GIRLS, Yale Repertory Theatre, 2019.

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World Premiere


2019 – 20


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Irene Sofia Lucio in El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith, directed by Laurie Woolery. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2018.

A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Welcome to Yale Repertory Theatre’s 2019–20 season, our 54th! Throughout our history, Yale Rep has been known for two kinds of work: new plays and vital productions of canonical work. In Girls, after The Bacchae by Euripides, as written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, these traditions are entwined in a theatrical event with layers upon layers of storytelling, context, sensory experience, and meaning. When gifted and daring artists revivify a classical work in a contemporary idiom, I often experience dual pleasures: feeling the inspirations of the original simultaneously with the insights of keen observers of our current culture. Branden, Lileana, and Raja have committed themselves to this project and more: they illuminate not only the source text, but also the recurrent themes and subjects of Greek drama—epic virtues and abuses, as well as poetry, music, and technologies—that are part of our daily lives. In current discourse, the experience of dramatic storytelling is often distilled to plot. A proliferation of reality television and procedural dramas may serve our desire for seemingly factual declarations and stark questions of morality; some of our most popular plays take place in living rooms we might wish were our own. But the Greeks, many of whom were likely intoxicated, high, or both, when they attended the theater, having drunk wine laced with hallucinogens, may have been preparing themselves to combine spiritual and mystical experiences with the dramatic action, in public—though certainly not inclusive—communion. For this willing and potentially pliant audience, Euripides brought new perspectives on character, form, and humor to the art form, in nearly 100 plays! Girls is a brilliant contribution to this generously creative tradition: it invites us into a similarly visceral experience, at once mysterious and propulsive, delirious and closely observed. I am deeply grateful to the entire company of the show for their bravery and invention, and to you for your adventurous participation as a member of our audience at this performance. I hope you will join us for the entire season. We recently simplified and lowered our prices for individual tickets and subscriptions in order to share world-class artistry with as many theater goers as possible. In fact, you can even apply the cost of today’s ticket to a 3- or 5-play subscription by calling the box office at 203.432.1234 or stopping by in person. Should you wish to share your thoughts about your experience here at Yale Rep, please write to me at I am always eager to hear responses to our work! Sincerely, James Bundy, Artistic Director 2

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Girls, after The Bacchae by Euripides, began as Gurls, a piece Princeton University commissioned alums Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Lileana Blain-Cruz to create. The theatrical spectacle would be a pedagogical experience for students and christen the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex. A contemporary adaptation of Euripides’s tragic play, Gurls—now Girls—brings the classic work into a modern context and breaks out of the confines of ancient Greek theater practice, one that prohibited displays of violence, relied upon the use of a chorus, and permitted only men to perform. Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly joined the team at Princeton to develop the rich physical vocabulary of Dionysian ecstasy. Now, two years later, Branden, Lileana, and Raja have reunited to reinvestigate and expand their vision of a Bacchae for the twenty-first century.

From Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: On Adaptation On The Bacchae “The Bacchae is one of the Greatest Plays of All Time. It feels very close to the nervous system of why we still tell stories in this way: it’s a piece of theater about theater, a thesis on why this strange practice will always matter. It’s a play about big ideas like equality and justice, but it’s also about psychic and physical sensations… Euripides was interested in things like identity or freedom as states of mind.”

“Whenever I am adapting something, I try to replicate something of what I suspect to be the original audience’s experience of the play for the context I am working and living in. It’s an act of translation essentially… The Bacchae is the last extant Greek tragedy we have, and this hindsight endows it with a real importance. It gives off the energy of summation—like this is the end result of a century of dramatic discovery. Euripides is writing at the end of a political era, at the end of a radical experiment called democracy that really wasn’t democracy for all. Girls felt like an opportunity to work through similar—or analogous—ideas, the way those original anxieties might be echoing through our own.”

On the Club On the Unities “Most of us share this received notion of tragedy as a form obsessed with unities of space, time, and action. This is how it’s been taught for centuries now. But I wonder how our ideas of these unities might be evolving. Technology more or less us allows us to experience—at least conceptually—multiple timelines and locations at once. Just think about a conference call over FaceTime. What does this condensing and collapsing of space and time mean now, and what does it mean for tragedy?”

“A club is just a weird room that’s become the club because we’ve collectively decided it is. By day it could be a restaurant, or a warehouse, or an empty storage room. It’s people that bring the Bacchic with them and turn this space into something else—with music, movement, and mood lighting. The Bacchae constantly refers to the power of this collective imagining. And democracy depends on similar mechanics—collective agreement of people deciding to be in one together.”


From Raja Feather Kelly: On Adaptation “The idea of adaptation is innate for a choreographer like myself. The worlds which I embody and create can never be real: it’s always a translation, from the two-dimensional page to the three-dimensional space, from my body to the performer’s body, and from the performer’s body to the audience. The choreography I create will always be different in, and interpreted by, another body. In many ways, for me, there’s little difference between working with a classic text like The Bacchae or a brand-new play. Here, in Girls, I have the space to create a conjunction of physical stories that is functioning in full collaboration with Branden’s text and the unpredictable world Lileana directs.”

From Lileana Blain-Cruz: On Adaptation “This is my second time working on an adaptation of The Bacchae. It’s a testament to Euripides—and also to where we are right now as a society—that it continues to feel so modern, so funny and strange, and yet so urgent. Our process, I think, embraces both the humor and the complexity of Euripides’s questions and reinvigorates the story for the current moment. As a director who enjoys density— adaptation lends itself to that—it’s a layering of histories, of ideas and questions through time, on bodies that have their own histories and stories as well—existing in a landscape that ideally is as complex as its characters!”

Dionysus/Deon/On the Mountain

“Dionysus is the god of wine, ecstasy, possession, performance and theater. Consuming wine was a way of becoming one with the god. His followers experienced a divine possession in these rituals, whose goal was to find joy and ease suffering, to be liberated from those in power. It was a subversive space. In Euripides’s Bacchae, which was set in Thebes, we heard only rumors about those rituals on the mountain. In Girls, we are set on that mountain (yaaas!!!)…. and the event is curated by the evermysterious Deon. Part of the joy of our process has been creating his landscape, and finding the music, the substances, the movement that would lead us to those places of celebratory frenzy in a contemporary context.”

Keeping Up with the Oly One object of worship unites many Americans across faiths, religions, and creeds: fame. Some, like Beyoncé, are born great, shining beacons of extraordinary talent and beauty. Others leverage trust funds into digital platforms or marry their way up, climbing up the graded ranks from D-list to B-list. The grandiose lives of these anointed few captivate us: still, as People magazine and other rags proclaim, they are just like us! Our mythology is built on Warholian mathematics: “fifteen minutes” for everyone. We dream of, or fear, going viral as we click through Instagram feeds, binge-watch reality television shows, and devour Buzzfeed listicles on our favorite celebrities. But the Kardashians have nothing on the Olympians. The extant stories we have from Greek Mythology of the gods and their dalliances with humans are the gripping stuff of soap opera—full of sex, revenge, twisted family trees, murders, and tragic prophecy. Take Euripides’s The Bacchae: Dionysus, son of the king-of-gods Zeus and mere mortal, Semele, returns to his native Thebes to wreak havoc on the family who denied his divine heritage. Pentheus, son of Semele’s sister Agave (and so Dionysus’s cousin) has been handed the kingdom by his grandfather Cadmus. The ruling family of Thebes believed that Semele lied about her relationship with Zeus to cover up a more pedestrian affair. Poor Semele gets punished in both the earthly and heavenly realms for her entanglement with Zeus (who, like many men, remains unscathed): Hera, Zeus’s wife, lured a pregnant Semele to see Zeus in his purest form, and the woman was blasted by her lover’s lightning bolt essence. Though Zeus saved his son, Dionysus would not find a happy reunion with his long-lost human relations. Pentheus forbids the worship of the wine-loving, theatre-inspiring demigod. That’s just some of the Bacchic backstory. The tragedy unfolds to include a chorus of Dionysus-worshipping maenads a raging bacchanal on Mt. Cithaeron, Agave and her sisters whipped into an ecstatic frenzy by Dionysus’s flock, the imprisonment and escape of Dionysus, Pentheus’s dressing up in full drag (and loving it!), and Agave tearing her son to pieces and ripping off his head. Got it?


ympians (and Thebans) We subscribe to our must-see TV and rush to stream the finale of Game of Thrones before water-cooler chatter spoils eight years of devoted viewing, but the Greeks made these plays, and the telling and retelling of these sagas, events on the grandest civic scale. The Bacchae was written for the City Dionysia, an Athenian festival which included a playwriting contest, and premiered in 405 BCE, one year after Euripides’s death. These celebrations served to affirm the status quo and provide a collective catharsis, an outlet of emotion in an otherwise-strict culture. But Euripides cleverly used his dramas to pull at the frayed edges Athenian society instead of reinforcing the existing social fabric. He was writing about an empire that had been plagued by the Peloponnesian war and was in its last gasps of glory before an impending—and crushing—defeat by the Spartans. His plays are famous for the tragic women he renders: Medea, Electra, Iphigenia, and Hecuba. In a theatrical tradition where men played all the parts, violence happens off-stage, and long before the birth of character “psychology,” his work serves to shine a light on the people left in the dark and disenfranchised in his society—the women, slaves, and foreigners. After all, even though it’s conventional wisdom to call Athens a democracy, it was only a democracy for a small segment of the population: wealthy male citizens. Sounds familiar. The Bacchae gives no easy answers. After Agave awakens from her delusion to find her son’s head in her hands, an extended scene of recognition and judgment unfolds. Dionysus has all the power of a god, but he also has the imperfections and temperament of a man. So, is his revenge just and right, or is it as capricious as that of any mortal? Though Agave might suffer, Cadmus might mourn the kingdom he seeded, and Dionysus might disappear with his crew of devoted followers, we are left to assess the aftermath when the club lights come on at the end of the night. —AMY BORATKO, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG

CAST NICHOLAS L. ASHE* (Deon) Broadway: Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy directed by Trip Cullman (Manhattan Theater Club). Other theater: Abe Koogler’s Kill Floor directed by Lila Neugebauer (Lincoln Center Theater) and The Lion King (National Tour). Film: Custody with Viola Davis, directed by James Lapine. Television: Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar (Oprah Winfrey Network); Season Ten Host, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange (PBS). Founder of The Steam Train Scholarship. Innovative Artists/MKSD GABBY BEANS* (Girl) Off-Broadway: Marys Seacole (LCT3) and After the Dark (La MaMa, E.T.C.). Other New York theater: On Loss and Mice and Monsters and Love (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center), Autoportrait: America (Irondale Center), /Vanitas/ (Dixon Place), Watch Me Burn (The Wild Project), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), The Rape of Lucrece (New York Shakespeare Exchange). Regional: The Wolves (Studio Theatre); The Curse of the Starving Class, Tar and Feather, Far Away, Blue Ridge (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Film: Mistress America. Television: Ray Donovan; House of Cards; I Love You, But I Lied. M.A.: LAMDA; B.A.: Columbia. AYESHA JORDAN* (Girl) is a NYC-based multidisciplinary performer. Jordan has been seen as an actor in Home by Geoff Sobelle; Eclipsed by Danai Gurira, directed by Liesl Tommy; Failure Sandwich and Ludic Proxy by Aya Ogawa; Platonov, or The Disinherited by Jay Scheib; and Stairway to


Stardom and Harold I Hate You by Cakeface. Jordan’s personal work is about audience engagement, bringing participants as close to the work as possible—allowing opportunities to engage with the performer, as well as with fellow audience members. Previous performance events include Shasta Geaux Pop, Come See My Double D’s, and Enter & Exit: Family Reunion. Some video projects include Living Room Dance Breaks and Drunk & Famous.

DANIEL LIU** (Girl) is a second-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he has been seen in LOCUSTS and The Tempest. His credits include Lenny’s Fast Food Kids Gang (Yale Cabaret); Auntie Vanya (Ars Nova); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, The Book of Will (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). He does stand-up comedy, is a member of Story Pirates, and has studied with Upright Citizens Brigade and ImprovOlympic. Daniel holds a B.A. in film and economics from Northwestern University. Instagram: @danieldayliuis KEREN LUGO* (Girl) New York: Privacy (The Public Theater); Actually, We’re Fucked (Cherry Lane Theatre); Two Mile Hollow (Women’s Project); Sehnsucht (JACK). Regional: Water by the Spoonful (Mark Taper Forum); Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Women of Padilla (Two River Theater); Henry V, Our Town (Chautauqua Theater Festival). Television: New Amsterdam, Orange Is the New Black, The Americans. M.F.A.: NYU/Tisch. Keren is beyond proud to have been born and raised in Puerto Rico.

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

ZOE MANN* (Girl) is a third-year actor at Yale School of Drama.

MAIA MIHANOVICH (Girl) is a secondyear actor at Yale School of Drama, where she has been seen in YELL: a “documentary” of my time here and Luna Gale. Maia has studied at The Fontainebleau School of Acting and Teatro Caliban in Buenos Aires. Instagram: @maiamorr ANULA NAVLEKAR* (Girl) is a thirdyear M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include LOCUSTS, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Rock Egg Spoon, and The Tempest. Other recent credits include The Bakkhai, Swallow and the Tomcat (Yale Summer Cabaret); The Light Fantastic, Wolf/Alice, and NonPlayer Character (Yale Cabaret). Prior to Yale, Anula’s credits include Netflix’s original film Brahman Naman, B.A. Pass, and the web series What the Folks. She was named the 2015 Best Actor in a Short Film at the Indian Cine Film Festival for her role in Fault. She holds a B.A. in performing arts, English, and psychology from Christ University in Bangalore, India. TOM NELIS* (Dada) Yale Rep: Indecent. Broadway: Indecent, The Visit, Enron, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Aida. Off-Broadway: The Public Theater, Ars Nova, Theatre for a New Audience, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, BAM, Signature Theatre, Manhattan

Theatre Club, Classic Stage Company, Minetta Lane, Dance Theater Workshop, City Opera, En Garde Arts, The Talking Band, Ripe Time. International: Moby Dick (Laurie Anderson/World Tour), Pearls for Pigs (Richard Foreman/World Tour), Dionysus (Suzuki Company of Toga), The Merchant of Venice (RSC/TAFANA). He spent 25 years with SITI Company, performing in the U.S. and internationally, and has appeared at regional theaters across the country. He has received the Eliot Norton Award (Prospero, The Tempest), OBIE Award (Marshal McLuhan, The Medium), Drama League nomination (Leonard Bernstein, Score), San Diego Critics Ensemble Award (Wintertime, Indecent), and Barrymore nomination (Pangloss, Candide). M.F.A.: UC San Diego.

JENNIFER REGAN* (Girl) Broadway: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Born Yesterday. West End: The Lady from Dubuque. OffBroadway credits include How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), Buffalo Gal (Primary Stages), Pig Farm (Roundabout Theatre Company), Winning (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Regional work includes An Octoroon, Troublemaker (Berkeley Rep); Twelfth Night (Hartford Stage); Lost in Yonkers, Resurrection Blues, The Trojan Women (The Old Globe); The Royal Family (Pittsburgh Public). She has had recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU, Neon Joe: Werewolf Hunter, and The Heart, She Holler; as well as guest appearances on God Friended Me, Elementary, Blindspot, and Happyish, and has appeared in the films The Humbling, My Dead Boyfriend, The Normals, and The Winning Season.


CAST GREGORY SAINT GEORGES* (Girl) is a third-year actor at Yale School of Drama, where their credits include Trouble in Mind; Shoot Her, Shooter; and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Their other credits include The Light Fantastic (Yale Cabaret); The Birth of Toby (The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, at The New School for Drama); In the Heights and A Chorus Line (Cultural Arts Playhouse). Gregory holds a B.A. in English from CUNY Queens College, where they performed in Our Lady of 121st Street and The Liar. JULIAN SANCHEZ*(Girl) is a secondyear M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he was seen in YELL: a “documentary” of my time here. Other credits include Lenny’s Fast Food Kids Gang (Yale Cabaret); The Swallow and the Tomcat (Yale Summer Cabaret); Hand to God (Live Arts); A Chorus Line, Middletown, The Pirates of Penzance, Violet, Spamalot, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Heritage Theatre Festival); Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). He holds a B.A. in English literature from University of Virginia, where he was seen in The Comedy of Errors, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Richard II, and Wonderful Town, among others. WILL SEEFRIED* (Theo) is making his Yale Rep debut. Off-Broadway: Sleep No More, The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Lincoln Center, The Duke), Nuclear Love Affair (HERE), and Liz Swados’s Books Cook (Atlantic Theatre Company). NYU: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Scenes From Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince; and Take Me Out directed by 13

Robert O’Hara. Film/television: Dietland, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and The Deuce. Will created and starred in the digital series Sink Sank Sunk opposite Laura Linney, now available worldwide as a Revry Original Series. He is currently developing a television series with Academy Awardwinning production company Maven Pictures. M.F.A.: NYU/Tisch.

JEANINE SERRALLES* (Gaga) Selected New York credits include Catch As Catch Can (Page 73); Don’t You F***ing Say a Word (59E59); Gloria (Vineyard Theatre, Drama Desk nomination, Lucille Lortel nomination), Verité (LCT3); Dying For It (Atlantic Theatre Company); The Maids (Red Bull Theater); Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons); The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop, Drama League nomination), Hold Please (Working Theater, Drama Desk nomination for Featured Actress). Selected regional credits include MoscowX6 (Williamstown Theatre Festival), These Paper Bullets! (Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination, Outstanding Actress in a Play); Tartuffe (Westport Country Playhouse, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Featured Actress). Selected film and television: Utopia (upcoming Amazon, series regular); The Woman in the Window (upcoming); Hot Summer Nights; Cubby; Inside Llewyn Davis; The Abolitionists; No Pay, Nudity; Bull; The Path. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. HAYNES THIGPEN* (Cowherd/Rere/ Acting Sheriff Officer Ronnie) Broadway: Misalliance, Dead Accounts. Off Broadway: An Octoroon, Measure for Measure (Theatre for a New Audience); Our House, Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons); The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull Theater); To the Bone (Cherry Lane); Ugly Lies the

Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional: Hamlet (McCarter), The Aliens (San Francisco Playhouse), August: Osage County (The Old Globe), Dead Accounts (Cincinnati Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Theatre), Cymbeline (Cal Shakes), The Black Monk (Yale Rep), The Black Sheep (Berkshire Theatre). Film and television: Elementary, Crashing, Horace and Pete, The Good Wife, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Dance ’til Dawn, Loving, Terror Firmer.

JACKELINE TORRES CORTÉS* (Girl) is a second-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include YELL: a “documentary” of my time here and Luna Gale. She was also seen in Latinos Who Look Like Ricky Martin at Yale Summer Cabaret. She holds a B.F.A. in acting from University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, where she performed in Yerma, The Oresteia, Waiting for Godot, and Ofel. Instagram: @jackemates ADRIENNE WELLS** (Girl) is a thirdyear M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she has been seen in YELL: a “documentary” of my time here, The Tempest, Seven Spots On the Sun, and Marty and the Hands That Could. Other credits include The Purple Flower, The Light Fantastic, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, The Rules (Yale Cabaret); The Other Place, Jerry’s Girls, A Christmas Story, High Society, Memphis (Walnut Street Theatre); Macbeth, Oklahoma!, and Spring Awakening (Tomlinson Theater). Adrienne received a B.A. in theater from Temple University.

AMELIA WORKMAN*(Girl) just finished playing Valeria in Coriolanus for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. Prior to that she understudied Kerry Washington on Broadway in American Son. She was also a company member of The New Museum’s pop-up repertory company X-ID. Additional credits include The Bengson’s and Sarah Gancher’s The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova); Simon Stephenson’s On The Shore of the Wide World (Atlantic); Suzan-Lori Parks’s The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature Theatre); Leslye Headland’s The Layover (Second Stage); Laura Jacqmin’s Residence (Humana Festival); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Goodman Theatre); Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova). Original company and international touring company of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment. JEENA YI* (Girl) recently made her Broadway debut in Network directed by Ivo van Hove, starring Bryan Cranston. Other credits include Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage Uptown), The Rape of the Sabine Women (Playwrights Realm), Vietgone (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Light’s Rise on Grace (Woolly Mammoth). Television and film: Succession, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Manifest, AKA Wyatt Cenac.

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


CREATIVE TEAM DAVID BENGALI (Projection Designer) is based in New York. Recent designs include We Live in Cairo (American Repertory Theater); The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Company); Frankenstein (Dallas Theater Center); Van Gogh’s Ear (Ensemble for the Romantic Century, Drama Desk nomination); The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theatre); Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project); Anna Akhmatova, Jules Verne From The Earth To The Moon (BAM); Rockin’ Road to Dublin (National Tour); Two Point Oh (59E59); The Sensational Josephine Baker (EAT); Cav/Pag (Tri Cities Opera); Conference of the Birds (Anikaya Dance/ArtsEmerson); Jomama Jones: Radiate (Soho Rep.). M.F.A.: NYU. LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ (Director) is a theater director. She recently won the OBIE Award for her production of Marys Seacole at LCT3. Other recent projects include Faust (Opera Omaha); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature); Pipeline (Lincoln Center); Thunderbodies and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Soho Rep); The House that will not Stand and Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop); Henry IV Part One, Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); War (world premiere, Yale Rep; LCT3); and The Bluest Eye (Guthrie Theater). She was awarded a 2018 United States Artist Fellowship. Upcoming is Fefu and Her Friends at Theatre for a New Audience and Anatomy of a Suicide at the Atlantic. MONTANA LEVI BLANCO (Costume Designer) Off-Broadway: A Strange Loop (Playwrights/Page 73); Fairview, Is God Is (Soho Rep.); Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater); Fabulation, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, In the Blood (Signature); “Daddy” (Vineyard/New Group); The House that will not Stand, Red Speedo, Nat Turner (New York Theatre Workshop); Pipeline, Ghost Light, War (Lincoln Center); He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (Theatre 15

for a New Audience); Dragon Spring, Phoenix Rise (The Shed); Eddie & Dave (Atlantic Theatre Company); Orange Julius (Rattlestick/Page 73); The Last Match (Roundabout); and O, Earth (Foundry). Regional: Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Angels in America, An Octoroon (Berkeley Rep); The Bluest Eye (Guthrie); La Rondine (Minnesota Opera); Skylight (McCarter); Measure for Measure (California Shakespeare). Winner of the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Henry Hewes Design, and OBIE awards. B.M.: Oberlin Conservatory of Music; B.A.: Oberlin College; M.A.: Brown University; M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama.

AMY BORATKO (Production Dramaturg) is the Literary Manager at Yale Rep and has previously served as dramaturg on the Yale Rep productions of Cadillac Crew, Good Faith, Field Guide, Mary Jane, Imogen Says Nothing, peerless, Indecent, War, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Dear Elizabeth, The Realistic Joneses, Good Goods, Belleville, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Compulsion, Notes from Underground, and Eurydice, among others. Other credits include dramaturging new play workshops at New Dramatists and Voice and Vision’s ENVISION Retreat. She is a lecturer at Yale School of Drama and a Connecticut representative for the Parent Artist Advocacy League. B.A.: Rice University; M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. PALMER HEFFERAN (Sound Designer) Broadway: The Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54), Grand Horizons (upcoming, Second Stage). Off-Broadway: Marys Seacole (Lincoln Center Theater); Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater); The New Englanders, Sugar In Our Wounds, Important Hats… (Manhattan Theatre Club); BLKS, Collective Rage, Charm, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (MCC Theater); Do You Feel Anger? (Vineyard Theatre); Something Clean, Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout Theatre); Fabulation, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature Theatre); Friend Art (Second Stage);

Sarama, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Henry Hewes nomination, Soho Rep.); Today Is My Birthday (Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk nomination, Page 73). Regional: Tell Me I’m Not Crazy, Grand Horizons, Dangerous House, Seared, Romance Novels… (Williamstown Theatre Festival); As You Like It, Henry V, Henry IV, Part One (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); peerless (TBA Award, Marin Theatre); Baby Screams Miracle (Helen Hayes award, Woolly Mammoth); American Night: The Ballad of Juan José (Yale Rep). Palmer received a 2019 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama.

BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS (Playwright) is based in Brooklyn. His plays include Everybody (Signature Theatre; Pulitzer Prize finalist), War (world premiere, Yale Rep; LCT3), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre; Pulitzer Prize finalist), Appropriate (Signature Theatre; OBIE Award), An Octoroon (Soho Rep.; OBIE Award), and Neighbors (The Public Theater). A Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre, his most recent honors include the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright from London’s Evening Standard, a London Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwriting, a MacArthur Fellowship, the WindhamCampbell Prize for Drama, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Steinberg Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. Having taught at NYU, Juilliard, and Hunter College, where he was director of the M.F.A. Playwriting program, he now serves on the faculty at University of Texas at Austin. COOKIE JORDAN (Hair and Makeup Designer) Broadway: Slave Play, Choir Boy, The Cher Show, Once on This Island, Sunday in the Park with George, In Transit, Eclipsed, Side Show, After Midnight, Fela!, A View From the Bridge, South Pacific. Off-Broadway: Ain’t No Mo’, Fairview, Toni Stone, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be

a Muhfucker, The Secret Life of Bees, Boseman and Lena, Fabulation, Our Lady of 121st Street, In the Blood, “Daddy”, Hercules. Television: Emmy nominated for makeup design NBC, The Wiz Live!. Recipient of the 2019 Obie Award.

RAJA FEATHER KELLY (Choreographer) is a choreographer, director, and the artistic director of the feath3r theory and New Brooklyn Theatre. Since 2016, Raja has choreographed extensively for Off-Broadway theater in New York City, most notably for Signature Theatre, Soho Rep., New York Theatre Workshop, and Playwrights Horizons. Frequent collaborators include Lileana Blain-Cruz, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sarah Benson, and Lila Neugebauer. Other theater credits include choreography for Skittles Commercial: The Musical (Town Hall), The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente (Soho Rep.), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen), Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The House that will not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop), Fireflies (Atlantic Theatre Company), If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka (Playwrights Horizons, nominated for the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award and the 2019 Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography), The Good Swimmer (BAM), and Faust (Opera Omaha). Most recent work: A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons), Fairview (Soho Rep., Berkeley Rep, TFANA, and winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama). JAMES MOUNTCASTLE* (Stage Manager) has been at Yale Rep since 2004, where he has stage managed productions of An Enemy of the People; Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince; Arcadia; A Streetcar Named Desire; American Night: The Ballad of Juan José; Three Sisters; 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

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


CREATIVE TEAM the Kill, Life (x) 3, and Wonderful Town, as well as A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. National tours include City of Angels, Falsettos, and My Fair Lady. He was 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. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama, 1990.

ADAM RIGG (Scenic Designer) 2015 Princess Grace Award and a three-time Henry Hewes Design Award nominee. Recent: The House that will not Stand (New York Theater Workshop), Is God Is (Soho Rep.), Fabulation (Signature Theater), Continuity (Manhattan Theater Club), Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theater Company), Prism (LA Opera), Actually (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Henry IV Parts One and Two (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia). Other credits include: The Public Theater, The Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum, REDCAT, Cincinnati Symphony, Manhattan Theatre Club, Yale Rep, A.R.T., and The Foundry Theatre. B.A.: UCLA; M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. Upcoming: Theatre for A New Audience, Berkeley Rep, Theater An Der Wien, The Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Opera, Alliance Theater, and ArtsEmerson. MICHAEL ROSSMY (Fight Director) is a lecturer in acting at Yale School of Drama and the Combat and Intimacy Supervisor for Yale College. Previously at Yale Rep: Lulu, Richard II, These Paper Bullets!, and Cymbeline. Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities. Regional credits include The Public Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Asolo Rep, The Old Globe, TheaterWorks (Hartford), Princeton University, The 17

Acting Company, Soho Rep., the Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University, and others. He was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk Award for his work on Troilus and Cressida for The Public Theater’s production in Central Park. As an Intimacy Coach, Michael recently worked on the world premiere of White Noise by SuzanLori Parks at The Public directed by Oscar Eustis, The Marriage of Figaro at the St. Louis Opera, and The Acting Company’s Measure for Measure directed by Janet Zaresh.

TARA RUBIN/LAURA SCHUTZEL, C.S.A. (Casting Director) have 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. JON WEST (Technical Director) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he was the technical director for the 2019 Carlotta Festival of New Plays, assistant technical director on Seven Spots On the Sun, properties manager for Death of Yazdgerd, assistant sound designer and engineer on Sweat, and was on the changeover crew for the 2018 Carlotta Festival. He was an assistant technical director on Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 at Yale Repertory Theatre. Before coming to Yale, Jon was a lecturer and technical director at University of Pittsburgh and previously

held positions at The Kennedy Center, Arden Theatre Company, and Village Theatre. He holds a B.A. in theater arts from Ashland University.

YI ZHAO (Lighting Designer) Previous Yale Rep credits include Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3; Assassins; War; In a Year with 13 Moons (co-designed with Jennifer Tipton); and A Doctor in Spite of Himself. Other U.S. theater credits include productions for Lincoln Center Theater, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Soho Rep., Ars Nova, Guthrie Theatre,

GIRLS STAFF ARTISTIC Assistant Choreographer Michael Baugh Assistant Director Alex Keegan Associate Scenic Designers Daniel Allen Kate Campbell

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, the Wilma Theater, and others. His designs for opera and dance have been seen at ArtsEmerson, Opera Omaha, Curtis Institute of Music, FringeArts, Festival d’Automne à Paris, and others. His work in Europe includes a touring piece for Ballet de Lorraine, two world premieres for Theaternatur Festival, and an upcoming premiere for Sasha Waltz & Guests. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and is a recipient of the 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre.

Assistant Stage Manager Sam Tirrell Rehearsal Production Assistant Brandon Lovejoy Assistant to the Playwright Noah Rubenstein

Assistant Scenic Designer Lily Guerin

PRODUCTION Associate Production Manager HaoEn Hu

Associate Costume Designer Jessica Crawford

Associate Safety Advisor Kelly O’Loughlin

Associate Lighting Designer Erin Earle Fleming

Assistant Technical Directors Alexandra McNamara David Phelps Eric Walker

Associate Sound Designer Dakota Stipp Assistant Sound Design and Engineer Bailey Trierweiler Associate Projection Designer Brittany Bland Dance Captain Amelia Workman Fight Captain Sam Tirrell Associate Hair and Makeup Designer Joya Giambrone Assistant Dramaturg Sophie Greenspan

Assistant Properties Master Mia Sara Haiman Master Electrician Shaoqian Lu Projection Engineer Dani Mader Hairdresser Mollie Dananberg A2 Brett Carlston Run Crew Jason Gray Aidan Griffiths Robert Lee Hart Manu Kumasi

Brandon Lovejoy Alexandra Maurice Edmond O’Neal Andrew Petrick Matthew Sonnenfeld Miguel Urbino ADMINISTRATION House Manager Sarah Scafidi UNDERSTUDIES Patrick Ball—Theo Brandon E. Burton—Deon Patrick Falcon—Dada Zoe Mann—Gaga Tavia Elise Hunt—Girl Mihir Kumar—Girl Doireann Mac Mahon—Girl Maggie McCaffery—Girl Anula Navlekar—Girl Abigail Onwunali—Girl Dario Ladani Sanchez—Rere/ Acting Sheriff Officer Ronnie/ Cowherd Adrienne Wells—Girl Malia Imani West—Girl SPECIAL THANKS Bobby and Mr. Victor, Michael Cadden, Jane Cox, the Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts, Robert Sandberg, Derek Zasky, Thank you, Timothy K. Vasen (DRA ’93, YC ’87), 1964–2015. 18

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE STAFF Artistic Director James Bundy Managing Director Victoria Nolan 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 Toni-Leslie James

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 Narda E. Alcorn

Associate Artists

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

Artistic Management


Peter Van Dam, C.S.A. Felicia Rudolph, C.S.A. Xavier Rubiano, C.S.A. Louis DiPaolo Kevin Metzger-Timson Juliet Auwaerter Senior Administrative Assistant to the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director Josie Brown


Stage Carpenter Janet Cunningham

Scenic Artists Lia Akkerhuis (on leave) Nathan Jasunas

Wardrobe Supervisor Elizabeth Bolster

Interim Scenic Artists Tamar Klausner Klein Amelia Pizzoferrato


Properties Master Senior Administrative Assistant for the Directing, Jennifer McClure Dramaturgy and Dramatic Properties Craftsperson Criticism, Playwriting, David P. Schrader and Stage Management Departments Master Properties Laurie Coppola Assistant Zach Faber Senior Administrative Assistant for the Design Properties Stock Manager and Sound Design Mark Dionne Departments Kate Begley Baker Properties Interns Katie Pulling Senior Administrative Tiago Rodrigues Assistant for the Acting Department Costumes Ellen Lange Costume Shop Manager Christine Szczepanski Library Services Lindsay King Senior Drapers Harry Johnson PRODUCTION Clarissa Wylie Youngberg Production Mary Zihal


Director of Production Shaminda Amarakoon Production Manager Jonathan Reed Production Manager for Student Projects and Special Events/Student Labor Supervisor C. Nikki Mills Senior Administrative Assistant to the Production, Theater Safety and Occupational Health Departments Grace O’Brien


Technical Directors Neil Mulligan Matt Welander

Stage Operations

Scenic Charge Ru-Jun Wang

Senior First Hands Deborah Bloch Patricia Van Horn Costume Project Coordinator Linda Kelley-Dodd Draper Nikki Fazzone Costume Stock Manager Elizabeth Beale


Lighting Supervisor Donald W. Titus Senior Head Electricians Jennifer Carlson Linda-Cristal Young Electrics Interns Perry Keller Adago Cameron Waitkun

Electro Mechanical Laboratory Supervisor Sound Production Stage Manager Alan Hendrickson Sound Supervisor James Mountcastle Mike Backhaus Shop Foreman Literary Manager Eric Sparks Staff Sound Engineer Amy Boratko Stephanie Smith Master Shop Carpenters Artistic Associate Matt Gaffney Sound Interns Kay Perdue Meadows Ryan Gardner Joe Krempetz Kat McCarthey Artistic Fellow James T. McLoughlin Sharon Reinhart (on leave) Charles O’Malley Libby Stone Projections Literary Fellow Projection Supervisor Interim Shop Carpenter Molly FitzMaurice Eric Lin Doug Kester Casting Head Projection Technician Scenery Intern Tara Rubin, C.S.A. Mike Paddock Jenna Carroll Laura Schutzel, C.S.A. Projection Intern Merri Sugarman, C.S.A. Erin Sims Kaitlin Shaw, C.S.A. Claire Burke, C.S.A.

Head Properties Runner Billy Ordynowicz Light Board Programmer David Willmore Interim FOH Mix Engineer Eric Norris

ADMINISTRATION General Management General Manager Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

Associate Managing Directors Lucia Bacqué Gwyneth Muller Caitlin Volz Assistant Managing Director William Gaines Senior Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director and General Manager Emalie Mayo Management Assistants Wendy Davies Caitlin M. Dutkiewicz Cameron Frostbaum Company Manager Eliza Orleans Assistant Company Managers Caitlin M. Dutkiewicz Cameron Frostbaum Matthew Sonnenfeld

Development and Alumni Affairs

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 Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs
 Dani Barlow Senior Administrative Assistant to Development and Marketing & Communications
 Jennifer E. Alzona Development Assistants Samanta Yunuen Cubias Casey Grambo Tracey O’Connor

Finance and Human Resources

Director of Finance and Human Resources Katherine D. BurgueĂąo Director, Yale Tessitura Consortium Janna J. Ellis Business Manager Martha Boateng Business Office Analyst Stacie Wcislo Business Office Specialists Preston Mock Teressa Reese Senior Administrative Assistant to Business Office, Digital Technology, Operations, and Tessitura Shainn Reaves

Marketing and Communications Assistants Sarah Cain Wendy Davies Jason Gray Director of Audience Services Laura Kirk Assistant Director of Audience Services Shane Quinn Subscriptions Coordinator Tracy Baldini Audience Services Assistant Molly Leona

Box Office Assistants Mikaela Boone Business Office Assistant Gabrielle Colangelo Ashlie Russell Morgan Cronin Samantha Else Marketing, Mona Gandhi Communications, and Jordan Graf Audience Services Paige Hann Director of Marketing Kenneth Murray Daniel Cress a.k. payne Amir Rezvani Director of Irene Vazquez Communications Steven Padla Ushers Senior Associate Director Jillian Albrecht Lorena Benitez of Marketing and Denny Burke Communications Kristina Cuello Caitlin Griffin Lucy Ehrenfeld Natasha Gaither Associate Director Elli Herzog of Marketing and Taylor Hoffman Communications Rucha Kandlur Markie Gray The Director and Choreographer are members of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

Hannah Kleffke Bonnie Moeller Talia Morison-Allen Jordan Pilant Lauren Radigan Marissa Rocha Payton Rose Hannah Sachs Emma Safir Annie Trowbridge Jocelyn Wexler Cody Whetstone Elizabeth Wiet Larsson Youngberg Art and Design Paul Evan Jeffrey Production Photographer Joan Marcus Videographer David Kane

Theater Safety and Occupational Health

Operations Assistant Devin Matlock Arts and Graduate Studies Superintendents Jennifer Draughn Michael Halpern Team Leaders Andy Mastriano Sherry Stanley Facility Stewards Michael Humbert Marcia Riley Custodians Christina Davis Tylon Frost Cassandra Hobby Kathy Langston Mark Roy

Digital Technology

Director of Digital Technology Chris Kilbourne

Director of Theater Safety and Occupational Health Anna Glover

Digital Communications Associate George Tinari

Customer Service and Safety Officers Kevin Delaney Ed Jooss John Marquez

Digital Technology Associate Andre Griffith


Director of Facility Operations Jennifer Gonsalves

Database Application Consultants Bo Du Ben Silvert

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

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

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Gourmet Gift Baskets

House Plants

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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 audio-described performances, a free assistive FM listening system, large-print and Braille programs, wheelchair accessibility with an elevator entrance into Yale Repertory 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.

As part of Yale Rep’s commitment to our community, we provide two significant youth programs. WILL POWER! offers specially priced tickets and early school-time 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 self-esteem and creative expression.


October 19 at 2PM A live narration of the play’s action, sets, and costumes for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Pre-show description begins at 1:45PM.


Yale Rep’s youth programs are supported in part by: Bob and Priscilla Dannies; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fellows; George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee; Dawn G. Miller; Arthur and Merle Nacht; NewAlliance Foundation; Sandra Shaner; Esme Usdan.

October 19 at 1PM Prior to a performance, patrons who are blind or have low vision touch fabric samples, rehearsal props, and building materials to understand better what comprises the production design.



RESTROOMS are located in the lower

October 19 at 2PM

level of the building.


October 26 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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Everyone must have a ticket. Sorry, no children in arms or on laps. Patrons who arrive late or leave the theater during the performance will be reseated at the discretion of house management. Those who become disruptive will be asked to leave the theater.


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 theater personnel and assisted in the evacuation of the building.


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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 Frances Black Carmine Boccuzzi Lynne Bolton Clare Brinkley Sterling B. Brinkley, Jr. Kate Burton

James Chen Lois Chiles Patricia Clarkson Edgar M. Cullman III Michael David 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

David Marshall Grant David Alan Grier Sally Horchow Ellen Iseman David G. Johnson Rolin Jones Jane Kaczmarek Asaad Kelada Sarah Long Cathy MacNeil-Hollinger Brian Mann Elizabeth Margid Drew McCoy David Milch Tom Moore Arthur Nacht

Jennifer Harrison Newman 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 Shana C. Waterman 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 Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder Nicholas Ciriello William H. Cowles Foundation The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Jerome L. Greene Foundation Lane Heard and Margaret Bauer William and Sarah Hyman David G. Johnson David H. Johnson Rocco Landesman The Frederick Loewe Foundation Tom Moore Estate of Dwight Richard Odle Alan Poul Robina Foundation Ruderman Family Foundation The Shubert Foundation

Jeremy Smith Meryl Streep Stephen Timbers Time Warner Foundation Nesrin and Andrew Tisdale Edward Trach Estate of Zelma H. Weisfeld

GUARANTORS ($25,000–$49,999)

Sonja Berggren and Patrick Seaver Burry Fredrik Foundation Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Anita Pamintuan Fusco and Dino Fusco Sarah Long National Endowment for the Arts Tracy Chutorian Semler Esme Usdan

BENEFACTORS ($10,000–$24,999)

Americana Arts Foundation Carmine Boccuzzi and Bernard Lumpkin Lynne and Roger Bolton Clare and Sterling Brinkley

Jim Burrows Michael Diamond Educational Foundation of America Heidi Ettinger Lily Fan Donald Granger Mabel Burchard Fischer Grant Foundation Ellen Iseman Jennifer Lindstrom Lucille Lortel Foundation Cathy MacNeil-Hollinger Neil Mazzella Arthur and Merle Nacht Seedlings Foundation Ted and Mary Jo Shen Talia Shire Schwartzman Carol L. Sirot Trust for Mutual Understanding Donald Ware

PATRONS ($5,000–$9,999)

John Badham The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Foster Bam Pun Bandhu James Bundy and Anne Tofflemire

Brett Dalton Scott Delman Terry Fitzpatrick Julie and Marcus Fuller Barbara and Richard Franke Sally Horchow Linda Gulder Huett Charles B. Johnson Jane Kaczmarek Ben Ledbetter and Deborah Freedman Eugene Leitermann Charles E. Letts III Adrianne Lobel Brian Mann David E. Moore James Munson NewAlliance Foundation Carol Ostrow Pam and Jeff Rank Russ Rosensweig Michael and Riki Sheehan Philip J. Smith Sophie von Haselberg

PRODUCER’S CIRCLE ($2,500–$4,999) Anonymous Frances Black Mark Blankenship Donald and Mary Brown


contributors to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre Joan Channick and Ruth Hein Schmitt Michael S. David Jon Farley Marc Flanagan Anthony Forman JANA Foundation Fred Gorelick and Cheryl MacLachlan Rolin Jones Derek McLane Jonathan S. Miller Victoria Nolan and Clark Crolius Richard Ostreicher Dw Phineas Perkins Kenneth J. Stein Courtney B. Vance Marshall Williams

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE ($1,000–$2,499)

Donna Alexander In memory of Anna Altman Victor and Laura Altshul Deborah Applegate and Bruce Tulgan Amy Aquino and Drew McCoy Paula Armbruster Mary Ellen and Thomas Atkins Richard and Alice Baxter John Lee Beatty Patricia Bennett and Rich Gold Jody Locker Berger Jeff Bleckner Cyndi Brown James T. Brown Kate Burton Ian Calderon Cosmo Catalano, Jr. Dana Cesnik and Brandon Doyle William Connor Peggy Cowles Stephen Coy Ramon Delgado Christopher Durang Glen R. Fasman Eric Gershman and Katie Liberman Rob Greenberg Jane Head Donald Holder James Guerry Hood Elizabeth Kaiden Ann Judd and Bennett Pudlin Elizabeth Katz and Reed Hundt Helen Kauder and Barry Nalebuff Rik Kaye Abby Kenigsberg Roger Kenvin Walt Klappert Hedda and Gary Kopf


The Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation George Lindsay, Jr. George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee William Ludel Jane Lyman Thomas G. Masse and James M. Perlotto, MD Peter and Wendy McCabe Susie Medak Lawrence Mirkin Neil Mulligan Gather Myers Jim Phills Amy Povich Kathy and George Priest Lance Reddick Bill and Sharon Reynolds Dr. Michael Rigsby and Prof. Richard Lalli Liev Schreiber Alec and Aimee Scribner The Gary and Barbara Siegler Foundation Benjamin Slotznick Shepard and Marlene Stone Arlene Szczarba John Thomas III Carol M. Waaser Shana C. Waterman Steven Waxler Robert Wierzel Evan Yionoulis Steve Zuckerman

PARTNERS ($500–$999)

Actors’ Equity Foundation Mr. and Mrs. B.N. Ashfield Deborah S. and Bruce M. Berman Ashley Bishop Donald Brown Anne and Guido Calabresi Joy Carlin Sarah Bartlo Chaplin Daniel Cooperman and Mariel Harris Sean Cullen Bob and Priscilla Dannies Robert Dealy Martin Desjardins Alexander Dodge Janann Eldredge Bernard Engel Roberta Enoch and Steven Canner Peter Entin Susan and Fred Finkelstein Tony Foreman Betty and Joshua Goldberg David Marshall Grant Eduardo Groisman Regina Guggenheim William B. Halbert Doug Harvey Jennifer Hershey

Shane Hudson Mary and Arthur Hunt Peter Hunt Pam Jordan Barnet Kellman Harvey Kliman and Sandra Stein Frances Kumin Suttirat Larlarb Chi-Lung Lui Charles H. Long Robert W. Lyons Peter Macon John McAndrew Jonathan Miller Margaret Morgan Daniel Mufson Laura Naramore Janet Oetinger Arthur Oliner F. Richard Pappas Louise Perkins and Jeff Glans Point Harbor Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Faye and Asghar Rastegar Jon and Sarah Reed David and Barbara Reif Abby Roth and R. Lee Stump Helen Sacks Dr. Mark Schoenfeld Anna Deavere Smith Dr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Spencer James Steerman Erich Stratmann Matthew Suttor David Sword Sarah Treem Sylvia Van Sinderen and James Sinclair Paul Walsh Vera Wells Carolyn Seely Wiener Terrence Witter Steven Wolff Walton Wilson

INVESTORS ($250–$499)

Bruce Ackerman and Susan Rose-Ackerman Luis Alfaro Shaminda Amarakoon Momoudou Athie Georg’Ann Bona Susan Brady and Mark Loeffler Tom Broecker Claudia Brown Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buckholz David Budries William Buck Jonathan Busky Susan Wheeler Byck Michael Cadden

Aurélia and Ben Cohen Dean Lynn Cooley and Ted Killiam Claire Criscuolo John W. Cunningham F. Mitchell Dana Aziz Dehkan and Barbara Moss Kelvin Dinkins, Jr. Dennis Dorn Patricia Doukas Karen and Edwin Duval Michael Fain Evelina Fernandez Joel Fontaine David Freeman Shelley Geballe Carol Gibson-Prugh John Glover Stephen Godchaux Marian Godfrey LT Gourzong Naomi Grabel Rob Greenberg Lorence Gutterman Scott Hansen Douglas Harvey Barbara Hauptman Chuck Hughes David Henry Hwang Joanna and Lee A. Jacobus Elizabeth Kaiden Yuriko Kamada Bruce Katzman Lindsay King James Kleinmann David Kriebs Maryanne Lavan and Larry Harris Bona Lee Max Leventhal and Susan Booth Suzanne Cryer Luke Adam Man Frederick Marker Tom McCarthy Deborah McGraw Diana Michta Janice Muirhead David Muse David Nancarrow Regina and Thomas Neville George and Marjorie O’Brien Bruce Payne and Jack Thomas Lisa Rigsby Peterson Geoffrey Pierson Jeffrey Powell and Adalgisa Caccone Alec Purves Theodore Robb Kerry Robinson and Michael Capello Theodore Robb Steve Robman Howard Rogut Fernande E. Ross Jean and Ron Rozett

Robert Sandberg Dana Sanders Suzanne Sato Robin Sauerteig Paul Selfa Eugene Shewmaker William Skipper Mary C. Stark Regina Starolis Jeremy Stein Nausica Stergiou Bernard Sundstedt Jeann Terrazzano Richard B. Trousdell John Turturro and Katherine Borowitz Wendy and Peter Wells Dana Westberg George C. White Marshall Williams Walton Wilson Amanda Wallace Woods Guy and Judith Yale Albert Zuckerman

Stephen and Nancy Brown Warwick Brown Stephen Bundy Richard Butler Susan Byck David Byrd David Calica Kathryn A. Calnan Robert Campbell H. Lloyd Carbaugh Lisa Carling David and Helen Carlson Sami Joan Casler Ricardo and Jenny Chavira James Chen Cynthia Clair Gary and Becky Cline Katherine D. Cline Jack Cockerill Robert Cohen Judith Colton and Wayne Meeks Forrest Compton Aaron Copp Laurie Coppola FRIENDS Jennifer Corman ($100–$249) Douglas and Roseline Anonymous Crowley Paola Allais Acree Alma Cuervo Christopher Akerlind Scott Cummings Michael Albano Donato Joseph D’Albis Narda Alcorn Brian Dambacher Rachel and Ian Alderman Katherine Day Heath and Mary Aldridge Peter De Breteville Dale Amlund Mr. and Mrs. Paul DeCoster Nephelie Andonyadis Sheldon Deckelbaum Michael Annand Elizabeth DeLuca Peter Aronson Connie and Peter Dickinson Stephen and Judy August Derek DiGregorio Robert Auletta Melinda DiVicino Angelina Avallone Megan and Leon Doyon Sandra and Kirk Baird Jeanne Drury Emily Bakemeier and John Duran Alain Moreaux Terry Dwyer Dylan Baker Anne D’Zmura James Bakkom Laura Eckelman Robert Barr Kem and Phoebe Edwards Warren Bass Susan and Richard William and Donna Batsford Ehrenkranz Michael Baumgarten Fran Egler Nancy and Richard Beals Robert Einienkel Anders Bolang Dr. Marc Eisenberg Debra Booth Nancy Reeder El Bouhali Josh Borenstein Elizabeth English Marcus and Kellie Dirk Epperson Bosenberg David Epstein Michael Boyle Dustin Eshenroder Shawn Boyle Frank and Ellen Estes Leslie Brauman Femi Euba Amy Brewer and Connie Evans David Sacco John D. Ezell James and Dorothy Ann Farris Bridgeman Richard and Barbara Linda Briggs and Feldman Joseph Kittredge Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Linda Broker Fellows Christopher Brown Eugene Fidell and Linda Julie Brown Greenhouse

Paul and Susan Birke Fiedler Terry S. Flagg Madlyn and Richard Flavell Keith Fowler Walter M. Frankenberger III Donald Fried Reynold Frutkin Richard Fuhrman Randy Fullerton Barbara and Gerald Gaab Josh Galperin James Gardner David and Joan Geetter Eugénie and Brad Gentry Lauren Ghaffari Michael Giannitti 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 Joseph Grifasi Marion Grinwis Michael Gross John Guare David Hale Stephanie Halene Amanda Haley Alexander Hammond Ann and Jerome R. Hanley Charlene Harrington Lawrence and Roberta Harris Frederick Hartung Brian Hastert Kathleen Hayes and John Hanson James Hazen Ethan Heard 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 Derek Hunt Peter H. Hunt John Huntington John W. Jacobsen Chris Jaehnig

Ina and Robert Jaffee Eliot and Lois Jameson Elizabeth Johnson Geoffrey Ashton Johnson Donald E. Jones, Jr. Jonathan Kalb Carol Kaplan Dr. and Mrs. Michael Kashgarian Dr. Jane Katcher Edward Kaye Patricia Keenan Jay B. Keene Asaad Kelada Roger Kenvin Peter Kim Carol Soucek King Susan Kirschner-Robinson and Shirley Kirschner William Kleb Dr. Lawrence Klein Elise F. Knapp David Koppel Joseph Kovalick Brenda and Justin Kreuzer David Kriebs 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 Drew Lichtenberg Rita Lipson Irene Lewis Fred Lindauer Rita Lipson Robert Hamilton Long II Arthur Lueking Everett Lunning Andi Lyons Janell MacArthur Lizbeth Mackay Wendy MacLeod Alan MacVey James Magruder Dr. Maricar Malinis Jocelyn Malkin, MD Geertruida Malten Peter Maradudin Marvin March Frederick Marker Patrick Markle Jonathan Marks Craig Martin Kenneth Martin Nancy Marx Maria Mason and William Sybalsky


contributors to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre

Maria Matasar-Padilla Craig Mathers Ben and Sally Mayer Marya Mazor Margaret and Robert McCaw Matthew McCollum Patrick and Linda McCrelles Robert McDonald Thomas McGowan Bill McGuire 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 Bruce Miller Jonathan Miller Sandra Milles Lawrene Mirkin Frank Mitchell Jennifer Moeller Richard Mone George Moredock David and Betsy Morgan Beth Morrison Jay Mullen Richard Munday and Rosemary Jones Jim and Eileen Mydosh Rachel Myers Rhoda F. Myers Jason Najjoum Mariko Nakasone Kate Newman Jennifer Harrison Newman Ruth Hunt Newman Gail Nickowitz Nancy Nishball Jane Nowosadko Mark Novom Deb and Ron Nudel Adam O’Byrne Eileen O’Connor Sara Ohly Richard Olson Edward and Frances O’Neill Alex Organ Sara Ormond Kendric T. Packer

Jacob Padrón Maulik Pancholy Michael Parrella Jeffrey Park Russell Parkman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Parry Dr. Gary Pasternack Alexandra Paxton Amanda Peiffer Peter and Linda Perdue William Peters Dr. Ismene Petrakis Joel Polis Lisa Porter Michael Posnick Gladys Powers Robert Provenza Jeffry Provost William Purves Sarah Rafferty Carolyn Rochester Ramsey and William Ramsey Gail Reen Laila Robins Joan Robbins Sheila Robbins Nathan Roberts Peter S. Roberts Brian Robinson Lori Robishaw Priscilla Rockwell Doug Rogers Constanza Romero Melina Root Robert Rooy Stephen Rosenberg June Rosenblatt Allen Rosenshine 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 Donald Sanders Robert Sandine and Irene Kitzman Adam Saunders

Peggy Sasso Joel Schechter Anne Schenck Kenneth Schlesinger Georg Schreiber Jennifer Schwartz Kathleen McElfresh Scott Forrest E. Sears Ellen Seltzer Subrata K. Sen John Shea III Morris Sheehan Paul R. Shortt Rachel Shuey Lorraine D. Siggins William Skipper Cindy and Mark 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 Howard Steinman Michael Strickland Jarek Strzemien Katherine Sugg William and Wilma Summers Mark Sullivan Thomas Sullivan Jane Suttell Tucker Sweitzer and Jerome Boryca Janet Takami Douglas Taylor Jean and Yeshvant Talati Kathleen Taylor Jane Savitt Tennen Aaron Tessler Muriel Test Kat Tharp Pat Thomas Eleanor Q. Tignor, P.h.D David F. Toser David and Lisa Totman Russell L. Treyz Ellen Tsangaris

Deborah Trout Suzanne Tucker Gregory and Marguerite Tumminio Leslie Urdang Joan van Ark Flora Van Dyke Carrie Van Hallgren Dr. Stein Vermund Eva Vizy Fred Voelpel Mark Anthony Wade Erik Walstad Brad Ward David Ward Barbara Wareck and Charles Perrow Cliff Warner John Weikart Rosa Weissman Peter and Wendy Wells Charles Werner Kathleen Whitby Peter White Robert and Charlotte White Stanley Wiklinski Lisa A. Wilde Robert Wildman Annick Winokur and Peter Gilbert Alex Witchel Andrew Wolf* Arthur and Ann Yost Shoshana Zax Daniel Zelterman Robert Zoland


Aetna Foundation Ameriprise Financial Chevron Corporation Covidien General Electric Corporation IBM Mobil Foundation, Inc. Pfizer Procter & Gamble The Prospect Hill Foundation


Frances Black Anita Pamintuan Fusco Jane Kaczmarek Brian Mann

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