Yale Repertory Theatre's new season just got shorter.
Instead of a season of six plays that begins in September, there will be five productions with the first show starting in October for the Tony Award-winning New Haven theater that is affiliated with the Yale School of Drama.
A revival of Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” and three world premieres commissioned by the Rep, will highlight the 2014-15 season.
The Rep will also present three presentations of its “No Bounderies” series of global performances. The series' shows, which have a run of a a few days, will be announced in the fall.
“We’ve have been asked by the university to contribute to the elimination of a projected deficit [at Yale] so we’ve had to make some hard financial decisions,” says James Bundy, artistic director of the Rep as well as dean of the Yale School of Drama.
Bundy says he opted to maintain five ambitious projects rather than downsize the overall season. “The mandate was to make cuts that weren’t going to effect the School’s teaching and learning and creativity. …There will be just as much creativity at the Rep [with these productions].”
Bundy says he does not see the number reduction to five main stage shows as permanent but did not see it either as a one-season-only change.
Bundy will stage the Stoppard play which opens the season run Oct. 3 to 25 at the University Theatre.
Following will be the world premiere of “War” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, whose play “Appropriate” just opened off-Broadway. The show, which will run Nov. 21 to Dec. 13 at the Rep theater, will be directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. The play is described as “a wildly provocative, bracingly funny, and all-too-human portrait of a family navigating the landmines of the past as they try to broker peace with each other—and themselves—in the present.”
The inter-generational comedy-drama “Familiar,” by Obie Award winner Danai Gurira, will run Jan. 30 to Feb. 21 at the Rep theater, directed by Rebecca Taichman. Gurira was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 with co-writer Nikkole Salter for “In the Continuum” which was presented at the Rep that year. Gurira’s play “Eclipsed” was also presented at the Rep in 2009. Taichman’s previous Yale Rep credits include the world premieres of David Adjmi’s “Marie Antoinette” and “The Evildoers.”
Brecht’s “playfully theatrical, lyrical, and bitingly satiric masterpiece,” will be staged by Liz Diamond, the Rep’s resident director. Diamond, who is also chairperson of the directing program at the Yale School oif Drama, taught over the years all the other directors of the Rep season, including Bundy. The production will run March 20 to April 11 at the University Theatre.
The main stage season will end with “Elevada,” a romantic comedy by Sheila Callaghan, a finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and directed by Jackson Gay (The Rep’s “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow” and “These Paper Bullets!”). The show, which is described as “a warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy about the fear of being alone — and the fear of not being alone” will run April 24 to May 16.
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Correction: An earlier version pof the stiory stated that the No Bounderies serties this past seasopn had three shows. There was one presemtation. Three shows were presented in earlier seasons.