A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Welcome to Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones! I am delighted you are here to celebrate Resident Director Evan Yionoulis’s twelfth production at our theatre and to welcome Fred Arsenault, last seen here in Marie Antoinette in the fall, and Euan Morton, a Tony Award nominee for his performance as Boy George in Taboo: together these two remarkable actors play all fourteen characters. Marie Jones is one of the most celebrated playwrights in contemporary Irish theatre. Her plays have been embraced for their compassionate good humor and broad appeal. Stones in His Pockets debuted at the West Belfast Festival in 1996 and traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1999 before landing on London’s West End, where it played for more than three years and was honored with the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. The play opened on Broadway in the spring of 2001 to similar critical acclaim and was nominated for three Tony Awards that season, including Best Play. However, the play’s life in New York was short; it was one of many productions that closed in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. And yet, Stones continues to capture the imaginations of artists and audiences across the country and around the world. Its comment on global citizenship—both what it means to be from someplace and what it means to meet people from other places—can only be more resonant now than when it was first written. Certainly, Stones has stayed with me in the dozen years since I first saw the play, and I am thrilled to share this new production with you here in New Haven. Thank you for being here with us today. As always, I look forward to hearing what you think about the play (my email is firstname.lastname@example.org) and I hope that you will also help us spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Stones in His Pockets plays through February 16 only—and your good word makes a big difference!
James Bundy Artistic Director 5
Stones in His Pockets program