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Returning to this theatre each fall fills me with a sense of awe. Some forty years ago, when Robert Brustein and his colleagues reclaimed the former Calvary Baptist Church as a new home for theatre in downtown New Haven, they may have imagined the millions of theatre-goers who would attend over the years, and the thousands of talented artists who would make their homes, for a time, in this theatre. They may also have imagined a range of plays, classic and new, that would comprise the repertoire through the decades.
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Even more important, though, I am sure they imagined this space would be filled by events and happenings and ideas that would be, in a profound sense, unimaginable—the product of diverse creative collaborations—and therefore most surprising and compelling. To revisit Richard II in this political season has been such a wondrous experience for me. On its face, the play is magically humane and epic history, raising vital questions of leadership and legitimacy encoded in the culture of monarchism. Remarkably, at this moment in our democracy, all of us, like the characters in the play, bear responsibility—both for the end of one administration, and for the competition for succession. And already, well over a year before our next presidential election, we heatedly probe these same questions of leadership and legitimacy in what we now call the “24-hour news cycle.” So often, in that news cycle, the really exciting questions are ducked, spun, or obscured. That is what the competitors do, and Shakespeare knew it. He lived in the age of a monarch who strived mightily to burnish her public image and hide her private foibles, and whose own standing was threatened by unsuccessful military adventures abroad. He also had the advantage, as a dramatist, of being able to imbue his characters with a sense of responsibility for confronting the consequences of their actions. Any of us might wish for such a power in real life, but all of us can benefit from witnessing it applied in art, as imagined by the playwright and rendered by this inventive and indefatigable company. Thank you for coming, and enjoy the show! Sincerely yours,
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CAST George Bartenieff / Brian Robert Burns / Jeffrey Carlson Caroline Stefanie Clay / Caitlin Clouthier / Alvin Epstein Jonathan Fried / Kristjiana Gong / Christopher Grant Billy Eugene Jones / Alex Knox / Brent Langdon Michael Leibenluft / Christopher McFarland / Christopher McHale Dan Moran / Edward Oâ€™Blenis / Josh Odsess-Rubin Joseph Parks / Allen E. Read / Joe Tapper
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C AS T in order of speaking JEFFREY CARLSON
King Richard II
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, Richard’s uncle
BILLY EUGENE JONES
Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, Gaunt’s son
Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk
CAROLINE STEFANIE CLAY BRENT LANGDON ALLEN E. READ JOSH ODSESS-RUBIN BRIAN ROBERT BURNS
Duchess of Gloucester Duke of Surrey Duke of Aumerle, York’s son Bolingbroke’s Herald Mowbray’s Herald
Sir Henry Green
Sir John Bushy
ALEX KNOX GEORGE BARTENIEFF CAITLIN CLOUTHIER JONATHAN FRIED JOE TAPPER EDWARD O’BLENIS MICHAEL LEIBENLUFT BRIAN ROBERT BURNS DAN MORAN CHRISTOPHER McHALE BRENT LANGDON DAN MORAN KRISTJIANA GONG ALVIN EPSTEIN
Sir William Bagot Edmund of Langley, Duke of York, Richard’s uncle Queen Isabelle Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland Lord Ross Lord Willoughby Harry Percy, Northumberland’s son Lord Berkeley Bishop of Carlisle Earl of Salisbury Sir Stephen Scroop Lady-in-Waiting Gardener
Gardener’s Man Gardener’s Man
DAN MORAN CHRISTOPHER GRANT ALEX KNOX
MICHAEL LEIBENLUFT CAROLINE STEFANIE CLAY
Abbot of Westminster Duchess of York Sir Piers of Exton Exton’s Man
THERE WILL BE ONE INTERMISSION. 7
OF COUSINS AND CROWNS THE BACKSTORY At the age of ten, Richard II was crowned King of England, a title he inherited from his grandfather Edward III. (Richard’s father, Edward “the Black Prince,” had died the year before.) Richard’s uncle John of Gaunt, one of Edward III’s seven sons, acted as a mentor to Richard until the young king came into his own. Devoted to the old ideal of the Divine Right of Kings and worried about losing his crown, Richard dismantled the Lords Appellant, a powerful group of barons who, led by his uncle the Duke of Gloucester, had attempted several times to seize power. In response, Richard had the Earl of Arundel executed and banished the Earl of Warwick. Gloucester was murdered while imprisoned at Calais awaiting his trial.
LIFE PORTRAIT OF KING RICHARD II, LATE 14TH CENTURY, © DEAN AND CHAPTER OF WESTMINSTER.
Murder of Edward II; Accession of Edward III
THE PLAY BEGINS King Richard II’s cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, brings Sir Thomas Mowbray to the royal court to accuse him of murdering the Duke of Gloucester, a charge Mowbray denies. Unable to resolve the quarrel by peaceful means, Richard, who may or may not have ordered Mowbray to kill Gloucester, agrees to a duel between the two men at
Birth of his son Edward, called “The Black Prince” because of the black armor he wore
Edward III claims French Throne; Hundred Years War begins
Edward III invades France
at Coventry. Interrupting the contest before harm can befall either combatant, Richard banishes both from England—Bolingbroke for six years and Mowbray forever. Heartsick at the sentence, John of Gaunt,
ENGLISH OR FRENCH ARTIST, RICHARD II PRESENTED TO THE VIRGIN AND CHILD BY HIS PATRON SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST AND SAINTS EDWARD AND EDMUND (LEFT PANEL OF “THE WILTON DIPTYCH”), CIRCA 1395-1399, © THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON. BOUGHT WITH A SPECIAL GRANT AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SAMUEL COURTAULD, VISCOUNT ROTHERMERE, C.T. STOOP, AND THE ART FUND, 1929.
Bolingbroke’s father, dies. Richard seizes Gaunt’s estate to furnish his ill-advised wars in Ireland. While Richard is away, the banished Bolingbroke returns to reclaim his father’s lands, goods, and title, gradually winning popular support and political favor with the common people and many nobles. Finding all of his former friends have either abandoned him or been murdered by his challenger, Richard admits defeat and, humbled, agrees to abdicate. The newly crowned King Henry IV sends Richard to prison in Pomfret Castle and presides over the royal court where allegiances are still tangled between Richard’s supporters and those of the new king. Exton, one of the court, overhears King Henry’s impulsive wish to be rid of Richard and takes it upon himself to murder the deposed king. Given the news that Richard is dead, King Henry IV realizes that as long as he rules England, his reign— like Richard’s before him—will be tainted by the fact “that blood should sprinkle [him] to make [him] grow.” IN THE NEXT INSTALLMENT King Henry IV’s reign is plagued by guilt, border disputes, attempts on his life and crown, and troubles with his eldest son Henry (known to Shakespeare’s audiences as Prince Hal), who displays little interest in the royal court. The king must now protect himself against Scotland, Wales, and the Percy family, all while preparing Hal for the role of a lifetime—King Henry V. — REBECCA PHILLIPS, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG
Birth of John of Gaunt
Black Death strikes France
Black Death strikes England
Birth of Richard II and Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV)
Death of The Black Prince
PROFESSOR WILL’S HISTORY LESSON RICHARD II AND THE HENRIAD As 1593 drew to a close, William Shakespeare had good reason to rejoice. His nascent playwriting career in the competitive London theatre was taking off. His first cycle of history plays—Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III, chronicling the decline and fall of the Houses of Lancaster and York—was enormously popular. How would he follow up such success? As George Lucas would do with his Star Wars series four hundred years later, Shakespeare turned to the beginning of the story. Richard II is the first play in what is commonly known as the Henriad, the series of history plays that includes Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Set in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, Richard II depicts the early stages of the struggle between the noble houses of Lancaster and York. The conflict was known as the War of the Roses because followers of Lancaster, whose emblem was a red rose, and York, whose insignia bore a white rose, fought for control of the English crown. Long before Henry VI is drawn into a bloody civil war and the hunchback Richard III begs for a horse, the country is ruled by young Richard II.
Death of Edward III; Accession of Richard II
Peasants’ Revolt; Death of Edmund Mortimer
Shakespeare populates Richard’s court with characters who figure prominently in the Henriad: Henry Bolingbroke, shortly to become the Lancastrian King Henry IV; the soon-to-be rebels Henry Percy, the Earl of Northumberland, and his son Harry, not yet known as Hotspur. There is even a tantalizing mention of Prince Hal, that “unthrifty son,” idling happily with his “unrestrainèd loose companions,” presumably including Falstaff. These men all have a hand in the bloodshed that extends through Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, and Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3. The violence culminates in the demise of the House of York in Richard III and the creation of the House of Tudor under Henry VII, grandfather to Shakespeare’s monarch, Elizabeth I. Throughout the Henriad, Shakespeare obsesses over the nature of power, governance, and
Marriage of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia
Richard’s expedition to Scotland
kingship. The world of Richard II transitions from the feudal vision of England as the “sceptered isle,” where God’s anointed king rules by divine right, to a realm guided more by coldly calculated realpolitik than by heavenly involvement. These philosophical differences have real implications for Richard and Bolingbroke. If a lawful king is unprincipled and cruel, should he keep his crown? If a capable challenger deposes God’s chosen ruler, what might befall the new king’s reign? As King Richard II descends into oblivion and King Henry IV ascends triumphantly, each taking his place in the pantheon of English rulers, the gathering shadows of history remind us that this story is far, far from over. — LYDIA GARCIA, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG
John of Gaunt’s Spanish expedition
John of Gaunt Gloucester, returns to England Arundel, and Warwick revolt against Richard II
Death of Anne of Bohemia; Richard leaves for Ireland
Richard returns from Ireland
A BLACK PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES Disease and the Fall of the Plantagenets
A standard analysis of King Richard II’s reign (1377-1399) paints an unflattering portrait of the ill-fated monarch; he is often accused of having been a careless and crooked politician who had only himself to blame for his fall from political grace. While he ruled England, Richard drained the royal coffers and racked up huge debts among foreign allies to pay for his extravagant lifestyle. Moreover, it was probably he who ordered the Duke of Gloucester killed and banished the loyal Sir Thomas Mowbray for carrying out the murder.
EDWARD OF WOODSTOCK
died in infancy
LIONEL OF CLARENCE PHILIPPA
m. Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March
EDWARD died 1371
ROGER MORTIMER Earl of March
But this reading of history fails to take into account one small thing—the oriental rat flea. There is little even the wisest monarch could have done to have stopped the rat that carried the flea that carried the germ that brought Europe to its knees. Richard’s England was recovering physically, spiritually, and economically from the Bubonic Plague that had ravaged the entire kingdom less than a half century before, destabilizing every class of feudal society. Peasants and nobles alike began to question the “divine right” of kings who, despite having been chosen by God, could not protect their people from the horrible contagion.
Richard marries Isabelle of France; 25-year truce with France begins
Coronation of Isabelle; Lords Appellant dissolved; Earl of Arundel executed, Earl of Warwick exiled, and the Duke of Gloucester murdered in captivity
Bolingbroke and Mowbray clash at Richard’s court, both are sentenced to exile
John of Gaunt dies; Richard fights rebels in Ireland; Bolingbroke returns to England; Richard is deposed; Bolingbroke crowned as Henry IV
A standard analysis of King Richard II’s reign (1377-1399) paints an unflattering portrait of the ill-fated monarch; he is often accused of having been a careless and crooked politician who had only himself to blame for his fall from political grace. While he ruled England, Richard drained the royal coffers and racked up huge debts among foreign allies to pay for his extravagant lifestyle. Moreover, it was probably he who ordered the Duke of Gloucester killed and banished the loyal Sir Thomas Mowbray for carrying out the murder.
But this reading of history fails to take into account one small JOHN OF GAUNT
Duke of Lancaster
Duke Of York
died in infancy
Duke of Gloucester
Earl of Rutland, Duke of Aumerle
thing—the oriental rat flea. There is little even the wisest monarch could have done to have stopped the rat that carried the flea that carried the germ that brought Europe to its knees.
Richard’s England was recovering physically, spiritually, and economically from the Bubonic Plague that had ravaged the entire kingdom less than a half century before, destabilizing every class of feudal society. Peasants and nobles alike began to question the “divine right” of kings who, despite having been chosen by God, could not protect their people from the horrible contagion.
More than just shaking the Plantagenet family tree on which
Uprisings in Scotland and Wales
Henry marries Joan of Brittany
Percy Rebellion; Battle at Shrewsbury
Battle of Bramham Moor; Northumberland killed
Death of Henry IV; Accession of Henry V
CAST GEORGE BARTENIEFF* (DUKE OF YORK). Last Yale Repertory
Theatre appearance as Cadmus in The Bacchae (1968). Recently appeared in Romeo and Juliet at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, Prometheus Bound at Classic Stage Company, and Stuff Happens at The Public Theater (Drama Desk Award). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Misalliance, The Whole World Over, Box Mao Box, Cop-Out, Room Service, and Unlikely Heroes. Off-Broadway: I Will Bear Witness (Obie Award), Krapp’s Last Tape, Zoo Story, The Brig (The Living Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well, The Memorandum, Dead End Kids, Cymbeline, and American Notes. Regional: Tuesdays with Morrie (Philly Award), Valley Sung, The Cherry Orchard, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Tempest, and The Lady’s Not for Burning. George initiated Theater for the New City in 1970; among the 900 new plays and community related events it has produced are Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child and the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. He is the recipient of three Obie Awards. Training: Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
BRIAN ROBERT BURNS (MOWBRAY’S HERALD and
HARRY PERCY) appeared last season in Bibles and Candy,
Titus Andronicus, and Marat/Sade (Yale School of Drama), A Number (Yale Cabaret), and most recently in The Vote: Bacchae (Yale Summer Cabaret). Other credits include The Young Man from Atlanta (Newport Theatre Arts Center) and The Blue Room (Renegade Theatre). Training: MFA, expected 2008, Yale School of Drama.
(KING RICHARD II). Broadway: Marilyn in Taboo, Valère in
Tartuffe, Billy in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? PreBroadway: James Keller in The Miracle Worker. Off-Broadway: Bach at Leipzig at New York Theatre Workshop; Manuscript at the Daryl Roth Theatre; Last Easter at Manhattan Class Company; Thief River at Signature Theatre Company. Regional: title roles in Hamlet and Lorenzaccio at the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Prince Hal in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (also part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Festival); Marchbanks in Candida and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at McCarter Theatre; Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Cape Cod Theatre Project. Film: Nowhere to Go but Up, Hitch, Backseat, The Killing Floor. TV: Contract player (Zoë) on “All My Children;” Plainsong (CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame); featured in PBS “American Masters” documentary on The Juilliard School; “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Awards: 2004 Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship. Training: The Juilliard School; University of California, Davis; Guthrie Theater.
CAROLINE STEFANIE CLAY* (DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER and DUCHESS OF YORK) has appeared at Yale Repertory
Theatre in Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella and Crumbs from the Table of Joy. Broadway and national tour: Doubt. Broadway: Drowning Crow. Off-Broadway: Doubt at Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, and Atlantic Theater Company. Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and Cleveland Play House. Caroline is a narrator for Recorded Books Audio Books. Film: Allergic to Nuts, The Heights, Sherrybaby, and the upcoming Made For Each Other. TV: “Law & Order” and “All My Children” (recurring role as Nurse Hazel).
CAITLIN CLOUTHIER (QUEEN ISABELLE) has appeared in
Yale School of Drama productions of Our Town, The Lacy Project, The Seagull, Zero Hour, Venus, and Speaking Our Mind. Yale Cabaret and Summer Cabaret credits include Three Birds, The War Is Over, and Zero Hour (workshop production). Recently she played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the Chautauqua Theater Company. Training: BA in Drama from the University of Washington; MFA, expected 2008, Yale School of Drama.
ALVIN EPSTEIN* (JOHN OF GAUNT and
GARDENER) is a founding member and former Associate Director
of Yale Repertory Theatre. Richard II marks his 35th production at Yale Rep, where his acting and directing credits also include Dynamite Tonite!, Happy End, Don Juan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, The Importance of Being Earnest, Heartbreak House, and Black Snow. He has staged more than 20 productions, and acted in more than 150. His Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include King Lear, the American premieres of Waiting for Godot and Endgame, the world premieres of When the World Was Green and Tuesdays with Morrie, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Threepenny Opera, No Strings, and many others following his 1955 New York debut with Marcel Marceau. For 20 years he performed A Kurt Weill Cabaret with Martha Schlamme on and off Broadway and on tour in the U.S. and South America and is again singing that repertoire in Songs Degenerate and Otherwise with Beth Anne Cole. Mr. Epstein is a founding member of American Repertory Theatre and former Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theater. Awards: Most Promising Actor Award from the New York Drama Critics (1956), the Obie Award for Dynamite Tonite!, the Jason Robards Award for Dedication to Theatre, and in 2007, the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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CAST JONATHAN FRIED* (EARL OF NORTHUMBERLAND). New York:
Durwood Peach in Landscape of the Body at Signature Theatre; The Two Noble Kinsmen, Hamlet, Richard III at The New York Shakespeare Festival; Coriolanus at Theater For A New Audience; 1951 at New York Theatre Workshop; Angelique at Manhattan Class Company; Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Signature Theatre. Regional: Slavs at the Mark Taper Forum; Harry Brock in Born Yesterday at Arena Stage; The Constant Wife at American Conservatory Theater; The Cherry Orchard, Midsummer’s Night Dream, Landscape of the Body at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Love! Valour! Compassion! at the Berkshire Theater Festival; Our Town and Slavs at La Jolla Playhouse; Orson Welles in Orson’s Shadow at the Globe; Tales of the Lost Formicans at the Humana Festival; The Trojan Women at the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; Baltimore’s CenterStage, Seattle, and others. As a Company Member at the American Repertory Theater, Mr. Fried appeared in many plays, including King Lear (playing Edmund to Alvin Epstein’s Gloucester). Mr. Fried was also a Company Member at Trinity Repertory Company where his roles included Treplev, Marc Antony, and Tom Wingfield. Film: B.A.P.S, Kate and Leopold, Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End. TV: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “One Life to Live” (recurring role ), and “The Immigrants” for PBS. Up next: Our House, by Theresa Rebeck.
KRISTJIANA GONG (LADY-IN-WAITING) is a second-year
undergraduate student at Yale College. While in high school she played the roles of Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Tess in Crazy for You, and Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes. This is her debut with the Yale Repertory Theatre.
CHRISTOPHER GRANT (THOMAS
MOWBRAY and SIR PIERS OF EXTON)
was last seen at Yale Repertory Theatre as Morgan in All’s Well That Ends Well. New York credits include The Horton Foote Project at 78th Street Theatre Lab. As an actor at Yale School of Drama, he has appeared as the Stage Manager in Our Town and Dr. Dorn in The Seagull, as well as in Zero Hour, Marat/Sade, and Edward II. At Yale Cabaret, he performed in Caryl Churchill’s Hotel: Eight Rooms. He holds a BFA in theatre performance from the University of Evansville. MFA, expected 2008, Yale School of Drama.
BILLY EUGENE JONES* (HENRY BOLINGBROKE). Yale Repertory Theatre: Breath, Boom!. Broadway: A Raisin in the Sun, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. Off-Broadway: Waiting for Godot (Classical Theatre of Harlem), and The Actor’s Rap (Acorn Theater). Has appeared in numerous Shakespeare plays, such as Othello (title role), Hamlet, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, All’s Well That Ends Well, Julius Caesar, and Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2. Selected regional credits: Gee’s Bend (world premiere), 16
Jitney, Fences, Angels in America, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Living Room in Africa (world premiere), The Wild Duck, Guys and Dolls, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Billy will be appearing in August Wilson’s 20th Century at the Kennedy Center in spring 2008. Film: Hexed, High Ambitions, The Peanut Man: The Story of George Washington Carver. TV: “Comic View,” “Wishbone,” and “Madison Heights.” Graduate of Yale School of Drama.
ALEX KNOX (SIR WILLIAM BAGOT and EXTON’S MAN) is a
second-year actor at Yale School of Drama, where he’s performed in Camino Real as Lord Byron, Speaking Our Mind (Carlotta Festival), and The Illusion (Yale Cabaret). Alex created, directed, and performed in Eye, a mask/physical theatre piece that premiered at Yale Summer Cabaret. BFA in Theatre, University of California, Santa Barbara. MFA, Yale School of Drama, expected 2009.
BRENT LANGDON* (DUKE OF SURREY and EARL OF SALISBURY) is making his Yale Repertory Theatre
debut in Richard II. Regional: Henry V at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Murderers at Philadelphia Theatre Company; Crimes of the Heart, The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged), Dracula, and A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Hamlet at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; Three Days of Rain at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati; The Dazzle at B Street Theatre; Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, 2, Marvin’s Room, and The Grapes of Wrath at PlayMakers Repertory Company. TV: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Conviction.” Graduate of the University of Evansville.
MICHAEL LEIBENLUFT (YORK’S SERVANT and GARDENER’S MAN) is making his Yale Repertory Theatre debut in Richard II.
He hails from Washington, DC, where he appeared as Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet at the Folger Theatre, Joe and Si Crowell in Our Town at Round House Theatre, a reading of Lorenzaccio at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, a workshop of The Velvet Sky at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Nick in A Little House Christmas at Adventure Theatre. He is a sophomore Theater Studies and East Asian Studies major at Yale College, where he has appeared in Antigone and the World Performance Project’s 365 Days / 365 Plays. He will direct the New Haven premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City this December.
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CAST CHRISTOPHER McFARLAND (SIR JOHN BUSHY and
PRISON KEEPER) is making his Yale Repertory Theatre debut in
Richard II. Previous Shakespearean roles include Abhorson in Measure for Measure at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; the title role in Hamlet, Rosse in Macbeth, and Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at the Arizona Shakespeare Festival; and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at No Holds Bard Theatre. MFA, expected 2009, Yale School of Drama.
CHRISTOPHER McHALE* (BISHOP OF CARLISLE).
Yale Repertory Theatre: Night Is Mother to the Day, The Beach, Figaro/ Figaro, Pentecost, Petersburg, and Iphegenia at Aulis. Broadway: Piaf, The Iceman Cometh, Execution of Justice, King Lear, and Julius Caesar. Off-Broadway: The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of Julius Caesar, Two Gentlemen of Verona, King John, Macbeth, Othello, and Richard II. He also appeared in Domino at New York Theatre Workshop. Regional: Shakespeare Festival of Washington, DC; Arena Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Cleveland Play House; and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, among others.
DAN MORAN* (LORD BERKELEY, SIR STEPHEN SCROOP,
and ABBOT OF WESTMINSTER). Broadway: Julius Caesar, The Man Who Had All the Luck, A Month In the Country. OffBroadway: Henry V, Pericles, Macbeth, and True West at The Public Theater; Hiding Behind Comets at 29th Street Rep; Sam & Lucy, and originated roles in Sideman, Dark Rapture, Escape from Happiness, and Ella & Miles at New York Stage and Film. Regional: A Streetcar Named Desire at Arena Stage; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Escape from Happiness at CenterStage; Macbeth, As You Like It, and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream at Shakespeare & Company; Happy Days at The Whole Theater. Film: American Gangster and Winter of Frozen Dreams (both in post-production), Rick, Happiness, Mighty Aphrodite, Celebrity, Deconstructing Harry, Sweet & Lowdown, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Maximum Risk, Arresting Gena, Ball in the House, Mob Queen, and Hamlet. TV: “Law & Order,” “Homicide,” and “One Life to Live,” among others.
EDWARD O’BLENIS* (LORD WILLOUGHBY). Yale Repertory
Theatre: The Birds. Off-Broadway: Tall Grass. Other New York credits: Big Trouble in Little Hazard, Spring Awakening, Einstein’s Dreams, Hamlet, Home Affairs. Regional: The Member of the Wedding and The Old Settler at Westport Country Playhouse; Fabulation at People’s Light and Theater; Peter Pan at Intiman Theatre; Caliban in The Tempest and Proteus in The Two Gentleman of Verona at Nebraska Shakespeare Festival; Lobby Hero at New Century Theater; Laertes in Hamlet at the Actors’ Shakespeare 18
Project; The Invisible Man, Pink and Say, and A Wrinkle in Time at Seattle Children’s Theater; Orsino in Twelfth Night at Hampton Shakespeare Festival. Film: Eden, Proud, On the Outs. TV: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Awards: Fox Fellowship. Education: BFA, Cornish College of the Arts; MFA, Yale School of Drama. A proud member of Actors’ Equity.
JOSH ODSESS-RUBIN (BOLINGBROKE’S HERALD and GARDENER’S MAN) is making his Yale Repertory Theatre
debut in Richard II. He is a senior Theater Studies major at Yale College where credits include Curse of the Starving Class, Oleanna, Copenhagen, The Lion in Winter, An Infinite Ache, and Macbeth, as well as Sincerity Forever at Yale Cabaret. Josh will next appear in David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow in October, at Yale’s Whitney Theater, as part of his senior thesis project in acting.
JOSEPH PARKS* (SIR HENRY GREEN and STABLE GROOM). Yale Repertory Theatre: Orpheus in Sarah
Ruhl’s Eurydice. Off-Broadway: Eurydice at Second Stage Theatre. Regional: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Slay the Dragon at American Conservatory Theatre; the American premiere of The Sweetest Swing in Baseball at The Magic Theatre; and Wintertime at San Jose Repertory Theatre. At Yale School of Drama: In the Red and Brown Water, Venus, Marat/Sade, and Edward II. MFA, expected 2008, Yale School of Drama. Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
ALLEN E. READ* (DUKE OF AUMERLE). Yale Repertory
Theatre: The Black Dahlia. New York credits: Playwrights Horizons, The Actors Company Theatre, Ars Nova. Regional: Alliance Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 7 Stages, Horizon Theatre Company. Graduate of Yale School of Drama.
JOE TAPPER* (LORD ROSS) is making his Yale Repertory
Theatre debut in Richard II. Regional credits: Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC; and in Ithaca, New York, Spinning Into Butter at Hangar Theatre, and Shakespeare’s R & J at Kitchen Theatre Company. TV: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He has a BFA from Ithaca College and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
*member of actors’ equity association, union of professional actors and stage managers in the united states.
CREATIVE TEAM JI-YOUN CHANG (LIGHTING DESIGNER). New York credits: My Kitchen Wars, Train
to Nibroc, See Rock City, The Frog Prince, Mark of Cain, The Water Engine, A Lesson From Aloes, and Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, all at 78th Street Theatre Lab; The Flood, The Pursuit of Persephone, The House of Bernardo Alba, Dido (& Aeneas), The Alchemists, and Danton’s Death at Prospect Theatre Company; Once on This Island and The Wiz at Abrons Arts Center of the Henry Street Settlement; and The Uses of Enchantment at West End Theatre. International: Boy Steals Train at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Yale School of Drama: Hamlet, Zero Hour, Speaking Our Mind, and The Wendy Play. Yale Cabaret: Booty Fire, The Boss in the Satin Kimono, Electronic City, Shadowless, The Firebugs, The Love Suicide at Sonezaki, Brand, Live Radio, Seven Deadly Sins, Pornographic Angel, and The Vote: Bacchae. MFA, expected 2008, Yale School of Drama.
BRENDA DAVIS (SCENIC DESIGN). Yale School of Drama credits: Zero Hour, Dwight/
Edgewood Project 2006 and 2007, costume design for The Wendy Play, Carlotta Festival 2007. Awards: 2001 American College Theatre Festival national award for set design and Donald Oenslager scholarship in stage design. Six years assisting set designer Daniel Ostling, most recently on Lucia di Lammermoor for the Metropolitan Opera.
KEELY EASTLEY (VOCAL and TEXT COACH) has worked with the companies of
Lulu at Yale Repertory Theatre; King John, The Taming of the Shrew, and As You Like It at Shakespeare & Company; and Fires in the Mirror with Anna Deavere Smith at The Public Theater. A Linklater Designated Teacher since 1987, Ms. Eastley’s teaching credits include Yale School of Drama, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Boston Conservatory, NYU-Experimental Theatre Wing, Circle-in-the-Square, Classic Stage Company, New Actor’s Workshop, Trinity Rep, Syracuse University, Shakespeare & Company where she is a master teacher of voice, and Toi Whaakari-The New Zealand Drama School where she was head of voice and movement. As an actor she has worked with John Cullum in Look Homeward, Angel; The Custom of the Country with Jeffery Jones; played Emilia in Othello and Gertrude in Hamlet at Shakespeare & Company to name a few. Also in NYC she was a member of The Barrow Group and can be seen in re-runs of “Law & Order” as Judge Lillian Barone. As a vocal and text coach, she has a particular love of Shakespeare.
LYDIA GARCIA (PRODUCTION DRAMATURG) has served as production dramaturg for
Twelfth Night, Flicker, and Breakers at Yale School of Drama. Education: BA, English and American Literature, Harvard University; MFA, expected 2008, Yale School of Drama.
JAMES MOUNTCASTLE (STAGE MANAGER). Please see page 25 for his biography. REBECCA PHILLIPS (PRODUCTION DRAMATURG) is a second-year student in the
Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism program at Yale School of Drama (MFA, expected 2009). Previous YSD credits include Camino Real, The Private Life, and The Illusion. As a translator, Rebecca has worked on Jean Giraudoux’s There Will Be No Trojan War, and Blood Box: An Evening of Grand Guignol, an original adaptation currently in production at Yale Cabaret. Rebecca holds an AB in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. 20
SARAH PICKETT (SOUND DESIGN). Yale School of Drama: original music and
sound design for Zero Hour and Edward II; assistant sound design for Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, The Lacy Project, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. Yale Summer Cabaret: composer, musical director, sound designer for The Vote: Bacchae; music and sound design for God Is a DJ; ensemble member and sound design for Savage Love and Tongues; and sound design for Zero Hour (workshop). Yale Cabaret: ensemble member in Out of the Box–The Pandora Effect; sound design for Bondage, The 24-Hour Theater Festival ’07, and The Three Birds. Hangar Theatre: original music and sound design for Rough Magic; sound design for Stones in His Pockets, Fixed, Topdog/Underdog, Bach at Leipzig, and Proof. Syracuse Stage: co-author and composer of The Great Peanut Butter Radio Hour; and musical director for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Multi-media music compositions: A Space of Time (aspaceoftime.net), Bio-Dot installation U.U. Gallery Sacramento, and original film score Memoriter. MFA in Sound Design, expected 2008, Yale School of Drama.
TARA RUBIN CASTING (CASTING). Broadway: Young Frankenstein, The Little
Mermaid, Mary Poppins, The Farnsworth Invention, Rock ’n’ Roll and The History Boys (U.S. casting), Les Misérables, Spamalot, Jersey Boys, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Pirate Queen, Good Vibrations, Bombay Dreams, Oklahoma!, Flower Drum Song, Imaginary Friends, Metamorphoses (New York casting). Lincoln Center Theater: The Frogs, Contact, Thou Shalt Not, A Man of No Importance, Anything Goes (concert). Off-Broadway: Second Stage Theatre. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival; La Jolla Playhouse (New York casting); Mame, Mister Roberts, The Sondheim Celebration, and Tennessee Williams Explored at The Kennedy Center. Film: The Producers: The Musical. Members, Casting Society of America.
RICK SORDELET (FIGHT DIRECTOR) has staged 38 Broadway productions,
including Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, and Aida; also Curtains, Mauritius, and Crybaby. Off-Broadway: Overwhelmed at the Roundabout Theatre Company, Cymbeline at Lincoln Center, Spain for MCC, and American Sligo for Rattlestick. He has staged the fights for the opera Cyrano de Bergerac starring Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House, Les Arts in Valencia, Spain, and the LaScala in Milan, Italy. He has staged the fights for over 40 first class productions on five continents. Film: The Game Plan starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, and Dane Cook, and Hamlet starring Campbell Scott. He is the chief stunt coordinator for the television series “The Guiding Light” and staged the fights for First Jedi, a CD-Rom for George Lucas. Mr. Sordelet teaches at Yale School of Drama, The New School for Drama, and The Neighborhood Playhouse. He is a company member of The Drama Department, a board member of The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, and the author of the play Buried Treasure. He is married to actress Kathleen Kelly and has three children: Kaelan, Christian, and Collin.
MELISSA E. TRN (COSTUME DESIGNER). Richard II marks her Yale Repertory 21
CREATIVE TEAM Theatre debut. Yale School of Drama credits: Marat/Sade and Speaking Our Mind. Yale Cabaret credits: The Seven Deadly Sins, The Last 5 Years, We’re Celebrities..., and Epicene, or The Silent Woman. Film: Death of a Healer, Dial M for Hobo, Return of the Rival Guns of Fortune, among others. Melissa spent five seasons with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where she recently was assistant designer for two seasons. Training: BFA in Costume Design, Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University in St. Louis. MFA, expected 2008, Yale School of Drama.
EVAN YIONOULIS (DIRECTOR) is a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre where
her productions include Black Snow, The People Next Door, The King Stag, Heaven, and Galileo. New York credits include Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats for Theatre for a New Audience, Daisy Foote’s Bhutan at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and the upcoming Ohio State Murders, also at Theatre for a New Audience. She directed Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour (Broadway), Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center Theater), and Three Days of Rain (Manhattan Theatre Club, Obie Award for direction), having directed the premieres of all three at South Coast Repertory. Other credits include Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, Naomi Iizuka’s 36 Views, and Jon Robin Baitz’s Ten Unknowns (Huntington Theatre), Warren Leight’s Glimmer, Glimmer, and Shine (Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club), Wendy Kesselman’s The Notebook (Second Stage Theatre), Elizabeth Egloff’s Phaedra and the premiere of Nicky Silver’s The Maiden’s Prayer (Vineyard Theatre). She adapted Euripides’ Medea with composer Mike Yionoulis and collaborated with him on Flights of Angels, a music-theatre piece based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. They recently premiered their first short film, Lost and Found, at the Cleveland International Film Festival and are currently developing a new musical, Redhand Guitar. Early in her career, she received a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship and was subsequently awarded the Foundation’s prestigious statuette. She is currently an associate professor in Yale School of Drama’s Department of Acting, which she chaired from 1998 to 2003.
MIKE YIONOULIS (COMPOSER) has composed music for the productions of The
King Stag and Vampires in Kodachrome at Yale Repertory Theatre. Other theatre credits include Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats (Theatre for a New Audience), The Winter’s Tale (Pearl Theatre Company), premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center Theater) and Three Days of Rain (Manhattan Theatre Club), and several plays by Dick Beebe including The Guiteau Burlesque (PlayMakers Repertory Company) and Oh, Cloris! (West Bank Theater). He collaborated with director Evan Yionoulis on musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (entitled Flights of Angels) and Euripides’ Medea, and they are currently developing two original projects: a screenplay adaptation of their stage musical entitled Redhand Guitar, and the September 12th Project (working title), a contemporary silent film shot on the streets of New York and set to a cycle of his songs. Their first short film, Lost and Found, premiered in 2006 at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
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YALE REPERTORY THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
JAMES BUNDY is in his sixth year as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. In his first five seasons, Yale Rep has produced more than twenty world, American, and regional premieres, three 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 has also commissioned more than a dozen playwrights to write new work, and provided low-cost theatre tickets and classroom visits to thousands of middle and high school students from Greater New Haven through WILL POWER!, an educational program initiated in 2004. Mr. Bundy’s directing credits include The Psychic Life of Savages, The Ladies of the Camellias, and All’s Well That Ends Well at Yale Rep, as well as productions at 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 theater in 2007, Mr. Bundy currently serves 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 and Yale School of Drama.
VICTORIA NOLAN is Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, Deputy Dean of Yale School of Drama, and serves on its faculty. She was previously Managing Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre, Associate Managing Director at Baltimore’s CenterStage, Managing Director at Ram Island Dance Company in Portland, Maine; and has held various positions at Loeb Drama Center of Harvard University, TAG Foundation, an organization producing Off-Broadway modern dance festivals, and Boston University School for the Arts. Ms. Nolan is 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 2000 recipient of the Betsy L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Award from the State of Connecticut and the 2005 recipient of the Elm/Ivy Award, given jointly by Yale University and the City of New Haven for distinguished service to the community. Ms. Nolan is married to Clark Crolius. They have two daughters, Covey and Wilhelmina.
ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
JENNIFER KIGER is in her third year as Associate Artistic Director and director of Yale Repertory Theatre’s new play program, an integrated, playwright-driven initiative that supports the creation of new plays for the American stage through commissions, residencies, workshops, and productions. Ms. Kiger came to Yale Rep from South Coast Repertory 24
(SCR), where she was Literary Manager from 2000 to 2005 and served as Co-Director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. She was dramaturg on more than 40 new plays at SCR, including the world premieres of Rolin Jones’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon, and the West Coast premieres of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House and Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics. Prior to that, she served as production dramaturg at American Repertory Theatre, collaborating with directors Robert Brustein, Robert Woodruff, Liz Diamond, and Kate Whoriskey, and with multi-media director Bob McGrath on stage adaptations of Robert Coover’s Charlie in the House of Rue and Mac Wellman’s Hypatia. She has been a dramaturg for the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis and Boston Theatre Works, a panelist for the California Arts Council, and is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Ms. Kiger completed her training in Dramaturgy at the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, where she taught courses in acting and dramatic arts.
BRONISLAW SAMMLER, Production Supervisor of Yale Repertory Theatre, 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 Yale’s President, Richard C. Levin. He is co-editor of Technical Brief and Technical Design Solutions for Theatre Vols. I & II. His book Structural Design for the Stage won the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s Golden Pen Award. Demonstrating his commitment to excellence in technical education and professional production, he founded USITT’s National Theatre Technology Exhibit, an on-going biennial event, has served as a commissioner and a director-at-large and is a lifetime Fellow of North America’s Theatre Technology Association. He was honored as Educator of the Year in 2006 by the New England Theatre Conference. 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.
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
JAMES MOUNTCASTLE has been the Production Stage Manager at Yale Rep since Fall 2004. He was stage manager for the 2006 production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, the 2004 world premiere of Ruhl’s The Clean House, and in 2005, a new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard. A professional stage manager for more than twenty years, he has worked in regional, stock, and Broadway theatre. 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, Centerstage 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 8 years old, and Katie, age 6.
THEATRE STAFF James Bundy, Artistic Director Victoria Nolan, Managing Director Jennifer Kiger, Associate Artistic Director
Resident Artists Liz Diamond, Evan Yionoulis, Resident Directors Catherine Sheehy, Resident Dramaturg Ming Cho Lee, Set Design Advisor Michael Yeargan, Resident Set Designer Jane Greenwood, 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 Administration Tara Rubin, CSA, Laura Schutzel, CSA, Casting Directors Eric Woodall and Merri Sugarman, Casting Associates Paige Blansfield, Rebecca Carfagna, Dale Brown, Casting Assistants Ruth M. Feldman, Manager of Education and Accessibility Services Amy Boratko, Michael Walkup, Artistic Coordinators Rebecca Phillips, Kristina Williams, Literary Associates Pamela C. Jordan, Librarian Teresa Mensz, Library Services Assistant Josie Brown, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director Mary Volk, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Design and Sound Design Departments
Hannah Grannemann, David Roberts, Associate Managing Directors Stephanie Ybarra, Associate Managing Director, Yale School of Drama and New Play Production Roberta Pereira Da Silva, Associate Managing Director, Special Events Claire Shindler, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director Meghan Pressman, Company Manager
Development and Alumni Affairs Deborah S. Berman, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Debbie Ellinghaus, Senior Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Ann M.K. McLaughlin, Senior Associate Director of Development, Yale Repertory Theatre AurĂŠlia Fisher, Assistant Development Director Susan C. Clark, Development Associate Finance and Information Technology Katherine D. BurgueĂąo, Director of Finance and Human Resources Theodore DeLong, Associate Director of Finance Heide Janssen, Elizdalia Rivera, Jeff Rogers, Associate Business Managers Randall Rode, Information Technology Director Daryl Brereton, Associate Information Technology Director Anne Vantine, Tessitura System Administrator Dessara Bryant, Interim Senior Administrative Assistant for Business Office/Information Technology/Operations/Tessitura Marketing, Communications, and Audience Services Anne Trites, Director of Marketing and Communications Susan Hood, Senior Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Daniel Cress, Marketing Manager, Single Tickets and Special Events Joanna Romberg, Interim Marketing Manager, Subscription and Trade Sponsorship Kay Perdue, Assistant Marketing Director Hellen Hom, Manager, Online Communications Maggie Elliott, Graphic Artist Laura Torino, Senior Administrative Assistant to Development and Marketing and Communications Departments Scott McKowen, Punch & Judy Inc., David Cooper, Photographer, Graphic Designers Joan Marcus, Production Photographer Tom Shultz, Creative Attitude, Web Design Janna J. Ellis, Director of Audience Services Tracy Baldini, Assistant Audience Services Director Audrey Rogers, Manager, Group Sales Nancy Genga, London Moses, Audience Services Assistants Greta Fails, Ruth Kim, Valeria Lopez-Fadul, Sue Malone, Marc Osborne, Carrie Toole, Ryan Webb, Box Office Assistants
William J. Reynolds, Director of Facility Operations Rich Abrams, Operations Manager Jacob Thompson, Security Officer Ed Jooss, Fred Grier, Michael Blatchley, Customer Service and Safety Officers Ben Holder, Ron Maybrey, Custodial Supervisors
James Abbottello, Rigby Conyers, Ricardo Gonsalves, Lillian Orama, Fran Pisaturo, Curtis Reddick, Custodians
Bronislaw J. Sammler, Production Supervisor James Mountcastle, Production Stage Manager Jonathan Reed, Senior Associate Production Supervisor Marla J. Silberstein, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Production Department Costumes Tom McAlister, Costume Shop Manager Robin Hirsch, Associate Costume Shop Manager Mary Zihal, Senior Draper Clarissa Wylie Youngberg, Senior First Hand Linda Kelley-Dodd, Costume Project Coordinator Barbara Bodine, Company Hairdresser Martha Lehr, Costume Stock Manager Sarah DeLong, Assistant to the Costume Shop Manager Electrics Donald W. Titus, Lighting Supervisor Jason Wells, Linda Young, Head Electricians Kathryn Sirico, Assistant to the Lighting Supervisor Painting Ru-Jun Wang, Resident Scenic Charge Angie Meninger, Scenic Artist Nora Hyland, Assistant Scenic Artist Patricia Sorbi, Assistant to the Painting Supervisor Properties Brian Cookson, Properties Master David P. Schrader, Properties Craftsperson Jennifer McClure, Properties Assistant Mark Villani, Properties Stock Manager Scenery Neil Mulligan, Technical Director Alan Hendrickson, Electro Mechanical Laboratory Supervisor Eric Sparks, Shop Foreman Matt Gaffney, Sharon Reinhart, Master Carpenters Melissa Sibley, Assistant to the Technical Director Sound Brian MacQueen, Sound Supervisor Paul Bozzi, Staff Sound Engineer Bona Lee, Nicholas Pope, Assistants to the Sound Supervisor Stage Operations Janet Cunningham, Stage Carpenter Kate Begley Baker, Properties Runner Jeanne Wu, Sound Operator Elizabeth Bolster, Wardrobe Supervisor
ADDITIONAL STAFF FOR RICHARD II
Becca Wolff, Assistant Director Danielle Federico, Assistant Stage Manager Jack Hilley, Associate Production Supervisor Nicholas Rastenis, Assistant Scenic Designer Min Sun Jung, Assistant Costume Designer Marie Yokoyama, Assistant Lighting Designer Michael Rossmy, Associate Fight Director Steven Neuenschwander, Technical Director Andrew Becker, Chris Brown, Assistant
John McCullough, Assistant Properties Master Kellen McNalley, Master Electrician Russell Facente, Jim Shumway, Shop Carpenters Justin McDaniel, Sound Engineer Nikki Fazzone, Judianne Wallace, Drapers Harry Johnson, Martha Lehr, First Hands Denise O’Brien, Wig and Hair Design Fred Longtin of Handmade Shoes, Custom Footwear Luis Abril, Assistant Company Manager Alyssa Anderson, House Manager Andrew Boyce, Mike Donahue, Austin Durant, Amanda Haley, Soohee Kim, Jane Jung, Run Crew UNDERSTUDIES ZACH APPELMAN, Surrey, Salisbury, York’s Man, Gardener’s Second Man, and Mowbray’s Herald; MATT BIAGINI, Sir John Bushy, Prison Keeper, and Lord Ross; BRIAN ROBERT BURNS, Bishop of Carlisle; WILL CONNOLLY, John of Gaunt and Gardener; AUSTIN DURANT, Earl of Northumberland; JOBY EARLE, Berkeley, Scroop, Westminster, Gardener’s Man, Attendant, and Bolingbroke’s Herald; CHRISTOPHER GRANT, Henry Bolingbroke; SLATE HOLMGREN, Duke of York; ALEX KNOX, King Richard II; CHRISTOPHER MCFARLAND, Thomas Mowbray and Sir Piers of Exton; AARON MOSS, Sir William Bagot, Exton’s Man, and Lord Willoughby; JOSH ODSESS-RUBIN, Harry Percy, Sir Henry Green, Stable Groom; JOSEPH PARKS, Duke of Aumerle; RACHEL SPENCER, Queen Isabelle and Lady-in-Waiting; LIZ WISAN, Duchess of Gloucester and Duchess of York. SPECIAL THANKS TO CITY THEATRICAL AND JANE NICHOLS Yale Repertory Theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The Scenic, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Designers in LORT are represented by United Artists Local USA-829, IATSE.
The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.
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Yale Repertory Theatre offers the most comprehensive accessibility services program in Connecticut, including open captioned and audio described performances, a free assistive listening system, large-print and Braille programs, a direct TTY (teletype) line to Yale Rep’s Box Office (203.432.1521), 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 accessibility services program, contact Ruth M. Feldman at 203.432.8425 or email@example.com.
open captioning: You’ll never again
have to ask, “What did they say?” Open captioning offers patrons a digital display of the play’s dialogue as it’s spoken.
audio description: A live narration of the play’s action, sets, and costumes for patrons who are blind or low vision.
Richard II Trouble in Mind Tartuffe The Evildoers A Woman of No Importance TBA
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Oct 13 Nov 17 Dec 15 Feb 9
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Apr 12 May 17
Open Captioned and Audio Described performances are at 2pm. AD pre-show description begins at 1:45pm.
c2inc is pleased to be the official Open Captioning provider of Yale Repertory Theatre.
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RICHARD II, by William Shakespeare, directed by Evan Yionoulis. Yale Repertory Theatre, 2007.