Cabell and Turner to Join Patinkin for Compulsion World Premiere

News   Cabell and Turner to Join Patinkin for Compulsion World Premiere Hannah Cabell and Stephen Barker Turner will co-star with Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin in the Yale Repertory Theatre world premiere of Compulsion.
Hannah Cabell and Stephen Barker Turner
Hannah Cabell and Stephen Barker Turner

As previously reported, Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis will stage Rinne Groff's drama that will run Jan. 29-Feb. 28 (opening Feb. 4) in New Haven, prior to a West Coast bow at Berkeley Rep and a subsequent transfer to the Public Theater Off-Broadway.

Patinkin will star as Sid Silver in the play, which is inspired by real events surrounding Meyer Levin's battle to have his adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" produced on stage. Cabell (A Man for All Seasons, Three Sisters) will portray the Miss Mermin and Mrs. Silver; with Turner (All My Sons, The Evildoers) in the multiple roles of Mr. Thomas, Mr. Harris, Mr. Ferris, Mr. Matzliach and Mr. Williams.

Puppeteers for the production include Emily DeCola, Liam Hurley, and Eric Wright.

According to Yale Rep notes, "Sid Silver wants nothing more than to bring Anne Frank's story to an American audience, and he believes he's the right man to translate the young girl's diary and adapt it for the stage. But his passion spirals into a lifelong obsession when a New York publishing house reveals its own plans for what would become one of the most powerful and enduring documents of the 20th century."

Compulsion has set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Lisa Loen, lighting design by Marie Yokoyama, sound design by Darron West, puppet design by Matt Acheson, dramaturgy by Amy Boratko, with vocal and dialect coaching by Thom Jones. Patinkin earned a Tony Award for his Broadway debut as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. His numerous stage appearances also include The Secret Garden, The Tempest, Falsettos, Leave It to Beaver is Dead, Hamlet, Trelawney of the 'Wells,' The Shadow Box, The Split and Savages. Among his screen credits are "Yentl," "The Princess Bride," "Dick Tracy," "Chicago Hope," "Criminal Minds" and "Dead Like Me."

Yale Rep tickets are available by visiting YaleRep, by calling (203) 432-1234 or by visiting the Yale Rep box office (1120 Chapel Street).

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