Former Little Shop Director Grappo Directs The Mystery Plays at Yale Rep

News   Former Little Shop Director Grappo Directs The Mystery Plays at Yale Rep Connie Grappo — who recently directed the pre-Broadway engagement of Little Shop of Horrors — will pilot the world premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's The Mystery Plays for Yale Repertory Theatre, April 30-May 22, 2004.

The co-production with Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre is scheduled to open May 6, 2004, the New Haven, Connecticut stage announced. The previously announced staging of The King Stag, directed by Evan Yionoulis, will now play the March 26-April 17, 2004 slot, opening April 1.

The Mystery Plays follows the intertwined retellings of two separate mysterious tragedies: "a train wreck in the Northeast corridor and a desperate expedition to find meaning in an incomprehensible crime in Oregon," a release states. Both chance events shed light on the other.

The play, which will perform at the New Theater, joins the 2003-2003 season, which also includes The Black Dahlia (Oct. 17-Nov. 8), Culture Clash in AmeriCCa (Nov. 14-Dec. 6), Rothschild's Fiddle (Jan. 14-31, 2004), King Lear (Feb. 13-March 13, 2004) and The King Stag (March 26-April 17,2004).

Grappo's directorial credits include Annie Weisman's Hold Please and Rob Ackerman's Tabletop (Working Theatre), Belmont Avenue Social Club, On House, Spread Eagle and Century City.

Aguirre-Sacasa is a Yale School of Drama graduate. His plays include Rough Magic, Golden Age, Say You Love Satan and The Muckle Man — which played as part of The Public Theater’s 2002 New Work Now! Series. Tickets and subscriptions for the 2003-2004 Yale Rep season are currently available by calling (203) 432-1234 or visiting www.yalerep.org/subscribe.