Paula Vogel's Indecent Will Make World Premiere at Yale Rep; Dianne Wiest Also Part of Season

News   Paula Vogel's Indecent Will Make World Premiere at Yale Rep; Dianne Wiest Also Part of Season
Artistic director James Bundy and managing director Victoria Nolan have announced Yale Repertory Theatre's 2015–16 season, which will boast three world premieres — including one by Paula Vogel — and two classics.

The season opens with three world premieres: Indecent, created by Yale Rep’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright-in-Residence Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman; Peerless, a contemporary comedy by Jiehae Park, directed by Margot Bordelon; and The Moors, a new comedy by Jen Silverman, directed by Jackson Gay.

In the spring, Obie-winning resident director Evan Yionoulis stages a new production of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, and two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest returns in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, staged by artistic director James Bundy.

"I am thrilled by the voices of the writers—and the vision of the directors—whose work will be seen at Yale Rep in the coming year, as well as by the opportunity to welcome one of the world's great actors, Dianne Wiest, back to our stage in a majestic play of iconic wit and soulfulness,” said artistic director Bundy. “These artists and their ambitions represent the highest aspirations of our theatre: all of us at Yale Rep will be honored to share their adventuresome work with our audiences throughout the season.”

Season details follow:

World Premiere INDECENT

Written by Paula Vogel

Created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman

Directed by Rebecca Taichman

A Co-Production with La Jolla Playhouse

Oct. 2–24, 2015

University Theatre (222 York Street)

"Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s deeply moving new play with music is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it."


World Premiere


By Jiehae Park

Directed by Margot Bordelon

Nov. 27–Dec. 19, 2015

Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

"In an ordinary Midwestern high school, twin sisters M and L are competitive with every one—except each other. When the failsafe combination of perfect academics, killer extracurriculars, and calculated self-identification fails to impress The College’s early-decision admissions board, they hatch a sinister Plan B to secure their future. Jiehae Park’s peerless is a blisteringly funny new comedy about the unbreakable bond between sisters whose vaulting ambition will not be deferred at any cost."


World Premiere


By Jen Silverman

Directed by Jackson Gay

January 29–February 20, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

"The bleak moors of England. The bleakest. Two spinster sisters—one desperately unhappy, the other resolutely miserable—live with their elder brother and their mastiff in a gloomy, old mansion. When a governess is summoned to their isolated home, teeming with secrets and desires, what price might they pay for love? Inspired (perhaps) by certain 19th-century gothic romances, and the sisters who wrote them, Jen Silverman’s The Moors courses with a distinctly contemporary, darkly comic sensibility."



By William Shakespeare

Directed by Evan Yionoulis

March 25–April 16, 2016

University Theatre (222 York Street)

"A faithful princess escapes house arrest in search of her young husband, a prideful commoner banished for his love. A once-beautiful kingdom is soaked in the blood of a war incited by its power-hungry queen. Treachery and betrayal loom at every turn. OBIE Award-winning Resident Director Evan Yionoulis brings Shakespeare’s dizzying romance, Cymbeline, to Yale Rep for the first time."

Dianne Wiest in


By Samuel Beckett

Directed by James Bundy

April 29–May 21, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

"Two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest returns to Yale Rep in Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Happy Days, staged by Artistic Director James Bundy. With her husband increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie’s buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit."

Subscriptions are available online at, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Individual and group tickets for the entire season will go on sale on Aug. 31.

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