Yale Repertory Theatre has announced its 50th anniversary season. Included in the slate are world premiere plays by Sarah Ruhl and Amy Herzog, as well as a staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins.
The season will open September 30 with Ruhl’s Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince, which marks the Tony-nominated playwright's sixth production at Yale. To be directed by Mark Wing-Davey, the new work explores privilege and politics in both 17th century Britain and current day America. Performances are scheduled to run through October 22.
In the new year, playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil will make her Yale debut with the world premiere of Imogen Says Nothing, which is billed as a “subversively comic feminist hijacking of Shakespearean history.” The new play, to be directed by Laurie Woolery, is scheduled to run January 20 – February 11, 2017.
Next spring, artistic director James Bundy will helm the Tony-winning Assassins, by John Weidman and Sondheim. The celebrated musical brings to life some of American history’s most well-known characters. The engagement will run March 17 – April 8.
Rounding out the season will be the world premiere of Mary Jane by Amy Herzog, whose play 4000 Miles garnered critical acclaim and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her newest work – a portrait of a woman caring for her ill son – will be directed by Off-Broadway favorite Anne Kauffman. Performances are scheduled to run April 28 – May 20.
The season will also include Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, directed by Timothy Douglas (November 25 – December 17.)
“Yale Rep's 50th Anniversary Season will celebrate the exhilarating scope of imagination that has marked our theatre since 1966 and which will carry us—and the American theatre—into the future,” said Bundy in a press statement. “These works martial a generous theatricality that connects us to our professional and political history, while humanely illuminating many of the most compelling questions of the world in which we live now.”
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