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"Field Guide," created by Rude Mechs, at Yale Rep in 2018. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Yale Repertory Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will include world premieres by Charise Castro Smith and Tori Sampson.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.: Yale Repertory Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring five productions.

“Yale Rep’s 2018–19 season promises audiences four singular theatrical adventures, with a fifth production still to be announced,” said artistic director James Bundy in a statement. “I am thrilled that Yale Rep audiences will be the first in the country to see the breathtaking new production created by legendary theatre artist Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne. And I am equally delighted to welcome some of the most exciting talents in the American theatre—Carl Cofield, Jesse Rasmussen, Tori Sampson, Charise Castro Smith, and Laurie Woolery—to create work on our stages in the year ahead.”

The season will kick off with the world premiere of Charise Castro Smith’s El Huracán (Sept. 28-Oct. 20), presented in collaboration with the Sol Project, about a mother and daughter readying themselves as an epic hurricane threatens Miami. Laurie Woolery will direct.

Next up will be the U.S. premiere of The Prisoner (Nov. 2-17), written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, an examination of the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion through the story of man sitting along outside a prison. The play was co-commissioned by Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord,
National Theatre, the Grotowski Institute,  Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen; Yale Repertory Theatre, and Theatre for a New Audience.

Following will be Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (March 15-April 6, 2019), in an Afro-futurist rendition of the romantic comedy about mistaken identity and unrequited love. Carl Cofield will direct.

The season will continue with the world premiere of Cadillac Crew (April 26-May 18, 2019), by Tori Sampson, about four activists working in a Virginia civil rights office during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Jesse Rasmussen will direct.

The final production (Feb. 1-23, 2019) will be announced at a later date.

The programming will also include the “No Boundaries” series, which will also be announced at a later date.

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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