Staff Sound Engineer Stephanie Smith


Scenic Charge Ru-Jun Wang

Assistants to the Sound Supervisor Marisa Arellano Yitong Huang

Scenic Artists Lia Akkerhuis Nathan Jasunas

Projection Supervisor Erich Bolton

Scene Painting Intern Amelia Pizzoferrato

Head Projection Technician Mike Paddock


Properties Master Jennifer McClure Properties Craftsperson David P. Schrader Properties Stock Manager Mark Dionne


Stage Operations

Stage Carpenter Janet Cunningham

Wardrobe Supervisor Elizabeth Bolster Head Properties Runner Billy Ordynowicz

Senior Administrative Assistant for the Acting Department Ellen Lange

Assistant to the Properties Master Hyejin Son

FOH Mix Engineer Jacob Riley

Library Services Lindsay King

Costume Shop Manager Tom McAlister


Light Board Programmer David Willmore

PRODUCTION Production Management

Senior Drapers Harry Johnson Clarissa Wylie Youngberg Mary Zihal

Production Manager Jonathan Reed

Senior First Hands Deborah Bloch Patricia Van Horn

Director of Production Shaminda Amarakoon

Associate Head of Production and Student Labor Supervisor C. Nikki Mills (on leave) Senior Administrative Assistant to the Production, Theater Safety and Occupational Health, and Technical Design and Production Departments Grace O’Brien

Costume Project Coordinator Linda Kelley-Dodd Wig and Hair Design Denise O’Brien Company Hairdresser Barbara Bodine Costume Stock Manager Elizabeth Beale

ADMINISTRATION General Management General Manager Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

Associate Managing Directors Trent Anderson Caitlin Crombleholme Leandro A. Zaneti Assistant Managing Director Laurie Ortega-Murphy Senior Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director/Deputy Dean, General Manager/ Assistant Dean, and Theater Management Department Emalie Mayo


Yale Repertory Theatre Staff Management Assistants Estefani Castro William Gaines

Director, Yale Tessitura Consortium Janna J. Ellis

Subscriptions Coordinator Tracy Baldini

Company Manager Markie Gray

Business Office Analyst Stacie Wcislo

Assistant Company Manager Oakton Reynolds Yuhan Zhang

Business Office Specialists Preston Mock Teressa Reese

Audience Services Assistant Molly Leona

Development and Alumni Affairs

Senior Administrative Assistant to Business Office, Digital Technology, Operations, and Tessitura Shainn Reaves

Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Deborah S. Berman

Senior Associate Director of Institutional Giving Janice Muirhead Senior Associate Director of Operations for Development and Alumni Affairs
 Susan C. Clark Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Projects Joanna Romberg (on leave)

Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs
 Lisa D. Richardson Senior Administrative Assistant to Development and Marketing & Communications
 Jennifer E. Alzona Development Associate Jean Gresham Development Assistant Eliza Orleans

Finance and Human Resources

Director of Finance and Human Resources Katherine D. Burgueño Business Manager Erin Ethier


Business Operations Portfolio Analyst Ann Corris Business Office Assistant Ashlie Russell

Marketing, Communications, and Audience Services Director of Marketing Daniel Cress

Director of Communications Steven Padla Senior Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Caitlin Griffin Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Sam Linden Marketing and Communications Assistant Yuhan Zhang Publications Manager Marguerite Elliott Director of Audience Services Laura Kirk Assistant Director of Audience Services Shane Quinn

Box Office Assistants Mikaela Boone Morgan Cronin Gabrielle Colangelo Samantha Else Paige Hann Kenneth Murray Alexis Payne Amir Rezvani Elijah Weaver Ushers Jillian Albrecht Lorena Benitez Tracy Bennett Tasha Boyer Denyse Burke Sabrina Clevenger Kristina Cuello Helia Gagnon Renata Hanuskova Christiana Hart Hannah Herzog Taylor Hoffman Bonnie Moeller Emily Persico Jordan Pilant Tobiah Richkind Hannah Sachs Ryan Sutherland Monica Traniello Jocelyn Wexler Cody Whetstone Elizabeth Wiet Cate Worthington Larsson Youngberg Art and Design Paul Evan Jeffrey Production Photographer Joan Marcus Videographer David Kane


Director of Facility Operations Jennifer Gonsalves

Operations Associate Nadir Balan Arts and Graduate Studies Superintendents Jennifer Draughn Michael Halpern Team Leaders Andy Mastriano Sherry Stanley Facility Stewards Michael Humbert Marcia Riley Custodians Tylon Frost James Hansberry Rodney Heard Kathy Langston Patrick Martin Andy Martino Shanna Ramos Mark Roy

Digital Technology

Director of Digital Technology Chris Kilbourne Digital Technology Associate Andre Griffith Web and Email Services Associate Luis Serrano Database Application Consultant Ben Silvert

Theater Safety and Occupational Health

Director of Theater Safety and Occupational Health Anna Glover

Customer Service and Safety Officers Kevin Delaney Ed Jooss John Marquez

Yale Repertory Theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Scenic, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Designers in LORT are represented by United Artists Local USA-829, IATSE.

THE SOL PROJECT Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón Founding Artistic Collective Claudia Acosta Elena Araoz Adriana Gaviria David Mendizábal Kyoung Park Laurie Woolery Producing Assistant Agatha Ventura Resident Scholar Brian E. Herrera Resident Dramaturg Stephanie Ybarra Press Matt Ross PR Fiscal Sponsor Fractured Atlas

Honorary Council Junot Díaz Raúl Castillo Priscilla Lopez Sandra Marquez Edward James Olmos John Ortiz Tony Plana Chita Rivera Diane Rodriguez Rosalba Rolón Daphne Rubin-Vega THE SOL PROJECT STAFF FOR EL HURACÁN Artistic Producer David Mendizábal Social Media Agatha Ventura

A Unique & Distinct Caterer

Performance Adjacent Programming Brian E. Herrera


American Express Doris Duke Charitable Foundation David Frederick and Sophia Lynn Howard Gilman Foundation Southwest Airlines Time Warner Foundation

Available for Corporate or Personal Events

The Sol Project thanks David Frederick & Sophia Lynn for their generous support of this production. SPECIAL THANKS

Atlantic Theater, Diahann Billings-Burford, Luis Castro, Jessica Chase, MCC Theater, Luis Miranda Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Sol Project dedicates this production to the memory of Lisa Garcia Quiroz who was steadfast in her commitment to supporting the next generation of Latinx storytellers and content creators. Lisa was an early champion of The Sol Project and we honor her legacy by continuing to advance our cause for a more inclusive American theater.

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Yale Repertory Theatre offers all patrons the most comprehensive accessibility services program in Connecticut, including a season of open-captioned and audiodescribed performances, a free assistive FM listening system, large-print and Braille programs, wheelchair accessibility with an elevator entrance into the Yale Rep Theatre (located on the left side of the building), and accessible seating. For more information about the theater’s accessibility services, contact Laura Kirk, Director of Audience Services, at 203.432.1522 or laura.kirk@yale.edu.

Restrooms are located in the lower level of the building.

SEATING POLICY Everyone must have a ticket. Sorry, no children in arms or on laps. Patrons who arrive late or leave the theatre during the performance will be reseated at the discretion of house management. Those who become disruptive will be asked to leave the theater.

FIRE NOTICE Illuminated signs above each door indicate emergency exits. Please check for the nearest exit. In the event of an emergency, you will be notified by theatre personnel and assisted in the evacuation of the building.

YOUTH PROGRAMS As part of Yale Rep’s commitment to our community, we provide two significant youth programs. WILL POWER! offers specially-priced tickets and early schooltime matinees for high school students for select Yale Rep productions every season. Since our 2003–04 season, WILL POWER! has served more than 20,000 Connecticut students and educators. The Dwight/Edgewood Project brings middle school students to Yale School of Drama for a month-long, after-school playwriting program designed to strengthen their selfesteem and creative expression.


Yale Rep’s youth programs are supported in part by The Anna Fitch Ardenghi Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; Bob and Priscilla Dannies; CT Humanities; Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fellows; the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Co-Trustees; the Lucille Lortel Foundation; Dawn G. Miller; Arthur and Merle Nacht; NewAlliance Foundation; Newman’s Own; Sandra Shaner; Southern Connecticut Gas Company; United Illuminating Company; Esme Usdan.

FOR EL HURACÁN: AUDIO DESCRIPTION OCTOBER 13 AT 2PM A live narration of the play’s action, sets, and costumes for patrons who are blind or low vision. Pre-show description begins at 1:45PM.

TOUCH TOUR OCTOBER 13 AT 12:45PM Prior to a performance, patrons who are blind or low vision touch fabric samples, rehearsal props, and building materials in the theater to better understand what comprises the production design.

ASL PERFORMANCE OCTOBER 13 AT 2PM OPEN CAPTIONING OCTOBER 20 AT 2PM A digital display of the play’s dialogue as it’s spoken. Braille and Large Print programs are available at the concierge desk in the theater lobby.

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YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA BOARD OF ADVISORS John B. Beinecke, Chair John Badham, Vice Chair Jeremy Smith, Vice Chair Nina Adams Amy Aquino Pun Bandhu Sonja Berggren Carmine Boccuzzi Lynne Bolton Clare Brinkley Sterling B. Brinkley, Jr. Kate Burton Lois Chiles

Patricia Clarkson Edgar M. Cullman III Scott Delman Michael Diamond Polly Draper Charles S. Dutton Sasha Emerson Heidi Ettinger Lily Fan Terry Fitzpatrick Marc Flanagan Marcus Dean Fuller Anita Pamintuan Fusco Donald Granger David Marshall Grant David Alan Grier

Cathy MacNeil Hollinger Sally Horchow Ellen Iseman David Johnson Rolin Jones Jane Kaczmarek Asaad Kelada Sarah Long Brian Mann Elizabeth Margid Drew McCoy David Milch Tom Moore Arthur Nacht Jennifer Harrison Newman

Lupita Nyong’o Carol Ostrow Amy Povich Liev Schreiber Tracy Chutorian Semler Tony Shalhoub Michael Sheehan Anna Deavere Smith Andrew Tisdale Edward Trach Esme Usdan Courtney B. Vance Donald Ware Henry Winkler Amanda Wallace Woods

Thank you to the generous contributors to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre LEADERSHIP SOCIETY ($50,000 and above)

Nina Adams and Moreson Kaplan Anonymous (2) Dr. Richard Beacham John B. Beinecke Sonja Berggren and Patrick Seaver Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder Nicholas Ciriello The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Jerome L. Greene Foundation Lane Heard and Margaret Bauer William and Sarah Hyman David Johnson Jane Kaczmarek Rocco Landesman The Frederick Loewe Foundation Tom Moore Alan Poul Robina Foundation

The Shubert Foundation Jeremy Smith Stephen Timbers Time Warner Foundation Nesrin and Andrew Tisdale Edward Trach Esme Usdan

GUARANTORS ($25,000–$49,999)

Burry Fredrik Foundation Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Anita Pamintuan Fusco and Dino Fusco Jennifer Lindstrom James Munson National Endowment for the Arts Newman’s Own Foundation Robina Foundation in memory of Peter Karoff Tracy Chutorian Semler

BENEFACTORS ($10,000–$24,999)

Louis Alexander Americana Arts Foundation Bank of America Foundation Lynne and Roger Bolton Clare and Sterling Brinkley Jim Burrows Michael Diamond Educational Foundation of America Heidi Ettinger Lily Fan Quina Fonseca Donald Granger Ruth and Steve Hendel Hasbro, Inc. Cathy MacNeil Hollinger J.M. Kaplan Fund Mabel Burchard Fischer Grant Foundation Sarah Long Lucille Lortel Foundation Neil Mazzella Arthur and Merle Nacht

Lupita Nyong’o Liev Schreiber Ted and Mary Jo Shen Talia Shire Schwartzman The Seedlings Foundation Carol L. Sirot Trust for Mutual Understanding Donald Ware

PATRONS ($5,000–$9,999)

Anna Fitch Ardenghi Trust, Bank of America, Trustee John Badham Foster Bam Pun Bandhu Susan Berresford Carmine Boccuzzi and Bernard Lumpkin Brett Dalton Scott Delman The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Terry Fitzpatrick Barbara and Richard Franke


contributors to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre Jane Head Sally Horchow Linda Gulder Huett Ellen Iseman Aja Naomi King Eugene Leitermann Charles E. Letts III Adrianne Lobel Irene Sophia Lucio Roz and Jerry Meyer Marissa Neitling NewAlliance Foundation Carol Ostrow Bryce Pinkham Pam and Jeff Rank Russ Rosensweig Michael and Riki Sheehan Philip J. Smith Sophie von Haselberg Mark Weaver

PRODUCER’S CIRCLE ($2,500–$4,999)

John Lee Beatty Mark Blankenship Donald and Mary Brown James Bundy and Anne Tofflemire Joan Channick and Ruth Hein Schmitt William Connor Michael S. David Jon Farley Marc Flanagan Anthony Forman Fred Gorelick and Cheryl MacLachlan Catherine Hazlehurst da Cruz JANA Foundation Rolin Jones The Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation Ben Ledbetter and Deborah Freedman George A. and Grace Long Foundation,Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee Jonathan S. Miller Victoria Nolan and Clark Crolius Richard Ostreicher Thomas G. Masse and James M. Perlotto, MD Kenneth J. Stein United Illuminating & Southern Connecticut Gas

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE ($1,000–$2,499) Victor and Laura Altshul Deborah Applegate and Bruce Tulgan Amy Aquino and Drew McCoy Paula Armbruster Alexander Bagnall Jody Locker Berger James T. Brown Thomas Bruce Kate Burton Ben Cameron Cosmo Catalano, Jr.


CEC Artslink Peggy Cowles Stephen Coy Catherine and Elwood Davis Ramon Delgado Alexander Dodge Christopher Durang Terry Dwyer Glen R. Fasman Julie and Marcus Fuller Eric Gershman and Katie Liberman Marian Godfrey Rob Greenberg Jeremy O. Harris Patrick Herold Stephen J. Hoffman Donald Holder James Guerry Hood James Earl Jewell Ann Judd and Bennett Pudlin Elizabeth Katz and Reed Hundt Helen Kauder and Barry Nalebuff Jay B. Keene Roger Kenvin George Lindsay, Jr. William Ludel Emily Mann Brian Mann Robert Marx Meghan McMahon and David Swensen George Morfogen Neil Mulligan Chris Noth Dw Phineas Perkins Amy Povich Kathy and George Priest Lance Reddick Dr. Michael Rigsby and Prof. Richard Lalli Mark C. Rosenthal Dana Sanders Alec and Aimee Scribner Eugene Shewmaker Benjamin Slotznick Adam Stockhausen Shepard and Marlene Stone Arlene Szczarba John Thomas III Benjamin Thoron and Patricia Saraniero Jennifer Tipton Joan van Ark Carol M. Waaser Steven Waxler Evan Yionoulis Steve Zuckerman

PARTNERS ($500–$999)

Actors’ Equity Foundation Donna Alexander In memory of Anna Altman Mr. and Mrs. B.N.Ashfield Mary Ellen and Thomas Atkins Michael Baumgarten

Deborah S. and Bruce M. Berman Ashley Bishop Jeff Bleckner Donald Brown Anne and Guido Calabresi Ian Calderon Joy Carlin Lawrence Casey Sarah Bartlo Chapin Myung Hee Cho Daniel Cooperman and Mariel Harris Bob and Priscilla Dannies Robert Dealy Polly Draper Bernard Engel Roberta Enoch and Steven Canner Peter Entin Susan and Fred Finkelstein Leiko Fuseya James Gardner Betty and Joshua Goldberg Robert W. Goldsby Anne Gregerson Eduardo Groisman Regina Guggenheim Lorence Gutterman William B. Halbert Doug Harvey Ann Hellerman David Howson Carolyn Hsu-Balcer Shane Hudson Mary and Arthur Hunt Peter Hunt Harvey Kliman and Sandra Stein David Kriebs Drew Kufta Mildred Kuner Robert Goldsby Melanie Ginter and John Lapides Suttirat Larlarb Maryanne Lavan and Larry Harris Kenneth Lewis The Loo Family Chi-Lung Lui Charles H. Long Linda Lorimer and Charles Ellis Nancy Maasbach Jenny Mannis and Henry Wishcamper John McAndrew Peter and Wendy McCabe Daniel Mufson Jim and Eileen Mydosh Regina and Thomas Neville William and Barbara Nordhaus Arthur Oliner F. Richard Pappas James Perakis Louise Perkins and Jeff Glans

Point Harbor Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Stephen Pollock Faye and Asghar Rastegar Jon and Sarah Reed David and Barbara Reif Anne Renner Bill and Sharon Reynolds Melissa Rose Abby Roth and R. Lee Stump Helen Sacks Sandra Shaner Rachel Shuey Dr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Spencer James Steerman Nausica Stergiou Erich Stratmann Matthew Suttor Sarah Treem Emmy Tu John Turturro and Katherine Borowitz Sylvia Van Sinderen and James Sinclair Paul Walsh Carolyn Seely Wiener Steven Wolff Lila Wolff-Wilkinson Walton Wilson

INVESTORS ($250–$499)

Liz Alsina Shaminda Amarakoon Arnold Aronson James Bakkom Christopher Barreca Richard and Alice Baxter Susan Brady and Mark Loeffler Tom Broecker Claudia Brown Robert Buckholz Jonathan Busky Michael Cadden Lawrence Casey Barbara Jean and Nicholas Cimmino Lani Click Bill Connington John W. Cunningham F. Mitchell Dana Laura Davis and David Soper Sue and Gus Davis Aziz Dehkan and Barbara Moss Dennis Dorn Michael Fain Fine Family Joel Fontaine David Freeman Stephen Godchaux Greer Goodman Naomi Grabel Rob Greenberg Scott Hansen Douglas Harvey Barbara Hauptman Ethan Heard Jennifer Hershey

David Henry Hwang Joanna and Lee A. Jacobus Pam Jordan Elizabeth Kaiden Bruce Katzman Barnet Kellman Lindsay King David Kriebs Frances Kumin Wing Lee Max Leventhal and Susan Booth Adam Man Marvin March Deborah McGraw David Muse Gayther Myers, Jr. David Nancarrow James Naughton Andrea Nellis George and Marjorie O’Brien Janet Oetinger Maulik Pancholy Lisa Rigsby Peterson Jeffrey Powell and Adalgisa Caccone Meghan Pressman Alec and Drika Purves Sarah Rafferty Steve Robman Howard Rogut Fernande E. Ross Jean and Ron Rozett Suzanne Sato Mary C. Stark Regina Starolis Jeremy Stein Stephen Strawbridge Bernard Sundstedt Richard B. Trousdell Wendy and Peter Wells Vera Wells Dana Westberg George C. White Marshall Williams Amanda Wallace Woods Arthur and Ann Yost Pat and John Zandy

FRIENDS ($100–$249)

Anonymous Emika Abe Christopher Akerlind Michael Albano Sarah Jean Albertson Narda Alcorn Rachel and Ian Alderman Dale Amlund Nephelie Andonyadis Michael Annand Stephen and Judy August Robert Auletta Angelina Avallone Sandra and Kirk Baird Dylan Baker Robert Barr William and Donna Batsford Nancy and Richard Beals Todd Berling

Edward Blunt Anders Bolang Josh Borenstein Marcus and Kellie Bosenberg Michael Boyle Shawn Boyle Leslie Brauman Amy Brewer and David Sacco James and Dorothy Bridgeman Linda Briggs and Joseph Kittredge Michael Broh Linda Broker Christopher Brown Julie Brown Warwick Brown Oscar Brownstein William Buck Stephen Bundy Richard Butler Susan Wheeler Byck Susan Cahan David Calica Kathryn A. Calnan Robert Campbell Juliana Canfield H. Lloyd Carbaugh Lisa Carling Raymond Carver Sami Joan Casler David Chambers Ricardo and Jenny Chavira Terri Chegwidden Hsiao-Ya Chen Myung Hee Cho King-Fai Chung Cynthia Clair Gary and Becky Cline Katherine D. Cline Aurélia and Ben Cohen Robert Cohen Judith Colton and Wayne Meeks Forrest Compton Aaron Copp Jennifer Corman Rachel and Matt Cornish Robert Cotnoir Douglas and Roseline Crowley Sean Cullen Scott Cummings Phillip L. Cundiff Sr. William Curran Donato Joseph D’Albis Brian Dambacher Nigel W. Daw Katherine Day Peter De Breteville Mr. and Mrs. Paul DeCoster Sheldon Deckelbaum Elizabeth DeLuca Connie and Peter Dickinson Derek DiGregorio Melinda DiVicino Merle Dowling Megan and Leon Doyon

Ms. JoAnne E. Droller, R.N. Jeanne Drury John Duran Kem and Phoebe Edwards Susan and Richard Ehrenkranz Fran Egler Robert Einienkel Dr. Marc Eisenberg Nancy Reeder El Bouhali Janann Eldredge Elizabeth English David Epstein Dustin Eshenroder Christine Estabrook Frank and Ellen Estes Femi Euba Connie Evans Jerry N. Evans Douglass Everhart John D. Ezell Ann Farris Richard and Barbara Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fellows Eugene Fidell and Linda Greenhouse Paul and Susan Birke Fiedler Andria Fiegel Madlyn and Richard Flavell Keith Fowler Walter M. Frankenberger III Donald Fried Richard Fuhrman David Gainey Barbara and Gerald Gaab Josh Galperin David and Joan Geetter Eugénie and Brad Gentry Lauren Ghaffari Robert Glen William Glenn Nina Glickson and Worth David Lindy Lee Gold Robert Goldsby Diane Goldsmith Steven Gore Charles Grammer Bigelow Green Elizabeth M. Green Elizabeth Greenspan and Walt Dolde Michael Gross Corin Gutteridge David Hale Amanda Haley Alexander Hammond Ann and Jerome R. Hanley Lawrence and Roberta Harris Brian Hastert James Hazen Beth Heller Robert Heller Ann Hellerman Steve Hendrickson Molly Hennighausen

Chris Henry Jeffrey Herrmann Joan and Dennis Hickey Roderick Hickey Christopher Higgins Gabrielle and Michael Hirschfeld Elizabeth Holloway Betsy Hoos Nicholas Hormann Kathleen Houle David Howson Evelyn Huffman Chuck Hughes Derek Hunt Peter H. Hunt John Huntington John W. Jacobsen Chris Jaehnig Ina and Robert Jaffee Eliot and Lois Jameson William Jelley Elizabeth Johnson Geoffrey Ashton Johnson Donald E. Jones, Jr. Jonathan Kalb Carol Kaplan Dr. and Mrs. Michael Kashgarian Dr. Jane Katcher Edward Kaye Rik Kaye Patricia Keenan Asaad Kelada Roger Kenvin Carol Soucek King Susan Kirschner-Robinson and Shirley Kirschner William Kleb Dr. Lawrence Klein James Kleinmann Elise F. Knapp Joseph Kovalick Brenda and Justin Kreuzer Susan Kruger and Family Ann Kuhlman and Adel Allouche Tom Kupp Andrea Chi-Yen Kung Mitchell Kurtz William Kux Ojin Kwon Howard and Shirley Lamar Naomi Lamoreaux Marie Landry and Peter Aronson Michael Lassell James and Cynthia Lawler Martha Lidji Lazar Fred Lindauer Rita Lipson Bona Lee Wing Lee Irene Lewis Sam Linden Rita Lipson Arthur Lueking Everett Lunning Andy Lyons Janell MacArthur Lizbeth Mackay Wendy MacLeod


contributors to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre Alan MacVey James Magruder Dr. Maricar Malinis Jocelyn Malkin, MD Geertruida Malten Peter Maradudin Frederick Marker Patrick Markle Jonathan Marks Kenneth Martin Nancy Marx Maria Mason and William Sybalsky Ben and Sally Mayer Margaret and Robert McCaw Matthew McCollum Patrick and Linda McCrelles Robert McDonald Thomas McGowan Robert McKinna and Trudy Swenson Patricia McMahon Susan McNamara Brian McManamon Charles McNulty Lynne Meadow James Meisner and Marilyn Lord Donald Michaelis Carol Mikesell Kathryn Milano Jonathan Miller Sandra Milles Lawrence Mirkin Frank Mitchell Jennifer Moeller Richard Mone George Moredock David and Betsy Morgan Richard Munday and Rosemary Jones Gather Myers Rachel Myers Rhoda F. Myers Mariko Nakasone Tina C. Navarro Kate Newman Jennifer Harrison Newman Ruth Hunt Newman Gail Nickowitz Nancy Nishball Mark Novom Deb and Ron Nudel Adam O’Byrne Eileen O’Connor

Dwight R. Odle Sara Ohly Edward and Frances O’Neill Alex Organ Sara Ormond Lori Ott Kendric T. Packer Joan Pape Michael Parrella Jeffrey Park Russell Parkman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Parry Dr. Gary Pasternack Alexandra Paxton Amanda Peiffer William Peters Dr. Ismene Petrakis Michael Posnick Gladys Powers Robert Provenza Jeffry Provost William Purves Carolyn RochesterRamsey and William Ramsey Da’Vine Joy Randolph Theodore Robb Laila Robins Sheila Robbins Nathan Roberts Peter S. Roberts Lori Robishaw Priscilla Rockwell Joanna Romberg Constanza Romero Melina Root Stephen Rosenberg June Rosenblatt Claudia Arenas Rosenshield Joseph Ross Donald Rossler John Rothman Deborah Rovner Allan Rubenstein Dean and Maryanne Rupp Janet Ruppert Ortwin Rusch Raymond Rutan John Barry Ryan David Sacco Dr. Robert and Marcia Safirstein Steven Saklad Robert Sandberg Donald Sanders Robert Sandine and Irene Kitzman Adam Saunders Peggy Sasso

Joel Schechter Anne Schenck Kenneth Schlesinger Steven Schmidt Judith and Morton Schomer Georg Schreiber Jennifer Schwartz Kimberly Scott Forrest E. Sears Paul Selfa Subrata K. Sen Morris Sheehan Paul R. Shortt Lorraine D. Siggins Alyssa Simmons William Skipper Mark and Cindy Slane William and Elizabeth Sledge Gilbert and Ruth Small E. Gray Smith, Jr. Helena L. Sokoloff Sarah Sokolovic Suzanne Solensky and Jay Rozgonyi Amanda Spooner Charles Steckler Louise Stein Neal Ann Stephens John Stevens Mark Stevens Frances Strauss Howard Steinman Michael Strickland Jarek Strzemien Katherine Sugg William and Wilma Summers Erik Sunderman Mark Sullivan Thomas Sullivan Jane Suttell Tucker Sweitzer and Jerome Boryca Douglas Taylor Jean and Yeshvant Talati Kathleen Taylor Jane Savitt Tennen J. Terrazzano Aaron Tessler Muriel Test Kat Tharp Pat Thomas Eleanor Q. Tignor, P.h.D David F. Toser Albert Toth David and Lisa Totman

Russell L. Treyz Ellen Tsangaris Deborah Trout Suzanne Tucker Gregory and Marguerite Tumminio Leslie Urdang Carrie Van Hallgren Dr. Stein Vermund Eva Vizy Fred Voelpel Mark Anthony Wade Erik Walstad Barbara Wareck and Charles Perrow John Weikart Rosa Weissman Peter and Wendy Wells Charles Werner Kathleen Whitby Peter White Robert and Charlotte White Lisa A. Wilde Robert Wildman David Willson Gregory and Carrie Winkler Annick Winokur and Peter Gilbert Alex Witchel Carl Wittenberg Rachel and Stephen Wizner Andrew Wolf Gretchen Wright Lori-Ann Wynter Anita Yavich Shoshana Zax Albert Zuckerman


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