Yale Rep Announces Premieres by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Danai Gurira and Sheila Callaghan
By Adam Hetrick
March 17, 2014
The Yale Repertory Theatre will stage the world premieres of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' War, Danai Gurira's Familiar and Sheila Callaghan's Elevada as part of its 2014-15 season.
In addition to the premieres by Jacobs-Jenkins' (Neighbors, An Octoroon, Appropriate), Gurira (Eclipsed, In the Continuum, The Convert) and Callaghan (Roadkill Confidential; That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play), Yale Rep will stage Tony and Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, directed by James Bundy (Oct. 3-25), as well as Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by Liz Diamond (March 20-April 11, 2015). Three additional titles to-be-announced will be staged as part of the company's No Boundaries Festival.
Details on the Yale Rep world premieres follow:
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
Nov. 21–Dec. 13
"Tensions escalate between Tate and Joanne at the hospital bedside of their comatose mother. As they attack each other’s smallest words and biggest choices, they are ambushed by two strangers who make a shocking claim about their grandfather’s WWII tour of duty. War is a wildly provocative, bracingly funny, and all-too-human portrait of a family navigating the landmines of the past as they try to broker peace with each other—and themselves—in the present."
By Danai Gurira
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Jan. 30–Feb. 21, 2015
"In a snowy Midwestern suburb, Marvelous and Donald are preparing for the marriage of their eldest daughter. Clashes erupt within the family when the first-generation American bride-to-be insists on observing a traditional Zimbabwean wedding ritual. Familiar is a richly funny and deeply moving new play about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, wives and husbands—the customs they keep, and the secrets they keep buried."
By Sheila Callaghan=
Directed by Jackson Gay
April 24-May 16
"New York City. Right now. Ramona’s going on lots of first dates but is intentionally sabotaging her chances for a second. Khalil, a social media superstar, is about to close a huge deal that will take him completely off the market. They’ll do anything to float above their own lives, even as fate tries to pull them both back down to earth. Elevada is a warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy about the fear of being alone—and the fear of not being alone."