Monday, September 24, 2012

Yale School of Drama Announces Season

Yale School of Drama has announced the new season including three vividly imagined theatrical productions that explore our struggles—vain or victorious, intimate or epic—to become who we believe we are meant to be.

IPHIGNEIA AMONG THE STARS
Adapted from Euripides by Benjamin Fainstein
Conceived and Directed by Jack Tamburri
October 30-November 3, 2012
Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street

A king sacrifices his daughter to a goddess so he can wage an interstellar war. But the goddess intervenes and instead exiles the girl to a life of servitude light years from home. Years later, Princess Iphigenia, like her father, must choose between duty and desire—and her choice will have consequences beyond the bounds of space and time. Inspired by the electrifying imagery of comic book legend Jack Kirby, this new adaptation of two tragedies by Euripides takes us on a cosmic journey to a galaxy where gods and heroes are real, but their destinies have not yet been written.


SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Ethan Heard
December 14-20, 2012
University Theatre, 222 York Street 

In 1884, George Seurat painted a masterpiece by holding fast to his personal vision and disregarding everything (and everybody) else. Celebrated as a genius today, he died alone, without having ever sold a single canvas. A century later, another artist named George is adrift, despite great success. Accomplished and desired, he’s lost touch with his inspiration—why, he wonders, does he make art at all? In today's culture of success and celebrity, Sondheim and Lapine's landmark musical poses a fundamental question about the "art of making art": how can an artist both stay true to himself and share his vision with the world?


CLOUD NINE
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Margot Bordelon
January 22-26, 2013
Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street

In a tropical outpost of Queen Victoria's glorious Empire, Betty is the perfect wife and mother of an upstanding colonial family. Fast forward 100 years to the urban jungle of contemporary London. Betty and her children must redefine themselves in a world of rapidly changing social norms. Renowned playwright Caryl Churchill's hilarious and politically charged satire still challenges our assumptions about gender, sexuality, race and family, and urges us to question the roles we play and the forces that shape us. 

CARLOTTA FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS
May 6-15, 2013
Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street

Three new plays by the graduating class of Yale School of Drama playwrights, performed in rotating repertory.

Carlotta Festival play titles will be announced.

Tickets, starting at $10, are available online at drama.yale.edu, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Box Office (1120 Chapel Street at York Street).

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