By Christopher Arnott
4:14 PM EST, December 22, 2012
The Yale Cabaret has announced its spring season.
The fall semester was a wallop of fresh styles, intense performances and surprising script choices (especially in the case of the stylistically provocative Iranian piece White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, where not even the performers are allowed to read the script before it is performed). One of the scheduled shows on the fall sched had to be cancelled, so to make up for the loss the Cabaret is doing ten shows in the spring. Not only that, there’s a special performance event at the space Jan. 8, before the regular season even gets started.
I have given my own insights into the choices in a lengthy item at my New Haven Theater Jerk blog, here.
For those of you who prefer just the facts, ma’am, here they are:
Jan. 17-19: All of What You Love and None of What You Hate. By Phillip Howze, directed by Kate Tarker.
Jan. 24-26: The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, directed by Kate Attwell.
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and Feb. 7-9: The Cabaret is dark.
Feb. 14-16: Ermyntrude and Esmerelda: A Naughty Puppet Play, based on the Ermyntrude and Esmerelda: A Naughty Novella by Lytton Strachey, adapted and directed by Hunter Kaczorowski.
Feb. 21-23: Halfway House, created by Jackson Moran.
Feb. 28 through March 2: The Bird Bath, created by its ensemble cast and directed by Monique Barbee.
March 7-9: The Small Things, by Enda Walsh, directed by Emily Reilly.
March 14-16: Lindbergh’s Flight, by Bertolt Brecht.
March 21-23: The Cabaret is dark.
March 28-30: Pierrot Lunaire, based on Arnold Schoenberg’s Dreimal sieven Gedichte aus Albert Giraud’s ‘Pierrot lunaire’, staged by Ethan Heard.
April 4-6: The Twins Would Like to Say, by Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo, directed by Whitney Dibo and Lauren Dubowski.
April 11-13: The Ugly One (Der Hassliche), by Marius von Mayenburg, directed by Cole Lewis.
Before the season starts, there’s a special event, on Jan. 8 at 8 & 10 p.m.: two open dress rehearsals of Hamlet, Prince of Grief, by Mohammad Charmsir, directed by Mohammad Aghebati and performed by Afshin Hashemi, prior to its run the following week at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in NYC.
The current Yale Cabaret staff consists of Ethan Heard (Artistic Director), Jonathan Wemette (Managing Director), Benjamin Fainstein (Associate Artistic Director), Nicholas Hussong (Associate Artistic Director), Barabara Ran-Tiongco (Production Supervisor) and Stephanie Rolland (Cabaret Assistant). The Board of Artistic Associates includes Margot Bordelon (directing), Lauren Dubowski (dramaturgy), Theodore Griffith (technical design & production), Alyssa Howard (stage management), Martha Kaufman (playwriting), Jennifer Lagundino (theater management), Jack Moran (acting), Matt Otto (sound design) and Masha Tsimring (design).
The Yale Cabaret operates out of a basement space at 217 Park St., New Haven. Food and drink are served before performances, which are at 8 on Thursday and 8 & 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15, $10 for students. A 9-ticket flex pass is $70, $50 for students. Group rates are available. http://yalecabaret.org/
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