The Yale School of Music and the Yale School of Drama present the dark comedy The Soldier's Tale, starring Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, at Carnegie Hall April 6 at 7:30 PM.
The production, which marks the conclusion of the 2013-14 season of "Yale in New York," features music by Igor Stravinsky and text by C.F. Ramuz, with a new English translation and stage direction by Liz Diamond.
The concert, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, stars Cerveris (Assassins, Fun Home), an alumnus of Yale College, as The Reader. The cast includes Yale Drama students Tom Pecinka as The Soldier, James Cusati-Moyer as The Devil and Mariko Parker as The Princess.
"Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale (L'histoire du Soldat) was written in response to the events of World War I, and premiered in 1918," press notes state. "Marking one hundred years since the outbreak of the war, the Schools of Music and Drama bring a fresh perspective to the work with a lively new translation by Liz Diamond, OBIE Award winning Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Directing Department at Yale School of Drama. Diamond will also stage the production."
"David Shifrin and I envision this production as a music/dance chamber theatre piece, in which the playfully rhyming poetry of the libretto, and movement and dance (from ballet to hip hop) will collide and combine, much as the lyrical and ironic modes of the music do," Diamond said in a previous statement.
The presentation, one of the largest collaborations between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama, features music direction by David Shifrin, scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, choreography by Emily Coates and lighting design by Solomon Weisbard.
Carnegie Hall is located at 881 7th Avenue at 57th Street. Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 247-7800 or visiting carnegiehall.org.
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