Sarah Ruhl’s Scenes from Court Life, Contrasting England’s Stuarts with the U.S. Bush Family, Opens

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The world premiere launches Yale Repertory Theatre’s 50th anniversary season.
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Yale Repertory Theatre's world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince, officially opens October 6 at 8 PM following previews that began October 1.

Directed by Mark Wing-Davey, the production continues through October 22 at Yale University Theatre (222 York Street).

The cast comprises Jeff Biehl, John R. Colley, Angel Desai, Evelyn Giovine, Greg Keller, Keren Lugo, Hudson Oznowicz, Mary Shultz, Arturo Soria, Andrew Weems, Danny Wolohan and T. Rider Smith.

The new drama is described as such: “History, remixed. In 17th-century Great Britain, the Stuarts—Charles I and Charles II—defend their divine rights, with the help of a whipping boy. In our own time, Jeb and George W. Bush play hardball—both politics and tennis—battling for power, as siblings and statesmen. By turns intimate and epic, Sarah Ruhl’s astonishing new play reveals the cost of dynastic privilege.”

The creative team also includes choreographer Michael Raine, scenic and costume designer Marina Draghici, lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge, sound designer Shane Rettig, projection designer Yana Birÿkova, dialect and vocal coach Beth McGuire, fight director Rick Sordelet, wig designer Charles G. LaPointe, baroque expert and choreographer Meggi Sweeney Smith, dramaturg Kari Olmon, casting director Tara Rubin Casting and stage manager James Mountcastle.

Ruhl made her Broadway debut in 2009 with the Tony-nominated In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play.

Tickets range from $12–99 and are available online at, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior and group rates are also available.

(Updated October 6, 2016)

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