The season will open with Bock (The Receptionist, Drunken City) and Almond's (The Levee, Girlfriend) We Have Always Lived in the Castle, based on the 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson, running Sept. 17-Oct. 9 (opening Sept. 23). Anne Kauffman (The Thugs) will direct.
Press notes for the new musical read: "Acquitted of a horrible crime six years ago, Constance Blackwood lives with her devoted younger sister Merricat and their uncle Julian in what was once the home of the richest—and most envied—family in a small New England town. Constance tends to the house and garden while Merricat invents magical charms to protect the surviving Blackwoods from the townspeople’s prying eyes and vicious gossip. But talismans may not be powerful enough to keep the sisters together when their handsome cousin Charles comes to visit."
Following will be Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Delicate Balance, running Oct. 22-Nov. 13 (opening Oct 28) under the direction of James Bundy. The drama centers on a long-married couple whose way of life is tested when they must contend with an alcoholic live-in relative, close friends who need a place to stay and their grown daughter who returns home.
Yale Rep will stage the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's poignant work Bossa Nova, which will run Nov. 26-Dec. 18 (opening Dec. 2). "Dee Paradis has never fit in. Raised on the gentle swing of bossa nova and educated at elite, predominately white schools, she has led a life meticulously designed by her elegant and strong-willed mother, Lady. In the split second when she locks eyes with Lady in the mirror before a dinner party, Dee—now 30 years old and still torn between her mother's expectations and a former lover’s ideals of authenticity—comes face to face with a choice that will determine her future," press notes state.
Liesl Tommy (The Good Negro) will direct August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Piano Lesson set for Jan. 28-Feb. 19, 2011 (opening Feb. 3). The 1936-set drama centers on a family heirloom: an ornate upright piano. While one sister wants to keep it in the family, her brother wants to sell it to purchase a plot of Mississippi land their family worked as slaves.
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will follow March 11-April 2, 2011 (opening March 17) under the direction of Shana Cooper. The production will mark the Yale Rep's first staging of the classic story of ill-fated young lovers. The season will conclude with the U.S. premiere of the stage adaptation of Bergman's Autumn Sonata directed by Robert Woodruff (Notes from Underground), running April 15-May 7, 2011 (opening April 21). "Charlotte, a celebrated classical pianist who has forged a successful career at the expense of her family, attempts to reconcile with her daughter Eva, whom she has not seen in seven years. Over the course of one evening, they confront their darkest feelings and resentments. A tightly-wound psychological study of the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, Autumn Sonata reveals that living and loving—like mastering notes on a piano—are skills that must be practiced every day."
Subscriptions are currently available. Single tickets will go on sale Aug. 30. Yale Rep tickets are available by visiting YaleRep, by calling (203) 432-1234 or by visiting the Yale Rep box office (1120 Chapel Street).