Yale Repertory Theatre
The Yale Repertory Theatre, viewed from the Architecture Dept.
|Address||New Haven, Connecticut
United States of America
|Architectural style||Gothic revival architecture|
|Client||The Calvary Baptist Church|
|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.
- 1 History of Yale Repertory Theatre
- 2 Calvary Baptist Church Building
- 3 Current Season
- 4 Production History
- 5 External links
- 6 References
History of Yale Repertory Theatre
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; 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
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.
A Streetcar Named Desire
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.
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.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
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.
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
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.
These Paper Bullets
March 14—April 5, 2014
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.
The House that will not Stand
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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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- "2013-14 Yale Repertory Theatre | A Streetcar Named Desire".
- "2013-14 Yale Repertory Theatre | Owners".
- "2013-14 Yale Repertory Theatre | Accidental Death of an Anarchist".
- "2013-14 Yale Repertory Theatre | The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls".
- "2013-14 Yale Repertory Theatre | These Paper Bullets".
- "2013-14 Yale Repertory Theatre | The House that will not Stand".
- "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2013-14".
- "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2012-13".
- "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2011-12".
- "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2010-11".