The line-up will begin with the world premiere of Most Happy, written and directed by George Tynan Crowley, running Oct. 7-24. Like all of the plays in the season, it was selected from proposals submitted by Yale School of Drama graduates nationwide and will be produced on a minuscule budget. However, it will not be populated only by Yale alums.
As the company's moniker would indicate, the venture models itself on the famed Yale Cabaret formed in 1968 at Yale University. Recent works that premiered at the Yale Cabaret include Zanna Don't!, which went on to Off-Broadway in 2003, and Cats Talk Back a New York Fringe show in 2003.
The company will lend a patina of theatricality to the garish outlet of the nationwide Bennigan's chain which sits at 771 Eighth Avenue. Drinks and food will be served on the second floor during performances.
The other plays set for the season are:
Four on the Floor, four new plays by Marcus Gardley, Victor Kaufold, Jami O'Brien and Kathryn Walat, directed by Brendan Hughes, in the month of February. "Colette is stomping on Misha's heart. Spooky's hearing voices. Tash hates David Spade and when a young Gulf War soldier is brought home, it's class warfare, baby." About UNYYC's decision to mount a season in New York, UNYYC artistic board member Pun Bandhu, who is a 2001 graduate of Yale's Acting Program, said, "We like to think, and hope to prove, that when you take some of the best trained theatre artists in the country and allow them to create work that is fun and meaningful to them, innovative work which continues to revitalize the art form will follow. I hope UNYYC will become a place where industry professionals will come to shop for new talent."
Other members of the artistic board include Heidi Seifert, George Crowley, Becky London, Joseph T. Barna, Neal Lerner, Mahayana Landowne, Kaye I. Neale, Adrienne Dreiss, John Marean and Howard Pflanzer.
There is a $15 admission. Doors open for dinner an hour before show. Call (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111.