Evan Yionoulis, whose recent credits include the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain and the world premiere of Nicky Silver's The Maiden's Prayer at the Vineyard Theatre, directs Bertolt Brecht's Galileo at Yale Repertory Theatre. The production opened Oct. 22 and ends its scheduled run Nov. 14.
Yionoulis won an Obie Award for her staging of Three Days of Rain. She will direct the Charles Laughton translation of the Brecht masterwork. The production will celebrate Brecht's centennial.
Byron Jennings, who appeared Off-Broadway in Dealer's Choice, plays Galileo; Jason Butler Harner plays Sarti, his assistant. Also in the cast are John Wylie, Michael Winther, Edmond Genest, Paul Vincent Black, Helmar August Cooper, Tim Donoghue, Chris Gampel, Nicole Halmos, Stan Lachow, Lael Logan, Aleta Mitchell, Lee Sellars and Evan Thompson.
Thomas Cabaniss provides original music for the production, which features lighting by Jennifer Tipton, costumes by Paul Spadone and sets by Adam Stockhausen.
* After Galileo, the season continues with Lynn Nottage's Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Nov. 27-Dec. 19). Nottage's drama takes a look at the 1950s America, from the rural South to Brooklyn to Harlem, through the eyes of 17-year-old Ernestine Crump. Seret Scott, who directed the play at South Coast Repertory, returns to the helm.
The graduating acting class of the Yale School of Drama will take Yale Rep's stage Jan. 28-Feb. 20, performing Shakespeare's Measure for Measure under the direction of Mark Rucker. Following the Bard will be a new production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (Mar. 18-Apr. 10), staged by renowned director Joseph Chaikin.
Brecht isn't the only one experiencing his 100th birthday. In commemoration of Noel Coward's centennial in 1999, Yale Rep will present one of his funniest comedies, Hay Fever (Apr. 29-May 22), the story of the self-absorbed Bliss family and the chaos they create over an English country weekend.Yale Rep Artistic Director Stan Wojewodski, Jr., directs.
For information on any of these productions, call (203) 432-1234.
-- By Robert Simonson and David Lefkowitz