Directed by Yale Rep's artistic director Stan Wojewodski, Jr., the classic Restoration comedy, William Congreve's The Way of the runs Feb. 9 - March 3 at the University Theatre in New Haven, CT.
As reported, Sandra Shipley was recently cast in the role of Lady Wishfort. A Yale Rep vet, Shipley performed in the company's 1996 world premiere production of Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks and The Adventures of Amy Bock by Julie McKee in 1997. Her theatre credits also include the Broadway production of Indiscretions, the Roundabout Theatre Company's productions of Arms and the Man and The Deep Blue Sea.
Also starring in the show are John Hines as Mirabell and Jessica Boevers as Millamant. Featured in the cast are Willis Sparks, Paul Mullins, John Plumpis, Gerrit Graham, Lee Mark Nelson, Laurie Williams, Tracy Sallows, Alicia Roper, Susan Marie Brecht, Matthew Q. Martin III, Josiah Rowe, Vanessa Madeville Morosco, Michele Massa and Walter Corbiere.
The creative team comprises scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Katherine Roth, lighting designer Robert Wierzel and composer/sound designer Pitz Patton.
The Way of the World is considered by many the archetypal Restoration comedy. It features the genre's usual lovers, connivers, posers and fools, all well-dressed, haughty and armed with a bushelful of witty ripostes and epigrams. The play was first performed 300 years ago. Tickets range from $20 - $36 with discounts are available for students, senior citizens and groups. The University Theatre at Yale is located at 222 York St. In New Haven, Conn. For information call (203) 432-1234.
—By Murdoch McBride