Groff's Compulsion, Eclipsed and Battle of Black and Dogs Announced for Yale Rep Season

News   Groff's Compulsion, Eclipsed and Battle of Black and Dogs Announced for Yale Rep Season
 
Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis will stage the world premiere of Rinne Groff's Compulsion as part of the 2009-2010 season at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT.

The co-production with The Public Theater and Berkeley Rep will play Feb. 5-27, 2010. Eustis makes his Yale Rep directorial debut with the play inspired by real events surrounding Meyer Levin's battle to have his adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" produced on stage.

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."

The Yale Rep season launches with a new production of Henrik Ibsen's psychological drama The Master Builder running Sept. 18-Oct. 10, under the direction of Obie-winner Evan Yionoulis.

Liesl Tommy (The Good Negro) will stage Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, running Oct. 23-Nov. 14. The 2003-set play "unearths the wreckage of Liberia's vicious civil war and celebrates women who navigate the most brutal of circumstances. The 'wives' of a rebel commanding officer form a community in a hostile war zone. Their world is transformed by the arrival of two newcomers and the unceremonious return of a former 'wife' turned rebel soldier."

Christopher Bayes (The 39 Steps) will direct the Constance Congdon adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's commedia dell'arte work, The Servant of Two Masters, March 12-April 3, 2010. Up next will be Bernard-Marie Koltès's Battle of Black and Dogs, April 16-May 8, 2010. Robert Woodruff (Notes from Underground) willl direct the Michaël Attias translation of the African-set thriller that begins when "a local man arrives to claim the body of his brother, the site manager, his fiancée, and a young soldier become embroiled in the cover up of the hired hand's mysterious death."

A production to run Nov. 27-Dec. 19, 2009, will be revealed shortly.

Individual tickets begin sale Aug. 31. Subscriptions are available by visiting www.yalerep.org, by calling (203) 432-1234 or by visiting the Yale Rep box office (1120 Chapel Street).

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Yale Repertory Theatre is a leading professional American theatre dedicated to "the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classics that make immediate connections to contemporary audiences." James Bundy is artistic director; Victoria Nolan is managing director.

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