Yale Rep Casts Spell with Broadway Stars for Witch Hunt Play Safe in Hell

News   Yale Rep Casts Spell with Broadway Stars for Witch Hunt Play Safe in Hell Broadway performers Graeme Malcolm and Myra Lucretia Taylor appear in the cast of the upcoming east coast premiere of Amy Freed's Safe in Hell, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, at Yale Repertory Theatre.

The new work will perform at the New Haven, Connecticut company's homestage starting Nov. 11 and opening Nov. 17 for a run through Dec. 3.

Set in 1691's Salem, the work from the pen of The Beard of Avon retells the story of real-life father and son Puritan preachers Cotton and Increase Mather. The satire delves into the story behind the witch hunt.

Graeme Malcolm — of Broadway's Aida and The King and I — will reprise his role as Increase Mather, a role he created for the world premiere production at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California in April 2004.

Myra Lucretia Taylor — seen last on Broadway in the revival of Nine — joins Malcolm in the cast which also features Katie Barrett, Chad Callaghan, Adam Dannheisser (Henry V, Proof), Sean Dougherty, Sofia Gomez, Erik Lochtefeld (But I’m a Cheerleader, Metamorphoses) as Cotton Mather, Alexis McGuinness, Jeff Steitzer and Welker White (Well).

The design team for Safe In Hell includes Leiko Fuseya (scenic), Emily Rebholz (costume), Gina Scherr (lighting), David Budries (sound) and Aleksandra Maslik (special character effects). Peter Pucci provides choreography. Director Wing-Davey — who will direct the upcoming School of Americas debut Off-Broadway — has also previously staged Henry V, 36 Views, The Skriker, Troilus and Cressida and Silence, Cunning, Exile at the Public Theater. The British director recently staged the musicalDirty Dancing in Sydney, Australia and Craig Lucas' Small Tragedy Off-Broadway. He is also known for his work on Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest.

Tickets to Safe in Hell at Yale Rep, 1120 Chapel Street (at York St.) in New Haven, CT can be purchased by calling (203) 432-1234 or visit www.yalerep.org.

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