yale repertory theatre
Robert Brustein founded Yale Repertory Theatre in 1966
as the "Master Teacher" of the Yale School of
Drama. During his tenure as its first Artistic Director,
the Rep transformed the landscape of American theatre
training: to this day, theatres and training programs
across the country strive to emulate the Rep's unique
convergence of talented students and leading professionals
in meaningful collaboration. Moreover, Yale Repertory
Theatre became one of the first distinguished regional
theatres, with an emphasis on the production of new plays
and classics of world theatre in vivid and inventive interpretations.
1979-1991, Lloyd Richards served as Dean of the Drama
School and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre.
Under Richards, who also headed the Eugene O'Neill Center
for New American Plays, the Rep fostered the work of
notable playwrights such as Athol Fugard and August
Wilson, while maintaining a commitment to the classical
repertoire. The Rep became one of the first regional
theatres to transfer serious work to the commercial
sector on a regular basis, pioneering a model of production
that has become common practice at Lincoln Center Theater,
Manhattan Theatre Club, the Roundabout, and other major
Wojewodski, Jr., Dean and Artistic Director from 1991-2002,
made a unique commitment to artists the hallmark of
his tenure. Associate Artists at the Rep included playwrights
Suzan-Lori Parks, Len Jenkin, and Eric Overmyer, director/choreographer
Ralph Lemon, actor Byron Jennings, composer Kim D. Sherman,
Clowns of Horror Mump and Smoot, and the 52nd Street
Bundy succeeded Wojewodski as Dean and Artistic Director
July 1, 2002.
Rep has produced 89 world and American premieres, four
of which have received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Theatre has sent ten productions to Broadway, earning
nine Tony® Awards and a total of 37 Tony® Award
nominations. Recognized as one of the leading regional
theaters in the United States, Yale Rep itself received
the Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre
in 1991, and it was awarded the 1992 Jujamcyn Theatres
Award for its outstanding contribution to the development
of creative talent for the theatre. In 2002, Yale School
of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre received the Governor's
Arts Award from Governor John Rowland in recognition
of its remarkable artistic achievement and contribution
to the arts in the state of Connecticut.
University and Yale School of Drama, guided by the vision
of George Pierce Baker, the first chairman of Yale's
drama department, establish Yale Repertory Theatre in
the former Calvary Baptist Church building, located
on the corner of York and Chapel Streets in downtown
New Haven. The formation of this professional theater
under the leadership of Robert Brustein, then-dean of
Yale School of Drama, creates a laboratory in which
theoretical study in the classroom with experienced
theater artists is related continuously to professional
practice in production work alongside experienced theater
Alvin Epstein and Eugene Troobnick
in Dynamite Tonight
In his selection of seasons, Brustein says his objective
is to create ambitious, quality theater for New Haven
area audiences and to inspire new generations of American
theater artists, prepared to realize the potential of
their talents and assume leadership roles in theater
institutions across the country.
Dec. 6, 1966 Yale Rep opens its doors to the public
with a production of the comic opera Dynamite Tonight
by Arnold Weinstein, music by William Bolcom.
The world premiere of We Bombed
in New Haven by Joseph Heller is presented at the
Yale Rep presents the world premiere
of Jules Fieffers God Bless.
This season sees the
world premiere of Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? by
Terrence McNally and the American premiere of Two
by Brecht and Weill: The Little Mahagonny and The Seven
Deadly Sins by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, translated
by Michael Feingold and W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman,
Yale Rep produced
the world premiere of Are You Now or Have You Ever
Been? by Eric Bentley.
Schlemiel the First
by Isaac Beshevis Singer makes its world premiere, as
well as Aristophanes The Frogs adapted
and directed by Burt Shevelove, with music and lyrics
by Stephen Sondheim.
Frogs receives much attention for its unconventional
staging in a Yale University swimming pool.
Redpath and Meryl Streep in The Idiots
Durang and Albert Innaurato, Yale School of Drama graduates,
see their play The Idiots Karamazov produced
for the first time at the Rep.
William Hickey in Suicide
by Sam Shepard premieres.
their world premieres at Yale Repertory this season
are Reunion and Dark Pony by David Mamet,
Terra Nova by Ted Talley, Wings by Arthur
Kopit, and The 1940s Radio Hour by Walton
Shepards Buried Child and Christopher Durangs
dentity Crisis premiere.
Richards takes the helm as Yale Reps Artistic
Director and Dean of the Yale School of Drama. In an
interview with Chris Angermann of the New Haven Advocate,
Richards states, "The theater... has responsibilities
to the communities in which it exists: the university
and New Haven, which is a very complex city. I hope
that the theater will have an ever-widening relationship
to those communities. And that is not a simple matter.
You dont by yourself develop a program and attempt
to impose it. Thats sure death. The relationship
must be interactive." Later in the article he says,
"Its (Yale Rep) not a museum. Its a
theater, and a theater should be alive.... It is a place
where people should come not just to rest after a big
meal, but to agree, to disagree, to be provoked in thought
and feeling, and even sometimes to be bored. That can
happen: okay this time you dont agree;
next time you might."
Harris Yulin and James Earl
Jones in A Lesson from Aloes
A Lesson from Aloes
by Athol Fugard has its American premiere at Yale Rep.
Glover, Zakes Mokae, and Zeljko Ivanek in "Master
Harold"... and the boys
Betskos Johnny Bull and Athol Fugards
"Master Harold"... and the boys are
produced for the first time.
year Yale Rep received the Drama Desk Award for New
Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding
Production of a New Broadway Play for "Master
Harold"... and the boys.
Wilson begins his long association with Yale Rep with
the premiere of Ma Raineys Black Bottom.
It advances to Broadway.
Playwright August Wilson
making its world premiere this season is Athol Fugards
The Road to Mecca.
the six world premieres this season is August Wilsons
Fences, which travels on to Broadway.
Raineys Black Bottom receives the New York
Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
Turners Come and Gone
marks the third play by August Wilson to premiere at
Yale and transfer to Broadway.
Sommer and Kennth Welsh in A Walk in the Woods
Walk in the Woods by
Lee Blessing premieres at Yale Rep.
that season, Athol Fugard directs the world premiere
of his A Place with the Pigs.
by Chance a Woman: Elizabeth by Dario Fo also premieres.
receives the New York Drama Critics Circle
Award for Best Play and the Outer Critics Circle
Award for Outstanding Broadway Play.
Shawhan, Gail Dartez, and Pearce Beunting in
A Tragedy by Vladimir
Gubaryev makes its American premiere, and The Piano
Lesson by August Wilson makes its world premiere.
receives an American Theatre Wing Tony Award for Best
Play and Yale Rep is presented a Drama Desk Award for
"nurturing plays of significance."
Wilson premieres Two Trains Running.
Piano Lesson receives the New York Drama Critics
Circle Award for Best Play.
Director Stan Wojewodski, Jr.
Wojewodski, Jr. begins his tenure as Artistic Director
of Yale Repertory Theatre and Dean of Yale School of
Drama. His first directing project at Yale is Eric Overmyers
On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning. In a
program note, Wojewodski states, "The union of
professional theater with conservatory training has
long been my ideal. Yales achievement and
potential in this regard are unique. There is
no other position that could have made me contemplate
leaving Center Stage, which has been an extraordinary
artistic home to me for fifteen years. I am aware of
the enormity of the challenge and energized by the scale
of possibility. I cant wait to get started."
in 1991 Yale Rep is presented an American Theatre Wing
Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre
Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks
Parks begins her association with Yale Rep. The Death
of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World
New York Drama Critics Circle presents their award
for Best American Play to Two Trains Running.
Augesen and Melody J. Garrett in Hamlet
by William Shakespeare, directed by Stan Wojewodski,
Jr., is the first Yale School of Drama Special Project
of the Graduating Acting Class to appear on the Yale
School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre are presented
the 1992 Jujamcyn Theaters Award for "an outstanding
contribution to the development and creative talent
for the theater."
Montgomery in The America Play
Parks The America Play receives its world
premiere at Yale Rep. Resident Director Liz Diamond
directs, marking her sixth collaboration with Parks.
Rogers and Susan Cremin in Figaro/Figaro
this season is Figaro/Figaro, Eric Overmyers
adaptation of Beaumarchais The Marriage of
Figaro and its 20th Century sequel, Odon von Horvaths
Figaro Gets a Divorce.
Porter and Sandra Shipley in Venus
Wojewodski, Jr. directs the American premiere of David
in a co-production with The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New
York Shakespeare Festival this season is Suzan-Lori
Parks Venus, directed by Yale Alum Richard
Foreman. For Venus Suzan-Lori Parks receives
an Obie Award for playwriting.
Repertory Theatre and Yale School of Drama launch the
Dwight-Edgewood Project, a community outreach program
encouraging New Haven children to express themselves
Egan and Christopher Sieber in Trumph of Love
of Love, book by James
Magruder, music by Jeffrey Stock, and lyrics by Susan
Birkenhead, premieres in a co-production with Baltimores
Center Stage. The show advances to Broadway the next
McKees The Adventure of Amy Bock makes
its world premiere.
Lemon in Geography
world premiere of Geography, conceived and directed
by acclaimed choreographer Ralph Lemon opens the season.
It explores issues of race and features a cast of West
African and American dancers. The production leaves
Yale and tours nationally.
season wraps up with the world premiere of C.B. Colemans
stage adaptation of Andrei Belys novel Petersburg.
Rep presents the world premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov's
White Oak Dance Company's national tour.
James Magruder's world-premiere
translation/adaptation of Molière's The Imaginary
Invalid opens the season.
Ralph Lemon in Tree: Part
2 of the Geography Trilogy
Part 2 of the Geography Trilogy,
a world premiere conceived and directed by Ralph Lemon,
closes the season. Tree brings together artists
from the United States, Africa, and Asia to explore
spirituality and sexuality through dance. The work travels
nationally the following fall.
New Millennium of Theater
Yale Repertory Theatre
celebrates its 35th season, while Yale School of Drama
marks its 75th anniversary, and Yale University turns
300. To celebrate, Yale Rep and Yale School of Drama
team up with the Yale Dramatic Association to present
Stage Blue, a gala bi-coastal party and performance
featuring alumni and presented simultaneously in New
York, Los Angeles, and New Haven via satellite.
The Way of the World
Boy by 1999 Yale School of Drama graduate Sunil
Kuruvilla makes its world premiere at Yale Rep.
celebration of Yale's 300th birthday, the comic masterpiece
The Way of the World written by William Congreve
in 1701, is offered as the centerpiece of the season.
Jenkin's new adaptation of Aristophanes' The Birds
premieres at Yale Rep and features the graduating acting
class of Yale School of Drama.
Williams' Kingdom of Earth is the first production
to be performed at the New Theatre, the Rep's flexible
performance space located inside Holcombe T. Green,
2002 Graduating Acting Class of Yale School of Drama
is showcased in the Rep production of Caryl Churchill's
Serious Money, directed by Jean Randich.
Bayla Taichmann directs a new adaptation and translation
of Iphigeneia at Aulis by Kenneth Cavander.
1, 2002, James Bundy succeeds Wojewodski as Dean of
Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory
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