Yale Repertory Theatre

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Yale Repertory Theatre
Yale Rep.jpg
The Yale Repertory Theatre, viewed from the Architecture Dept.
Address New Haven, Connecticut
United States of America
Owner Yale University
Type Regional theatre
Opened 1966
General information
Architectural style Gothic revival architecture
Completed 1846
Client The Calvary Baptist Church
Technical details
Structural system Brick masonry

Yale Repertory Theatre at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut was founded by Robert Brustein, dean of Yale School of Drama, in 1966, with the goal of facilitating a meaningful collaboration between theatre professionals and talented students. In the process it has become one of the first distinguished regional theatres. Located at the edge of Yale's main downtown campus, it occupies the former Calvary Baptist Church.

History of Yale Repertory Theatre[edit]

As head of "the Rep" from 1966 to 1979, Brustein brought professional actors to Yale each year to form a repertory company and nurtured notable new authors including Christopher Durang. Some successful works were transferred to commercial theaters.

The dean of Yale School of Drama is the artistic director of the Yale Repertory Theatre, with Lloyd Richards (who most notably nurtured the career of August Wilson) serving in this capacity 1979-1991, Stan Wojewodski, Jr., 1991–2002, and James Bundy since 2002. Benjamin Mordecai served as managing director from 1982 to 1993;[1] Victoria Nolan has served in this capacity since 1993.

Of the more than ninety world premieres the Rep has produced, four have won Pulitzer Prizes; ten productions have received Tony Awards after being transferred to Broadway, and Yale Repertory Theatre was given a Drama Desk Special Award in 1988 and the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1991.

In 2002, Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre received the Governor's Arts Award from Governor John G. Rowland for artistic achievement and contribution to the arts in the state of Connecticut.

Calvary Baptist Church Building[edit]

Calvary Baptist Church was erected in 1846 in the Gothic revival architectural style on a plot of land that was the original home of Richard Platt, one of the founders of New Haven. Upon redundancy, the church was controlled by Yale University, which was already served by a nondenominational chapel.[2]

Current Season[edit]

A Streetcar Named Desire[edit]

September 20—October 12, 2013

By Tennessee Williams, Directed by Mark Rucker

In the steamy French Quarter of New Orleans, an electrifying battle of wills ignites between Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her working class brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. Nerves fraying and beauty fading, Blanche is both repelled and intrigued by Stanley’s primal brutishness—even as he threatens to reveal her darkest secrets and destroy her illusions.

Yale Repertory Theatre’s first ever production of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire, is staged by Mark Rucker, whose eight previous shows at Yale Rep include Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing in 2008. The cast features René Augesen (last seen at Yale Rep in A Woman of No Importance) as Blanche DuBois and Joe Manganiello (HBO’s True Blood) as Stanley Kowalski.[3]


October 25—November 16, 2013

By Caryl Churchill, Directed by Evan Yionoulis

Her husband wants her dead, but Marion’s too busy to notice. The North London real estate market is booming, and she’s out to make a killing. Her loyal young protégé—a would-be suicide who can’t quite seal the deal—is happy to do her dirty work until he gets a better offer. When Marion discovers she can’t buy out a family from one of her properties, she instead takes ownership of their most prized possession.

Staged by OBIE Award winning resident director Evan Yionoulis (2013’s Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones), Owners is the savagely funny play by groundbreaking English playwright Caryl Churchill, author of Cloud Nine and Top Girls.[4]

Accidental Death of an Anarchist[edit]

November 30—December 21, 2013

By Dario Fo, Adapted by Gavin Richards, From a translation by Gillian Hanna, Directed by Christopher Bayes, Featuring Steven Epp

Did he fall? Or was he pushed? Only one man can cut through massive bureaucratic duplicity and reveal what happened to the suspected anarchist who died at the bottom of a fourth-floor police station window. In a world of commonplace deception and organized corruption, he stands as a bastion of honor and justice—he also happens to be a notorious liar, quick-change con artist, and certified maniac.

The duo behind Yale Rep’s uproarious The Servant of Two Masters and A Doctor in Spite of Himself—director Christopher Bayes and actor Steven Epp, playing the Maniac—return with a new production of Nobel Prize winning Italian playwright Dario Fo’s explosive political farce.[5]

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls[edit]

January 31—February 22, 2014

By Meg Miroshnik, Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Once upon a time—in 2005—a twenty-year-old girl named Annie returned to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous Post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairytale: her own.

A finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls marks the Yale Rep debut of Whiting Writers' Award winning playwright Meg Miroshnik and two-time OBIE Award winning director Rachel Chavkin, who most recently staged the celebrated musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 in New York.[6]

These Paper Bullets[edit]

March 14—April 5, 2014

Adapted by Rolin Jones from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, Directed by Jackson Gay

Meet the Quartos: Ben, Claude, Balth, and Pedro. Their fans worship them. Scotland Yard fears them. And their former drummer will stop at nothing to destroy them. Can these fab four from Liverpool find true love in London and cut an album in seven nights? These Paper Bullets is a rocking and rolling version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with a serious backbeat.

Adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award nominated writer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds) and featuring new songs by Grammy Award winning Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who wrote the Tony Award winning musical American Idiot, These Paper Bullets is directed by Jackson Gay, who staged Jones’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Yale Rep in 2004.[7]

The House that will not Stand[edit]

April 18—May 10, 2014

By Marcus Gardley, Directed by Patricia McGregor

Following the mysterious death of her white lover, Beartrice Albans, a free woman of color in New Orleans in 1836, imposes a six-month period of mourning on herself and her three daughters. But as the summer heat intensifies, a handsome bachelor comes calling, a family secret is revealed, and the foundation of her household is rocked to its core.

Poet-playwright Marcus Gardley made his Yale Rep debut with the 2006 world premiere of dance of the holy ghosts. His new play, The House that will not Stand, is directed by Patricia McGregor, who recently staged the critically acclaimed Hurt Village by Katori Hall in New York.[8]

Production History[edit]

2013-2014 Season[edit]

2013-2014 Season[9]
Date Show Notes
September 20 - October 12, 2013 A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams, directed by Mark Rucker, featuring René Augesen and Joe Manganiello
October 25 - November 16, 2013 Owners By Caryl Churchill, directed by Evan Yionoulis
November 30 - December 21, 2013 Accidental Death of an Anarchist By Dario Fo, directed by Christopher Bayes
January 31 - February 22, 2014 The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls By Meg Miroshnik, directed by Rachel Chavkin
March 14 - April 5, 2014 These Paper Bullets A world premiere adapted by Rolin Jones from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, directed by Jackson Gay
April 18 - May 10, 2014 The House that will not Stand A world premiere by Marcus Gardley, directed by Patricia McGregor

2012-2013 Season[edit]

2012-2013 Season[10]
Date Show Notes
September 21 - October 13, 2012 American Night: The Ballad of Juan José By Richard Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, directed by Shana Cooper
October 26 - November 17, 2012 Marie Antoinette A world premiere by David Adjmi, directed by Rebecca Taichman
November 30 - December 22, 2012 Dear Elizabeth A world premiere by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Les Waters
January 25 - February 16, 2013 Stones in His Pockets By Marie Jones, directed by Evan Yionoulis
March 15 - April 13, 2013 Hamlet starring Paul Giamatti By William Shakespeare, directed by James Bundy
April 26 - May 18, 2013 In a Year with 13 Moons By Rainer Werner Fassbinder, adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff, directed by Robert Woodruff

2011-2012 Season[edit]

2011-2012 Season[11]
Date Show Notes
September 16 - October 8, 2011 Three Sisters By Anton Chekhov, new version by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Les Waters
October 21 - November 12, 2011 Belleville A world premiere by Amy Herzog, directed by Anne Kauffman
November 25 - December 17, 2011 A Doctor In Spite of Himself By Moliere, adapted by Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp
February 3–25, 2012 Good Goods By Christina Anderson, directed by Tina Landau
March 16 - April 7, 2012 The Winter's Tale By William Shakespeare, directed by Liz Diamond
April 15 - May 7, 2012 The Realistic Joneses A world premiere by Will Eno, directed by Sam Gold

2010-2011 Season[edit]

2010-2011 Season[12]
Date Show Note
September 17 - October 9, 2010 We Have Always Lived in the Castle World premiere musical, based on the 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson
October 22 - November 13, 2010 A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
November 26 - December 18, 2010 Bossa Nova World premiere, by Kirsten Greenidge
January 28 - February 19, 2011 The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
March 11 - April 2, 2011 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
April 15 - May 7, 2011 Autumn Sonata U.S. premiere, by Ingmar Bergman, directed by Robert Woodruff

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