Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mandy Patinkin Makes Yale Debut in Compulsion

Mandy Patinkin.
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Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will make his Yale Rep debut in the world premiere of Compulsion by Rinne Groff, directed by Oskar Eustis, co-produced with The Public Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

The performance schedule has been adjusted so that Patinkin may fulfill previously scheduled concert engagements. Compulsion will begin on Friday, Jan. 29 and play through Feb. 28 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street, at York Street). The new Opening Night is Thursday, Feb. 4.

Additional casting and creative team members will be announced.

About the play: Sid Silver (Patinkin) 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.

Inspired by the story of Meyer Levin, Compulsion marks the Yale Rep debuts of Rinne Groff, whose plays have been praised for their “kaleidoscope style” (The Village Voice), and Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of The Public Theater.

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