Kathleen Chalfant Leads Cast of Bundy-Carrafa Staging of All's Well That Ends Well

News   Kathleen Chalfant Leads Cast of Bundy-Carrafa Staging of All's Well That Ends Well Kathleen Chalfant leads a cast of fellow Broadway veterans in the upcoming Yale Repertory Theatre staging of William Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well featuring choreography by John Carrafa.

Yale Rep artistic director James Bundy directs the work to close the 40th Anniversary season of his New Haven, Connecticut stage, April 21-May 20. Opening night is slated for April 27.

Chalfant stars as Countess Rousillon in the story of the woman whose ward Helena who falls in love with Bertram, the son of the Countess. After Helena cures the King of France, he offers her the hand of any man. She chooses Bertram, who soon leaves for war in Italy vowing never to return to France.

The 21-member ensemble also features includes Lisa Birnbaum (I Have Loved Strangers), Michael Braun (On the Razzle), Helmar Augustus Cooper (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Nick Corley (She Loves Me), John Cunningham (Sunday in the Park with George), Erin Felgar (The Exception and the Rule), Julia Gibson (Miss Julie), Christopher Grant (Our Town), Dana Green (Measure for Measure), Nicholas Heck (Brooklyn Boy), Ayano Kataoka, Brian O'Neill, Gamal J. Palmer, Bryce Pinkham (Our Town), Richard Robichaux (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged), Tom E. Russell (Three Sisters), Dale Soules (The Crucible), Elliot Villar, Amanda Warren ( After the Flood ) and Walton Wilson (Duke of Florence).

John Carrafa (Urinetown, Into The Woods) handles choreography. Matthew Suttor provides original music and arrangements. The design team includes Zane Pihlstrom (scenic), Mike Floyd (costume), Matthew Frey (lighting) and Andrew Nagel (sound). Fight direction is by Rick Sordelet, Beth McGuire serves as vocal coach and Erika Schroth is music director. Dramaturg is by Jeffrey Rogers and Sarah Bierenbaum is the stage manager.

Chalfant last seen Off-Broadway in Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom and at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Honour, was in the original casts of Wit, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika. She has also appeared on Broadway in M. Butterfly, Bloomer Girl, Dance With Me and Racing Demon as well as Off-Broadway in Henry V, The Last Letter, Savannah Bay and Talking Heads — the latter two, at times, in the same evening. Yale Rep will next team with the Long Wharf Theatre to present Mabou Mines' Dollhouse, March 31-April 1. Conceived, directed and adapted by Lee Breuer from Henrik Ibsen's classic, the new take on the drama casts all female roles with tall actresses, and male roles are played by actors under five feet tall.

For tickets to All's Well That Ends Well at Yale Rep, 1120 Chapel Street (at York Street) in New Haven, CT, call (203) 432-1234. For more information, visit www.yalerep.org.

From Left: Nicholas Heck, Kathleen Chalfant and Dana Green.
From Left: Nicholas Heck, Kathleen Chalfant and Dana Green. Photo by Joan Marcus
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