I’ll See It When I Believe It
What do you see? Beak or ears? Feathers or fur? Duck or rabbit? This image was used by psychologist Joseph Jastrow as a test of how we experience a thing: how much is related to the individual perspective and how much to objective reality, if such a thing exists? The provocation has had neuroscientists puzzling for decades.
Once you move beyond your first impression to realize that it can be viewed as either duck or rabbit rather than just one, does your actual, physical experience of the image change? Or does your brain’s processing of it change, molding it to fit with your rational knowledge and experience? How quickly you can see both and flip between them depends on creativity and adaptability. Which one you see first depends on any number of external factors—including time of year. More people see a duck in the fall and a rabbit around Easter. It’s the context that counts. When you’re thrust into an unfamiliar situation, a whole new world, what happens? Do you see man or monster? Civil or savage? King or colonizer? Father or master? Drunkard or god? Paradise or prison?
MARCH 7 AT 8PM MARCH 8 AT 4PM AND 8PM MARCH 9 AT 4PM
Is it one or the other or can they coexist? Does it ever change? When? How? Can a wrong ever be righted? Can a betrayal be forgiven? Look and see. —EMILY SORENSEN, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG
Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street
YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA James Bundy, Dean Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean Chantal Rodriguez, Associate Dean Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., Assistant Dean
Artistic Staff Lighting Design Advisor
Nic Vincent Assistant Projection Designer
Camilla Tassi Assistant Sound Designer/Engineer
Bailey Trierweiler Stage Management Student Supervisor
The Tempest By William Shakespeare Directed by Danilo Gambini Creative Team Composer and Music Director
Solon Snider Scenic Designer
Lily Guerin Costume Designer
Alicia J. Austin Lighting Designer
Riva Fairhall Projection Designer
Christopher Evans Sound Designer, Composer, and Orchestrator
Liam Bellman-Sharpe Production Dramaturg
Production Staff Associate Safety Advisor
Mike VanAartsen Associate Production Managers
Samantha Else Benjamin Jones Technical Director
in alphabetical order
Latiana “LT” Gourzong
Patrick Ball Trinculo
Danielle Chaves Ferdinand/Caliban
José Espinosa Antonio
Daniel Liu Miranda
Anula Navlekar Sebastian
Assistant Technical Director Master Electrician
Valerie Tu Scenic Charge
Amelia Pizzoferrato Run Crew
Herin Kaputkin Ruo-Qiao Li Madeline Seidman Emily Duncan Wilson
Associate Managing Director
Assistant Managing Director
Arturo Soria Gonzalo
Supported by The Benjamin Mordecai III Production Fund.
Madeline Carey Eliza Orleans House Manager
Yale School of Drama productions are supported by the work of more than 200 faculty and staff members throughout the year.
An island. A bit of earth surrounded by sea, aflame with magic, home to spirits of air. The Tempest is performed without an intermission.
Neo Avila, Natasha Kordonsky, Natalia Melnikova, Henriëtte Rietveld, Frenzi Ritter, Annie Saenger, and Alex Vermillion The Studio Series productions are designed to be learning experiences that complement classroom work, providing a medium for students at Yale School of Drama to combine their individual talents and energies toward the staging of collaboratively created works. THE BENJAMIN MORDECAI III PRODUCTION FUND, established by a graduate of the School, honors the memory of the Tony Award-winning producer who served as Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, 1982–1993, and as Associate Dean and Chair of the Theater Management Department from 1993 until his death in 2005.