Yale Repertory Theatre has announced that its 2022-23 season will include an American classic, a modern adaptation of a Greek tragedy and two new plays.
The four plays are Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” Leah Nanako Winkler’s “The Brightest Thing in the World,” Luis Alfaro’s “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” and Christina Anderson’s “the ripple, the wave that carried me home.”
Just as at Hartford Stage, which also announced its 2022-23 season on Thursday, both the new plays in the season line-up are by female playwrights, both have female directors and one of them is a world premiere.
Four plays is one less than the five Yale Rep has customarily done in recent pre-COVID seasons, or the six-show seasons it did for decades before that, but is more than this year’s abbreviated three-show season of “Today Is My Birthday,” “Choir Boy” and the upcoming “Between Two Knees.”
As it did with the current season, Yale Repertory Theatre is again highlighting writers and directors who once studied at the Geffen School of Drama, the the internationally renowned graduate theater program formerly known as the Yale School of Drama.
[ Hartford Stage announces eclectic 2022-23 season, including two new shows, Agatha Christie and Shakespeare ]
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’
Directed by James Bundy, Oct. 6 to 29
Opening the Yale Rep season, Oct. 6 to 29, is Edward Albee’s rancorous relationship drama “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” It will be directed by James Bundy, who’s been the artistic director of Yale Rep and the dean of the Geffen School of Drama for the past 20 years. Bundy directed Albee’s “A Delicate Balance” at the Rep in 2010. In Connecticut, there’ve been memorable productions of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” over the years at the Long Wharf Theatre (starring Mike Nichols and Elaine May in 1980) and Hartford Stage (with Marlo Thomas and Robert Foxworth in 1992). Hartford Stage had a special affinity for Albee, staging nine of his plays, including the world premiere of his one-act “Homelife.”
‘The Brightest Thing in the World” by Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Margo Bordelon, Nov. 25 through Dec. 17
This world premiere of “The Brightest Thing in the World” by Leah Nanako Winkler, Nov. 25 through Dec. 17, will be directed by Margot Bordelon, who graduated from the Yale (now Geffen) School of Drama in 2013 and is now a prolific director in New York and at regional theaters throughout the country. The Rep describes “The Brightest Thing in the World” as “classic rom-com. Beguiling Lane works in a bakery and in short order wins over cool customer Steph with her warmth, wit and homemade desserts. Their blossoming relationship also opens the door to romance for Lane’s older sister Della, who hasn’t been on a date in years. But the skies dramatically darken as each woman must come to terms with her own limitations.”
‘Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles’ by Luis Alfaro
Directed by Laurie Woolery, March 10 through April 1, 2023
Luis Alfaro’s “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” March 10 through April 1, 2023, is a contemporary version of Euripides’ Greek tragedy “Medea” set in contemporary L.A. and concerning a family of undocumented immigrants. It will be directed at Yale Rep by Laurie Woolery, who directed “Dream House” at the Long Wharf Theatre earlier this year and has done three previous shows at Yale Rep: “Manahatta,” “El Huracán” and “Imogen Says Nothing.” Alfaro’s earlier foray into adapting Greek classics was his celebrated “Oedipus El Rey” in 2010. Hartford Stage staged Alfaro’s “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner” in 2007.
‘the ripple, the wave that carried me home,” by Christina Anderson
Directed by Tamilla Woodward, April 28 through May 20, 2023
Christina Anderson’s “the ripple, the wave that carried me home,” April 28 through May 20, 2023, is directed by Tamilla Woodard, who studied acting at the school and is now the chair of its acting department and a new resident director at the Rep. Anderson’s witchcraft drama “Good Goods” was done at the Rep in 2012 (she graduated from the Yale drama school in 2011). Woodard helmed the Working Theater’s virtual play “American Dreams” that was webcast by a consortium of Connecticut arts organizations in 2020.
“Mojada” will be staged at the Yale University Theater at 222 York St., a block from the Rep, while the other three plays will be staged at the usual Rep theater space at 1120 Chapel St..
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