Yale Rep Announces Paul Giamatti in Hamlet, Premieres by Sarah Ruhl and David Adjmi for 2012-13

By Adam Hetrick
March 16, 2012

Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti will star in the Yale Repertory Theatre staging of Hamlet for the company's 2012-13 season, which will also include the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Dear Elizabeth and David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette.



Richard Montoya's American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose will open the season, playing Sept. 21-Oct. 13 under the development of Culture Clash and Jo Bonney. According to Yale Rep, "As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth."

Adjmi's Marie Antoinette, a co-production with the American Repertory Theater, will be directed by Rebecca Taichman and will run Oct. 26-Nov. 17. "The young queen Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture. But times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style," according to press notes. "In David Adjmi’s humorous and haunting Marie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding liberté, égalité, fraternité!"

Tony nominee Ruhl's Dear Elizabeth follows, playing Nov. 30-Dec. 22 under the direction of Les Waters (In the Next Room). "Ruhl, one of the most celebrated and honored playwrights of her generation, returns to Yale Rep with the world premiere of Dear Elizabeth, chronicling the remarkable thirty-year friendship between two of the most celebrated and honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. With postmarks from Maine to Key West, and as far away as London and South America, Dear Elizabeth is a lyrical and moving portrait of two lives that unfold in letters," press notes state.

Evan Yionoulis will direct Marie Jones' Olivier Award-winning comedy Stones in His Pockets, which runs Jan. 25-Feb. 16, 2013, and is described as such: "A rural Irish village is turned upside down by the arrival of an American film crew. When Charlie and Jake are cast as extras in the movie, they discover that Hollywood’s romanticized Ireland stands in stark contrast to the reality of their daily lives."

Giamatti ("Sideways," "John Adams"), who last appeared at Yale Rep in the 1994 production of As You Like It, will return to take on the titular role of Shakespeare's Hamlet, directed by James Bundy, March 15-April 13, 2013. 

The final production will be the world premiere of In A Year With 13 Moons, adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff from the 1978 film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Woodruff will direct Camp in the production running April 26-May 18, 2013. The two also collaborated on Notes from Underground at Yale Rep in 2009.

According to Yale Rep, "When the object of his affection off-handedly commented, 'too bad you’re not a girl,' Erwin disappeared to Casablanca and returned as Elvira. Now, adrift and alone, Elvira revisits the people and places of the past, desperately searching for the identity and love she's never known."

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