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A Note From the Artistic Director Welcome to the world premiere of peerless at Yale Rep! I am thrilled to introduce you to playwright Jiehae Park, a keenly observant writer of intrepid intelligence and wit whose work also will be presented this season at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, and to director Margot Bordelon, who staged the critically acclaimed production of A Delicate Ship in New York earlier this year. Jiehae’s play, peerless, is a bitingly funny and sharp reimagining of what many of us in the English-speaking theatre euphemistically refer to as “The Scottish Play” (not naming Shakespeare’s legendarily unlucky title inside a theatre is a point of superstition, or professional courtesy, or both). But rather than talking of kings and crowns, our playwright unleashes here the unchecked ambition of American high school students. Her protagonists are twin sisters whose calculated efforts to get into the college of their choice reflect—in most theatrical terms—the seemingly life-and-death stakes of today’s college admissions process, while shining light into compelling, if scary, corners of contemporary culture. There are more Yale Rep theatrical adventures to look forward to this season, hither and yon. In January, our third world premiere in a row, Jen Silverman’s The Moors, directed by Jackson Gay, begins performances right here. At this writing, Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s critically acclaimed Indecent, which opened our season in September, is playing at La Jolla Playhouse in California; it will be seen in New York in May and June at the Vineyard Theatre. In addition, These Paper Bullets!, commissioned by Yale Rep (and the recipient of the 2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Production of a Play), is now running at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company. Two plays which were commissioned by and had their world premieres at Yale Rep last season also will enjoy their New York debuts in 2016: Danai Gurira’s Familiar at Playwrights Horizons and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s War at Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3. Last but not least, Danai’s play Eclipsed, which many of you saw here in 2009, is on now at The Public Theater in New York, and will move to Broadway in February, starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, recently seen on the Rep stage in 2012’s The Winter’s Tale. These are the kinds of remarkable plays and artists that you have advanced by joining us at Yale Rep. So thank you for being with us for this performance—you give our work meaning and connection to our community. As always, I am eager to know what you think of peerless and any of your experiences at our theatre. My email address is I look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you back at Yale Rep soon! Sincerely, James Bundy Artistic Director 6

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Christopher Thompson Sydney Gallas Oliver Wason Sinan Refik Zafar Shawn Boyle Walton Wilson Rick Sordelet Fay Simpson Amy Boratko Ashley CHang Tara Rubin Casting Laura Schutzel, CSA Victoria WHooper

Development and production support are provided by Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre. peerless was developed by Cherry Lane Mentor Project. Angelina Fiordellisi, Artistic Director. peerless was originally developed in the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab. Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director. Yale Rep is supported in part by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.


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Amy Boratko: What led you to write peerless? ny working on another

l Colo Jiehae Park: I was in residence at the MacDowel my desk for hours and hours

ing hard—at play, and I had a tight deadline. I was work good. I panicked: “Oh my god, I’m not very them a day, generating pages, none of being a playwright was sitting down and going to finish this play!” I thought that ts, and there’s an immigrant work-ethic—a working. I come from a family of immigran , work, you work, you work. Writing is work very useful one—in which you work, you ds perio long be you expect it to. There can but sometimes the work doesn’t look like and ng olati ening, but everything is perc of quiet where seemingly nothing is happ It’s maddeningly nonlinear. For peerless, ent. mom waiting to be released in the right l. d Adjmi, happened to arrive at MacDowel I was lucky that another playwright, Davi stuck was he very same residency, when He reminded me that, years before, at the d up writing Marie Antoinette. ende nd it—a on a play, he took a break from

AB: A play which also had its world premiere at Yale

Rep. a fortuitous coincidence.

JP: Yes, which I didn’t know at the time would be such days. Then late one night, I

ing for a few I took David’s advice and stopped work or see that play, I always get bored after read I r thought about Macbeth. Wheneve the most about Shakespeare’s play is the Lady Macbeth leaves. What compels me Macbeth. So, I thought, “What if Macbeth relationship between Lady Macbeth and a girl rican twin girls?” I also had an image of and Lady Macbeth were two Asian Ame (I back her nd behi I called her “Dirty Girl” I went to high school with—my friends and coat h trenc dirty was). She was always in a didn’t realize at the time how cruel that every American high school has some like feels It and had white-girl dreadlocks. of with these ideas, and in four or five days version of its own “Dirty Girl.” I started me peerless. writing I had the arc of what would beco



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AB: Once this inspiration struck, did you set out to write a full adaptation of Macbeth? JP: I wouldn’t call it an adaptation. peerless is strongly inspired by Macbeth, but it’s not Macbeth. I didn’t want to write a piece where everything directly maps onto the Shakespeare play—that would be way less fun. Also the socio-economic, racial, and cultural context of M and L’s world are radically different from Macbeth’s. Instead of a married couple, the central relationship of my play is between sisters. And because they’re twins, it makes their bond even more intense, and doubles down (ha!) on the identity questions present in the circumstances of the play. AB: Why do you think you imagined M and L as twins and not just sisters? JP: In the midpoint of my process on peerless, I did some research on these fascinating twins from Wales, June and Jennifer Gibbons, who were born in the early 1960s. A reporter named Marjorie Wallace gained their trust and wrote a book about them, The Silent Twins, in the 1980s, which gave the Gibbonses some international notoriety. June and Jennifer were born in Barbados, and then their family moved to Wales, where they were the only black family in their community. Because they were outsiders and isolated in so many ways, the sisters turned toward each other. They developed an intense bond—with a deep love, competition, and need for each other. When they were teenagers, they went on a wild crime spree and were institutionalized. They loved each other so much, but they also hated each other so much. They told Wallace that one of them had to die for the other to live. A few months later, when they were being transferred to another sanatorium, Jennifer died suddenly of an inflammation of the heart. June went on to live her life in peace and quiet and total uneventfulness. AB: In peerless, M and L, too, are living in a place they refer to as “nowheresville.” Unlike the Gibbonses, they have chosen their isolation, as they hope to leverage it into the geographical diversity needed to get into The College. How did the hysteria over college admissions work its way into the play? JP: I’m very interested in the cost of what we call “success” as a nation. Parents understandably want their children to be exceptional, and culturally it feels like we’re instilling these values and a kind of single-minded ambition at younger and younger ages. It’s frightening. It’s also awe-inspiring—to see what such young people can accomplish, but it comes at a cost. Jiehae Park photo by Xanthe Elbrick.


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CAST TERESA AVIA LIM (L) is making her Yale Rep debut. Her theatre credits include originating roles in Water by the Spoonful (Hartford Stage), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New American Plays), and Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West (Berkeley Rep). Other theatre credits include Awake and Sing! (The Public Theater); Macbeth (The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit); 4000 Miles (Long Wharf Theatre); Seminar (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Lorenzaccio, Pericles, Macbeth, and The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Television and film credits include Blue Bloods, Limitless, Unforgettable, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Dispatched. Teresa trained at Yale School of Drama, where she was an inaugural recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Scholarship.

CHRISTOPHER LIVINGSTON (BF) is making his Yale Rep debut. His New York credits include peerless (Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project), The Urban Retreat (The Public Theater), and The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project Theater). His regional credits include Leftovers (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center); The Imaginary Invalid, The Pirates of Penzance, Hamlet, Henry IV Part I, all at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Party People (Theatre Bay Area Award nomination),The White Snake (OSF, Berkeley Rep); The Whipping Man (Portland Center Stage); Romeo and Juliet (Virginia Stage Company); Black Nativity (Intiman Theatre); Sankofa (The Moore Theatre); and Youth Ink! Theatre Festival (McCarter Theatre Center). Film and television credits include Service to Man and Unforgettable. Audio recording: Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet (Grammy nomination). Education: BFA, acting, Rutgers University.

CAROLINE NEFF (DIRTY GIRL, Preppy Girl) is making her Yale Rep debut. She was recently seen on Broadway in Airline Highway. Select Chicago credits include Airline Highway, The Way West, Three Sisters, Annie Bosh Is Missing, Where We’re Born (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Jeff Award for Best Actress), The Knowledge, Harper Regan, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Steep Theatre); The Downpour (Route 66); Port (Griffin Theatre); 4000 Miles (Northlight Theatre); and Moonshiner (Jackalope Theatre). Film and television credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Open Tables, and Older Children. She is a proud company member of Steep Theatre in Chicago and holds her BA from Columbia College in Chicago.


JD TAYLOR (D, DB) is making his Yale Rep debut. Recent theatre credits include Victoria Stewart’s Rich Girl (The Old Globe); The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck (McCarter Theatre); Ed in the world premiere of Ed, Downloaded (Denver Center Theatre); Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette (Studio Theatre); Red (Asolo Repertory Theatre and Maltz Jupiter Theatre); She Stoops to Conquer (Williamstown Theatre Festival); I Hate Hamlet (Dorset Theatre Festival), Missed Connection (Samuel French Short Play Festival winner); Ground Up Production’s world premieres of Rubber Ducks & Sunsets (Gene Frankel Theatre) and Letter From Algeria (Abingdon Theatre); and many development workshops and readings with O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, Classic Stage Company, Ars Nova, Soho Rep., Lark Playwrights Workshop, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, and TheatreWorks USA. Television and film credits: Elementary, The Good Wife, The Mend (SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Award nominee), Therefore I Am, Welcome to New York, and Lewis Black Drama Queen. MFA, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. TIFFANY VILLARIN (M) is making her Yale Rep debut. New York credits include peerless (Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project), Figaro (The Pearl Theatre Company), The Winter’s Tale (Hang a Tale), Dream Acts (Re/Union Company), Gentrifusion (Red Fern Theatre Company), Resurrection (Diverse City Theater), Six (Second Generation/2G), and Nina in National Asian American Theatre Company’s vaudeville-inspired version of The Seagull. Her other theatre credits include The Grown Up (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014); and in Chicago: Naomi Iizuka’s Ghostwritten (Goodman Theatre), Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West (Timeline Theatre), David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child (Silk Road Rising), The Search for Odysseus (Adventure Stage), and 365 Days/365 Plays (Remy Bumppo Theatre). Film and television: The Blacklist (recurring), Gotham (co-star), and Certainty (supporting). Also, Sundance Theatre Lab 2007: Ghostwritten and Ann Marie Healy’s Have You Seen Steve Steven? Ms. Villarin has a BFA in acting from The Theatre School of DePaul University. She is also a member of The Actors Center.

creative team AMY BORATKO (PRODUCTION DRAMATURG) is the Literary Manager at Yale Rep and has previously served as dramaturg on the Yale Rep productions of Indecent, War, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Dear Elizabeth, The Realistic Joneses, Good Goods, Belleville, Autumn Sonata, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Battle of Black and Dogs, Compulsion, Notes from Underground, A Woman of No Importance, Eurydice, and The Cherry Orchard. Other dramaturgy credits include The Time of Your Life, The Summer People, Romeo and Juliet, The War Is Over (Yale School of Drama), as well as Voice and Vision’s ENVISION Retreat at Bard College. She has 18

creative team been a teaching fellow at Yale College and Yale School of Drama and was a managing editor of Theater magazine. A graduate of Rice University, she received her MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale School of Drama.

MARGOT BORDELON (DIRECTOR) is a New York-based freelance director. Her recent projects include Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship for The Playwrights Realm and workshop productions of peerless by Jiehae Park for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project and Okay, Bye by Joshua Conkel for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In New York, she’s directed for Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, Target Margin, The Playwrights Realm, The Bushwick Starr, Theater Masters, Stella Adler Institute, and AracaWorks. Margot moved east after spending six years in Chicago working as a director, writer, and performer. She is a founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago and spent four seasons working at Lookingglass Theatre, where she served as Literary Manager and Company Dramaturg. She received her BFA in theatre from Cornish College of the Arts and her MFA from Yale School of Drama, where she directed Sagittarius Ponderosa by MJ Kaufman, Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill, and This. by Mary Laws.

SHAWN BOYLE (PROJECTION DESIGNER) returns to Yale Rep after designing the projections for last season’s world premiere of Elevada. Additional credits include Bird Fire Fly, THUNDERBODIES (Yale School of Drama); Pierrot Lunaire (Yale Cabaret); La Bôite à Joujoux, Spiegel im Spiegel (Yale School of Music); The Nutcracker (Grand Rapids Ballet); The Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse); City of Angels (Goodspeed Musicals); Lover’s Tale, The Who’s Tommy, K2, Red Remembers (Berkshire Theatre Group); Singin’ in the Rain, and My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). He holds a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a member of United Scenic Artists 829, Projection and Lighting. Shawn is also a lecturer at Boston University College of Fine Arts.

ASHLEY CHANG (PRODUCTION DRAMATURG) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her graduate work focuses on ancient Greek theatre and ecological performance. She has been a script reader for film at Abbot Entertainment, as well as for The Public Theater in New York and Yale Repertory Theatre. She has interned at The Public, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and abroad in Berlin, where she assisted at Art Laboratory Berlin, a small, multimedia art gallery, and for Plan B Performance, a performance art duo. Ashley graduated from Stanford University, where she received a BA with honors in English literature and philosophy. She plans to lead a collective in the Bay Area committed to experimental art and sustainable living. SYDNEY GALLAS (COSTUME DESIGNER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she has designed the costumes for Deer and the Lovers and Don Juan. Other credits include The Hotel Nepenthe (Yale Cabaret); The Orpheus Variations (Deconstructive Theatre Project; The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival); Bastianello and Lucrezia (Urban Arias); Macbeth for iBook (New Book Press); Leave the Balcony Open (New Feet Productions); As You Like It, Fefu and Her Friends, 19

The Tempest (The New School); Ivanov, The Ghost Sonata (Columbia University); Future Anxiety (#serials@theflea, The Flea); After Robert Hutchens, When the Tanks Break, and A Map of Virtue (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Sydney is also the co-creator of The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll, a new play that premiered at Pasadena’s Boston Court this year. She has assisted costume designers including Gregg Barnes, Gabriel Berry, David Farley, Jane Greenwood, Susan Hilferty, and Ann Hould-Ward at institutions such as Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Public Theater, and New York City Opera. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

JIEHAE PARK (PLAYWRIGHT) is a writer and actor based in New York. Her work has been produced or developed through the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep.’s Writer/Director Lab, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, The Public Theater’s 2015 Emerging Writers Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 52nd Street Project, The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, and the amazing Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Her plays have won the Leah Ryan Prize and Princess Grace Award, and were included in two years of the Kilroys List. Commissions: Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New American Plays, McCarter Theatre. Residencies: MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman. As a performer Jiehae has appeared at La Jolla Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Tiny Little Band (Prelude and Cloud City), REDCAT, and Ripe Time/The Play Company (February 2016). She received her BA in theatre from Amherst College and her MFA in acting from UCSD.

TARA RUBIN CASTING (CASTING DIRECTOR) has been casting at Yale Rep since 2004. Selected Broadway: School of Rock; Bullets Over Broadway; Aladdin; A Time to Kill; Big Fish; The Heiress; One Man, Two Guvnors (U.S. 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. FAY SIMPSON (MOVEMENT DIRECTOR) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Impact Theatre, whose original productions include D-Train, Degas’ Little Dancer, Research & Development, Kurt’s Wife: A Story of Lotte Lenya, The Marital Bliss of Francis and Maxine, Triptych, Trapped in Seven, and Grey Gone. Impact’s on-going Veterans Project: Leaving Theatre is dedicated to awakening audiences to the needs of our homecoming soldiers. As artist-in-residence at Stella Adler Studio of Acting last year, she developed and co-produced SCOTTY, inspired by Raymond Carver’s short story, “A Small, Good Thing.” She has developed a unique physical training method for the actor called Lucid Body and has taught this process at Yale School 20

creative team of Drama, The New School, Michael Howard Studios, The Studio/NY, Marymount Manhattan College, and currently as an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. She teaches and coaches privately at the Lucid Body House on Lexington Ave. The Lucid Body: A Guide for the Physical Actor was published in 2008. Fay is a member of The Actor’s Center.

RICK SORDELET (FIGHT DIRECTOR) Theatre credits include 65 Broadway productions and 60 productions on five continents in hundreds of cities around the world including Misery starring Bruce Willis, Cymbeline for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, Big Love for Signature Theatre, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, and Ben Hur Live (Rome, European Tour). Opera: Cyrano starring Placido Domingo (Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House, La Scala), and Don Carlo and Cold Mountain (Santa Fe Opera). Film: The Game Plan, Dan in Real Life, and Hamlet. Rick was Chief Stunt Coordinator for Guiding Light for 12 years and One Life to Live, representing over 1,000 episodes of daytime television. Rick sits on the board of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and teaches at Yale School of Drama and HB Studio. He is a recipient of an Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence from the Lucille Lortel Foundation and a Jeff Award for Best Fight Direction for Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Rick has created the new stage combat company, Sordelet INK, with his son Christian Kelly-Sordelet. They have over thirty years of action movement experience for film, television, and stage. CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON (SCENIC DESIGNER) Recent work includes The Master and Margarita, Preston Montfort—An American Tragedy (Yale School of Drama), He Left Quietly (SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto and Yale Cabaret); The Untitled Project, The Zero Scenario (Yale Cabaret); Midsummer, Love Holds a Lamp in This Little Room, A Map of Virtue, We Are Proud to Present a Presentation..., Middletown (Yale Summer Cabaret); Class (Penguin Rep); Proof, An Ideal Husband (Sink or Swim Rep); Cosi and The Woman Standing on the Moon (Urban Stages). Assistant design credits include Owners (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Rockettes New York Spectacular, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Macy’s Holiday Windows, and assistant art direction for The Wizard of Lies and Girls (HBO.) Christopher is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. He holds a BFA in scenic design from SUNY Purchase College and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

OLIVER WASON (LIGHTING DESIGNER) is happy to return to Yale Rep, where he designed the lighting for Accidental Death of an Anarchist (also at Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Recent credits include Bells are Ringing, A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Erismena (Yale Baroque Opera); Daphnis and Chloé, Kafka Fragments (Heartbeat Opera); Tar Beach (Luna Stage); peerless (workshop, Cherry Lane); Grace, The Other Room (TBG Theatre); Sunday in the Park with George, Sagittarius Ponderosa, Julius Caesar (Yale School of Drama); and thirteen shows at Yale Cabaret. His work has also been seen at HERE Arts Center, the Incubator Arts 21

Project, Paradise Factory, The CSV Cultural Center, La MaMa E.T.C., and The Cherry Pit. Upcoming: Empty the House (Curtis Institute of Music), Lucia Di Lammermoor, and Dido and Aeneas (Heartbeat Opera). Oliver is a graduate of Hunter College and Yale School of Drama.

VICTORIA WHOOPER (STAGE MANAGER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Deer and the Lovers, Measure for Measure, Paradise Lost, and The Commedia Project: Altogether Reckless. At Yale Repertory Theatre she was the assistant stage manager for War. She also stage managed The Untitled Project (Yale Cabaret); served as the stage management intern at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; was the lighting intern at Oak Park Festival Theater in Oak Park Illinois; and was the Production Stage Manager at Triton College. Victoria holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Dominican University, where she was the 2011 recipient of the Sister Gregory Duffy award of excellence and dedication in theatre.

WALTON WILSON (VOCAL COACH) is Chair of Acting at Yale School of Drama. He was trained and designated as a voice teacher by Master Teacher Kristin Linklater and was trained and certified as an associate teacher by Master Teacher Catherine Fitzmaurice. He also studied with Richard Armstrong, Meredith Monk, and Patsy Rodenburg. As a voice/dialect coach, his New York credits include The Violet Hour and Golden Child on Broadway; the world premiere productions of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later; and Endangered Species. Regional credits include productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. At Yale Rep, he has served as voice and dialect coach for Accidental Death of an Anarchist, In a Year with 13 Moons, A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Autumn Sonata, Battle of Black and Dogs, Notes from Underground, Boleros for the Disenchanted, The Evildoers, The Unmentionables, The Cherry Orchard, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, The Black Monk, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, Betty’s Summer Vacation, The Birds, and Richard III. SINAN REFIK ZAFAR (SOUND DESIGNER and original music) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Master and Margarita, Coriolanus, and This Flat Earth. Other recent credits include The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, Midsummer (Yale Summer Cabaret); The Zero Scenario, The Hotel Nepenthe, and A New Saint for a New World (Yale Cabaret). He is a Bay Area native who lived in the Los Angeles area for several years. His previous work includes O, Fallen One (Curly Cue & Co); Blood Knot (Lounge Theatre); Woyzeck (The Illyrian Players); Julius Caesar (Griot Theatre of the West Valley); Hello Again; The Misanthrope directed by Keith Fowler; Jane Eyre directed by Annie Loui; A New Brain (University of California, Irvine); How I Learned to Drive (Nixon Theatre); and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (The Little Theatre). Sinan graduated with a BA in drama with honors in sound design from the University of California, Irvine.


yale repertory theatre JAMES BUNDY (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) is in his 14th year as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. In his first 13 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 50 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 23rd 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 OffBroadway 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 eleventh year as the Associate Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre and is also the Director of New Play Programs of Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre. Since its founding in 2008, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 50 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of 21 new American plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres 23

across the country. Ms. Kiger came to Yale Rep from South Coast Repertory, where she was Literary Manager from 2000–2005 and Co-Director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Prior to that, she was a production dramaturg at American Repertory Theater and 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; a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council; and a consultant for the Fuller Road Artist Residency. She is a founding member of the theatre and television producing company, New Neighborhood. Ms. Kiger completed her professional 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.


peerless Staff artistic

Molly Rose Clifford, Assistant Director Ao Li, Assistant Scenic Designer Cole McCarty, Assistant Costume Designer Tyler First, Assistant Lighting Designer Tye Hunt Fitzgerald, Assistant Sound Designer and Engineer Kristen Ferguson, Assistant Projection Designer Ben Pfister, Assistant Stage Manager


Alexandra Reynolds, Associate Production Manager Sean K. Walters, Technical Director Harry Beauregard, Michael Hsu, Scott D. Keith, Assistant Technical Directors Rae Powell, Assistant Properties Master Ian Hannan, Master Electrician William Hartley, Projection Engineer Matthew Fischer, Sam Linden, Aubie Merrylees, Ariel Sibert, Sarah Thompson, Run Crew


Sylvia Xiaomeng Zhang, House Manager


Marié Botha, Dirty Girl, Preppy Girl Jenelle Chu, L Francesca Fernandez, M Christopher Ghaffari, D, DB Galen Kane, BF

Special Thanks

Knud Adams, David Adjmi, Clare Barron, Connie Congdon, Bob Egan and the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Sasha Emerson, Kareem Fahmy, Michael Finkle, Evan Gambardella, Gideon Glick, Adam Greenfield, Drs. Moon Kim and Dongeun Park, Jerry Lieblich, Sarah Lunnie, the MacDowell Colony, Lillian Meredith, Jack Moore, Antoinette Nwandu, Louisa Proske, Elliot Quick, Emma Ramos, Amelia Roper, Sarah Sander, Ken Rus Schmoll, Jenny Schwartz, Alex Speiser, Sam Wilmott, Stephanie Ybarra, John Yi, and all the wonderful actors who have given their time and talent to the development of this play

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.

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

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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 Rachel Carpman, Literary Associate Tara Rubin, CSA; Lindsay Levine, CSA; Laura Schutzel, CSA; Kaitlin Shaw, CSA; Merri Sugarman, CSA; Eric Woodall, CSA; Claire Burke; Emma Atherton, 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 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 Matt Gaffney, Ryan Gardner, Sharon Reinhart, Master Shop Carpenters Alex McNamara, Shop Carpenter Bryanna Kim, Jill Chandler Salisbury, Assistants to the Technical Director

Painting Ru-Jun Wang, Scenic Charge Lia Akkerhuis, Nathan Jasunas, Assistant Scenic Artists Daniel Cogan, Assistant to the Painting Supervisor Properties Jennifer McClure, Interim Properties Master David P. Schrader, Properties Craftsperson Ashley Flowers, Properties Assistant Bill Batschelet, Properties Stock 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 Elizabeth Beale, Costume Stock Manager Jamie Farkas, 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 Ien DeNio, Matthew Fischer, Assistants to the Sound Supervisor Projections Erich Bolton, Projection Supervisor Mike Paddock, Head Projection Technician Brittany Bland, Assistant to the Projection Supervisor Stage Operations Janet Cunningham, Stage Carpenter Kate Begley Baker, Head Properties Runner Elizabeth Bolster, Wardrobe Supervisor Jacob Riley, FOH Mix Engineer Mark Bailey, Light Board Programmer


General Management Emika Abe, Sooyoung Hwang, Associate Managing Directors Adam J. Frank, Assistant Managing Director Emalie Mayo, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director Al Heartley, Kathy Li, Sam Linden, Management Assistants Jason Najjoum, Company Manager Sam Linden, Lulu Tang, Assistant Company Managers Development and Alumni Affairs Deborah S. Berman, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Janice Muirhead, Senior Associate Director of Development Susan C. Clark, Development and Alumni Affairs Officer

Joanna Romberg, Associate Director of Development Alice Kenney, Jennifer Schmidt, Development Associates Trent Anderson, Development Assistant Maya Martindale, Interim Senior Administrative Assistant to Development and Marketing & Communications Finance and Human Resources Katherine D. BurgueĂąo, Director of Finance and Human Resources Erin Ethier, Business Manager Monica Avila, Chris Fuller, Preston Mock, Business Office Specialists Janna J. Ellis, Director, Yale Tessitura Consortium Patricia McDonnell, Interim Senior Administrative Assistant to Business Office; Technology, Media, and Web Services; Operations; and Tessitura Marketing, Communications, and Audience Services Daniel Cress, Director of Marketing Steven Padla, Director of Communications Libby Peterson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Caitlin Griffin, Melissa Rose, Marketing and Communications Assistants Marguerite Elliott, Publications Manager Paul Evan Jeffrey, Art and Design Joan Marcus, Production Photographer David Kane, Videography Laura Kirk, Director of Audience Services Shane Quinn, Assistant Director of Audience Services Tracy Baldini, Subscriptions Coordinator Roger-Paul Snell, Audience Services Assistant Alexandra Cadena, Jordan Graf, Anthony Jasper, Katie Metcalf, Kenneth Murray, Kyra Riley, Aaron Wegner, Box Office Assistants Operations Diane Galt, Director of Facility Operations Ian Dunn, Operations Associate (on leave) Nadir Balan, Interim Operations Associate Joe Proto, Arts and Graduate Studies Superintendent Vondeen Ricks, Sherry Stanley, Team Leaders Michael Humbert, Facility Steward Lucille Bochert, Tylon Frost, Kathy Langston, Warren Lyde, Patrick Martin, Louis Moore, Mark Roy, Custodians Technology, Media, and Web Services Daryl Brereton, Interim Director of Technology, Media, and Web Services Kathleen Martin, Web Services Associate Eric Jaske, Technical Support Specialist 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, John Marquez, Customer Service and Safety Officers



Winner! 2014 Outstanding Production of a Play CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE

These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2014; Geffen Playhouse, west coast premiere, 2015; Atlantic Theater Company, New York premiere, November–January 2016.

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. 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 50 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of 21 new American plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country—including this season’s Indecent created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, peerless by Jiehae Park, and The Moors by Jen Silverman. For more information, including a complete list of Yale Rep commissioned artists, please visit Photos by T. Charles Erickson, Joan Marcus, and Carol Rosegg.

“Thoughtful and truly thought-provoking. So eye-opening that it almost blinds you.” THE NEW YORK TIMES

War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2014; Lincoln Center 27 Theatre’s LCT3, New York premiere, May–July 2016.

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.

“Resonates and illuminates!”

“Triumphs on all fronts!”



Indecent created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman; Yale Rep and La Jolla Playhouse, world premiere; 2015; Vineyard Theatre, New York premiere, spring 2016.

Familiar by Danai Gurira; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2015; Playwrights Horizons, New York premiere, February-March 2016.

Top Ten Plays of the Year, 2012 and 2014! THE NEW YORK TIMES

Best Broadway Play of 2014! USA TODAY

The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno; Yale Rep, world premiere, 2012; Broadway premiere, 2014. 28

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Clarence Salzer Robert Sandberg Gail Sangree Peggy Sasso Denise Savage Joel Schechter Anne Schenck Kenneth Schlesinger Ruth Hein Schmitt William Schneider Carol and Sanford Schreiber Georg Schreiber Forrest E. Sears Paul Selfa Subrata K. Sen Morris Sheehan Paul R. Shortt Lorraine D. Siggins Bradley Drew Simon Mark and Cindy Slane Gilbert and Ruth Small E. Gray Smith, Jr. Helena L. Sokoloff Suzanne Solensky and Jay Rozgonyi Mary Louise and Dennis Spencer Marian Spiro Amanda Spooner Regina Starolis Louise Stein Neal Ann Stephens John Stevens Joseph Stevens Kris Stone Pamela Strayer Howard Steinman Jaroslaw Strzemien William and Wilma Summers Mark Sullivan Jeann and Joseph Terrazzano Aaron Tessler Roberta Thornton Eleanor Q. Tignor David F. Toser Albert Toth Mr. and Mrs. David Totman Russell L. Treyz Richard B. Trousdell Deborah Trout Suzanne Tucker Gregory and Marguerite Tumminio

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Make a Gift! When you make a gift to Yale Rep’s Annual Fund, you support the creative work on our stage and our innovative outreach programs. For more information, or to make a donation, please call Susan Clark, 203.432.1559. You can also give online at This list includes current pledges, gifts, and grants received from July 1, 2014, through November 1, 2015.


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how to reach us Yale Repertory Theatre Box Office 1120 Chapel Street (at York Street) PO Box 208244, New Haven, CT 06520 203.432.1234 Email:

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, largeprint 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, Director of Audience Services, at 203.432.1522 or

box office hours Monday to Friday from 10AM to 5PM Saturday from 12PM to 5PM Until 8PM on all show nights fire notice Illuminated signs above each door indicate emergency exits. Please check for the nearest exit. In the event of an emergency, you will be notified by theatre personnel and assisted in the evacuation of the building. restrooms Restrooms are located in the lower level of the building. emergency calls Please leave your cell phone, name, and seat number with the concierge. We’ll notify you if necessary. The emergency-only telephone number at Yale Repertory Theatre is 203.764.4014. group rates Discounted tickets are available for groups of ten or more. Please call 203.432.1234. seating policy Everyone must have a ticket. Sorry, no children in arms or on laps. Patrons who leave the theatre during the performance will be re-seated at the discretion of house management. Those who become disruptive will be asked to leave the theatre. The taking of photographs or the use of recording devices of any kind in the theatre without the written permission of the management is prohibited. 33

audio descriPTION: a live narration of the play’s action, sets, and costumes for patrons who are blind or low vision. open captioning: a digital display of the play’s dialogue as it’s spoken. Below are the AD and OC performance dates for this season. All shows are at 2PM; the AD pre-show discussion begins at 1:45PM.


Dec 12

Dec 19

The Moors

Feb 13

Feb 20


Apr 9

Apr 16

Happy Days May 14

May 21

Yale Repertory Theatre thanks the Eugene G. and Margaret M. Blackford Memorial Fund, Bank of America, Co-Trustee, for its support of audio description services for our patrons.

c2 is pleased to be the official Open Captioning Provider of Yale Repertory Theatre.

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 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; The Anna Fitch Ardenghi Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; Carolyn Foundation; 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; Jane Marcher Foundation; Dawn G. Miller; Arthur and Merle Nacht; NewAlliance Foundation; Robbin A. Seipold; Sandra Shaner; Esme Usdan; Charles and Patricia Walkup. from the top: schools gathering for will power!; dwight/Edgewood Project workshop, 2015.

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