The 2012-13 Yale Repertory Theatre season will feature three world premieres by Sarah Ruhl, David Adjmi and a collaboration by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff, based on a Rainer Werner Fassbinder film.
Oscar-nominee ("Sideways") and Emmy Award-winner ("John Adams") Paul Giamatti will star in "Hamlet" and a new show by Richard Montoya, "American Night: The Ballade of Juan Jose," developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney is also in the line-up.
There will also be a revival of Marie Jones' "Stones in His Pockets," which played Broadway for a short run in 2001 and later toured.
The season opens with "American Night" at the University Theatre, running Sept. 21 to Oct. 13. Writer-performer Montoya co-founded Culture Clash, the Chicano/Latino performance troupe and the company presented "Culture Clash in AmeriCCa" at the Rep in 2003.
The work is described: "As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times."
The work was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where it had its world premiere. It’s also played Denver Center Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in California. The Yale production is the East Coast premiere.
David Adjmi's "Marie Antoinette" premieres Oct. 26 to Nov. 17, directed by Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi's "The Evildoers" at the Rep in 2008.
The show, which will play the Yale Repertory Theatre, is a co-production with the American Repertory Theater of Cambridge, Mass, which gets the production first in September. A spokesman for Yale Rep says he believe this is the first co-production between Yale and A.R.T., the theater former Yale Rep founding artistic director and dean of the Yale School of Drama Robert Brustein created after he was fired from Yale in the late '70s by then-Yale president A. Bartlett Giamatti.
Giamatti's son, Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giammati will star in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" later in the season, directed by James Bundy, artistic director of the Rep and dean of the Yale School of Drama. Giamatti, 45, is an older than usual actor to take on the classic part, though it is not unheard of for actors of any age (or gender) to play Hamlet,
The show, which plays March 15 to April 13 at the University Theatre, marks the first Rep appearance for Giamatti since Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" in 1994. Giamatti is best known for films such as "Cinderella Man" and "Sideways" and HBO's "John Adams" for which he earned an Emmy award. He was also in "The Iceman Cometh" on Broadway.
Also in the season is the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's "Dear Elizabeth," which is being called "a play in letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and back again." Her frequent collaborator, Les Waters, directs the play, which runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 22 at the Rep Theatre.
Ruhl made her Rep debut in 2004 with the world premiere of "The Clean House," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ruhl worked with Waters "Eurydice" at Yale Rep in 2006 and her adaption of "Three Sisters" at the Rep last year and the Broadway production of the Tony Award-nominated "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)."
The two actor play, "Stones in His Pockets" follows Jan. 25 to Feb. 16, directed by Evan Yionoulis at the Rep Theatre.
The season ends with the world premiere of "In a Year with 13 Moons," by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, adapted by Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff. Camp will star and Woodruff will direct.
The show, a new adaptation of Fassbinder’s melodramatic, darkly comic, and unsettling "New German Cinema" 1978 film, runs April 26 to May 18 at the Yale Rep theater.
Camp and Woodruff collaborated for a stage version last year of Igmar Begman's "Autumn Sonata."
The work is described: "When the object of his affection off-handedly commented, 'too bad you’re not a girl,' Erwin disappeared to Casablanca and returned as Elvira. Now, adrift and alone, Elvira revisits the people and places of the past, desperately searching for the identity and love she’s never known."
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