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2019 – 20



YALE REPERTORY THEATRE, the internationally celebrated professional theater in residence at Yale School of Drama, is dedicated to the production of new plays and daring interpretations of the classics that make immediate connections to contemporary audiences. A champion of new work by early career and established playwrights, Yale Rep has produced well over 100 premieres, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists, since 1966. Seventeen Yale Rep productions have advanced to Broadway, garnering more than 40 Tony Award nominations and 11 Tony Awards including one for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre is an artistdriven initiative that devotes major resources to the commissioning, development, and production of new plays and musicals. Since 2008, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 60 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of 35 new plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theaters across the country—including this season’s Girls by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, The Plot by Will Eno, Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle, and Testmatch by Kate Attwell.

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A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Welcome to A Raisin in the Sun at Yale Repertory Theatre! I am delighted you are here for New Haven’s first professional production of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play in nearly four decades. Despite that long absence, the work’s deep roots in American culture are profoundly intertwined in the history of our theater and our city. Like Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Away We Go (better known today as Oklahoma!), among countless others, A Raisin in the Sun had its world premiere just blocks away at the Shubert Theatre in 1959. Its debut on Broadway later that year announced the arrival of a major new American playwright, and it ignited the career of director Lloyd Richards, who would become one of the most influential theater practitioners of the 20th century. As Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre from 1979 to 1991, Lloyd Richards introduced New Haven audiences to dozens of new plays—written by then early- and mid-career playwrights such as August Wilson and Athol Fugard—which he continued to nurture from their premieres at Yale through their opening nights on Broadway. During his extraordinary tenure, Yale Rep also produced vital stagings of canonical works, including the 25th Anniversary production of A Raisin in the Sun. Rather than re-stage the play himself, Richards invited Dennis Scott, who had joined the faculty at Yale School of Drama that year, to investigate the work anew. In an interview with The New York Times that November, Richards stated about Hansberry’s play, “I think it will always have value, will always be moving, until we have a society that allows people to have aspirations and to come close to fulfilling them. And I don’t see that happening. It’s important we remind ourselves there are still dreams and they are still important and their deferral still destroys people.’’ Indeed, though firmly set in the 1950s, Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece retains its resonance and urgency today. The story of the Younger family living in Chicago’s South Side continues to reflect life for millions of Black Americans in 2020, as the realities of persistent, systemic wealth inequality disproportionately affect our communities of color. I am deeply grateful to director Carl Cofield, who staged last season’s sensational reimagining of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, as well as the exceptional team of artistic collaborators and company of actors, for bringing this majestic play to such vivid life. And I am especially thankful that you’ve chosen to join us today, under what can be described as extraordinary circumstances. Your attendance is an inspiring testament to the human impulse to come together and share stories in strange and uncertain times. As always, I look forward to hearing what you think about A Raisin in the Sun, or any of your experiences at Yale Rep. You can send me an email at james.bundy@yale.edu. Please enjoy the show! Sincerely, James Bundy, Artistic Director



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A Raisin in the Sun is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Yale Repertory Theatre gratefully acknowledges Carol L. Sirot for generously funding the 2019–20 season. Yale Rep is supported in part by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

Intimacy Director Kelsey Rainwater Casting Directors Tara Rubin/Laura Schutzel, C.S.A.

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in order of appearance Travis Younger Sana “Prince” Sarr Ruth Younger Christina Acosta Robinson Walter Lee Younger Ken Robinson Beneatha Younger Kadijah Raquel Lena Younger Kimberly Scott Joseph Asagai Nomè SiDone George Murchison Matthew Elijah Webb Mr. Karl Lindner William Ragsdale Bobo Brandon E. Burton Moving Men Malachi Beasley Anthony Holiday Assistant Stage Manager Kevin Jinghong Zhu

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SETTING The early 1950s. Chicago’s South Side. A Raisin in the Sun has one 15-minute intermission. The taking of photographs or the use of recording devices of any kind in the theater without the written permission of the management is prohibited.


A PEOPLE DI 2019 marked the Year of Return in Ghana—a commemoration of 400 years since the first ship arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, with enslaved Africans. The ship’s landfall marked the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, which changed the landscape of this country forever. Throughout four centuries, Black Americans have endured slavery, Jim Crow, classism, reproductive injustice, education inequality, mass incarceration, food deserts, and countless other effects of institutional racism.

Written in the 1950s, Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece A Raisin in the Sun captures the journey of a Black American family searching for a home in a land that has consistently denied them belonging and ownership. The play illuminates the lasting consequences of slavery, centering on one issue in particular: redlining—the practice of denying certain services to neighborhoods, particularly Black communities, and charging crippling


rates for rent or mortgages within them. In 1940, Hansberry’s own family fought a legal battle against redlining in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood in Hansberry v. Lee. Her father Carl Augustus Hansberry won a legal victory against restrictive covenants that barred Black Americans from purchasing or leasing land; despite the verdict, Hansberry’s family moved away from their home after receiving death threats. This had a profound impact on the playwright.

A Raisin in the Sun not only captures the impact of slavery on Black Americans, but the global implications of colonization and imperialism that derived from the TransAtlantic slave trade. Lorraine Hansberry

ISPLACED brilliantly weaves the context of African independence into the fact of American repression. Yet her work also speaks to the resiliency of the Black American spirit, as she seeds the story with Pan-Africanism, early ideas of womanism, and perhaps most importantly, love. The play is a reclamation—a return of the Black American identity to itself.

In the spirit of the Year of Return, there’s great significance in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun being produced in Yale Repertory Theatre’s 2019–20 season, as it initially premiered in New Haven at the Shubert Theatre in 1959. We’re grateful for this play’s homecoming. Yet, the effects of slavery can be seen in New Haven through redlining even today. In the 1930s, according to research done by Mapping Inequality, about 55% of neighborhoods in New Haven were considered “Definitely Declining” and another 20% were considered “Hazardous.” These communities, predominately non-white, still suffer from consequences of pernicious and racist real estate practices. While this play is a commemoration of Black Americans’ journey, let it also serve as a reminder that America must still travel toward justice. —ASHLEY M. THOMAS, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG


LORRAINE HANSBERRY BEYOND A RAISIN IN THE SUN The themes that are discussed in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun are repeated in her later dramatic compositions, all of them showing us the significant cultural, political, and social impact the late playwright’s theatrical representations achieved in a short period of time. Whereas The Drinking Gourd and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window are works of Realism, Expressionist theater and the Theater of the Absurd influence Les Blancs and What Use Are Flowers? Hansberry moves back and forth easily between Realism and much more stylized works, both large- and small-scale, to express her thoughts about government and politics. Originally commissioned by NBC in 1959 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the American Civil War, The Drinking Gourd explores a Black family struggling in the 19th century in the “peculiar institution,” slavery. What Use Are Flowers?, set at the end of the world, imagines children surviving in a western civilization decimated by their parents’ degradation of planet Earth, so it’s an open question whether they will grow up at all. The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window and Les Blancs taken together tackle traditional notions about masculinity while separately confronting ennui in 1960s Greenwich Village and freedom from settler colonialism in 1970s western Africa. These works—a teleplay, a fable, a tragedy, and a cautionary tale, respectively— anticipate the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and 70s and make way for the writing of Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, Adrienne Kennedy, and Ntozake Shange. Left: Lorraine Hansberry c. 1960, gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © David Attie Previous page: A Raisin in the Sun advertisement courtesy of the Shubert New Haven archives 8

Other Notable Works That You Should Know


The Drinking Gourd: An Original Drama for Television A project that is shelved in Hansberry’s lifetime about an enslaved Black woman who outwits the master and the overseer who enslave her family.


What Use Are Flowers? A Fable in One Act

After Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (1956). A project that is shelved in Hansberry’s lifetime about the Hermit who teaches orphans to fend for themselves in the aftermath of an apocalypse.


The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: A Drama in Three Acts

Longacre Theatre, New York. Sidney Brustein, who prides himself on being a man of integrity, spirals downward when he learns about the dishonesty of his preferred political candidate. All but one of the characters is ethnically white.


Les Blancs

Longacre Theatre, New York. After Jean Genet’s The Blacks: A Clown Show (1961). Tshembe Matoseh returns home to western Africa from western Europe to find his homeland on the brink of a war between colonials and natives. Instead of a reverse minstrel show à la Genet, where Blacks in white face/ masks play Europeans, only those playing Africans wear ceremonial paint in Hansberry’s work. —ERIC M. GLOVER, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG 9

CAST MALACHI BEASLEY (Moving Man) is a first-year actor at Yale School of Drama. This is his professional debut after graduating with a B.A. in theater arts from CSU, Long Beach. Other credits include The Human[oid] Experience (Hollywood Fringe Festival); The Fun Fair (CSULB); Smart People (Theatre Threshold); and Antigone X (CSULB). @kye_lamont BRANDON E. BURTON* (Bobo) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Tilted, Seven Spots on the Sun, shakespeare’s as u like it, Marty and the Hands That Could, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Other credits include Mud (Yale Cabaret); Angel Food Cake (Strange Sun Theater); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Gallery Players); and Macbeth (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Brandon’s voice can be heard as part of The Green Book Project and Middle Passage Exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. in education and Japanese from Coe College. ANTHONY HOLIDAY* (Moving Man) is a second-year acting student at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Claudio in Measure for Measure; Mr. Burns, a post-electric play; and LOCUSTS by Christopher Gabriel Nuñez. He was recently seen in Lenny’s Fast Food Kids Gang at Yale Cabaret. He studied at the Atlantic Acting School, where he

performed in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Cleaners, and The Island. He was also part of Brookdale Summer Ensemble’s Shakespeare Series, where he performed in Measure for Measure, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Winter’s Tale.

WILLIAM RAGSDALE* (Mr. Karl Lindner) is thrilled to be making his Yale Rep debut. Broadway: Biloxi Blues, Getting Away With Murder. National Tours: Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound. Off-Broadway and Regional: Man from Nebraska (Second Stage), Thousand Pines (Westport Playhouse), The Hope Hypothesis (Sheen Center), The Importance of Being Earnest (Berkeley Rep), The Doctor Is Out (The Old Globe), West Side Story (Paper Mill Playhouse). Film: Fright Night, Mannequin Two, among others. Regular and recurring television: Herman’s Head, Justified, Ellen, Judging Amy, Brother’s Keeper, among others. Tremendous thanks to Artists and Representatives, and deep love and gratitude to Ande, Ogden, Stokes, and Walker. KADIJAH RAQUEL* (Beneatha Younger) is making her Yale Rep debut. She is a SUNY Purchase alumna, proudly representing Detroit, Michigan. Some of her recent credits include The Rolling Stone at Lincoln Center Theater and Eve’s Song at The Public Theater. She’s grateful to be working on an American classic with a team that challenges the way we view our reality, what we give value, and how we truly feel about our self-worth. Spread love and light in all you do and remember that #BlackLivesMatter.

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


CAST CHRISTINA ACOSTA ROBINSON* (Ruth Younger) Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Regional: The Wiz (Broadway At Music Circus); Everybody Black (Actors Theatre of Louisville); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Guthrie Theater); Once on This Island (Cincinnati Playhouse); Summer (La Jolla Playhouse); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Seven Guitars (Two River Theater); The Color Purple (Milwaukee Rep); Caroline, or Change (Tantrum/Syracuse Stage); Romance in Hard Times (Barrington Stage); My Fair Lady/The Unfortunates (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Death of a Salesman (Yale Rep); Television: Younger (TV Land). Training: M.F.A., Yale School of Drama. Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson, and my sweet Marilyn. Christina is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring. KEN ROBINSON* (Walter Lee Younger) Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Color Purple (2016 revival), Memphis, and Baby It’s You! Regional: A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Once on This Island at Cincinnati Playhouse; Support Group for Men at CATF; Caroline, or Change at Tantrum; Between Riverside and Crazy at Cleveland Play House; The First Noel at the Classical Theatre of Harlem; Choir Boy at Marin Theatre; The Colored Museum at the Huntington Theatre; and The Piano Lesson at Syracuse Stage and Seattle Rep. Training: M.F.A., Yale School of Drama. Here’s to you, Mrs. and Miss Robinson. Ken is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.

SANA “PRINCE” SARR (Travis Younger) made his Yale Rep debut in Assassins. His other credits include Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol Experience (Fairfield Center Stage), Ben and Lisa in Disaster (CT Repertory), Tom of Warwick in Camelot (Westport Country Playhouse), Turkey Boy in A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage), and Lil’ Mar in Marty and the Hands That Could (Yale School of Drama). Prince was in Bridgeport Downtown Cabaret where he has appeared in Bye Bye Birdie (Mr. McAfee) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gargoyle). He was featured on WNPR in October 2016 and on Hartford Courant’s “Inspired: A Renaissance of Young Artists” in September 2018. Prince lives in Bridgeport with his parents and brother Ali. He loves singing, reading, and sports. KIMBERLY SCOTT* (Lena Younger) recently appeared at Yale Rep in the 2015 world premiere of Familiar by Danai Gurira and the 2009 production of Death of a Salesman. While a student at Yale School of Drama, she created the role of Molly Cunningham in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Yale Rep, and went on to play that role on Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress and for the Drama Desk Award. She also appeared in Wole Soyinka’s A Play of Giants. Her Off-Broadway credits include Mabou Mines’s Lear and The Gospel at Colonus (Gorky Art Theatre, Moscow). Her regional theater credits include the world premieres of Sweat by Lynn Nottage, American Night by Culture Clash, UNIVERSES’ Party People, 11

CAST The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler by Jeff Whitty, as well as roles in Our Town, Doubt, Po’ Boy Tango, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, A Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Pirates of Penzance, and A Raisin in the Sun. Film and television: Bob Hearts Abishola, Love and Other Drugs, The Great Buck Howard, World Trade Center, Everybody Loves Raymond, Guess Who, Will & Grace, Wonderfalls, K-Pax, The United States of Leland, Downtown, Strong Medicine, NYPD Blue, The Practice, Bellyfruit, The Waterdance, Batman and Robin, Batman Forever, The Client, MacGyver, ER, 7th Heaven, Family Law, Soul Food, The Commish, Falling Down, Flatliners, The Abyss, and the soon to be released Aretha Franklin biopic Respect. Ms. Scott is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this spring.

NOMÈ SIDONE (Joseph Asagai), a proud immigrant from Nigeria, is a first-year M.F.A candidate at Yale School of Drama. Recent productions include: Richard II, The Heart of Robin, The Sea Maid, The Taming of the Shrew (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); The Unspoken 200 (Saint Clements Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mended Wing Theater Company); Airline Highway, Antony and Cleopatra, Six Degrees of Separation, Where We’re Born, A Movie Star Is Born… (UNC School of the Arts); Take One Step and The Servant of Two Masters (Peppercorn Theater Company). Film: Supernova and Rota. B.F.A., University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

MATTHEW ELIJAH WEBB* (George Murchison) is a second-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama. A Detroit native, Matthew has trained and performed on stages throughout Michigan. He is grateful for the endless support from his family, his mentors Marilyn McCormick and Dr. Lee Stille, and his cat Eloise.

CREATIVE TEAM MATTHEW ARMENTROUT (Hair and Wig Designer) Broadway: Flying Over Sunset, Sing Street, Birthday Candles, Bernhardt/Hamlet. Off Broadway: The Visitor (The Public), Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout), Othello (Shakespeare in the Park). Regional: Bliss (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Jitney (National Tour), Paradise Square (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). ZACHRY J. BAILEY* (Stage Manager) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Seven Spots on the Sun, Marty and the Hands That Could, and Pentecost. He is a Co-Artistic Director of The Yale Cabaret, where select credits include Fade, Alma, Fireflies, 2018 Satellite Festival (stage manager); and The Rules (director). Other credits include the Yale Rep productions of The Plot and Twelfth Night (assistant stage manager), and Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 (production assistant); The Book of Merman, The Temperamentals, YANK! The Musical (Evolution Theatre Inc.); Snoopy!!!, Sleepy Hollow, The Emperor’s New Clothes (Columbus Children’s Theatre). He holds a B.A. in theater from The Ohio State University, where select credits include An Enemy of the People, Heathers: The Musical, In Here Out There, There Is No Silence. zachrybailey.com

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


CARL COFIELD (Director) directed last season’s Twelfth Night at Yale Rep. He is the Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, where he directed The Bacchae, A Christmas Carol in Harlem, Antigone, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Other credits include One Night in Miami (Rogue Machine Theater; Denver Center Theatre Company; Los Angeles NAACP Award, Best Director); A Raisin in the Sun (Two River Theater Company); Henry IV Part 2 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Disgraced (Denver Center); The Mountaintop (Cleveland Play House); and Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre). He was associate director for The White Card by Claudia Rankine, directed by Diane Paulus (American Repertory Theater), and Camp David by Laurence Wright, directed by Molly Smith (Arena Stage); and he directed a reading of Camp David for President and First Lady Carter (The Carter Center). Acting credits include Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, McCarter Theatre, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre, and many others. Carl teaches at New York University and The New School. Education: M.F.A., Columbia University. carlcofield.com FRANCESCA DeCICCO (Technical Director) is a second-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama. She was an assistant technical director for Twelfth Night last season at Yale Rep. Prior to Yale, she has worked at The Juilliard School, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. She received a B.A. in theater arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz. francescadecicco.com

ERIC M. GLOVER (Production Dramaturg) Putting some respect on Lorraine Hansberry’s name and working on A Raisin in the Sun is a dream come true for Eric M. Glover. First learning about the play in his youth while reading his dear Mother’s dog-eared massmarket paperback, Eric learned about Yale School of Drama because previous dean Lloyd Richards originally directed the play. Eric hopes Yale Repertory Theatre’s WILL POWER! production also passes down stewardship, between Black parents and their children, of expressive culture on the stage. LILY GUERIN (Scenic Designer) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where her credits include Seven Spots On The Sun and The Tempest. Other credits include Phosphene, Burn Book, and Cock (Yale Cabaret); The Outgoing Tide (Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre); Hotel Sonder (Davenport Theatre); and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Robert Moss Theater). She has been production designer for two feature films, Pentimento and The Secret Dream. She has worked in the art departments for Blindspot (NBC) and Sublets (web series). She holds a B.F.A. in scenic design from Purchase College. lilyguerindesign.com FREDERICK KENNEDY (Sound Designer) Recent work includes Every Brilliant Thing (TheatreSquared), Three Days in the Country (NYU), The Visit (Atlantic Theater School), The River (Hartford TheaterWorks), Flyin’ West (Westport Country Playhouse), Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 (American Conservatory Theater, Yale Rep), and Native Son (Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination: Best Sound Design). In addition to his theatrical work, he has appeared on dozens of recordings; toured throughout North America and Europe, as well as to parts of South America, the Caribbean, and the South 13

CREATIVE TEAM Pacific; and taught numerous classes in improvisation, composition, and sound design for multimedia as a guest artist at universities around the United States. He is on the faculty of the City University of New York and of Connecticut College, and holds an M.F.A. in sound design from Yale School of Drama and a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. Frederick was the 2018 recipient of the Burry Fredrik Fellowship in Design. fredkennedy.org

LORRAINE HANSBERRY (1930–1965) is the author of the plays A Raisin in the Sun; The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, produced on Broadway in 1964 shortly before her death; and Les Blancs, which premiered posthumously on Broadway in 1970. A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway. Later that season, Miss Hansberry also became the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman, and the first African American to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award when A Raisin in the Sun was named Best Play. In 1961, the film version won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival, and Hansberry was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for her screenplay. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, an autobiographical portrait in her own words, adapted by her former husband and executor Robert Nemiroff, was the longest running Off-Broadway play in 1969. The author of many articles and essays on literary criticism, racism, sexism, homophobia, world peace, and other social and political issues, her published writings also include The Drinking Gourd, What Use Are Flowers?, and The Movement, a long essay written as text for a photojournalistic treatment of the Civil Rights Movement. BETH McGUIRE (Vocal and Dialect Coach) Broadway: Eclipsed, A Streetcar Named Desire, Chaplin, I’ll Eat You Last. New York: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (Theatre for a New Audience); Eclipsed, In Darfur (The Public Theater); 14

The Overwhelming (Roundabout Theatre); The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop); Five by Tenn (Manhattan Theater Club); People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Her Portmanteau (Black Theatre of Harlem); The Imaginary Invalid (La Mama E.T.C.); as well as multiple productions at Working Theater. Regional: Over 35 productions at McCarter Theatre, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Film: Black Panther and Us. Beth is Director of Speech and Dialects at Yale School of Drama and is the author of African Accents: A Workbook for Actors (2016).

KATHY A. PERKINS (Lighting Designer) New York credits: New Federal Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Regional: Arden Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Steppenwolf, Alliance Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, St. Louis Black Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Indiana Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Congo Square, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Writers Theatre, Two River, People’s Light, Playmakers Repertory Company. International: South Africa, Cuba, Switzerland. Kathy is a senior editor of The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance and is editor/co-editor of six anthologies focusing on African/ African Diaspora women. She is Professor Emerita of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Education: Howard University, University of Michigan. KELSEY RAINWATER (Intimacy Director) is a New York-based actress and intimacy coach with many regional credits. As an intimacy coach she has worked at The Public Theater on Measure for Measure and White Noise, by SuzanLori Parks directed by Oskar Eustis. She is a lecturer in acting at Yale School of Drama teaching stage combat and is a co-

CREATIVE TEAM intimacy director for the School as well as Yale Rep. Kelsey received her training at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

TARA RUBIN/LAURA SCHUTZEL, C.S.A. (Casting Directors) have been casting at Yale Rep since 2004. Selected Broadway/National Tours: King Kong, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Band’s Visit, Prince of Broadway, Indecent, Bandstand, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Les Misérables, The Heiress, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Café, Jersey Boys, Here Lies Love. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Bucks County Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse. tararubincasting.com ASHLEY M. THOMAS (Production Dramaturg) was born and raised in Harlem, New York. As a writer and researcher, she is interested in exploring the intersections of culture, politics, and Beyoncé through a Black feminist lens. A proud alumna of the First Wave Urban Arts Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ashley graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate studying dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at Yale School of Drama. Ashley is grateful to make her Yale Rep debut at as a co-dramaturg on A Raisin in the Sun. RICK SORDELET (Fight Director) is the Resident Fight Director for Yale Rep, where he was worked on dozens of shows over the last twenty years. He and his son and partner, Christian KellySordelet, created Sordelet INC. Their 73 Broadway credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Tina—The Tina Turner Musical. Television: over 1,200 episodes of stunt coordination

for Guiding Light and both seasons for Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James. Film: Ben Is Back starring Julia Roberts. They have 65 international production credits including Ben Hur Live (Rome, European tour). Rick teaches at Yale School of Drama, Christian teaches at CUNY Harlem and HB Studio, and both are on faculty at Esper Studio. They, with their partner, author David Blixt, also run an e-publishing company called Sordelet INK for the emerging author. @sordeletinc sordeletinc.com

YUNZHU ZENG (Costume Designer) is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she designed the costumes for LOCUSTS. She designed makeup for The Light Fantastic and costumes for Untitled Ke$ha Project, The Rules, and Rubberneck at Yale Cabaret. She holds a B.F.A. in costume and makeup design from Beijing Dance Academy, where her designs appeared in the musicals Grease, Rent, and A Kite on the Horizon, among others. Other credits include Where Is My Maple Town (Theater Row Studio) and Nasreddin Afandi (Beijing Yi-Zhi-Shang Culture & Media Company). KEVIN JINGHONG ZHU* (Assistant Stage Manager) is a second-year M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, where select credits include Reykjavík, Pivot, Henry VI Part 3, Trouble in Mind, Rock Egg Spoon. Other selected credits include the Dwight/Edgewood Project (Yale Rep/Yale School of Drama); El Huracán (Yale Rep); Elon Musk and the plan to Blow Up Mars the musical and Burn Book (Yale Cabaret). He holds a B.A. in mass communication from Purdue University, where select credits include Clybourne Park, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Glass Menagerie, Crimes of the Heart, Eurydice, As You Like It, and Contemporary Dance Company’s Winter Works.

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


A RAISIN IN THE SUN STAFF ARTISTIC Assistant Director Jacob Basri

Assistant Technical Directors Dani Mader Rajiv Shah Hyejin Son

Assistant Scenic Designer Marcele Martinez Garcia Assistant Costume Designer Kyle J. Artone Associate Lighting Designer Rachael Blackwell Assistant Sound Designer and Engineer James T. McLoughlin Youth Supervisor Justin Meadows PRODUCTION Associate Production Managers Shannon Csorny Mia Sara Haiman Associate Safety Advisors Cam Camden Wendy Davies

Assistant Properties Master Jonathan Jolly

Walter Lee Younger Anthony Holiday Travis Younger Stephen Julien Lena Younger Alexandra Maurice

Master Electrician Eric Walker

Ruth Younger Ciara Monique

Run Crew Sarah Cain Cameron Frostbaum Rudi Goblen Evan Hill a.k. payne

Joseph Asagai, Moving Man Seun Soyemi Beneatha Younger Maal Imani West Mr. Karl Lindner Devin White

ADMINISTRATION House Manager Matthew Sonnenfeld UNDERSTUDIES Bobo Malachi Beasley George Murchison, Moving Man Robert Lee Hart

SPECIAL THANKS Marina, Cassius, and Langston; The Classical Theatre of Harlem; Ty Jones; Long Wharf Theatre Props Department

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YALE REPERTORY THEATRE STAFF Artistic Director James Bundy

Artistic Fellow Charles O’Malley

Shop Foreman Eric Sparks

Managing Director Victoria Nolan

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

Senior Head Carpenter Matt Gaffney

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 Riccardo Hernandez Resident Set Designer Michael Yeargan Costume Design Advisors Oana Boatez 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

Senior Administrative Assistant to the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director Josie Brown Senior Administrative Assistant for Directing, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Playwriting, and Stage Management Laurie Coppola

Literary Manager Amy Boratko Artistic Associate Kay Perdue Meadows

Interim Shop Carpenter Doug Kester Scenery Intern Jenna Carroll



Sound Supervisor Mike Backhaus Staff Sound Engineer Stephanie Smith Sound Interns Joe Krempetz James T. McLoughlin


Projection Supervisor Eric Lin

Scenic Charge Ru-Jun Wang (on leave)

Head Projection Technician Mike Paddock

Interim Scenic Charge Arthur Vitello III

Projection Intern Erin Sims

Scenic Artists Lia Akkerhuis Nathan Jasunas


Stage Operations

Stage Carpenter Janet Cunningham

Senior Administrative Assistant for Design and Sound Design Kate Begley Baker

Properties Master Jennifer McClure

Senior Administrative Assistant for the Acting Department Ellen Lange

Properties Craftsperson David P. Schrader

Lead Properties Runner Billy Ordynowicz

Master Properties Assistant Zach Faber

Lead Light Board Programmer David Willmore

Library Services Lindsay King

PRODUCTION Production Management

Properties Stock Manager Mark Dionne Properties Interns Katie Pulling Tiago Rodrigues


Wardrobe Supervisor Elizabeth Bolster

FOH Mix Engineer Eric Norris

ADMINISTRATION General Management

Director of Production Shaminda Amarakoon

Costume Shop Manager Christine Szczepanski

General Manager Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

Production Manager Jonathan Reed

Senior Drapers Clarissa Wylie Youngberg Mary Zihal

Associate Managing Directors Lucia Bacqué Gwyneth Muller Caitlin Volz

Production Manager for Studio Projects and Special Events/Student Labor Supervisor C. Nikki Mills Senior Administrative Assistant to the Production, Theater Safety and Occupational Health Grace O’Brien

Artistic Management Scenery Production Stage Manager James Mountcastle

Master Shop Carpenters Ryan Gardner (on leave) Kat McCarthey Sharon Reinhart Libby Stone

Electrics Interns Perry Keller Adago Cameron Waitkun

Technical Directors Neil Mulligan Matt Welander Electro Mechanical Laboratory Supervisor Alan Hendrickson

Senior First Hands Deborah Bloch Patricia Van Horn Costume Project Coordinator Linda Kelley-Dodd Interim Draper Stephanie Taff

Assistant Managing Director Madeline Carey Senior Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director and General Manager Emalie Mayo

Lighting Supervisor Donald W. Titus


Management Assistants Samanta Yunuen Cubias Jason Gray Matthew Sonnenfeld

Senior Head Electricians Jennifer Carlson Linda-Cristal Young

Company Manager Oakton Reynolds


Yale Repertory Theatre Staff Assistant Company Managers Sarah Cain Wendy Davies

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

Business Manager Martha Boateng

Publications Manager Marguerite Elliott

Art and Design Paul Evan Jeffrey

Business Office Analyst Stacie Wcislo

Marketing and Communications Assistants Sarah Scafidi Caitlin M. Dutkiewicz

Production Photographer Joan Marcus

Digital Communications Associate George Tinari

Director of Audience Business Office Specialist Services Preston Mock Laura Kirk

Digital Technology Associate Andre Griffith

Assistant Director of Audience Services Shane Quinn

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

Subscriptions Coordinator Tracy Baldini

Interim Business Office Specialist Sharon S. Brown

Associate Director of Development Communications and Alumni Affairs Casey Grambo

IT Services Eli Ostroff Business OfficeAssistant Ashlie Russell

Senior Administrative Finance OfficeAssistant Assistant to Development Asberry Thomas and Marketing & Communications
 Database Application Jennifer E. Alzona Consultants Bo Du Development Assistants Ben Silvert Caitlin M. Dutkiewicz Jason Gray Marketing, Regina Gordon-Laing Communications,

Finance, Human Resources, and Digital Technology

Director of Finance & Human Resources and Interim Director of Digital Technology Katherine D. Burgueño

Director, Yale Tessitura Consortium and Interim Director of Web Technology Janna J. Ellis

and Audience Services

Director of Marketing Daniel Cress

Director of Communications Steven Padla Senior Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Caitlin Griffin Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Markie Gray

Audience Services Assistant Molly Leona Box Office Assistants Mikaela Boone Morgan Cronin Samantha Else Mona Gandhi Jordan Graf Paige Hann Kenneth Murray a.k. payne Amir Rezvani Irene Vazquez Ushers Jillian Albrecht Lorena Benitez Denny Burke Kristina Cuello Lucy Ehrenfeld Natasha Gaither Elli Herzog Taylor Hoffman Rucha Kandlur Hannah Kleffke Bonnie Moeller Talia Morison-Allen Jordan Pilant Lauren Radigan Marissa Rocha Payton Rose Emma Safir Annie Trowbridge Jocelyn Wexler Cody Whetstone Elizabeth Wiet Larsson Youngberg

Videographer David Kane

Theater Safety and Occupational Health

Director of Theater Safety and Occupational Health Anna Glover

Customer Service and Safety Officers Kevin Delaney Ed Jooss John Marquez


Director of Facility Operations Jennifer Gonsalves Operations Associate Nadir Balan Operations Assistant Devin Matlock Arts and Graduate Studies Superintendents Jennifer Draughn Michael Halpern Team Leaders Andrew Mastriano Sherry Stanley Facility Stewards Michael Humbert Marcia Riley Custodians Sybil Bell Christina Davis Tylon Frost Cassandra Hobby Kathy Langston Mark Roy Jerome Sonia

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.


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

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES 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 Rep (located on the left side of the building), and accessible seating. For more information about the theater’s accessibility services, Please contact Laura Kirk, Director of Audience Services, at 203.432.1522 or laura.kirk@yale.edu.


Available at the concierge desk in the theater lobby are Braille and large print programs and assistive listening devices.

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.)

OPEN CAPTIONING April 4 at 2PM A digital display of the play’s dialogue as it’s spoken.

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

Yale Repertory Theatre thanks the Eugene G. and Margaret M. Blackford Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee for its support of services for our patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Three new plays by graduating Yale School of Drama playwrights:

Noah Diaz | Margaret E. Douglas | Audley Puglisi



YOUTH PROGRAMS As part of Yale Rep’s commitment to our community, we provide two significant youth programs. WILL POWER! offers specially priced tickets and early 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. A Raisin in the Sun is the 2019–20 season WILL POWER! production. 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 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.


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.


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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 Rudy Aragon 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)

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 Tom Moore 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 Esme Usdan

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 Donald Ware

BENEFACTORS ($10,000–$24,999)

Nina Adams and Moreson Kaplan Americana Arts Foundation Pun Bandhu Carmine Boccuzzi and Bernard Lumpkin Lynne and Roger Bolton Jim Burrows Forrest Compton Michael Diamond Educational Foundation of America Ettinger Foundation

Heidi Ettinger Lily Fan Donald Granger Mabel Burchard Fischer Grant Foundation Jennifer Lindstrom Lucille Lortel Foundation Cathy MacNeil-Hollinger and Mark Hollinger Neil Mazzella Arthur and Merle Nacht Seedlings Foundation Ted and Mary Jo Shen Talia Shire Schwartzman Carol L. Sirot Trust for Mutual Understanding

PATRONS ($5,000–$9,999)

John Badham Foster Bam Clare and Sterling Brinkley James Bundy and Anne Tofflemire Ian Calderon James Chen Brett Dalton Michael S. David Terry Fitzpatrick Julie and Marcus Fuller Barbara and Richard Franke Howard Gilman Foundation

Jesse and Dorothy Hartman Foundation Sally Horchow Linda Gulder Huett Ellen Iseman 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 Tony Shalhoub Russ Rosensweig Michael and Riki Sheehan Philip J. Smith Sophie von Haselberg

PRODUCER’S CIRCLE ($2,500–$4,999) Anonymous John Lee Beatty Mark Blankenship Donald and Mary Brown Joan Channick and Ruth Hein Schmitt Anthony Forman JANA Foundation Fred Gorelick and Cheryl MacLachlan


Contributors to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre Rolin Jones Neil Mulligan Richard Ostreicher Pam and Jeff Rank John Thomas III Courtney B. Vance

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE ($1,000–$2,499)

Donna Alexander Bruce Altman in memory of Anna Altman Deborah Applegate and Bruce Tulgan Amy Aquino and Drew McCoy Paula Armbruster Richard and Alice Baxter Patricia Bennett and Rich Gold Jody Locker Berger Frances Black Jeff Bleckner Daniel Blinkoff Cyndi Brown James T. Brown Kate Burton Cosmo Catalano, Jr. Dana Cesnik and Brandon Doyle William Conner Peggy Cowles Stephen Coy Catherine and Elwood Davis Ramon Delgado Christopher Durang Glen R. Fasman Eric Gershman and Katie Liberman Rob Greenberg Jane Head Dale and Stephen Hoffman Donald Holder James Guerry Hood Elizabeth Kaiden Ann Judd and Bennett Pudlin Helen Kauder and Barry Nalebuff Rik Kaye Abby Kenigsberg Walt Klappert Frances Kumin The Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation Cheng Heng Lee 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 Lawrence Mirkin Gather Myers Victoria Nolan and Clark Crolius Dw Phineas Perkins Jim Phills Amy Povich Kathy and George Priest Lance Reddick


Bill and Sharon Reynolds Joumana Rizk Dr. Michael Rigsby and Prof. Richard Lalli Deborah Rovner Liev Schreiber Alec and Aimee Scribner The Gary and Barbara Siegler Foundation Benjamin Slotznick Shepard and Marlene Stone Arlene Szczarba Carol M. Waaser Shana C. Waterman Steven Waxler Robert Wierzel Amanda Wallace Woods Evan Yionoulis Steve Zuckerman and Darlene Kaplan

PARTNERS ($500–$999)

Actors’ Equity Foundation Shaminda Amarakoon Mr. and Mrs. B.N. Ashfield Deborah S. and Bruce M. Berman Ashley Bishop Donald Brown Anne and Guido Calabresi Thomas and Danielle Canfield Joy Carlin Sarah Bartlo Chaplin Daniel Cooperman and Mariel Harris Sean Cullen Bob and Priscilla Dannies Robert Dealy Martin Desjardins Kelvin Dinkins, Jr. Alexander Dodge Janann Eldredge Bernard Engel Roberta Enoch and Steven Canner Peter Entin Susan and Fred Finkelstein 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 Elizabeth Kaiden Elizabeth Katz and Reed Hundt Harvey Kliman and Sandra Stein Hedda and Gary Kopf Sanaa Lathan Suttirat Larlarb Kenneth Lewis Chih-Lung Lui Charles H. Long Robert W. Lyons Peter Macon

John McAndrew Peter and Wendy McCabe Susie Medak and Greg Murphy Margaret Morgan Daniel Mufson Laura Naramore Janet Oetinger Arthur Oliner F. Richard Pappas Russell Parkman 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 Anne Seiwerath Sandra Shaner Anna Deavere Smith Dr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Spencer James Steerman Jeremy Stein Ted Stein Matthew Suttor David Sword Sarah Treem Sylvia Van Sinderen and James Sinclair Paul Walsh Mark Weaver Vera Wells Carolyn Seely Wiener Terrence Witter Steven Wolff Walton Wilson Donald Youngberg

INVESTORS ($250–$499)

Bruce Ackerman and Susan Rose-Ackerman Luis Alfaro Momoudou Athie Mary Ellen and Thomas Atkins Alexander Bagnall Molly Bernard 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 Lani Click Aurélia and Ben Cohen Dean Lynn Cooley and Ted Killiam Claire A. Criscuolo John W. Cunningham

F. Mitchell Dana Laura Davis and David Soper Aziz Dehkan and Barbara Moss Dennis Dorn Patricia Doukas Karen and Edwin Duval Jerry Evans Michael Fain Evelina Fernandez Joel Fontaine David Freeman Randy Fullerton Shelley Geballe Carol Gibson-Prugh John Glover Stephen Godchaux Marian Godfrey LT Gourzong Rob Greenberg Lorence Gutterman Scott Hansen Douglas Harvey Barbara Hauptman Ricardo Hernandez Chuck Hughes David Henry Hwang Suzanne Jackson Joanna and Lee A. Jacobus Yuriko Kamada Bruce Katzman Edward Kaye Lindsay King James Kleinmann David Kriebs Maryanne Lavan and Larry Harris Bona Lee Max Leventhal and Susan Booth Suzanne Cryer Luke James Magruder Adam Man Elizabeth Margid Frederick Marker Ben and Sally Mayer Tom McCarthy Deborah McGraw Diana Michta Janice Muirhead David Muse Regina and Thomas Neville George and Marjorie O’Brien Lori Ott Jacob Padrón Bruce Payne and Jack Thomas Lisa Rigsby Peterson Alec Purves Sarah Rafferty Theodore Robb Brian Robinson Kerry Robinson and Michael Capello Theodore Robb Steve Robman Carolyn Rochester Howard Rogut Allen Rosenshine Fernande E. Ross Jean and Ron Rozett Robert Sandberg

Dana Sanders Suzanne Sato Robin Sauerteig Kathleen McElfresh Scott Paul Selfa Eugene Shewmaker William Skipper Mary C. Stark Regina Starolis Howard Steinman Nausica Stergiou Erich Stratmann Bernard Sundstedt Jeann Terrazzano Richard B. Trousdell Deborah Trout John Turturro and Katherine Borowitz Wendy and Peter Wells Dana Westberg George C. White Guy and Judith Yale David York Pat and John Zandy Albert Zuckerman

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

Connie Evans Jerry Evans John D. Ezell Ann Farris Richard and Barbara Feldman Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fellows Eugene Fidell and Linda Greenhouse Paul and Susan Birke Fiedler Terry S. Flagg Madlyn and Richard Flavell Meredith Freeman Keith Fowler Walter M. Frankenberger III Donald Fried Reynold Frutkin Richard Fuhrman Barbara and Gerald Gaab Josh Galperin James Gardner David and Joan Geetter Stephen Gefroh Eugénie and Brad Gentry Lauren Ghaffari Nina Glickson and Worth David Gary Glynn Lindy Lee Gold Robert Goldsby Diane Goldsmith Steven Gore Naomi Grabel Charles Grammer Hannah Grannemann 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 Hanley John Harnagel Charlene Harrington Lawrence and Roberta Harris Babo Harrison Frederick Hartung Doug Harvey Brian Hastert Kathleen Hayes and John Hanson James Hazen Ethan Heard Sara Hedgepath Beth Heller Robert Heller Ann Hellerman Steve Hendrickson Molly Hennighausen Chris Henry Jeffrey Herrmann Caite Hevner Ashton Heyl Joan and Dennis Hickey Roderick Hickey

Christopher Higgins Gabrielle and Michael Hirschfeld Elizabeth Holloway Betsy Hoos Nicholas Hormann Susan Horrowitz Kathleen Houle Kevin Hourigan David Howson Evelyn Huffman Derek Hunt Peter H. Hunt John Huntington John W. Jacobsen Chris Jaehnig Ina and Robert Jaffee Michael James Eliot and Lois Jameson Elizabeth Johnson Geoffrey Ashton Johnson Donald E. Jones, Jr. Martha Jurczak Jonathan Kalb Carol Kaplan Dr. and Mrs. Michael Kashgarian Dr. Jane Katcher Edward Kaye Patricia Keenan Jay B. Keene Asaad Kelada Barnet Kellman Roger Kenvin Peter Kim Carol Soucek King Susan Kirschner-Robinson and Shirley Kirschner Raymond Klausen William Kleb Dr. Lawrence Klein Fredrica Klemm Elise F. Knapp Deborah Kochevar David Koppel Joseph Kovalick Brenda and Justin Kreuzer David Kriebs Susan Kruger and Family Ann Kuhlman and Adel Allouche Tom Kupp 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 Malia Lewis Fred Lindauer Rita Lipson Robert Hamilton Long II Arthur Lueking Everett Lunning Andi Lyons Janell MacArthur


Contributors to Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre Lizbeth Mackay Wendy MacLeod Alan MacVey 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 Aaron Palmer Mastin Maria Matasar-Padilla Craig Mathers Marya Mazor Margaret and Robert McCaw Matthew McCollum Patrick and Linda McCrelles Robert McDonald Thomas McGowan Deborah McGraw 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 Jane Ann Miller Jonathan Miller Sandra Milles Lawrence Mirkin Frank Mitchell Jennifer Moeller Richard Mone George Moredock David and Betsy Morgan Joey Moro Beth Morrison Jay Mullen Carol Bretz Murray-Negron 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 Maulik Pancholy Joan Pape Michael Paragano 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 Geoffrey Pierson Joel Polis Lisa Porter Michael Posnick Jeffrey Powell and Adalgisa Caccone Gladys Powers Robert Provenza Jeffry Provost William Purves Ralph Redpath Gail Reen Barbara Reid Laila Robins Joan Robbins Sheila Robbins Nathan Roberts Peter S. Roberts Lori Robishaw Priscilla Rockwell Doug Rogers Constanza Romero Melina Root Robert Rooy Stephen Rosenberg June Rosenblatt Joseph Ross Donald Rossler John Rothman Rebecca Rugg Dean and Maryanne Rupp Janet Ruppert Ortwin Rusch

Raymond Rutan John Barry Ryan Dr. Robert and Marcia Safirstein Steven Saklad Donald Sanders Robert Sandine and Irene Kitzman Frank Sarmiento Adam Saunders Peggy Sasso Joel Schechter Anne Schenck Kenneth Schlesinger Georg Schreiber Jennifer Schwartz Kimberly 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. George Smith Helena L. Sokoloff Suzanne Solensky and Jay Rozgonyi 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 Jean and Yeshvant Talati Douglas Taylor 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 Suzanne Tucker Gregory and Marguerite Tumminio Leslie Urdang Joan van Ark Flora Van Dyke Carrie Van Hallgren Craig Volk Mark Anthony Wade Erik Walstad Brad Ward David Ward Barbara Wareck and Charles Perrow Cliff Warner John Weikart Rosa Weissman Charles Werner Kathleen Whitby Peter White Robert and Charlotte White Stanley Wiklinski Lisa A. Wilde Robert Wildman Marshall Williams Sarah Williams 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 *deceased

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