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]


October 3–25, 2014

By Tom Stoppard, Directed by James Bundy

Amidst illicit passions and professional rivalries on an English country estate, a brilliant young pupil proposes a startling scientific theory well beyond her own comprehension. More than 200 years later, two academic adversaries try to piece together puzzling clues from the past in their quest for an elusive truth. Arcadia is an achingly romantic and heartbreakingly funny waltz of the mind and the body, dancing across centuries.

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, the four-time Tony and Academy Award winning author of The Coast of Utopia, Rough Crossing (Yale Rep, 2008), and Shakespeare in Love, has been hailed as “the perfect blend of brains and emotion, wit and heartache” (The New York Times). Artistic Director James Bundy, whose Yale Rep credits include Hamlet, A Delicate Balance, and A Woman of No Importance, stages this new production of “the greatest play of our age” (The Independent).[3]


November 21-December 13, 2014

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

Tensions escalate between Tate and Joanne at the hospital bedside of their comatose mother. As they attack each other’s smallest words and biggest choices, they are ambushed by two strangers who make a shocking claim about their grandfather’s WWII tour of duty. War is a wildly provocative, bracingly funny, and all-too-human portrait of a family navigating the landmines of the past as they try to broker peace with each other—and themselves—in the present.

Acclaimed playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes his Yale Rep debut with the world premiere of War. His plays include Neighbors, An Octoroon, and Appropriate, which The New York Times praised as “highly entertaining, sharp, and peopled with complex characters.” Lileana Blain-Cruz recently directed Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots for The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.[4]


January 30-February 21, 2015

By Danai Gurira, Directed by Rebecca Taichman

In a snowy Midwestern suburb, Marvelous and Donald are preparing for the marriage of their eldest daughter. Clashes erupt within the family when the first-generation American bride-to-be insists on observing a traditional Zimbabwean wedding ritual. Familiar is a richly funny and deeply moving new play about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, wives and husbands—the customs they keep, and the secrets they keep buried.

Born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe, OBIE and Whiting Writers Award winning playwright Danai Gurira is the author of the critically acclaimed plays Eclipsed (Yale Rep, 2009), the Pulitzer Prize nominated In the Continuum (co-written with Nikkole Salter; Yale Rep, 2007), and The Convert. Rebecca Taichman’s previous Yale Rep credits include the world premieres of David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette and The Evildoers.[5]

The Caucasian Chalk Circle[edit]

March 20-April 11, 2015

By Bertolt Brecht, Directed by Liz Diamond

In the war-torn country of Grusinia, a young servant named Grusha rescues the abandoned baby of a deposed Governor and raises him as her own. Years later, the ruler’s wife returns to reclaim her child—and the two mothers bring their case before a cynical, battle-weary judge. An epic fable set against the harrowing backdrop of civil war, The Caucasian Chalk Circle puts the competing claims of law and justice, of blood and love, to the ultimate test.

OBIE Award winning Resident Director Liz Diamond (The Winter’s Tale, Happy Now?, Saint Joan of the Stockyards) returns to Yale Rep with a new production of the great 20th-century poet-playwright Bertolt Brecht’s theatrical, lyrical, and bitingly satiric masterpiece, The Caucasian Chalk Circle.[6]


April 24-May 16, 2015

By Sheila Callaghan, Directed by Jackson Gay

New York City. Right now. Ramona’s going on lots of first dates but is intentionally sabotaging her chances for a second. Khalil, a social media superstar, is about to close a huge deal that will take him completely off the market. They’ll do anything to float above their own lives, even as fate tries to pull them both back down to earth. Elevada is a warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy about the fear of being alone—and the fear of not being alone.

A finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Elevada marks the Yale Rep debut of Sheila Callaghan, “a gutsy writer with a gift for creating vivid images rooted in the emotional life of her characters” (The New York Times), whose plays include That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play and Roadkill Confidential. The world premiere of Elevada is directed by Jackson Gay, who has staged These Paper Bullets! and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Yale Rep.[7]

Production History[edit]

2014-2015 Season[edit]

2014-2015 Season[8]
Date Show Notes
October 3–25, 2014 Arcadia By Tom Stoppard, directed by James Bundy
November 21 - December 13, 2014 War A world premiere by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
January 30-February 21, 2015 Familiar A world premiere by Danai Gurira, directed by Rebecca Taichman
March 20-April 11, 2015 The Caucasian Chalk Circle By Bertolt Brecht, directed by Liz Diamond
April 24-May 16, 2015 Elevada A world premiere by Sheila Callaghan, directed by Jackson Gay

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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