Yale Rep Season to Feature Camp in Underground and Dutton in Salesman

News   Yale Rep Season to Feature Camp in Underground and Dutton in Salesman Yale Repertory Theatre has announced its 2008-09 season, which will feature works by Sarah Ruhl, Tom Stoppard, Octavio Solis and Arthur Miller as well as a Dostoevsky adaptation penned by Robert Woodruff and Bill Camp.
Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The upcoming season will kick off with Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play, running Sept. 19-Oct. 11 at the University Theatre. Directed by Mark Wing-Davey, Pulitzer finalist Ruhl's trilogy of plays is described as such: "Passion Play transports audiences first to 16th-century England, where the Protestant Queen Elizabeth threatens to shut down a small town's production; then to 20th-century Germany, where Adolf Hitler seizes an opportunity to use the famous Oberammergau Passion Play to promote the Nazi agenda; and finally to Spearfish, South Dakota in 1984, as a local production becomes a campaign stop for a famous actor-turned-President running for re-election."

Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing will follow, playing Nov. 28-Dec. 20 at the University Theatre. Mark Ruckner directs the work from the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright that concerns "a brand new musical comedy [that] is about to debut on Broadway, but it doesn't have an ending yet. Also, the beginning needs a little work. And the middle is a mess. Aboard a trans-Atlantic ocean liner, the celebrated playwrights Turai and Gal have their work cut out for them, and only four days to do it. And to complicate matters, their tongue-tied composer—hopelessly in love with the temperamental leading lady (who's been caught in a compromising position with the leading man)—has tossed his score overboard, and threatens to jump ship himself. Can they steady the turbulent emotions of the cast and crew—and finish the show—before they dock in New York?"

Juliette Carrillo will direct the East Coast premiere of Octavio Solis' Lydia, which will be seen at the Yale Repertory Theatre Feb. 6, 2009-Feb. 28, 2009. Lydia, which is set in the 1970s, concerns "the Flores family [who] welcome Lydia, an undocumented maid, into their El Paso home to care for their daughter Cecí, who was tragically disabled in a car accident on the eve of her quinceañera, her fifteenth birthday. Lydia's immediate and seemingly miraculous bond with the girl sets the entire family on a mysterious and shocking journey of discovery. Lydia is an unflinching and deeply emotional portrait of a Mexican immigrant family caught in a web of dark secrets."

The world premiere of Notes From Underground will follow. Adapted from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel by Robert Woodruff and Bill Camp, the production will play the Yale Repertory Theatre March 20-April 11, 2009. Woodruff will direct Notes, which will star Camp. Yale Rep describes the play thusly: "'I am a sick man…I am a wicked man,' cries the Underground Man, one of modern literature's first, and most remarkable, antiheros. A former government official who has defiantly withdrawn from a corrupt society, the Underground Man wages his own personal war on everything—and everyone—around him. Laugh-out-loud funny and terrifying, Notes from Underground is the passionate, obsessive, and contradictory confession of a tormented soul."

Arthur Miller's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman will be presented at Yale Repertory Theatre April 24-May 23, 2009. Directed by James Bundy, the classic work will feature Charles S. Dutton as Willy Loman, "the traveling salesman, haunted by missed opportunities and an uncertain future, [who] must come to terms with a lifetime of self-deception that has distorted his dream into an American tragedy." A sixth production, playing Oct. 24-Nov. 15, 2008, will be announced at a later date.

Subscriptions will go on sale April 25 by logging on to www.yalerep.org, by calling (203) 432-1234, or by visiting the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Individual tickets will be available beginning Sept. 2.

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Yale Repertory Theatre is a leading professional American theatre dedicated to "the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classics that make immediate connections to contemporary audiences." James Bundy is artistic director; Victoria Nolan is managing director.

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