René Millán Will Share American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose at Yale Rep

By Adam Hetrick
September 13, 2012

Richard Montoya's American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, featuring René Millán, Austin Durant, Deidrie Henry and Felicity Jones, as the opening production of the Yale Repertory Theatre's 2012-2013 season.



Running Sept. 21-Oct. 13, American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose is written by Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney (An Early History of Fire) and directed by Shana Cooper. It officially opens Sept. 27.

Montoya will be featured in the cast along with Millán (The Wild Party), Durant (War Horse), Henry (Raisin in the Sun), Jones (Metamorphoses), James Hiroyuki Liao, Gregory Linington, René Millán, Richard Montoya, Richard Ruiz and Nicole Shalhoub.

According to Yale Rep, "As Juan José (Millán) 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 Jose is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth."

American Night has choreography by Ken Roht, scenic design by Kristen Robinson, costume design by Martin Schnellinger, lighting design by Masha Tsimring, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, projection design by Paul Lieber, dramaturgy by Lauren Dubowski, vocal and dialect coaching by Beth McGuire, singing coaching by Vicki Shaghoian and stage management by James Mountcastle.

Montoya's solo plays include Water & Power; Palestine, New Mexico; and Anthems.

Yale Rep tickets are available by visiting YaleRep, by calling (203) 432-1234 or by visiting the Yale Rep box office (1120 Chapel Street).