Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pop! Completes Yale Rep's 2009-2010 Lineup

Yale Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of POP!, a new musical with book and lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman and music by Anna K. Jacobs, directed by Mark Brokaw, next season.

The musical asks the question,"Who shot Andy Warhol?" The fabulous drag queen Candy Darling hosts a happening whodunit musical in which the famous—and infamous—denizens of Warhol’s legendary Factory all have motives to pull the trigger. But the pop art icon unravels an even bigger mystery as he confronts not only the prime suspects, but also his art and his own greatest creation: himself.

Pop! will be presented Nov. 27-Dec. 19 and completes Yale Repertory Theatre’s 2009-10 season, which also includes:
The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Evan Yionoulis
University Theatre (222 York Street)
Sept.18-Oct. 10, 2009

Summary: Halvard Solness, a brilliantly successful architect, has willed his unspoken desire into reality at every turn—but not without a price. Now he lives in fear that the next generation will rise up and cast him aside. When Hilda Wangel, a bewitching young woman, arrives to collect on a decade-old debt, she breathes new life into the Solness home but also rekindles painful memories. Will she help him reach the pinnacle, or will she be the one to finally knock the Master Builder from his tower?

Eclipsed by Danai Gurira
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)
Oct. 23-Nov. 14, 2009

Summary: Set in 2003, Eclipsed unearths the wreckage of Liberia’s vicious civil war and celebrates women who navigate the most brutal of circumstances. The “wives” of a rebel commanding officer form a community in a hostile war zone. Their world is transformed by the arrival of two newcomers and the unceremonious return of a former “wife” turned rebel soldier. Each woman finds her own means of survival, but at what cost?

Compulsion by Rinne Groff
Directed by Oskar Eustis
A co-production with The Public Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)
Feb. 5-27, 2010

Summary: Sid Silver wants nothing more than to bring Anne Frank’s story to an American audience, and he believes he’s the right man to translate the young girl’s diary and adapt it for the stage. But his passion spirals into a lifelong obsession when a New York publishing house reveals its own plans for what would become one of the most powerful and enduring documents of the 20th century.

The Servant of Two Masters
by Carlo Goldoni
Adapted by Constance Congdon from a translation by Christina Sibul
Directed by Christopher Bayes
University Theatre (222 York Street)
March 12-April 3, 2010

Summary: Identities are mistaken, engagements are broken, and lovers are reunited in Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece when the wily—and chronically hungry—servant Truffaldino hatches a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once.

Battle of Black and Dogs by Bernard-Marie Koltès
Translated by Michaël Attias
Directed by Robert Woodruff
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)
April 16-May 8, 2010

Summary: Set in a remote corner of Africa, Battle of Black and Dogs is a politically, sexually, and culturally charged tale of psychological warfare that erupts at an isolated construction compound. When a hired man mysteriously dies, his brother arrives at the compound to collect the body—and the site manager, his fiancé, and a young soldier all become embroiled in the cover up of the worker’s death.

More info at www.yalerep.org. Individual tickets for the season will be available beginning Aug. 31.

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