Friday, March 16, 2012

Yale Announces New Season; Paul Giamatti to Star in Hamlet

Yale Repertory Theatre announced its 2012-2013 Season, which will include Academy Award-nominated actor Paul Giamatti in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet; three world premieres: Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi, Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s In a Year with 13 Moons adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff; American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, a new play byRichard Montoya; and Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones.
Written byRichard Montoya
Developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney

September 21-October 13, 2012
Opening Night: September 27
University Theatre (222 York Street)

As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan Joséis a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.

World Premiere
By David Adjmi
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
A Co-Production with American Repertory Theater

October 26-November 17, 2012
Opening Night: November 1
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

The young queen Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravaganthaute couture. But times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style. In David Adjmi’s humorous and hauntingMarie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demandingliberté, égalité, fraternité!

The world premiere of Marie Antoinette is a co-production with American Repertory Theater, where it will play in September 2012.

World Premiere
By Sarah Ruhl
A play in letters
from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell
and back again
Directed by Les Waters

November 30-December 22, 2012
Opening Night: December 6
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

Sarah Ruhl, one of the most celebrated and honored playwrights of her generation, returns to Yale Rep with the world premiere ofDear Elizabeth, chronicling the remarkable thirty-year friendship between two of the most celebrated and honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. With postmarks from Maine to Key West, and as far away as London and South America, Dear Elizabeth is a lyrical and moving portrait of two lives that unfold in letters.

Sarah Ruhl made her Yale Rep debut in 2004 with the world premiere of The Clean House, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Her collaborations with director Les Waters include the acclaimed productions ofEurydice at Yale Rep in 2006 and the Pulitzer and Tony Award-nominated In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) on Broadway.

By Marie Jones
Directed by Evan Yionoulis

January 25-February 16, 2013
Opening Night: January 31
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

A rural Irish village is turned upside down by the arrival of an American film crew. When Charlie and Jake are cast as extras in the movie, they discover that Hollywood’s romanticized Ireland stands in stark contrast to the reality of their daily lives.

Winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Stones in His Pockets is staged by OBIE Award-winning resident director Evan Yionoulis and features two actors playing more than a dozen eccentric characters—from the film’s spoiled American starlet to the star-struck locals.

Paul Giamatti
By William Shakespeare
Directed by James Bundy

March 15-April 13, 2013
Opening Night: March 21
University Theatre (222 York Street)

Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti returns to the Yale Rep stage as the Prince of Denmark inHamlet, Shakespeare’s harrowing tragedy of corruption, betrayal, and madness. Haunted by a ghostly revelation that his father, the King, was murdered, Hamlet puts into motion a vengeful plan that will have devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.

Staged by Artistic Director James Bundy,Hamlet marks the first Yale Rep appearance for Paul Giamatti since Shakespeare’s As You Like It in 1994. His critically-acclaimed body of work includes the films Cinderella Man and Sideways; HBO’s John Adams, for which he received Emmy and Golden Globe Awards; and The Iceman Cometh on Broadway.

Hamlet is Yale Rep’s 2012-2013 WILL POWER! production. The run includes four 10:15AM performances available only to 8th-12th grade school groups. For information on WILL POWER! performances, please contact Ruth M. Feldman at (203) 432-8425 or

World Premiere
By Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff
Directed by Robert Woodruff
Featuring Bill Camp

April 26-May 18, 2013
Opening Night: May 2
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

When the object of his affection off-handedly commented, “too bad you’re not a girl,” Erwin disappeared to Casablanca and returned as Elvira. Now, adrift and alone, Elvira revisits the people and places of the past, desperately searching for the identity and love she’s never known.

The world premiere of In a Year with 13 Moons—a new adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s melodramatic, darkly comic, and unsettling New German Cinema masterpiece—is staged by Robert Woodruff.


Yale Repertory Theatre offers a variety of subscription packages for audiences to enjoy the entire season, starting at $30 per ticket for the general public and $10 for students. 

Subscriptions are available now online, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street) during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 10AM-5PM, Saturday 12-5PM, and until 8PM on all performance evenings).

Individual tickets for the entire season will go on sale on September 4. Group Sales will be available as well on September 4 by calling (203) 432-1572.

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