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"The Moors" at Yale Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Yale Repertory Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season

The lineup will feature plays from Suzan-Lori Parks, Nambi E. Kelley, and Rude Mechs.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.: Yale Repertory Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season, which will include a new translation of an Ibsen classic and a new play from Austin’s Rude Mechs.

“I am delighted that we can look forward to a season of such scope and complexity, bringing internationally acclaimed artists and field leaders to New Haven, and offering Yale Rep audiences opportunities to witness vital perspectives on the world, particularly its literature, history, and politics,” said artistic director James Bundy in a statement.

The season will open with Paul Walsh’s translation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (Oct. 6-28), about a political scandal in a small Norwegian town. James Bundy will direct.

Next up will be Nambi E. Kelley’s Native Son (Nov. 24-Dec. 16), adapted from the novel by Richard Wright. Set on Chicago’s South Side in the 1930s, the play follows the young Bigger Thomas as he navigates a world that condemns and prejudges him. Seret Scott will direct.

The first show of the new year will be Field Guide (Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2018), created by Rude Mechs and commissioned by Yale Rep. The play is an inventive take on Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.

Suzan-Lori Parks’s Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 (March 16-April 7, 2018) will be next. A coproduction with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the play follows a slave who is offered his freedom in exchange for fighting for the Confederacy. Liz Diamond will direct.

The final show of the season will be Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss (April 27-May 19, 2018), about four friends in Damascus whose own passions unfold amid civil war. Evan Yionoulis will direct.

Founded in 1966, Yale Repertory Theatre is the professional theatre in residence at Yale School of Drama and focuses on presenting new work.

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