Yale Repertory Theatre
|Yale Repertory Theatre|
The Yale Repertory Theatre, viewed from the Architecture Dept.
|City||New Haven, Connecticut|
|Country||United States of America|
|Owned by||Yale University|
|Architectural style||Gothic revival architecture|
|Structural system||Brick masonry|
|Design and construction|
|Client||The Calvary Baptist Church|
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 
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 Athol Fugard. The more successful works were regularly 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 his passing.
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 
Current Season 
American Night: The ballad of Juan José 
September 21—October 13, 2012
Written by Richard Montoya, Developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, Directed By Shana Cooper
As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.
“Fast-paced, gleeful, and sly” (Los Angeles Times), American Night is a new play by writer and performer Richard Montoya. With Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, he co-founded Culture Clash, the country’s most popular Chicano/Latino performance troupe, in 1984. Culture Clash in AmeriCCa played at Yale Rep in 2003.
Marie Antionette 
October 26—November 17, 2012
By David Adjmi, Directed by Rebecca Taichman
The young queen Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture. But times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style. In David Adjmi’s humorous and haunting Marie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding liberté, égalité, fraternité!
David Adjmi’s recent Off-Broadway plays, Elective Affinities and Stunning, were hailed by The New Yorker for their “gorgeous blend of narrative, girl talk, and politics.” The world premiere of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play, The Evildoers, at Yale Rep in 2008.
Dear Elizabeth 
November 30—December 22, 2012
Sarah Ruhl, one of the most celebrated and honored playwrights of her generation, returns to Yale Rep with the world premiere of Dear Elizabeth, chronicling the remarkable thirty-year friendship between two of the most celebrated and honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. With postmarks from Maine to Key West, and as far away as London and South America, Dear Elizabeth is a lyrical and moving portrait of two lives that unfold in letters.
Sarah Ruhl made her Yale Rep debut in 2004 with the world premiere of The Clean House, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Her collaborations with director Les Waters include the acclaimed productions of Eurydice at Yale Rep in 2006 and the Pulitzer and Tony Award-nominated In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) on Broadway.
Stones in his pockets 
January 25—February 16, 2013
By Marie Jones, Directed by Evan Yionoulis
In Marie Jones’s “inventive and riotously funny” (Associated Press) play, a rural Irish village is turned upside down by the arrival of an American film crew. When Charlie and Jake are cast as extras in the movie, they discover that Hollywood’s romanticized Ireland stands in stark contrast to the reality of their daily lives.
Winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Stones in His Pockets is staged by OBIE Award-winning resident director Evan Yionoulis and features two actors playing more than a dozen eccentric characters—from the film’s spoiled American starlet to the star-struck locals.
Hamlet starring Paul Giamatti 
March 15—April 13, 2013
By William Shakespeare, Directed by James Bundy
Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti returns to the Yale Rep stage as the Prince of Denmark in Hamlet, Shakespeare’s harrowing tragedy of corruption, betrayal, and madness. Haunted by a ghostly revelation that his father, the King, was murdered, Hamlet puts into motion a vengeful plan that will have devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.
Staged by Artistic Director James Bundy, Hamlet marks the first Yale Rep appearance for Paul Giamatti since Shakespeare’s As You Like It in 1994. His critically acclaimed body of work includes the films Cinderella Man and Sideways; HBO’s John Adams, for which he received Emmy and Golden Globe Awards; and The Iceman Cometh on Broadway.
In a year with 13 moons 
April 26 -- May 18, 2013
When the object of his affection off-handedly commented, “too bad you’re not a girl,” Erwin disappeared to Casablanca and returned as Elvira. Now, adrift and alone, Elvira revisits the people and places of the past, desperately searching for the identity and love she’s never known.
The world premiere of In a Year with 13 Moons—a new adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s melodramatic, darkly comic, and unsettling New German Cinema masterpiece—is staged by Robert Woodruff, “the country’s most adventurous director” (Time Out New York), and features Bill Camp, “one of the bravest, smartest, and most physically intense actors in New York” (The New York Times).
Production History 
2012-2013 Season 
|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 
|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 
|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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- "2012-13 Yale Repertory Theatre | American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose".
- "2012-13 Yale Repertory Theatre | Marie Antoinette".
- "2013-13 Yale Repertory Theatre | Dear Elizabeth".
- "2012-13 Yale Repertory Theatre | Stones in His Pockets".
- "2012-13 Yale Repertory Theatre | Hamlet".
- "2012-13 Yale Repertory Theatre | In a Year with 13 Moons".
- "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2012-13".
- "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2011-12".
- "On Stage: Yale Repertory Theatre 2010-11".