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  volume 2, issue 1
Winter 2013  
 
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  ON YORK STREET
8 is a 10
8 is a 10
selected cast members [click here for more]

A staged reading of 8, a play by Dustin Lance Black based on transcripts of Perry v. Brown, the trial that struck down California’s ban on same sex marriage, was presented at the University Theatre on October 22nd. Bill Reynolds ’77 (Faculty), who played the trial judge, said that he’d never seen such a mix of students, faculty, and staff involved in a single project in all the years he’d been at the School. The reading was staged by Special Student in Directing and Board of Advisors member Sonja Berggren ’13. “I wanted to do the play because Proposition 8 is an embarrassment to California,” she said. “It is important that people know that it was found unconstitutional. If I can help spread that word, I’ll be happy.” After the reading, Joan Channick ’89 (Associate Dean) led a discussion of the legal issues attached to the case with Jeanie O’Hare (Faculty), Jared Gilbert DIV ’12, and Robert A. Burt LAW ’64, Alexander M. Bickel Professor at Yale Law School.

 

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Thursday in the Park
Sunday in the Park with George
Music Director/Orchestrator Dan Schlosberg YC ’10, MUS ’13, Director Ethan Heard ’13, Victoria Clark YC ’82, Monique Barbee ’13, Mitchell Winter ’14, Vicki Shaghoian (Faculty), and Evan Yionoulis ’85, YC ’82 (Faculty)

At a Thursday afternoon rehearsal for YSD’s recent production of Sunday in the Park with George, actress Victoria Clark YC ’82, a cast member of the original Broadway production, worked with Monique Barbee ’13 and Mitchell Winter ’14 on their final duet, “Move On.”

 

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Silver Linings for Yale Alum
Reynaldi Lolong ’13, Molly Henninghausen ’15, Bruce Cohen YC ’83, Chris Bannow ’14, Justin Bennett ’14, and Ilya Khodosh ’14
Reynaldi Lolong ’13, Molly Henninghausen ’15, Bruce Cohen YC ’83, Chris Bannow ’14, Justin Bennett ’14, and Ilya Khodosh ’14

During a visit to YSD, Bruce Cohen YC ’83 talked with students about his career as a film producer. While at Yale, he knew he wanted to make films, and upon graduation, “I participated in the Director’s Guild training project, which was the best thing that ever happened to me.” From the beginning, he was drawn to work on “really smart, character-driven movies.” Along with partner Dan Jinks, Bruce got his start producing The Flintstones, Mouse Hunt, and hit his stride with American Beauty, which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. His latest film, Silver Linings Playbook, received rave reviews when it opened in November, garnered four Golden Globe nominations, and is an Oscar nominee for Best Picture.

 

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A Great Mousetrap Race
A Great Mousetrap Race
photos by Mansoureh Yazdanjou ’13

Each year the TD&P Department hosts The Great Mousetrap Race, in which first-year students and interns design and race a vehicle equipped only with a standard spring-loaded mousetrap to set it in motion. This year some of the entries featured wheels made out of long-playing records, compact discs, spools of thread, paper plates, and even metal washers. It’s not a timed race; each vehicle runs separately and the winner is the vehicle that goes the farthest. “The prize is bragging rights,” according to Jon Reed ’07 (Faculty). [click here for more]

   
  Coming Soon

Below is a sampling of the work of YSD alumni and faculty.

NEW YORK
The Jammer by Rolin Jones ’04, directed by Jackson Gay ’02, opened at the Atlantic Theater Company on January 9.

Will Cobbs ’12 is featured in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Scarlett Johansson, which opened January 17 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

The Women’s Project production of Bethany by Laura Marks, which features Ken Marks ’84 and America Ferrera, opened January 20.

Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Rebecca Taichman ’00, began previews at the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center on January 28.

Jim Simpson ’81 directed The Vandal by Hamish Linklater at The Flea Theater, which opened January 31.

All in the Timing by David Ives ’84 began performances at Primary Stages on February 5.

David Henry Hwang’s ’83 The Dance and the Railroad opened at Signature Theatre on February 5.

Richard Greenberg’s ’85 new adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with sets by Derek McLane ’84, begins previews in February.

Sarahbeth Grossman ’91 is a producer of Ann, a new one-woman play based on the life of Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas. Ann opens at Lincoln Center Theater in February.

Clive by Jonathan Marc Sherman, with sets by Derek McLane ’84 and costumes by Catherine Zuber ’84, opens February 7 at The New Group.

Chad Raines ’11 is the sound designer for the Pershing Square Signature Center production of From White Plains by Michael Perlman, which opens February 8.

A newly-revised version of A.R. Gurney’s ’58 The Old Boy opens at Keen Company on February 12.

New York Theatre Workshop’s production of Belleville by Amy Herzog ’07, YC ’00, featuring a set by Julia C. Lee ’12 and costumes by Mark Nagle ’12, begins previews on February 15. Production support for Belleville is provided by Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre. Belleville is produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre, where the play was commissioned and received its world premiere.

Elfriede Jelinek’s Jackie, directed by Tea Alagic ’07, opens February 24 at the Women’s Project.

The Lying Lesson by Craig Lucas, directed by Anna D. Shapiro ’93, opens February 27 at the Atlantic Theater Company.

Lynne Meadow ’71 directs Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg ’85, with sets by Santo Loquasto ’72 and costumes by Jane Greenwood (Faculty). The production begins previews March 19 at Manhattan Theatre Club.

The new musical Hands on a Hardbody, with book by Doug Wright YC ’85 and costumes by Susan Hilferty ’80, opens March 21 at the Brooks Atkinson.

Mark Brokaw ’86 directs and William Ivey Long ’75 designs the costumes for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which opens March 23 at the Broadway Theatre.

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  OFF YORK STREET
Keeping Cool in Singapore
Keeping Cool in Shanghai
photo by Lars Klein

The YSD TD&P alumni contingent at Artec Consultants Inc.—including Chris Darland ’95, S. Lars Klein ’99, Geoff Zink ’99, and Michael Parrella ’00—is keeping busy with new projects in Poland, Singapore, Denmark, Israel, and Morocco, to name only a few. In the above photo, Chris (left) and Lars (right) are onstage at the Star PAC, a new 5000-seat theatre in Singapore, prior to its grand opening last November. The performing arts center is at the top of an urban mall in a developing district of Singapore. Chris and Lars are smiling because the stage is air conditioned, and it’s 98 degrees and humid outside! Last April the four Artec partners visited New Haven to discuss theatre planning and consulting in a TD&P seminar. Chris writes: “We think we received a passing grade from Ben.”

 

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Goodbye to Paul Schierhorn

Paul SchierhornA memorial to celebrate the life of composer Paul Schierhorn ’74 (Former Faculty) was held on December 30 at the West Bank Café in New York. Friends came from as far as California and as close as 45th Street—musicians and the producers of The News (Paul’s Broadway musical), friends from his years at YSD, and a mixture of Paul’s students from Tulane and Mars Hill College. There were tributes from Yale instructors and mentors, student testimonials, and a selection of Shakespearean verse set to Paul’s original music. “We felt so much love; it was intoxicating,” says Maria Mason, Paul’s wife. “Love is powerful beyond all reckoning.”

 

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Michael Barker Moves North

Michael BarkerMichael Barker ’10, SOM ’10 has been named the new managing director of Marin Theatre Company. Currently the general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, Michael will assume his full-time duties at Marin on February 25. “This is a really good opportunity,” Michael says. “I never thought it would come this fast!”

 

   

REGIONAL
Ed, Downloaded by Michael Mitnick ’10 opened January 11 at the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Theatre Center.

Gina Odierno ’12 is the production stage manager for As You Like It, which opened at the Guthrie Theatre on January 16 and moves to the New Victory in New York on February 28.

The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein ’76 opened January 19 at Asolo Rep in Sarasota, FL.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park premiered Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s ’03 Abigail/1702, which opened on January 20.

Denver Center Theatre Company presented the world premiere of Lauren Feldman’s ’08 Grace, or the Art of Climbing, which opened January 24. Grace was first performed at YSD as part of the Carlotta Festival of New Plays.

Chinglish by David Henry Hwang ’83 opened January 25 at South Coast Rep.

Almost, Maine, featuring Eric Bryant ’09 and Laura Esposito ’09, opened January 25 at Hartford’s TheaterWorks.

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney ’07, directed by Tea Alagic ’07, opened in January at the Old Globe.

Preston Lane ’96 directs Tennessee Williams’s A Southern Gothic, which opens February 10 at Triad Stage.

Sixty Miles to Silverlake by Dan LeFranc, directed by Becca Wolff ’09, opens in February at IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles.

Irene Lewis ’66 directs Dead Metaphor by George Walker, which opens March 6 at American Conservatory Theater.

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  HONORED
An Emerging Playwright
Meg Miroshnik
Meg Miroshnik and Jeffrey Eugenides
photo by Ann Billingsley

Playwright Meg Miroshnik ’11 is one of the winners of this year’s $50,000 Whiting Award, given annually to emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays. “It seems to me that there is no possible way to ‘deserve’ such great good fortune, especially knowing how many fiercely talented playwrights are out there,” Meg says. “I’m keenly aware of how lucky I am that individuals, chief among them Paula Vogel (Faculty), and institutions, crucially Yale School of Drama, have invested in my potential as a writer.” Upcoming projects for Meg include work for the 2012-13 Writers’ Workshop at Center Theatre Group and a new play commission from South Coast Rep.

 

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One Book, Two Prizes
Jonathan Kalb and wife Julie Heffernan YC ’85
Jonathan Kalb and wife Julie Heffernan YC ’85
photo by Angela E. Weaver

At the Theatre Library Association’s 44th Annual Book Awards, Jonathan Kalb’s ’85, DFA ’87 (Former Faculty) Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theatre, published by University of Michigan Press, won the George Freedley Memorial Award. “This is one of our country’s most prestigious prizes for a theatre book and I’m extremely honored to have won it,” Jonathan says. “Glorious thing, gratitude!” Jonathan’s book also won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, marking the second time he has received this honor. “I’m very proud to have won it again,” he says.

 

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Mid-Career Award
Angelina Fiordellisi and Stephanie Ybarra
Angelina Fiordellisi and Stephanie Ybarra
photo by Erik Pearson ’09

The 2012 awards of The League of Professional Theatre Women were presented at the Turning Thirty Awards Celebration on December 6, 2012 at Scandinavia House in New York. To honor the memory of member Josephine Abady, the League traditionally honors an early or mid-career director or producer of a work of cultural diversity. This year the award was presented to Stephanie Ybarra ’08. With almost 15 years of experience under her belt, Stephanie is currently putting her producing skills to work as artistic associate at The Public Theater. When she is not line-producing projects such as the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and Public Forum at The Public, she serves as the program director for the Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project. While juggling these concurrent activities, Stephanie writes, “I hold a deep belief in the power of the Post-It note.” Stephanie’s award was presented to her Angelina Fiordellisi, artistic director of the Cherry Lane Theater.

 

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A Prediction Comes to Pass

Brett DaltonIn November, Backstage magazine canvassed industry insiders for recommendations of actors they felt were headed for big things, then crunched the numbers, checked Facebook and Twitter, and came up with The Backstage 30. Among the noted is Brett Dalton ’11. No sooner had the prediction been made than Brett landed a major role in S.H.I.E.L.D., a new television series created by cult director Joss Whedon and produced by Marvel Television. When asked how it felt to get the part, Brett said: “Like winning the Lotto—especially as huge a comic book nut and a Joss Whedon fan. It’s a dream job. Truly.”

 

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New York Times Playwright of the Year

Amy HerzogAmy Herzog ’07, YC ’00 has been awarded the The New York Times 2012 Outstanding Playwright Award for her play After the Revolution. The award recognizes American writers who have made recent professional debuts. After the Revolution opened off-Broadway in 2010 at Playwrights Horizons, with a cast that included Elliot Villar ’07. Amy is the fourth winner of the award, which comes with a $5,000 prize. Past recipients include Tarell Alvin McCraney ’07 for The Brothers Size. The judging panel was composed of Edward Albee, James Lapine, Lynn Nottage ’89 (Faculty), Richard Greenberg ’85, and editors from the Times.

 

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United States Artists Names Hwang and Gardley

Marcus GardleyUnited States Artists, a not-for-profit organization that honors American artists with individual fellowships of $50,000, has made awards this year to David Henry Hwang ’83—named the Donnelley Fellow in Theater Arts—and Marcus Gardley ’04—the James Baldwin Fellow in Theater Arts. David is best known as the author of Chinglish and M. Butterfly, which won the Tony, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle Awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. “I’m thrilled and grateful to be included in this diverse group of amazing artists across all disciplines,” David says. “I plan to use my U.S. Artists Award to create a travel fund, which will support my international collaborations.” Marcus Gardley's works include every tongue confess, which premiered at Arena Stage, and the musical On the Levee, which was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and premiered at Lincoln Center’s LCT3. “Receiving the James Baldwin Fellowship is a profound honor for me,” Marcus says, “not only because I was chosen among many artists but also because James Baldwin’s work inspired me to become a playwright. This award is not only a career boost, it is also a charge to continue writing epic stories, honing my voice, and helping to open doors for others.”

 

   

Film & TV
Kristen Connolly ’07 appears in the Netflix original series House of Cards, a new adaptation of the BBC drama by the same title. The series became available for streaming on February 1.

36 Saints, a new thriller opening in March, features Aja Naomi King ’10.

 

Abroad
Yana Ross ’06 directs Sarah Ruhl’s (Faculty) Eurydice, which opens February 20 at the National Theater of Finland in Helsinki. Zane Pihlstrom ’06 designs both scenery and costumes.

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Editorial Note:
In the 2012 Yale School of Drama Annual Magazine, the following information was inadvertently omitted from “Placing Artists at the Center:” Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer’s musical, Lempicka, is also supported by Full Stage USA, New Dramatists, and the Mellon Foundation.

 

 
 
  THE FACES OF YSD

Anh Le, Benjamin Fainstein, Paul Pryce
Anh Le Benjamin Fainstein Paul Pryce

Anh Le ’15 (Theater Management) “The theatre bug bit me late in life, compared to many of my peers.” [click here for more]

Benjamin Fainstein ’13 (Dramaturgy) “Making theatre in the twenty-first century is a rebellious choice.” [click here for more]

Paul Pryce ’13 (Acting) “It has been a privilege to play a diverse range of complex characters while at YSD, from Othello and Agamemnon, to Belize in Angels in America: Perestroika, to the aging Franklyn Foy in Jake Jeppson’s ’12 Fox Play.” [click here for more]

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  NOTES FROM A DRAMATURG
Hamlet, Prince of Grief

Dana TannerIn Shakespeare Our Contemporary, Jan Kott describes the world of Hamlet as one in which “politics hangs…over every feeling, and there is no getting away from it.” Political readings of the play often emphasize a Hamlet fleeing affairs of state in favor of philosophy, only to be dragged back into a geopolitical mire. Whether or not he chooses to engage with politics, he will be their victim. This is the particular story at the root of Hamlet, Prince of Grief, which was presented by the Iranian Leev Theater Group at Yale Cabaret on January 8, before a run at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. [click here for more]

 

   

 

 

 
           
           
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