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A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Welcome to Yale Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of Familiar! I’m delighted you are here with us today to welcome playwright Danai Gurira and director Rebecca Taichman back to our theatre and to experience the remarkable work they have created with this extraordinary company of actors and artistic collaborators. Danai Gurira’s voice and perspective are unique in the contemporary American theatre, giving full-blooded dramatic life to human experiences many of us have not encountered before. She made her Yale Rep debut in 2007 with the OBIE Awardwinning In the Continuum, about two women—one American, one African—living with AIDS, which she wrote and performed with Nikkole Salter. She returned two years later with her chilling and unexpectedly funny play Eclipsed, about the “wives” of a rebel officer during Liberia’s civil war. In Familiar, which was commissioned by Yale Rep, Danai introduces us to a contemporary Zimbabwean American family living in the Midwest as they prepare for the wedding of the eldest daughter. The play poignantly and comically portrays the complex relationships between foreign-born parents and their first-generation children and raises fundamental questions about family, home, and identity, which many of us may have confronted in our own lives. Rebecca Taichman’s previous work, including the acclaimed world premieres of David Adjmi’s The Evildoers and Marie Antoinette, is also familiar to frequent Yale Rep audience members. Rebecca is working with Playwright in Residence Paula Vogel on a new play commissioned by Yale Rep called Indecent, which will have its world premiere next season in a co-production with California’s La Jolla Playhouse. Thank you for being here today. As always, I welcome your thoughts about the play or any of your experiences at Yale Rep (my email address is email@example.com). And I look forward to seeing you again soon! Sincerely,
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JANUARY 30–FEBRUARY 21, 2015
YALE REPERTORY THEATRE James Bundy, Artistic Director Victoria Nolan, Managing Director
PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
Composers Scenic Designer Costume Designer Lighting Designer Sound Designer Dialect and Vocal Coach Production Dramaturg Casting Director Stage Manager
SOMI AND TORU DODO MATT SAUNDERS TONI-LESLIE JAMES JOEY MORO BRIAN HICKEY BETH McGUIRE CARRIE HUGHES TARA RUBIN CASTING ANITA SHASTRI
Familiar was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre. Development and production support are provided by Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Yale Rep’s 2014–15 season has been made possible in part by a gift from Tracy Chutorian Semler and is supported by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.
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CAST Marvelous Chinyaramwira Donald Chinyaramwira Nyasha Margaret Munyewa
SAIDAH ARRIKA EKULONA HARVY BLANKS SHYKO AMOS PATRICE JOHNSON CHEVANNES
MBIRA ARRANGEMENTS BY TANYARADZWA TAWENGWA.
SETTING SUBURBAN MINNEAPOLIS, MN. 2010. THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION.
For all my mothers.
I imagine myself a kind of cultural schizophrenic—caught between two cultures that could not be more disparate and yet feeling they combine to define who I am. I was born in the midwestern United States and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. I grew up in Zim around constant immersion in American culture: movies, music, news. Everything that happened in America was known to us in southern Africa...but the reverse did not seem true. The African in the American mind always seemed so extreme, unvaried, stereotypical to me. My writing aims to bring the African front and center on the American stage. This play, a celebration of that voice at its core, invites us all to peer inside an African home in America. In the process it asks a question perhaps haunting to many Americans—how do you create a home in a world new and unfamiliar? Can you assimilate without your true home, whatever and wherever it may be, calling out inside you, unaddressed and unrelenting? I hope the family on stage is startlingly familiar—surprising in just how “devastatingly normal” they are. I remember feeling that exact way when I read my first Chekhov play. I imagined him staring at a family close to his own and shaking his head with joy and tears and saying, “My people, my people.” This is definitely my “My people, my people” play. I hope that by the end, in some way large or small, they will feel a lot like your people too. —DANAI GURIRA
PHOTOS BY JOEY MORO, 2015.
Rival independence forces, ZAPU and ZANU, wage guerrilla war against white rule.
Government achieves improvements in education and healthcare, including an 80% increase in enrollment in schools. The success of these programs is still evident in contemporary Zimbabwe. By 2014 Zimbabwe will lead Africa with a 91% literacy rate.
1979: 1889: Queen Victoria gives royal charter to Cecil John Rhodes and his British South Africa Company, effectively granting them complete imperial and colonial power.
1930s–1960s: Opposition to colonial rule increases; nationalist groups Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) emerge in the 1960s.
1965: The white-minority government, led by Ian Smith, unilaterally declares Rhodesia independent from British rule.
British-brokered Lancaster House peace talks lead to peace agreement and new constitution.
1980: ZANU leader Robert Mugabe wins elections; Zimbabwe is internationally recognized as an independent country.
1981–1987: ZANU and ZAPU power struggles continue, including guerilla activity against each other.
1987: ZANU and ZAPU merge. Constitutional changes make Mugabe executive president.
1990s: Economic austerity measures are adopted to attract foreign investment and ensure stability in the long term, but the country also faces drought and trade issues. Economic stress leads to rises in consumer prices, increases in unemployment, and economic hardship for workers, rural farmers, and the poor.
A TIMELINE 2000:
Seizure of white-owned farms for redistribution and accompanying violence. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party narrowly beats new opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, in parliamentary elections.
Inflation exceeds 1000%.
Mugabe elected to seventh term, and his party wins large majority in parliament, in a largely peaceful election. Opposition claims election fraud, boycotts opening of parliament.
2002: Mugabe re-elected in elections criticized by foreign observers. EU imposes sanctions in protest.
2003: Opposition leader Tsvangirai arrested and charged with treason. He is later acquitted.
2005: US labels Zimbabwe an “outpost of tyranny.”
2008: Presidential and parliamentary elections. MDC claims victory, but presidential runoff is required. Tsvangirai pulls out of runoff because of threats and intimidation. In September Mugabe and Tsvangirai sign power-sharing agreement, with Mugabe as president and Tsvangirai as prime minister. Implementation is slow and problematic.
2009: Zimbabwe stops printing money and begins using foreign currency. This policy successfully helps curb inflation.
US rejects calls to lift sanctions.
2014: More than three million Zimbabweans, including fifty percent of professionals, are living abroad. While difficult to estimate, their remittances account for at least ten and up to thirty percent of the gross national product. —CARRIE HUGHES, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG
Seen as a scholarly revolutionary leader during Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence, Robert Mugabe won the first elections in Zimbabwe in 1980 and has remained in control of his nation ever since. After his election, Mugabe worked to improve education, welfare, and the economy in Zimbabwe, with some success. Beginning in the late 1990s as Zimbabwe became increasingly plagued with rising inflation, food shortages, and unemployment, Mugabe’s popularity began to wane. The last decade has been marked by political tension and violence, as well as sanctions and condemnation by some in the international community. At 90, Mugabe is the only head of state Zimbabwe has ever had. His party recently announced that he plans to run for president again in 2018.
AFRICAN IMMIGRATION in the UNITED STATES
The number of African immigrants to the US has almost doubled each decade since 1980.
68% of Sub-Saharan immigrants have at least some college education, 16% have graduate degrees. Those
numbers are even higher for African immigrants from English-speaking countries, like Zimbabwe. A higher percentage of African immigrants have a college degree than any other immigrant group, or Americans as a whole.
“Nowadays, sometimes I feel like a frog jumping from one world to the other: school, my family, being American, being Khmer. In a way to be assimilated in another culture, you have to give up your own culture. With one foot in each culture, the wider you have to spread your legs, the more you could lose your balance.” —SATHAYLA TOR, CAMBODIAN IMMIGRANT, “STRANGERS FROM A DIFFERENT SHORE”
An African musical instrument made of staggered metal tines attached to a wooden board, played by plucking with the thumbs. The mbira, sometimes called the “voice of the ancestors,” is the national instrument of Zimbabwe, and an important component in the spiritual life of the Shona people. The pitch and tuning of the mbira are determined by the individual player, and the music of the mbira includes a strong tradition of improvisation. The mbira is also used in contemporary popular, jazz, and fusion music.
A ritual in Shona culture, in which the families of the bride and groom negotiate the bride’s dowry. —CH
CAST SHYKO AMOS (NYASHA) is making her Yale Rep debut. She is a Lifetime Ensemble Artist Member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her US theatre credits include Generations, An Octoroon (Soho Rep.); Gin Baby (IRT Theater); and Cell (Ensemble Studio Theatre). She has also participated in workshops for The Founders Project (New York Theatre Workshop) and Let There Be Love (American Conservatory Theater). Her UK theatre credits include Mamma Mia! (international tour) and In Time (Almeida Theatre), as well as workshops for Songs of Freedom and Charlton Heston and the Prodigal Daughter (National Theatre). Education: BA, honors degree, in politics from Queen Mary University of London; MA, Guildford School of Acting, London; William Esper Studios. Mr. and Mrs. Amos: unforgettable, that’s what you are.
HARVY BLANKS (DONALD CHINYARAMWIRA) is making his Yale Rep debut. He has performed in regional theatre for over 30 years and was a member of the Denver Center Theatre Company for 28 of those years. At the Denver Center, he performed in such diverse works as Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner; as The Witty Gambler in Three Men and a Horse; as well as nine of August Wilson’s ten-play Century Cycle, including Boy Willie in The Piano Lesson, Gabe in Fences, Harold Loomis in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Turnbo in Jitney, and West in Two Trains Running. Harvy completed August Wilson’s epic ten-play cycle with his appearance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Portland Stage in Maine. He recently received accolades for his performances in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and three roles in August Wilson’s Century Cycle, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson for New York Public Radio. Harvy currently splits his time between New York and Colorado.
CHERISE BOOTHE (TENDIKAYI) is making her Yale Rep debut. Her New York theatre credits include When We Were Young and Unafraid, Milk Like Sugar (for which she received an OBIE Award), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Ohio State Murders (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival), King Hedley II, and Huck & Holden. Her regional credits include Good People, August Wilson’s 20th Century, and Blues for an Alabama Sky. Film and television: 42, Betty and Coretta, Inside Man, The Wool Cap, Major Crimes, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, and the animated series Unsupervised. Audiobooks: The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips, The Good Braider by Terry Farish, and the National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Training: NYU Graduate Acting. cheriseboothe.com
PATRICE JOHNSON CHEVANNES (MARGARET MUNYEWA) is making her Yale Rep debut. Her theatre credits include The Crucible opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, and Racing Demon, both directed by Sir Richard Eyre on Broadway; Desdemona opposite Patrick Stewart in Othello (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Banished Children of Eve (Irish Repertory Theatre); The Devils (New York Theatre Workshop); All’s Well That Ends Well (The Public Theater); Angelique (AUDELCO nomination); for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf (AUDELCO Award); Coming Home (The Wilma Theater, Best Actress Barrymore Award nomination); and most recently Tamburlaine directed by Sir Michael Boyd (Theatre for a New Audience) and Steel Hammer directed by Anne Bogart (Actors Theatre of Louisville, upcoming in the fall at BAM). She has directed three award-winning feature films through her production company GodAnd-All-O-Wee Productions, Kings County, NY’s Dirty Laundry, and Hill and Gully, and is currently working on a fourth. Additional film and television credits include Undertow, The Guardian, ER, and Without a Trace, among others.
SAIDAH ARRIKA EKULONA (MARVELOUS CHINYARAMWIRA) is thrilled to be back at Yale Rep, where she previously appeared in Breath, Boom. Saidah originated the role of Mama Nadi in Ruined at the Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club (OBIE Award, Lucille Lortel Award, JEFF Award, AUDELCO Award). Broadway: Well. Off-Broadway: Othello, Unconditional, Well, The Square, Romeo and Juliet (The Public Theater); The Thugs (Soho Rep.); Fabulation (Playwrights Horizons); A Streetcar Named Desire (New York Theatre Workshop), among others. Film and television: Christian Mingle, The Den, Miss Meadows, Saving Lincoln, That’s What She Said, Righteous Kill, The Taking of Pelham 123, Two Lovers, The Royal Tenenbaums, Scandal, The 100, Shameless, The Newsroom, Legit, General Hospital, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, and The Sopranos, among others. Training: MFA, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater.
ROSS MARQUAND (CHRIS) is delighted to be making his Yale Rep debut. Previous theatre credits include Fuddy Meers, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Passion of Dracula (Colorado Mainstage Theatre); the world premiere of TRON: The Musical! (The Loft Theatre); Hamlet (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His film and television credits include The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Conan, The Impression Guys, Amira & Sam, Down and Dangerous, and Broken Roads. Education: BFA, University of Colorado.
CAST KIMBERLY SCOTT (ANNIE), a graduate of Yale School of Drama, previously appeared at Yale Rep in Death of a Salesman as Linda Loman, Wole Soyinka’s A Play of Giants, and as Molly Cunningham in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, for which she received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations when that play moved to Broadway. She was a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama in 2009. Her Off-Broadway credits include Mabou Mines’s Lear and The Gospel at Colonus (Gorky Art Theatre, Moscow). She has spent five seasons in the acting company at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), playing in Henry IV, Part 2, Jeff Whitty’s The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Mama Nadi in Ruined, and creating roles in new plays by Culture Clash (American Night: The Ballad of Juan José), UNIVERSES (Party People), and Naomi Wallace (The Liquid Plain), all part of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. Other regional credits include productions at South Coast Rep, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Huntington Theatre, Arena Stage, Sundance Lab, Southern Writers Project/Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Her screen credits include the films Love and Other Drugs, World Trade Center, Batman and Robin, Batman Forever, The Client, Falling Down, Flatliners, and The Abyss, as well as many television credits. Ms. Scott returns to OSF later this year to be in the world premiere of Sweat by Lynn Nottage.
JOE TIPPETT (BRAD) New York theatre credits include Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (AEG Tour); Ashville (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Happy Birthday (The Actors Company Theatre); A Thick Description of Harry Smith, Unanswered We Ride, Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven, and The Young Left (Cherry Lane Theatre). His regional and international theatre credits include The May Queen (Chautauqua Theater Company); Bull Durham (Alliance Theatre); Unanswered We Ride (Edinburgh); Picnic (Triad Stage); Three Sisters, The Corn Is Green, and Romeo and Juliet (Williamstown Theatre Festival). His film and television credits include License Plates and Boardwalk Empire.
CREATIVE TEAM DANAI GURIRA (PLAYWRIGHT) is a Zimbabwean American actor and playwright. As a playwright, her works include In the Continuum (OBIE Award, Outer Critics Award, Helen Hayes Award; seen at Yale Rep in 2007), Eclipsed (NAACP Award; Helen Hayes Award, Best New Play; Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Production of a Play, Yale Rep, 2009), and The Convert (six Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Outer Critics Award). All her works explore the subjective African voice. She is the recipient of the Whiting Award, is a former Hodder Fellow, and has been commissioned by Yale Rep, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, and the Royal Court. She is currently developing a pilot for HBO. As an actor, she has appeared in the films The Visitor, Mother of George, 3 Backyards, and the television show Treme, among others. She 16
currently plays Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead. She is the co-founder of Almasi Collaborative Arts, which works to give access and opportunity to the African Dramatic Artist. almasiartsfoundation.org
BRIAN HICKEY (SOUND DESIGNER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he designed the sound for Cardboard Piano and The Visit. Brian was the assistant sound designer for Hedda Gabler, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Yale School of Drama); Dear Elizabeth, In a Year with 13 Moons, and Arcadia (Yale Repertory Theatre). Brian is also a musician and electronic music composer. He is a native of Long Island, New York, and holds a BA from Hofstra University.
CARRIE HUGHES (PRODUCTION DRAMATURG) is a freelance dramaturg who also worked with Danai Gurira on the workshop production of Eclipsed at McCarter Theatre, and the world premiere of The Convert at McCarter, Goodman Theatre, and Center Theatre Group. She spent nine years as a resident dramaturg at McCarter, where she worked on the premieres of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang and The How and the Why by Sarah Treem. Other credits include Another Way Home by Anna Ziegler (Magic Theatre), When Something Wonderful Ends (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Victoria Martin, Math Team Queen (Women’s Project); Serious Money and The Black Monk (Yale Repertory Theatre). She is a graduate of Amherst College and Yale School of Drama.
TONI-LESLIE JAMES (COSTUME DESIGNER) previously designed the costumes for the world premiere of Good Goods at Yale Rep. Broadway credits include Lucky Guy; The Scottsboro Boys; Finian’s Rainbow; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; King Hedley II; One Mo’ Time; The Wild Party; Marie Christine; Footloose; The Tempest; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; and Jelly’s Last Jam. Off-Broadway: multiple productions at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, The Vineyard Theatre, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, and 16 productions for the City Center Encores! series. Television: Whoopi for NBC, five specials for WNET/13’s Great Performances series, As the World Turns, and The Huey P. Newton Story. Ms. James has been honored with a Tony nomination, three Drama Desk nominations, a Lucille Lortel nomination, the Hewes Design Award and three additional nominations, the Connecticut Critics Circle Award, The Irene Sharaff Young Masters Award, and the 2009 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design. She is Director of Costume Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.
BETH McGUIRE (DIALECT AND VOCAL COACH) Vocal and dialect credits include the Broadway productions of Chaplin and A Streetcar Named Desire with Blair Underwood and the Off-Broadway productions of The Overwhelming (Roundabout Company); The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop); Five by Tenn (Manhattan Theatre Club); People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Candida, Gas Light (The Roundtable Ensemble); Free Market, Exit Cuckoo (Working Theater); Art of Memory (Company SoGoNo); and In Darfur (The Public Theater). Regional: Owners, American Night: The 17
CREATIVE TEAM Ballad of Juan José, Belleville, The Piano Lesson, The Servant of Two Masters, Eclipsed, Death of a Salesman, Lydia, All’s Well That Ends Well, dance of the holy ghosts, The Mystery Plays, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Iphigeneia at Aulis, Kingdom of Earth (Yale Rep); The Convert (McCarter Theatre); Hamlet, Carnival, King John, The Glass Menagerie (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Cook (Hartford Stage); and Crimes of the Heart (The Cape Playhouse). Ms. McGuire is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Acting at Yale School of Drama; is a member of VASTA (The Voice and Speech Trainers Association), Actors’ Equity, SAG, and AFTRA; and is an actress with over 30 years of performance experience.
JOEY MORO (LIGHTING DESIGNER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Cardboard Piano, Bird Fire Fly, Peter Pan, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has also designed The Defendant; We Fight We Die; The Mystery Boy; Dutchman; The Most Beautiful Thing in the World; Radio Hour; Lindbergh’s Flight; Beginners by Raymond Carver, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Love; Look Up, Speak Nicely, and Don’t Twiddle Your Fingers All the Time; American Gothic; Rose and the Rime; Touch; The Hotel Nepenthe and Muzeum at Yale Cabaret. Other credits include El Monte Cavlo (Yale College), the Senior Dance Concert at Connecticut College, Glam Kitty Squad: A New Musical (Pantochino Productions), and Adult Roy’s Badland: A Rave Opera (Cornell). He served as the assistant technical director for Yale Summer Cabaret’s 2013 season and is on the design team for the Summer Cabaret 2015 season. He was the lighting designer for Yale Repertory Theatre/Yale School of Drama’s Dwight/Edgewood Project in 2013 and 2014. Joey holds a BA, cum laude, from Cornell University and is the recipient of the Stanley R. McCandless Scholarship for lighting design.
TARA RUBIN CASTING (CASTING DIRECTOR) has been casting at Yale Rep since 2004. Selected Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway; Aladdin; A Time To Kill; Big Fish; The Heiress; One Man, Two Guvnors (US Casting); Ghost; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; The Farnsworth Invention; Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; Les Misérables; Spamalot; Jersey Boys; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; The Phantom of the Opera; Contact. Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Old Jews Telling Jokes. Regional: The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, The Old Globe, Westport Country Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse. Film: Lucky Stiff, The Producers.
MATT SAUNDERS (SCENIC DESIGNER) Recent Off-Broadway work has included Good Person of Szechwan, The Tempest (The Public Theater); and As You Like It for the Acting Company at The New Victory and Lincoln Center. Regionally, Mr. Saunders has designed at the Mark Taper Forum, Huntington Theatre Company, The Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Spoleto Festival, The Wilma Theater, Arden Theatre Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and The Philadelphia Theater Company. At Yale Rep, he previously designed the set for A Doctor in Spite of Himself. Mr. Saunders 18
holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama. He is a 2014 Pew Fellow in the Arts, as well as 2015 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. Matt is the Associate Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning theatre company New Paradise Laboratories and the Assistant Professor of Design in the Department of Theater at Swarthmore College. mattsaunders.net
ANITA SHASTRI (STAGE MANAGER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her previous credits include Peter Pan, Vieux Carré, No More Sad Things, and Lottie in the Late Afternoon. Other credits include the WindhamCampbell Prize Readings at Yale and last season’s These Paper Bullets! (assistant stage manager) at Yale Rep. Anita has spent her summers working at The Muny in St. Louis, most recently on Spamalot, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Billy Elliot, and Seussical!. She received her BA in theatre and communications from Saint Louis University.
SOMI (COMPOSER) Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Somi’s most recent album, The Lagos Music Salon was released on Sony Music’s historic jazz imprint Okeh Records in August 2014 and debuted at #1 on US jazz charts. Her other recordings include the studio album If the Rain Comes First, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s World Music chart, and Live at Jazz Standard. Somi has collaborated or performed alongside a diverse cast of artists, including Dave Matthews, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Common, Mos Def, Baaba Maal, John Legend, Billy Childs, Paul Simon, Danilo Perez, Idan Raichel, and Jennifer Hudson, among others. Somi is a two-time recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation’s French-American Jazz Exchange Composers’ Grant, a Senior TED Fellow, an inaugural Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fellow, a 2013 Park Avenue Armory Artistin-Residence, a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, and founder of the non-profit organization New Africa Live. somimusic.com
REBECCA TAICHMAN (DIRECTOR) Previous Yale Rep credits include Iphigenia at Aulis and the world premieres of David Adjmi’s The Evildoers and Marie Antoinette. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl (Lincoln Center Theater); The Luck of the Irish (LCT3); Stage Kiss, Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons); Orlando (Classic Stage Company); Orpheus (New York City Opera); Dark Sisters (Music Theater Group, Gotham Chamber Opera); Rappaccini’s Daughter (Gotham Chamber Opera); Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep.); The Scene (Second Stage, Humana Festival of New Plays); and Menopausal Gentleman (Ohio Theatre). Regional credits: Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse); Time and the Conways (The Old Globe); Marie Antoinette (A.R.T.); She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Winter’s Tale (McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company); Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (STC); Twelfth Night, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter); Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The Clean House (Woolly Mammoth). Upcoming: Twelfth Night at The Old Globe and the world premiere of Indecent, co-created with Paula Vogel, at Yale Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama. rebeccataichman.com 19
YALE REPERTORY THEATRE JAMES BUNDY (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) is in his 13th year as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. In his first 12 seasons, Yale Rep has produced more than 30 world, American, and regional premieres, eight of which have been honored by the Connecticut Critics Circle with the award for Best Production of the year and two of which have been Pulitzer Prize finalists. During this time, Yale Rep also has commissioned more than 40 artists to write new work and provided low-cost theatre tickets to thousands of middle and high school students from Greater New Haven through WILL POWER!, an educational program initiated in 2004. In addition to his work at Yale Rep, he has directed productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater Festival, The Acting Company, California Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and The Juilliard School Drama Division. A recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle’s Tom Killen Award for extraordinary contributions to Connecticut professional theatre in 2007, Mr. Bundy served from 2007–13 on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for nonprofit theatre. Previously, he worked as Associate Producing Director of The Acting Company, Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, and Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival. He is a graduate of Harvard College; he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Yale School of Drama. VICTORIA NOLAN (MANAGING DIRECTOR) is in her 22nd year as Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, serves as Deputy Dean of Yale School of Drama, and is on its faculty. She was previously Managing Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre, Associate Managing Director at Baltimore’s Center Stage, Managing Director at Ram Island Dance Company in Portland, Maine; and she has held various positions at Loeb Drama Center of Harvard University; TAG Foundation, an organization producing Off-Broadway modern dance festivals; and Boston University School for the Arts. Ms. Nolan has been an evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, for which she has chaired numerous grant panels, and has served on other panels and foundation review boards including the AT&T Foundation, The Heinz Family Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and the Metropolitan Life Foundation. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and on numerous negotiating teams for national labor contracts. A Fellow at Yale’s Saybrook College, she is the recipient of the Betsy L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Award from the State of Connecticut and the Elm/Ivy Award, given jointly by Yale University and the City of New Haven for distinguished service to the community. JENNIFER KIGER (ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF NEW PLAY PROGRAMS) is in her tenth year as Associate Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre and is also the Director of New Play Programs of Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre, an artist-driven initiative that supports the creation of new work for the American stage through commissions, residencies, workshops, and productions. Since its founding in 2008, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 40 commissioned artists and underwritten the 20
world premieres and subsequent productions of 18 new American plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country. Ms. Kiger came to Yale Rep from South Coast Repertory, where she was Literary Manager from 2000–2005 and served as CoDirector of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. She was dramaturg for more than 40 new plays at SCR. Prior to that, she served as production dramaturg at American Repertory Theater, collaborating with directors Robert Brustein, Robert Woodruff, Liz Diamond, and Kate Whoriskey. She adapted Robert Coover’s Charlie in the House of Rue and Mac Wellman’s Hypatia for the stage with director Bob McGrath. She has been a dramaturg for the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis and Boston Theatre Works and a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. Ms. Kiger completed her training at the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, where she taught courses in acting and dramatic arts. She is currently on the playwriting faculty of Yale School of Drama. BRONISLAW SAMMLER (HEAD OF PRODUCTION) has been Chair of Yale School of Drama’s acclaimed Technical Design and Production Department since 1980. In 2007 he was named the Henry McCormick Professor (Adjunct) of Technical Design and Production by former Yale President, Richard C. Levin. He is co-editor of Technical Brief and Technical Design Solutions for Theatre, Vols. I, II, & III. He co-authored Structural Design for the Stage, which won the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s (USITT) Golden Pen Award. Demonstrating his commitment to excellence in technical education and professional production, he co-founded USITT’s National Theatre Technology Exhibit, an on-going biennial event; he has served as a commissioner and a director at-large and is a lifetime Fellow of the Institute. He was honored as Educator of the Year in 2006 by the New England Theatre Conference and chosen to receive the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Technical Production in 2009. His production management techniques and his introduction of structural design to scenic technology are being employed in both educational and professional theatres throughout the world. JAMES MOUNTCASTLE (PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER), has been at Yale Rep since 2004. He has stage managed productions of Arcadia, The House that will not Stand, A Streetcar Named Desire, American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, Three Sisters, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Master Builder, Passion Play, Eurydice, and the world premiere of The Clean House. Broadway credits include Damn Yankees, Jekyll & Hyde, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Boys from Syracuse, The Smell of the Kill, Life x(3), and Wonderful Town. Mr. Mountcastle spent several Christmas seasons in New York City as stage manager for the now legendary production of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. Broadway national tours include City of Angels, Falsettos, and My Fair Lady. He served as Production Stage Manager for Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis for both its national tour and at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End. In addition, Mr. Mountcastle has worked at The Kennedy Center, Center Stage in Baltimore, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and elsewhere. James and his wife Julie live in North Haven and are the very proud parents of two beautiful girls: Ellie, who is 16 years old, and Katie, age 14.
FAMILIAR STAFF ARTISTIC
Yagil Eliraz, Assistant Director Kate Noll, Assistant Scenic Designer Theresa Bush, Assistant Costume Designer Elizabeth Mak, Assistant Lighting Designer Sinan Zafar, Assistant Sound Designer and Engineer Sylvia Hove, Shona Consultant Emely Selina Zepeda, Assistant Stage Manager Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Assistant to the Playwright and Music Coach
James Lanius III, Associate Production Manager Ross Rundell, Technical Director Thomas Harper, Kelly Rae Fayton, Assistant Technical Directors Tannis Boyajian, Assistant Properties Master Ian Hannan, Master Electrician Davina Moss, Emily Reeder, Alexandra Reynolds, Jeong Sik Yoo, Run Crew
Jason Najjoum, House Manager
RECORDED MUSICIANS Obed Calvaire, drums Theo Croker, trumpet Toru Dodo, piano Nir Felder, guitar Somi, voice Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, mbira Ben Williams, bass
Christopher Geary, Brad Chasten Harmon,** Nyasha, Annie Tiffany Mack, Tendikayi, Margaret Munyewa Aaron Luis Profumo, Chris Devinron Ready, Donald Chinyaramwira Zenzi Williams, Marvelous Chinyaramwira ** Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Sam Angelini of Simply Flawless by Sami, Center Theatre Group Properties Department, Gertrude Tendesayi Tawengwa The Actors and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers. The Scenic, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Designers in LORT are represented by United Artists Local USA-829, IATSE.
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YALE REPERTORY THEATRE STAFF James Bundy, Artistic Director Victoria Nolan, Managing Director Jennifer Kiger, Associate Artistic Director Director of New Play Programs
Resident Artists Paula Vogel, Playwright in Residence Liz Diamond, Evan Yionoulis, Resident Directors Catherine Sheehy, Resident Dramaturg Michael Yeargan, Set Design Advisor, Resident Set Designer Ilona Somogyi, Costume Design Advisor Jess Goldstein, Resident Costume Designer Jennifer Tipton, Lighting Design Advisor Stephen Strawbridge, Resident Lighting Designer David Budries, Sound Design Advisor Walton Wilson, Voice and Speech Advisor Rick Sordelet, Fight Advisor Mary Hunter, Stage Management Advisor Associate Artists 52nd Street Project, Kama Ginkas, Mark Lamos, MTYZ Theatre/Moscow New Generations Theatre, Bill Rauch, Sarah Ruhl, Henrietta Yanovskaya Artistic Management James Mountcastle, Production Stage Manager Amy Boratko, Literary Manager Kay Perdue Meadows, Artistic Associate Benjamin Fainstein, Artistic Coordinator Helen C. Jaksch, Kelly Kerwin, Literary Associates Tara Rubin, C.S.A.; Laura Schutzel, C.S.A.; Lindsay Levine, C.S.A.; Kaitlin Shaw C.S.A.; Eric Woodall, C.S.A.; Scott Anderson, Casting Lindsay King, Teresa Mensz, Library Services Josie Brown, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director Laurie Coppola, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Directing, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Playwriting, and Stage Management Departments Mary Volk, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Design, Sound Design, and Projection Departments
Production Management Bronislaw J. Sammler, Head of Production Jonathan Reed, Production Manager Edward Lapine, Associate Head of Production and Student Labor Supervisor Grace O’Brien, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Production and Theater Safety and Occupational Health Departments Scenery Neil Mulligan, Matt Welander, Technical Directors Alan Hendrickson, Electro Mechanical Laboratory Supervisor Eric Sparks, Shop Foreman Brandon Fuller, Matt Gaffney, Ryan Gardner, Sharon Reinhart, Master Shop Carpenters Emmet Sellars, Carpenter Samantha Catanzaro, Kelly Rae Fayton, Alexandra Reynolds, Assistants to the Technical Director
Painting Ru-Jun Wang, Scenic Charge Lia Akkerhuis, Nathan Jasunas, Assistant Scenic Artists Emily Baldasarra, Assistant to the Painting Supervisor Properties Brian Cookson, Properties Master David P. Schrader, Properties Craftsperson Jennifer McClure, Master Properties Assistant Bill Batschelet, Properties Stock Manager Ashley Flowers, Assistant to the Properties Manager Costumes Tom McAlister, Costume Shop Manager Robin Hirsch, Associate Costume Shop Manager Clarissa Wylie Youngberg, Mary Zihal, Senior Drapers Deborah Bloch, Harry Johnson, Senior First Hands Linda Kelley-Dodd, Costume Project Coordinator Denise O’Brien, Wig and Hair Design Barbara Bodine, Company Hairdresser Linda Wingerter, Costume Stock Manager Christina King, Assistant to the Costume Shop Manager Electrics Donald W. Titus, Lighting Supervisor Brian Quiricone, Linda-Cristal Young, Senior Head Electricians Sound Mike Backhaus, Sound Supervisor Monica Avila, Staff Sound Engineer Jessica Hawkins, Stephanie Smith, Assistants to the Sound Supervisor Projections Erich Bolton, Projection Supervisor Mike Paddock, Head Projection Technician Stage Operations Janet Cunningham, Stage Carpenter Kate Begley Baker, Head Properties Runner Elizabeth Bolster, Wardrobe Supervisor Jacob Riley, FOH Mix Engineer
General Management Louisa Balch, Sarah Williams, Associate Managing Directors Steven C. Koernig, Stephanie Rolland, Assistant Managing Directors Emalie Mayo, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director Annie Middleton, Gretchen Wright, Company Managers Adam Frank, Assistant Company Manager Development and Alumni Affairs Deborah S. Berman, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Janice Muirhead, Senior Associate Director of Development Eric Gershman, Associate Director of Development Barry Kaplan, Senior Staff Writer Susan C. Clark, Development and Alumni Affairs Officer Katherine Ingram, Development Associate Belene Day, Senior Administrative Assistant to Development and Marketing & Communications
Finance and Human Resources Katherine D. Burgueño, Director of Finance and Human Resources Jonathan Rohner, Business Manager Cristal Coleman, Joanna Romberg, Jennifer Truong, Business Office Specialists Janna J. Ellis, Director, Yale Tessitura Consortium Toni Ann Simiola, Senior Administrative Assistant to Business Office; Technology, Media, and Web Services; Operations; and Tessitura Marketing, Communications, and Audience Services Daniel Cress, Interim Director of Marketing Steven Padla, Interim Director of Communications Anh Lê, Associate Director of Marketing Marguerite Elliott, Publications Manager Caitlin Griffin, Marketing and Communications Assistant Flo Low, Marketing Assistant Paul Evan Jeffrey, Art and Design Joan Marcus, Production Photographer Laura Kirk, Associate Director of Audience Services Shane Quinn, Assistant Director of Audience Services Tracy Baldini, Subscriptions Coordinator Roger-Paul Snell, Audience Services Assistant Charles Cowen, Nathaniel Dolquist, Paul Hanna-Cook, Adam Jenkinson, Katie Metcalf, Andrew Moore, Kenneth Murray, Peter Schattauer, Box Office Assistants Operations Diane Galt, Director of Facility Operations Ian Dunn, Operations Associate Joe Proto, Arts and Graduate Studies Superintendent Vondeen Ricks, Team Leader Michael Humbert, Facility Steward Lucille Bochert, Tylon Frost, Kathy Langston, Warren Lyde, Patrick Martin, Louis Moore, Mark Roy, Custodians Technology, Media, and Web Services Sarah Stevens-Morling, Director of Technology, Media, and Web Services Daryl Brereton, Associate Director of Technology, Media, and Web Services Kathleen Martin, Web Services Associate Theater Safety and Occupational Health William J. Reynolds, Director of Theater Safety and Occupational Health Jacob Thompson, Security Officer Ed Jooss, Audience Safety Officer Kevin Delaney, Fred Geier, Patrick Grant, John Marquez, Customer Service and Safety Officers
Winner! 2014 Outstanding Production of a Play ConneCtiCut CritiCs CirCle
These Paper Bullets! adapted by Rolin Jones from William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2014.
binger CenTer FOr neW THeATre Yale RepeRtoRY theatRe, the internationally celebrated professional theatre in residence at Yale School of Drama, has championed new work since 1966, producing well over 100 premieres—including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists—by emerging and established playwrights. Twelve Yale Rep productions have advanced to Broadway, garnering more than 40 Tony Award nominations and eight Tony Awards. Yale Rep is also the recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Established in 2008, Yale’s BingeR CenteR foR new theatRe has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most robust and innovative new play programs. To date, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 40 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of 18 new American plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country—including this season’s War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Familiar by Danai Gurira, and Elevada by Sheila Callaghan. For more information, including a complete list of Yale Rep commissioned artists, please visit yalerep.org/center. Photos by T. Charles Erickson, Joan Marcus, Carol Rosegg, and Richard Termine.
“Thoughtful and truly thought-provoking. So eye-opening that it almost blinds you.”
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War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2014.
Winner! 2013 Outstanding Production of a Play ConneCtiCut CritiCs CirCle
Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi; Yale Rep and American Repertory Theater, world premiere, 2012; Soho Rep., New York premiere, 2013.
“An ecstasy of theatrical surprises!” new hAven AdvoCAte
Top Ten Plays of the Year, 2011 and 2013! the new York times
Belleville by Amy Herzog; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2011; New York Theatre Workshop, New York premiere, 2013.
In a Year with 13 Moons adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff from the film and screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2013.
Top Ten Plays of the Year, 2012 and 2014!
the new York times
Best Broadway Play of 2014! usA todAY
25 The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2012; Broadway premiere, 2014.
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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 theatre’s accessibility services, contact Laura Kirk, Associate Director of Audience Services, at 203.432.1522 or email@example.com.
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EDUCATION PROGRAMS As a part of Yale Rep’s commitment to our community, we provide two significant annual educational outreach programs. WILL POWER! offers specially-priced tickets and early school-time matinees for middle and high school students for one of Yale Rep’s 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 self-esteem and creative expression. Yale Rep’s education programs are supported in part by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation; Allegra Print and Imaging; Alyssa Anderson; The Anna Fitch Ardenghi Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; Carolyn Foundation; Susan C. Clark; CT Humanities; Bob and Priscilla Dannies; Bruce Graham; the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Co-Trustees; the Lucille Lortel Foundation; Romaine A. Macomb; Mrs. Romaine Macomb; Jane Marcher Foundation; Dawn G. Miller; Beth Morrison; Arthur and Merle Nacht; NewAlliance Foundation; Barret O’Brien; Bryce Pinkham; Jorge Rodríguez; Robbin A. Seipold; Sandra Shaner; Cheever and Sally Tyler; Esme Usdan; Charles and Patricia Walkup; Bert and Martha Weisbart; Jonathan Wemette; and Becca Wolff LEFT, FROM TOP: SCHOOLS GATHERING FOR WILL POWER!, DWIGHT/EDGEWOOD PROJECT (DEP) WORKSHOP, AND A DEP PERFORMANCE, 2014.
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